Guiding Objective #1

Enhance our capacity to deliver our enduring mission and core values in ways uniquely suited to individually preparing students of today as leaders of the future.

1.1 Implement innovative and distinctive programs that will enhance the culture of academic excellence for our students and help drive enrollment growth.

1.1.AIdentify cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programs based on existing strengths and target existing programs for growth.  

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Medical Humanities minor approved by faculty in May 2022. Continuing all phases of second round funding and preparing goals/plans for expanding, enhancing Digital Liberal Arts Initiative.

Faculty reviewing curricular options for additional options; partnerships in development with external higher education institutions.

1.1.BBegin to implement a new general education curriculum that enhances our core commitments to liberal arts and develops students’ foundational capacities.partially completeNew Gen Ed director brought forward proposals for consideration by Faculty in May 2022, having already consulted widely. Collecting more feedback over summer, aiming for faculty vote on Learning Centers of Engagement in early Fall 2022.
1.1.CConnect students with partners in the business and nonprofit fields with learning experiences, paid internships and work opportunities.completeGoal completed in Fall 2021 with 15 new paid internship opportunities; Partnership with Appalachian Regional Healthcare formalized and launched in Fall 2021.
1.1.DLaunch an entrepreneurship initiative that establishes and promotes partnerships with businesses and nonprofits for expanded, engaged learning experiences.

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Director search complete; director working to implement experiential opportunities in 2022.

Renovation plans developed and cost estimates received for center facility; Faculty developing curricular components, one course already approved and will be taught by director in Fall 2022. 

1.2 Create plans for enhancement of facilities and infrastructure that will set the stage for Transylvania’s efforts for the next decade.

1.2.AAddress critical needs in existing facilities.partially completeFeasibility reports completed; Exploring funding options for building projects; Faculty in temporary office/lab spaces, for now.; Currently working to lock agreements with local athletics facilities.
1.2.BCultivate environmental sustainability as both a value and as a practical means to accomplish our objectives.completeTask Force completed work and developed recommended focus points for campus efforts.
1.2.CBe innovative in designing and adapting spaces to enhance and support curricular efforts and ensure accessibility.completeAudit project completed and shared with cabinet. Recommendations forthcoming spring 2022.
1.2.DUse latest and consistent classroom technology for the best students and faculty experience.

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Cowgill classrooms 202 and 206 were upgraded.

Comprehensive classroom tech assessment report pending.

1.3 Enhance mentoring and support across the campus community.

1.3.ACreate a Center for Teaching and Learning that will provide faculty and staff educational and curriculum support and offer an interdisciplinary, collegial setting. partially completeProposal developed and to be considered for funding by Bingham Board.
1.3.BExpand and enhance the 100 Doors Mentoring program, with a particular focus on the Alumni on Location initiative.  

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Received NetVue grant of $25,000 to support AOL program expansion; Doing first year resume workshops for all student-athletes with Career Services.

Recruitment of students for 100 Doors continues; 

1.3.CIdentify and implement recruitment and retention strategies that result in a highly-qualified, diverse and well-supported faculty and staff.

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Increased faculty and staff retirement benefits program to 9% with sustainable funding; Increased minimum wage to $13/hour with sustainable funding; Created and completed Assistant Coach Leadership Program 

Faculty bylaws revised to regularize contingent faculty evaluation/renewal; Proposal to address faculty salaries developed and to be considered by appropriate Boards in 2022-23; 

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