|MSU STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROPOSAL FOR INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES|
|Title||MSU DegreeWorks Support||Request Date||2012-11-30|
|Cross Depts||The direct assistance is to the Registrar and Provost offices as well as the Academic Advising Centers but utilized by all advisors and students.|
|Proposed Dates||Start: Spring 2013||End: Spring 2014|
|Creates a fixed-term 1.0 FTE position designed to assist all four MSU campuses with the continued development of the DegreeWorks software. In the near future, MSU will install the newest software version of DegreeWorks which contains substantial technical upgrades as well as new features. One of the more significant features is the Academic ĎPlansí component which will allow departments to develop templates to outline semester-by-semester course recommendations that help to ensure timely degree completion. Plans also allows a student to develop individualized templates for his or her unique route-to-degree completion planning and tracking.|
|This proposal supports the following MSU Strategic Plan Objective:
L.2 Increase graduation rates at MSU.
DegreeWorks is designed to assist students and advisors in planning toward graduation allowing students and faculty to more easily determine how each semester's coursework affects graduation plans. The implementation of "Plans" which is a significant part of this proposal provides a robust tool enabling the discussion to shift from planning next semester's classes, to planning a complete path to degree.
Both planning features address MSUís strategic goal to increase access and affordability, helping to shorten time to degree with clear & effective planning, while inherently decreasing the student debt load in that process.
|COST AND REQUIREMENTS|
|Funding Type:||One-Time Only Funding||Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding|
|FY13||FY14||FY15||Base ($)||OTO Startup ($)||FTE;|
|Materials & Supplies||2000|
|Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.||
Fundamentally, this proposal funds one full time person for one year. The travel allows this person to spend significant time at each MSU campus as he or she assists in maximizing the usefulness of DegreeWorks in every instance.
|Describe the Proposal|
This proposal creates a fixed-term, full-time position designed to assist all four MSU campuses with Phase II of the DegreeWorks implementation.
In the near future MSU will install the newest version of DegreeWorks (version 4.1.1) which involves substantial technical upgrades with new features. One of the most significant features is academic “Plans” which allows departments to develop program specific templates to outline semester by semester course recommendations to ensure timely degree completion. “Plans” also allows a student to develop individualized templates for his or her unique route to degree completion.
This position would provide direct support to each of the four MSU campuses through Phase II of the DegreeWorks implementation. Under direction of the DegreeWorks Implementation Team and Project Director, this position will provide the following services:
This position is designed to ensure that each of the 4 MSU campuses maximizes the value-added new features of DegreeWorks to students, faculty and staff through direct functional support.
|Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal|
This proposal helps to develop a skill set that will be valuable in meeting key components of MSU’s Strategic Plan in both the short term,and in long range planning and product improvement. The support developed by this position will be a significant resource for the MSU 4 campus advising communities and student populations. This fixed term position will effectively train the trainers, working with staff, faculty and advisors to continue the development and academic program specific templates for individualized student academic ‘Plans’.
Spring2013 - Advertise, select and hire
Summer 2013 - visit each campus, and install exceptions and substitutions across the MSU system: work alongside registrar’s office staff to finalize any scribing issues; assist registrar’s office staff in new catalog upgrades to curriculum in DW
Fall 2013 - develop ‘Plan’ templates for degrees across the MSU system; work directly with faculty and advisors on specific academic program information: develop instructional tools and provide training across all four MSU campuses; finalize ‘Plans’ and resolve any remaining scribing (coding) issues
Assessment will be specific to the individual’s performance, and demonstrated progress in developing instructional tools, training and implementation of ‘Plans’ new features as indicated in the Implementation Plan.
|If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?|
This proposal is for a one year fixed term appointment contingent on funding approval.
|Dean/Director:||Bonnie Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Executive/VP:||James Rimpau (email@example.com)|