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Learning Goal: We prepare students to graduate equipped for careers or
further education
MSU Target Unit Strategy Unit Objective (optional) Unit Metric Person Responsible for Success
Objective L.1: Assess, and improve where needed, student learning of critical
knowledge and skills.
Metric L.1.1: By 2019, MSU will achieve targets for mastery of disciplinary
knowledge as developed in departmental learning assessment plans.
Achieve mastery targets across
all programs (baseline not
Clarify, systematize, and automate the process for
assessment of learning outcomes.
• Provide assessment training at the institutional
• Include assessment examples on the Provost
• Provide staff (e.g, an Associate Provost or
assessment coordinator) to consult with
departments about assessment plans (AY13-14,
• All departments and colleges submit assessment
plans to Provost by September 2013.
• Conduct annual reviews of assessment
outcomes to track progress towards targets.
Complete learning outcomes for all
courses by September 2013.
Complete learning outcomes for all
programs by September 2013.
Collect data during fall 2013,
analyze and modify
courses/programs for NWCCU
Spring 2014 Year Three Report.
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and performance
Metric L.1.2: University measures of undergraduate student mastery of critical
thinking, oral communication, written communication, quantitative reasoning,
understanding of diversity, and understanding of contemporary issues in science
will be developed by 2014. Targets set in learning assessment plans will be met by
Develop Core Assessments; meet
targets (baseline not
Clarify, systematize, and automate the process for
assessment of learning outcomes.

1. Update and publish learning
outcomes for all CORE areas for
assessment by Fall 2013.

2. Directly assess the learning
outcomes of CORE classes by Fall

3. Review/revise CORE and
university-required courses in

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Objective L.2: Increase graduation rates at MSU           
 Metric L.2.1: By 2019, the bachelor’s graduation rate will increase from 51% to 65% as measured by the 6-year graduation rate.  65%  Determine the degree of correlation of student success to student/TT faculty/NTT faculty ratio and set goals for maintaining reasonable ratios.       Singel/Fastnow
 Metric L.2.1   Create pilot projects to identify and mitigate challenges to student success and graduation

1. GTA training and coordination, especially in key areas of math and English.

2. Increase successful student course completion without compromising the quality of instruction, especially in key areas of math and English.

3. Require training through Extended University of all faculty who teach online. Incorporate technology in curricular redesign.

4. Schedule courses to facilitate course completion.

Reduce the DFW rates in all courses to <25% by 2019 while maintaining academic quality.

1. Grad Dean

2. Departments 3. EU

4. Singel

Metric L.2.1    Pro-actively intervene w/students at risk (pilot project).

1. Mid-term evaluations.

2. Career advising through Student Success.

3. Students mismatched w/selected major.

4. Social advising.


1. Larsen or Singel

2. Singel

3. VPSS, Academic Advising


 Metric L.2.1   Encourage and support "introduction to the major" seminars in all programs     Provost


Learning Goal: We prepare students to graduate equipped for careers or further education. MSU Target Unit Strategy Unit Objective (optional) Unit Metric Person Responsible for Success
 Learning Goal   Assess and improve the effectiveness of academic advising

1. Determine an appropriate balance professional, peer, and faculty advising.

2. Include advising in annual workload review and promotion and tenure documents.

3. Create a peer mentoring/advising pilot program.


1. Provost

2. Larsen

3. Singel

 Learning Goal   Create alternative curriculum paths that do not delay graduation rates.     Singel
 Learning Goal   Build community and personal connections for students. Themed residence halls.   VPAF/Provost
Learning Goal    Purchase "relationship management" software (CRM).     VSPP
Metric L.2.2: By 2019, the number of graduate degrees awarded will increase from 548 to 625 per year. The number of doctoral degrees awarded will increase from 56 to 80 per year. 625 graduate degrees annually; 80 doctoral degrees annually Increase the institution’s investment in recruiting quality graduate students (stipends, waivers). Develop and enhance graduate programs (e.g., STEM, SBE). Offer competitive stipends, tuition waivers, benefits. Determine market rates for graduate (TA, RA, SA) stipends.   Grad Dean
Metric L.2.2    Establish workload expectations for incoming graduate students     Grad Dean
Metric L.2.2  Decrease time to degree completion.

• Mandatory annual meetings with graduate committee.

• Required annual check on progress to degree by department head.

• Automate student tracking.

    Grad Dean
Metric L.2.2  Align graduate programs with careers, national interest and institutional priorities       Grad Dean
Metric L.2.3: By 2019, the number of associate degrees conferred will increase from 31 to 70 per year. Workforce certificates conferred will increase from 19 to 65 per year. 70 associate degrees annually; 65 workforce certificates annually Develop and implement 1-2 new certificate and associate degree program proposals annually.     Gallatin College Dean
 Metric L.2.3   Implement annual comprehensive local marketing campaign for Gallatin College starting Spring2013     Gallatin College Dean
 Metric L.2.3   Develop two-year education facility to support program and enrollment growth by 2019-2020     Gallatin College Dean
 Metric L.2.3   Align programs for seamless transition from BA to AA and AA to BA     Gallatin College Dean
Metric L.2.4: By 2019, the first time, full time freshmen fall-to-fall retention will increase from 74% to 82%. 82% Analyze and implement recommendations from assessment of freshman experiences Freshman seminar, freshmen experience classes, residential interest groups or freshman interest groups   Provost/VPAF
 Metric L.2.4   Identify funding for sophomore-level scholarships.     Provost/VPAF
 Metric L.2.4   Develop transitional advising for students changing majors that will allow on time graduation     Singel
 Metric L.2.4   Encourage "introduction to the major" seminars in all programs     Larsen
 Metric L.2.4   Provide clear four-year degree plans.     Singel
 Metric L.2.4   Survey the reasons why students leave MSU and address results.     VPSS
 Metric L.2.4   Reduce DFW levels in freshmen-level     Provost
Objective L.3: Increase job placement and further education rates.          


Learning Goal: We prepare students to graduate equipped for careers or further education. MSU Target Unit Strategy Unit Objective (optional) Unit Metric Person Responsible for Success
 Metric L.3.1: By 2019, the percent of graduates employed full-time in their field or in positions of their choosing will increase from an average of 62% to 70%.  70% Establish benchmarks and increase internship and coop opportunities.

1. Explore reduced tuition and variable credits for internships.

2. Examine curriculum to encourage internship/professional experiences and determine appropriate learning outcomes.

3. Develop faculty workload guidelines for out of class experiences such as internships, co-ops, independent study, and research experiences

Double the number of students who undertake global learning experiences

1. Provost

2. Provost

3. Larsen

 Metric L.3.1   Involve alumni in student engagement activities (e.g., professional advantage or coop programs).        Deans
  Metric L.3.1  Increase student diversity to increase corporate interest in recruiting at MSU.  Evaluate and implement ACE Globalization Lab recommendations.     Provost
  Metric L.3.1  Encourage students to complete minors that enhance their marketability/skills.        Provost
  Metric L.3.1 Invest in and recruit students to programs with high post-graduation employment rates.       VPSS
  Metric L.3.1 Actively participate in statewide economic development activities to create the demand for graduates.       VPR
 Metric L.3.1  Implement an effective career placement tracking system to identify where students find employment.       VPSS
Metric L.3.2: By 2019, the percent of graduates pursuing an advanced degree will increase from an average of 21% to 25%. 25% Expose undergraduate students to graduate school opportunities through events, interactions, classes, and research experiences. Ensure advisors engage well prepared students in discussions about graduate school as part of advising. Increase the number of professional conferences held at MSU.

1. Increase the number of students taking the GRE and Professional exams by 20%.

2. Increase base funding for undergraduate scholars program by 100% by 2016.

3. Provide travel funds so faculty can take undergraduate students to professional conferences

1. Grad Dean

2. Singel

3. Provost

 Metric L.3.2   Create pathways for qualified MSU seniors to transition into graduate programs.  Create seamless/coordinated master's degree programs.   Grad Dean
 Metric L.3.2   Incentivize faculty to create and pay for undergraduate positions in labs.   Establish baseline. Increase by 50- 100% Provost