Strategic Framework

Mission

The STEM College provides students with the knowledge and skills to discover relevant questions and their solutions for problems beyond the classroom.  Using experiential and empirical approaches, STEM provides an environment that encourages inquisitiveness, problem solving, and innovation.

 

Vision

In the next decade, the STEM College will be:

  • the State's paradigm for STEM education.
  • recognized as the region's expert in technology, both in research and pedagogy.
  • a regional leader in practical undergraduate experiences.

Strategic Priority One: Students

STEM students experience personal and academic satisfaction and growth in a learning environment characterized by mutual respect, trust, collaboration, and faculty commitment to student success.

 

Strategies

  1. Attract and retain a diverse student population committed to learning, service, and undergraduate research.
  2. Encourage student participation with faculty and the community through research and internships.
  3. Improve dissemination of information and learning tools for prospective and current students.

Strategic Priority Two: Faculty

STEM faculty experience satisfaction and growth in their personal and professional careers.  Faculty members contribute and participate in a learning and work environment characterized by mutual respect, trust, collaboration, and growth opportunities.

 

Strategies

  1. Attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff committed to integrated, student learning, service, and research.
  2. Implement faculty development guidelines that encourage and reward faculty activities that advance the STEM mission.
  3. Improve the visibility of STEM degree programs including the student successes, faculty teaching excellence, and faculty research efforts.

Strategic Priority Three: Scholarship

A nationally recognized faculty who are actively engaged in disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional research having both long-term and immediate influence.

 

Strategies

  1. Improve academic qualifications, instructional currency, and reputation of faculty by increasing the quality and quantity of intellectual contributions.
  2. Explore and implement research activities.
  3. Provide the technological and physical infrastructure (buildings, classrooms, labs, equipment) necessary to support faculty and student research initiatives.

Strategic Priority Four: Curricula

A student-centered learning environment built around educational programs designed to meet regional, national, and global requirements for employment and post-graduate programs.  The environment should prepare individuals for life-long learning and professional success.

 

Strategies

  1. Continuous improvement of STEM programs and the curriculum review process.
  2. Continuous exploration of additional degrees and areas of study that will benefit the local and regional community.
  3. Explore alternative modes of course and program delivery.
  4. Provide the technological and physical infrastructure (buildings, classrooms, labs, equipment) necessary to support faculty and student learning goals.

Strategic Priority Five: Relationships

STEM faculty and staff committed toward creating and nurturing relationships between corporate and educational entities that improve placement opportunities for students and collaborative opportunities for faculty and staff.

 

Strategies

  1. Identify and develop specialized programs and centers that can be used to enhance the reputation of STEM.
  2. Work with employers to increase the number of student and faculty internships.
  3. Prepare students for post-graduate work in their fields of study.
  4. Improve the visibility of STEM through marketing and outreach.