Academic Innovation and Excellence
To: Bruce Schulte and Paul Potter
From: Rob Hale and Harold Little (Academic Innovation & Excellence Working Group)
Date: November 20, 2017
Re: Summary of Activity through November 13, 2017
The Working Group has met four times since the October 9th Kick-off Meeting. Our meetings have alternated between morning and late afternoon 1-2 hours sessions. Minutes were taken and available for review. Attendance has been very good.
Data requested and received from IR:
- Six-Year Graduation Rates for First-Time Freshmen and First-Time Transfers Starting Fall 2010 and 2011 – Aggregate and By First Major
- Average Upper-Division GPA for First-Time Freshmen and First-Time Transfers Starting Fall 2010 and 2011 – Aggregate and By First Major
- Percentage of General Education Courses Completed at WKU or Elsewhere
Summary of Major Discussions:
- Every session has been a brainstorming session.
- Concerns raised about definitions of excellence (i.e., quality??) and innovation (i.e., change??) as they apply to our purpose and mission.
- Difficulty has been encountered trying to identify and then articulate one or two goals.
- SWOT analysis performed during October 30th Interestingly, 6 strengths, 12 weaknesses, 19 opportunities, and 9 threats were identified.
- Ray distributed “The Future of WORK and What It Means for Higher Education.”
- Adult education is important.
- Creation of innovative hybrid and fully online programs of study.
- Differential tuition structure for general education and upper-level courses.
- Provide greater incentive for innovation.
- Need to examine the relationship between community colleges and WKU regarding cost, associate degree programs, and general education requirements.
- What is the role of general education and should it relate to upper-level major courses?