“Year 2” Plans toward Our Strategic Goals

With many thanks to the over 150 faculty, staff, and students participating, we have ambitious plans for “Year 2.”  Some of the major plans are sketched out below.  (The parenthetical “wg#” refers to which working group is addressing this plan.)  You can find details at http://www.albany.edu/strategicplan/index.shtml  (where you can also find further information on the strategic planning process, history, and current status).  Please let us know if you have questions or would like to participate (provost@albany.edu).

To enhance the quality of undergraduate education at UAlbany and attract and serve a highly qualified and diverse group of students, we will be…  P[1]

Enriching the educational experience by working with academic departments to create capstone courses within all majors, establishing preceptorships or peer-mentoring for qualified upper division students, and enhancing honors-in-the major programs. (wg 1; wg 2)

Rationalizing and improving advisement in the major by sharing best practices, offering training for academic departments, and developing informational communications for students. (wg 1; wg 2)

Implementing a new undergraduate writing program, in concert with a revised General Education program, which will enhance the availability and quality of writing instruction for all students and offer a second- or early third-year course in disciplinary writing in every major.   (wg 1; wg  7) 

Increasing student access to drop-in, outside-of-course, tutorial support for their writing throughout their academic career at UAlbany.  (wg 1)

Increasing the number of UAlbany undergraduates studying abroad and engaging in international research, including during winter/summer sessions, and during winter intersession. (wg 1)

Developing initiatives to double the percentage of enrolled international undergraduate students within five years. (wg 1)

Expanding opportunities in which UAlbany students learn collaboratively with international students to promulgate globally-infused experiences on campus. (wg 1)

Increasing full-time faculty engagement with students through new policies for tenure and promotion, along with a stronger mentoring program, to support multiple faculty career paths. (wg 5; wg 7)

Promulgating and adopting principles (and rewards) for excellence in teaching in the faculty development and promotion and tenure processes to ensure effective undergraduate instruction. (wg 7)

Developing support structures and incentives for departments to orient, mentor, and evaluate their non-tenure track faculty. (wg 7)

Improving the academic profile of incoming students by establishing Deans Scholars andincreasing merit aid. (wg 3)

Strengthening the campus infrastructure and supports for online education for traditional and non-traditional learners. (wg 3; wg 6)

Identifying and marketing select programs to target out-of-state and international students. (wg 3)

To create an excellent student experience that integrates academic and co-curricular experiences, engages the surrounding community and the world, and fosters lifelong pride in the University, we will be…   P

Following through on year 1 actions/activities for setting high expectations and rewarding academic accomplishments for students and faculty. (wg 2; wg 3)

Developing a new faculty/staff orientation and ongoing support structures, such as mentoring and the new Guide to UA, to provide information about academic and extra-curricular events across the divisions throughout the year. (wg 7)

Utilizing the recent audit of uptown campus spaces to support new mentoring programs and create more social environments for students and faculty. (wg 2; wg 7)

Strengthening academic advisement, career counseling, and inspirational mentoring through new programs such as the faculty/staff mentor pilot program, new Living Learning Communities for students, the Academics in Focus video project, and the academic program review process. (wg 2)

Supporting at-risk students through a new online student skills module and proposing changes to current probation policies and procedures. (wg 2)

Amplifying the “World within Reach” perspective through Language- and Culture-based Living Learning Communities (LLC), the new Advising Plus program, and other means to facilitate the sharing of multicultural experiences by students, faculty and staff. (wg 2; wg 1)

To advance excellence in graduate education in support of the University’s reputation, role, and stature and the preparation and competitiveness of graduates, we will be…   P   

Collaboratively designing collection, dissemination, and appropriate use procedures for graduate program evaluation data in concert with campus-wide stakeholders. (wg 4)

Exploring how graduate program evaluation data can be used in faculty/staff position funding decisions and in directing and/or re-directing available graduate student support funds. (wg 4)

Making recommendations to use new and reallocated resources to significantly raise the stipend levels, number, and duration of individual graduate student support awards. (wg 4)

Examining how to best invest in library and IT resources, services, and staffing critical for graduate study. (wg 4)

Strengthening, and expanding, the support infrastructure to ensure the exemplary preparation of graduate students to teach, conduct research, and pursue professional and academic careers. (wg 4)

Expanding our graduate education delivery systems, regulations, and curricula toward serving new, different, and non-traditional student populations. (wg 3)

To increase UAlbany’s visibility in, and resources for, advancing and disseminating knowledge, discovery, and scholarship, we will be…   P                               

Proposing a year 3 discretionary leave program dedicated to enhancing time for faculty research, and the development of recognition programs such as the proposed Innovation/Emerging Technologies Scholars and Early Career Investigator Award. (wg 5)

Incorporating proposals to strengthen faculty mentoring in the research enterprise into departmental mentoring programs (for tenured and untenured faculty) and assessments of faculty research productivity. (wg 5; wg 7)

Developing proposals to prioritize and expedite the retention of faculty with proven scholarly and creative records. (wg 5)

Increasing the percentage overhead return to units and principal investigators, and instituting a flexible incentive account for principal investigators who obtain federal funding for postdoctoral associates and graduate students. (wg 5)

Identifying obstacles faculty face when filling out grant applications, and proposing solutions. (wg 5)

Creating an Undergraduate Research brochure that explicates the pathways and support structures students can use to leverage the research university environment (and opportunities) in their undergraduate experience. (wg 5)

To add to, and reconfigure, our teaching, research, student life and support spaces in a manner compatible with our contemporary mission , we will be…   P

Strengthening the campus infrastructure and supports for online education for traditional and non-traditional learners. (wg 3; wg 6)

Furthering development of a Virtual Desktop service prototype. (wg 6)

Supporting increased online and blended learning options for students and faculty. (wg 6)

Mapping faculty instructional and research requirements to existing and potential services, and incorporating this information into faculty/staff mentoring programs now under development. (wg 6; wg 7)

Working with the Classroom Committee to determine faculty  requirements for instructional spaces, instructional supplies availability, and technical equipment. (wg 6)

Implementing a business intelligence program to bring real-time operational and planning information to academic and administrative decision makers. (wg 6)

Converting Human Resources’ employee data/transactions systems to SUNY's HR system. (wg 6)

Deploying the SUNY DegreeWorks project to streamline the integration of transfer students. (wg 6)
Evaluating Elluminate web-conferencing software and license requirements to enhance the virtual faculty work environment. (wg 6)

Ensuring adequate computer accessibility for all students. (wg 6)

To engage diverse communities in strategic partnerships to increase public, scholarly and economic benefits , we will be…   P

Operationalizing the work of the Community-Engaged Scholarship Working Group to develop successful research and academic partnerships to advance discovery, the application and exchange of knowledge, enhanced learning, and mutual benefits for all partners. (wg 5)

Including opportunities for exporting educational programs to local, regional, and global areas and constituencies as we strengthen the campus infrastructure and supports for online (and on-site) education for traditional and non-traditional learners. (wg 3)

Increasing curricular engagement with our local, regional, and global communities to enhance students’ academic and civic learning, enrich scholarship, and foster community well-being through online and other resources that connect students to curricular and extra-curricular activities. (wg 1; wg 7)

Developing policies, guidelines, and institutional supports to encourage faculty to conduct research relevant to diverse local to global communities. (wg 5; wg 7)

Creating resources to connect students and their advisors to community-engaged academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities that will enrich students’ educational experience. (wg 2)

[1]  represents an area of particular convergence with the SUNY strategic plan, The Power of SUNY

Strategic Plan - Year 2 Accomplishments (Posted: May 30, 2013 | Last updated: June 5, 2013)

Biennium Report of Progress toward strategic goals (Posted: May 30, 2013)