Missouri State University-West Plains puts students first by maintaining and improving quality academic programming offered for current and emerging certificate and two-year degrees, promoting programs that link to transfer and career opportunities. The academic programming process is driven by continual faculty development, classroom innovation and emerging community needs.
Objective 1. Encourage students to earn the associate’s degree before transferring or entering the job market
1a. Provide additional resources for students in career planning tied to degree completion
- Expand career planning programs to include employment and job opportunity information
- Expand the communication of success stories of Missouri State University-West Plains graduates
2013 Target: Combine the advising/career planning functions (DDE).
2016 Target: Readjust academic affairs budget to provide needed resources for additional training of frontline faculty/staff for academic advising/career service support (DAA, IR, SAAS, AA).
2016 Target: Publish one student success story per month (DUC).
1b. Review IDS curriculum and consider adding a degree completion component to the IDS 110 course
2016 Target: Use the First Year Initiative assessment to compile baseline data regarding the effectiveness of IDS 110 and continue its use to ensure its continued effectiveness;
Review all IDS 110 syllabi by instructor and ensure that the degree completion component is included for all course sections taught for the upcoming semester;
Have instructors critique the component after teaching it and use lessons learned to improve/modify the component as necessary
Assess in 2014 to modify by 2016 (IR, DAA, SAAS, AA).
Objective 2. Provide significant support for those needing developmental education courses
2a. Institutionalize Title III developmental education initiatives
- Develop plan to institutionalize costs for continuing grant initiatives
- Fund classroom technology that supports the expansion of developmental education
- Continue to identify classrooms for computer-mediated instruction
2013 Target: Finalize plan to institutionalize funding to continue Title III initiatives (DDE, ADAA).
2b. Continue efforts to plan, train faculty and implement course redesigns in developmental writing, mathematics and reading that are proven to have positive impacts on student course success and persistence
2016 Target: Implement emporium math in all developmental math sections. Hire additional math tutors to support emporium math model.
Refine the ENG100/110 writing model. Develop a combined ENG100/RDG125 course. Include an information literacy component in reading redesign. Assessment annually conducted by Retention Task Force, ID and DDE and report outcomes included in the comprehensive annual assessment report which comes out of DAA office. Expand specialized academic support and advising for students enrolled in developmental coursework so that 30% (increase of 10% over the current 20%) of students enrolled in at least one developmental education course utilize academic advising or tutoring services three times or more per semester (DDE).
Objective 3. Establish sufficient infrastructure to support rapidly growing online programs
3a. Director of Distance Learning work with Online Task Force to identify specific courses and programs to go online
- Devise comprehensive marketing plan for online programs, with focus on marketing outside traditional recruitment zone;
2013 Target: Offer current entrepreneurship degree as first online option (DAA).
2016 Target: Implement marketing strategy for online programs (DAA)
2016 Target: Conduct feasibility study for increasing 42-hour block program to a fully-online AA degree in General Studies. Assess in 2014 to modify by 2016 (DAA, AA, IR, DSS).
3b. Provide training for faculty in online course development
2016 Target: Train faculty to facilitate delivery of online degrees. Assess in 2014 and modify by 2016 for new courses/programs) (DAA, ID, AA, AA, IR, DSS).
3c. Build appropriate assessment mechanisms into online programs and courses
2016 Target: Comparative assessment rubrics in place for online programs and courses that are equivalent to measures put into place for traditional seated and hybrid courses. Assess in 2014 and modify by 2016 (DAA, DDE, AA, IR, DSS).
3d. Standardize the presentation structure of online courses as much as possible
- Work with Instructional Designer to achieve standardized formats, delivery and appearance of online course and course material
2013 Target: Presentation structure for online courses standardized (ID).
2016 Target: 50% of online courses will follow standardized structure from a baseline of 0 (DAA).
3e. Utilize GA’s from Missouri State University to support instructors who are carrying heavier teaching loads or teaching on line courses with larger numbers of students
2016 Target: GAs identified and utilized with available funding support for select classes. Assess in 2014 and modify by 2016 (DAA, DDE, AA, IR, DSS).
3f. Coordinate with Springfield to increase technology infrastructure to meet growing demand
2013 Target: As Gohn Hall comes online, work with Springfield to increase bandwidth and other technology resources as needed (DITS).
Objective 4. Faculty develop process that identifies and prioritizes need for full-time and per-course faculty by subject area
4a. Develop a process that prioritizes by discipline where new full-time faculty are needed
2016 Target: Faculty needs annually identified and prioritized, matched against strategic plan and available budget considerations (DAA, AA, IR, DSS, DE).
4b. Utilize enrollment figures as well as marketing potential for new enrollment pipelines, taking into account specific student numbers (FTEs) by academic area; use demand numbers to justify expansion of faculty numbers in particular areas.
2016 Target: Determine faculty needs based on enrollment emphasizing new or growth programs (DAA, AA, IR, DE).
Objective 5. Faculty develop new and expand current curriculum and programs that are appropriate to the region and provide significant opportunities for career, educational and job advancement
5a. Continue to expand and diversify our offerings in Allied Health
2016 Target: Implement the EMS/Paramedic Program w/S. Howell County Ambulance (DAA).
2016 Target: Add new degrees/certificates/programs in collaboration with Allied Health Advisory Committee (DAA).
2016 Target: Develop strategic hiring plan in collaboration with local health care providers- cost sharing and advisory board input to shape future of Allied Health curriculum and faculty composition (DAA, AA, IR, DE).
5b. Explore expansion of curriculum in AAS programs
- Ecotourism, recreation and leisure
2013 Target: Conduct feasibility study by year two (DAA).
5c. Expand partnerships and programs within system and with other universities
2016 Target: Implement the 3+1 Virtual Media program with University of Central Missouri.
Continue 2+2 CFD program with Missouri State University.
Promote the AS in Business Studies that is articulated with Missouri State University.
Develop 2+2 articulation program for Nursing with Missouri State University.
Explore other partnerships with state and regional institutions.
(DAA, AA, IR, DE)
5d. Sustain and expand the Offender Education Program
- Identify sources of funding that will sustain the successes in the Offender Education Program at the South Central Correctional Facility in Licking
- Develop a plan for expansion of the program into additional facilities in Missouri
- Partner with State Department of Corrections, State legislators and other educational institutions in seeking out and maintaining/researching/expanding efforts in secondary education offender programs including collaboration on identifying/seeking sustained external funding.
2013 Target: Source of sustained funding identified and successful proposals funded; sustainable program put in place with funding from various sources; students from present cohort graduated and next cohort begin courses (DAA, AA, IR, DE).
5e. Expand the Great Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program
- Evaluate the success of the initial cohort groups
- Add new cohorts
- Add new GOAL posts to service the entire Ozark region
- Diversify the GOAL model to additional degree preparation in education and business
- Collaborate with Missouri State University to develop and deliver BA/BS completion degrees specifically for students in GOAL programs.
2013 Target: Use results of cohort 1 evaluation to improve curriculum and inform expansion of program (ADAA, IR, AA)
2013 Target: Expand to Thayer.
2016 Target: Add one new GOAL post per year.
2016 Target: GOAL curriculum in Business Management added and piloted with business partnerships. (ADAA, DAA, AA, IR, DE).
Objective 6. Continually monitor curriculum for relevance and currency
6a. Conduct formal review of general education curriculum
2016 Target: Coordinate general education review with Springfield (DAA, FS, CC, ID, AA, DDE).
6b. Develop formal plan for regular program review
- Continue program review in AS and AAS programs with evaluation of program review process
- Develop formal program review process for AA programs
2016 Target: Use formal plan to review all programs by 2016 (DAA, ID, AA, DDE, DE).