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Creating Tulane's Future: A Distinguished University as Distinctive as New Orleans - Strategic Action Plan


Approved by the University Senate November 1, 1999
Revised July 20, 2000


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nitiative 2: Education and Research

Philosophy of Education

  • Continue ongoing efforts to strengthen and assess the central educational mission of the undergraduate experience (i.e. optimal student-faculty ratio, adequate facilities, high-quality academic curriculum including core, minors, majors, and interdisciplinary options) as well as:
    • Create more experiential learning opportunities for students including, but not limited to, increased service learning activities, internships, and research opportunities
    • Further enhance student identity with and participation in the Tulane residential community through the increased use of living/learning communities, residential colleges, or other related approaches,
    • Continue to expand the first year experience and make use of New Orleans as a learning laboratory,
    • Launch faculty-driven and student services-driven projects focused on developing a more integrated, seamless, and outcome-oriented approach to undergraduate education,
    • Experiment with curricular design, delivery and pedagogical approaches that facilitate student learning

References: Priorities 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d
Lead individual or group (revised): Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Special Assistant to the President and Undergraduate Educational Council
Key Participant Groups: Deans and faculties involved in undergraduate education; Student Affairs, appropriate undergraduate student representatives
Time Frame: Complete all items by Fall 2001
Revised Time Frame: Complete planning process by September 2001; implementation ongoing

  • Create the vision and plan for the graduate school and its programs.

References: Priorities 2f, 2g
Lead individual or group (revised): Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Key Participant Groups: Graduate Council, Deans and faculties in graduate programs, appropriate graduate student representatives
Time Frame: Complete by May 2000
Revised Time Frame: Complete by May 2001

Philosophy of Research

  • Improve the research support services and infrastructure to increase levels of funded and unfunded high quality research by:
    • Developing and implementing criteria, systems and procedures for "investing" in best research support services, physical space and equipment
    • Developing and implementing a financial plan for providing adequate start-up, cost-sharing, and operating funds to support research
    • Increasing the level and quality of pre-award and post-award administrative support services

References: Priorities 2l, 2o
Lead individual or group (revised): Executive Director of Research and Technology Development, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration
Key Participant Groups: Deans, appropriate faculty and staff groups
Time Frame: Complete plans by May 2000; begin implementation in FY01
Revised Time Frame: Complete plan and begin implementation by January 2001

  • Increase the amount of competitively awarded, federally funded research with an emphasis in the sciences and engineering.

Reference: Priority 2m
Lead individual or group (revised): Vice President for Institutional Programs & Government/ Agency Affairs, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration
Key Participant Groups: Deans and faculty groups
Time Frame: Complete plan by May 2000; begin implementation in FY 01
Revised Time Frame: Implementation ongoing

Interaction between Levels and Across Schools and Colleges

  • Identify faculty-driven programs that create interaction between levels and across schools and colleges, including additional degree paths, interdisciplinary programs, linkages between schools and colleges, linkages between educational levels, and linkages between educational and research endeavors.

References: Priorities 2d, 2j, 2p, 2q, 2r, 2s
Lead individual or group (revised): Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Special Assistant to the President and chair of the Undergraduate Educational Council (with President's Cabinet)
Key Participant Groups: Deans and appropriate faculty
Revised Time Frame: Implementation ongoing

Concentrations of Interest and Expertise

  • Identify faculty leadership groups for each of the areas of concentration of interest and expertise (i.e. those areas identified during the planning process: environmental, health science/biomedical, international/area studies, urban/community) to inventory our current activities in each area. Identify next steps to expand and find funding opportunities for each area.

References: Priorities 2u, 2x, 2y
Lead individual or group (revised): Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Special Assistant to the President and chair of the Undergraduate Educational Council
Key Participant Groups (revised): President's Cabinet, Academic leadership in each area, Institutional Advancement, Government/ Agency Affairs
Time Frame: Complete inventory by May 2001 and funding plan by January 2002; implementation ongoing

  • Develop an ongoing process to identify other possible university-wide themes that cut across multiple schools and colleges; build on existing or potential expertise, interest, and strength; and have the potential to further differentiate Tulane.

References: Priorities 2u, 2x, 2y
Lead individual or group (revised): Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Special Assistant to the President and chair of the Undergraduate Educational Council
Key Participant Groups: Academic leadership in each area, Institutional Advancement, Government/ Agency Affairs
Time Frame: Complete plan by May 2000
Revised Time Frame: Implementation ongoing


 

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