Number of Distance Learning Courses Developed

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Objective 3.
Achieve undergraduate and graduate student enrollments consistent with college and MSU goals, fiscal resources, and societal needs for professionals in forestry; forest products; and wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture.

Action: Fulfill enrollment goals for B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students by department and for the CFR, based on faculty FTEs, by 2012.

  1. Associate Dean will annually report number of students by degree program and department.

Action: Monitor enrollment targets for M.S. and Ph.D. students by department and cumulatively for the college.

  1. Report enrollments annually based on fall semester number of students relative to current enrollment goals
  2. Revise enrollment goals relative to fiscal and physical resources

Action: Establish distance-learning (DL) courses in each department and a DL-based M.S. degrees.

  1. Develop appropriate courses for offering via DL and obtain approval for courses through departmental and CFR curriculum committees and MSU UCCC.
  2. Develop a M.S. in Forestry for offering via DL and obtain approval for this degree by the Department of Forestry, CFR, and MSU UCCC by 2010. Initiate work to develop a DL-based M.S. degree in Forest Products in 2010.
  3. Maintain membership in Natural Resources DL Consortium based at Virginia Tech.
  4. Ensure all DL courses and degree program are equivalent in quality to on-campus courses and degree programs.
  5. Advertise availability of DL courses and degree programs through Natural Resources DL Consortium, CFR, and other available Web sites.

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Objective 4.
Maintain appropriate accreditation of undergraduate academic programs and continuously improve programmatic effectiveness, relevance, and quality.

Action: Balance teaching resources with enrollment and program needs.

  1. The Dean will award teaching resources to Departments in consultation with Associate Dean and Department Heads.
  2. Justify and seek added teaching funding (10 funds) from Provost.
  3. Establish college-wide targets for enrollment linked with resources and departmental and MSU objectives.
  4. Acquire teaching resources relative to target enrollment levels and program needs.

Action: Address current and recurring concerns from constituents regarding undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.

  1. Summarize current and recurring constituent concerns by department.
  2. By department, identify specific needs regarding each concern.
  3. By department, undergraduate committees should identify opportunities and strategies for meeting needs in departmental programs.
  4. Quantify and report actions by faculty or department that have addressed the issues.

Action: Further develop domestic and international exchange programs (undergraduate and graduate) with potential partner universities.

  1. Encourage and promote faculty and student participation in exchange programs.
  2. Seek support for exchange students while at MSU and encourage partners to reciprocate.
  3. Establish at least one new program by 2011.

Action: Develop college-level teaching guidelines that define general expectations for faculty regarding teaching quality by 2010.

  1. The College and Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committees should link department-level teaching guidelines with the promotion and tenure process.
  2. Establish a committee to develop a survey instrument applicable and specific for each department, or ultimately for the CFR, independent of the MSU student evaluation of teaching.
  3. Establish an integrated CFR and department-specific set of exit interview questions for students and use in faculty/curriculum/facility evaluations.
  4. Establish a peer- or mentor-review process of new teaching faculty and discuss assessment with faculty members as they make progress toward promotion and tenure.
  5. Evaluate teaching performance of post-tenure faculty.

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Objective 6.
Increase the visibility of the research, teaching, and extension programs.

Action: Publicize undergraduate and graduate teaching programs to increase recruitment of students in relation to goals.

  1. Ensure that high school counselors, community college representatives, parents/guardian, and appropriate others have complete information on career opportunities and alumni successes, as well as current information on entrance and course requirements.
  2. Have current and Web-based academic information. Work with the Publications Editor in this effort.
  3. Develop innovative Web-based products including video, Facebook, etc. for recruitment of new students.
  4. Develop distance-learning opportunities for K-12 teachers, including credit-based courses.