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Academic Implementation

The Academic Implementation Team focuses on supporting student success by strengthening every aspect of a student’s experience to ensure students have the tools to move from starting college to earning their degrees to building careers, seamlessly and successfully. The team was co-led by Warren Burggren, then provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Elizabeth With, vice president for student affairs. Finley Graves assumed co-leadership of the team’s ongoing initiatives following his appointment as provost and vice president for academic affairs this spring. Shannon Goodman, vice president for enrollment, has contributed to the team’s work since his arrival in February and will lead an implementation team focused on enrollment for FY 2016.

At UNT, academics is about more than classroom learning. It’s also about providing students with the right support systems, exposing them to effective faculty and staff, tracking their progress, and supporting their professional and career development. To ensure these remain strong components to a students’ education, the team created plans that:

  • Bolster recruitment and retention
  • Further students’ academic development
  • Enhance the quality of student life overall
  • Recognize and support exemplary faculty and staff
  • Ensure the university adheres to rigorous assessment and compliance standards

These plans help support current students and strengthen connections with future students in a variety of ways.

Recruitment and Retention

Initiatives such as the Eagle Express Tuition Plan create the backbone for plans for expansion in recruitment and enrollment. Other plans focus on engaging prospective transfer and graduate level students, and concentrating on the needs of students entering college for the first time. The team also undertook a plan to increase the recruitment of out-of-state students through the Oklahoma Tuition Plan.

Retaining students and enhancing their educational experiences also figure greatly into the university’s overall goal of providing the best undergraduate experience in Texas. Key initiatives include:

  • Increasing advisory support
  • Strengthening the connection with first-year students
  • Providing broader opportunities for student engagement, especially for non-traditional and online students

Student experiences in the classroom and on campus remain of utmost importance. To that end, UNT is working toward improving faculty-student ratios while enhancing infrastructure and technical support. Expanding internship opportunities will augment the classroom experience. Opening a new University Union and the 500-bed Rawlins Hall in the 2015-16 academic year will offer students vital new spaces to gather and live.  

Student Professional and Career Development

The Academic Implementation Team also created plans that support students’ professional goals and ensure they are prepared as graduates for the next steps of their lives. This spring, for example, UNT launched a class concierge program designed to assist seniors in achieving timely graduation. Other initiatives include:

  • Integrating career development programming into freshman and sophomore years for first-time-in-college
  • Furthering accelerated online program development to expedite degree completion and increase the number of leadership development opportunities for students

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff also will benefit from the team’s plans. The university will develop a more systematic way to assess faculty workloads, and staff will receive additional customer service training. Through more specific surveys and assessments, as well as employee feedback, the university will support great teaching, research, scholarship and student support among faculty and staff.

To ensure the university is continuously improving, the team outlined a series of plans that call for assessment and compliance in a variety of areas — from addressing safety issues to reaching Tier One status to achieving accreditation – so that the university is constantly in forward motion.

The Academic Implementation Team’s work will help attract, retain and develop high-quality students, faculty and staff who will continue to maintain UNT’s status as one of the top universities in the nation.

Academic Implementation Team Projects by Theme

The projects appear in no particular order.

 

Faculty

Institution

Enrollment/Recruitment

Student Support

FACULTY

Project

Faculty Workload

Summary

The goal is to develop a more systematic way to assess workload to ensure faculty members who are lower in scholarly productivity have a higher teaching load and to balance faculty workload for efficiency and effectiveness.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Yolanda Flores-Niemann, then Senior Vice Provost  

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Deans
Chairs

 

Project

Course ratio taught by full-time faculty vs. adjunct instructors

Summary

The goal of the project is to adjust the ratio of full-time faculty vs. adjunct instructors so that a higher percentage of courses are taught by full-time faculty to foster student success.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Yolanda Flores-Niemann, then Senior Vice Provost  

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Deans
Chairs

 

Project

Faculty Credentialing Process

Summary

The goal of the project is to implement a new faculty credentialing system through Xitracs, create training materials for system use, train system users, develop a credentialing manual, and compile credentialing information for all UNT faculty teaching courses for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, all in compliance with SACSCOC requirements. 

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Melinda Lilly, Assistant Director for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Ronda Bewley
Ernest Lerma
Michael Monticino
Tami Patterson

INSTITUTION

Project

Tier One Analysis

Summary

The goal of the project is to complete the data analysis to inform UNT’s leadership in outlining a plan to help move UNT to Tier One status.

Status

85 percent complete

Team Lead

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Jason Simon
Cassie Clough
Ah Ra Cho

 

Project

Quality Enhancement (QEP)

Summary

The goal of the project is to select and successfully submit UNT's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as part of the re-accreditation process. The [BE1] committee chose a QEP that will strengthen UNT’s commitment to educational excellence by allowing students to gain valuable career experience while learning. Students will benefit from action-based learning and get real-world experience in the regional community and abroad.  

 

Status

 

50 percent complete for QEP selection
The committee chose a QEP to strengthen UNT’s commitment to educational excellence by allowing students to gain valuable career experience while learning. Students will benefit from action-based learning and get real-world experience in the regional community and abroad. The QEP is now entering the pilot phase for Fall 2015. The QEP plan will be submitted to SACSCOC in January 2016, with the reaffirmation site visit scheduled for March 2016.

Team Lead

 

Mike Simmons, Senior Associate Director, CLEAR
Faculty Co-chairs:
-James Conover
-Brian Lain
-Traci Cihon

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Courtney Banatoski
Jean Keller
Patrick Smith

Enrollment

Celia Williamson

URCM

Margarita Venegas

 

Project

Reaccreditation

Summary

The goal of the project is to ensure that UNT satisfactorily complies with all the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements needed for re-accreditation.

Status

95 percent complete  

Team Lead

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

Full campus participation by all divisions

ENROLLMENT/RECRUITMENT

Project

Provisional Admission

Summary

The goal of the project is to develop a provisional admission program for new first-time in college (FTIC) students that increases semester credit hours (SCH) without negatively impacting quality. 

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Melissa McGuire, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Lisa Maxwell
Jean Schaake
Julie Kirkland

Enrollment

Rebecca Lothringer
Dustin Mayfield
Keitha Robertson
Zelma DeLeon

 

Project

Eagle Advantage

Summary

The goal is to create a recruiting tool to attract top students and create partnerships with North Texas ISDs that will, ultimately, improve the quantity and quality of enrollment. The Eagle Advantage program gives high school juniors in participating school districts who are in the Top 20 percent of their class guaranteed admission to UNT upon graduation.

Status

100 percent complete
The program launched in January 2015 with Arlington ISD and is rolling out to additional school districts in the North Texas region. More than a dozen districts have joined the network as of June 2015.

Team Lead

Elizabeth With, Vice President for Student Affairs

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Rebecca Lothringer
Hope Garcia

URCM

Charity Beck
Ernestine Bousquet
Claudia Cooper
Jillian Jordan
Kelley Pound
Ellen Rossetti
Brandon Tripp
Gabrielle Watson
Angilee Wilkerson
Kit Young
Leslie Minton
Catherine Parkinson

 

Project

Oklahoma Tuition Rate

Summary

The goal of the project is to implement a lower tuition rate for Oklahoma residents to drive out-of-state enrollment. The rate is lower than the standard out-of-state tuition rate to give Oklahoma residents an incentive to attend UNT.

Status

100 percent complete
The new rate will be offered starting Fall 2015. 

Team Lead

Rebecca Lothringer, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Lynn McCreary
Zelma DeLeon

UNT System

Joey Saxon

 

Project

International Agency Agreements

Summary

The goal of the project is to institute international agency agreements to increase recruitment opportunities for international students. 

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Warren Burggren, then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Members (by division, group)

 

UNT International

 

 

Project

Curricular Alignment with Community Colleges (Transfer Mapping)

Summary

The goal of the project is to facilitate and increase transfer student enrollment by providing ‘maps’ that show the curricular alignment between community college programs and UNT degrees

Status

30 percent complete

Team Lead

Celia Williamson, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, Transfer Articulation

Members (by division, group)

 

STUDENT SUPPORT

Project

Career Development

Summary

The goal of the project is to integrate career development programming into the freshman and sophomore years for FTIC (first time in college).

Status

5 percent complete

Team Lead

Dan Naegeli, Executive Director, Career and Leadership Services

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Melissa McGuire
Bonita Vinson
Diedre Leslie

 

Project

Leadership Development  

Summary

The goal of the project is to expand leadership development opportunities for students.

Status

20 percent complete  

Team Lead

Dan Naegeli, Executive Director, Career and Leadership Services

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Director, Center for Leadership and Service
Patrice Abner

 

Project

Alumni Involvement in Career and Leadership Development   

Summary

The goal of the project is to increase the involvement of alumni in career and leadership programming for students.

Status

5 percent complete 

Team Lead

Dan Naegeli, Executive Director, Career and Leadership Services

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Bonita Vinson
Diedre Leslie
Mark Pullam
Director, Center for Leadership and Service
Patrice Abner

Advancement/Alumni Association

Rob McInturf

 

Project

Singular Instructional Fee

Summary

The goal of the project is to implement a singular instructional fee in place of course fees to make fee process understandable for students and efficient for the university.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

 

Project

Mandatory First Flight

Summary

The goal of the project is to plan, pilot, review, and implement a mandatory First Flight Program (extended orientation). 

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Melissa McGuire, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Jean Schaake
Roxanne Davenport
Julie Kirkland
Desiree Robison
Vijay Vaidyanathan
Gwenn Pasco
Yunju Langran
Lisa Maxwell
Warren Henry
Bill Acree

Student Affairs

Stephanie Brown
Eugene Frier
Dan Naegeli

 

Project

Online Checklist for Orientation

Summary

The goal of the project is to give new students tools to decrease the level of anxiety some experience as they acclimate to university life in orientation. This will develop and implement a personalized online student checklist for orientation. 

Status

50 percent complete. Deferred.
The content is developed but implementation is deferred until the new CRM (Customer Relations Management) system is in place.

Team Lead

Melissa McGuire, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Rebecca Lothringer
Zelma Deleon
Brian Heard

Student Affairs

Rodney Mitchell

 

Project

Wireless Networking

Summary

The goal of the project is to expand and improve wireless networking to improve instructional infrastructure and technical support. This project enhanced WiFi networking services in 28 major academic buildings on the UNT Denton campuses and added over 1400 wireless base stations to the campus network. In addition, outdoor WiFi service was installed to serve areas.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Phillip Baczewski, Senior Director of Academic Computing and User Services,  Computing & Information Technology Center

Members (by Division, group)

 

University Information Technology

Carrie Stoeckert

ITSS

C.R. Chevli
Rory RIvoire
Sean Martin