Vision Group 3: Teaching, learning, and advising at the undergraduate level
Vision Group Members
Victor de Meireles
Proposed Vision for UMD in 2020 Related to this Topic
UMD students in 2020 belong to a community of learners in partnership with faculty, staff, and other students who actively engage one another in a variety of integrated academic and co-curricular experiences. These learning experiences prepare students for professional, personal, and civic life.
Faculty and staff members are innovating, designing, and implementing effective learning strategies, and engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning. They are communicating across disciplines and functional areas for integrated learning and a coherent student experience.
Students are actively participating in co-curricular opportunities such as advising, internships, UROP, study abroad, leadership programs, residence life activities, community service, civic engagement, organizations/ clubs, and recreational pursuits. Students gather in capstone seminars to demonstrate and celebrate their integrated learning accomplishments.
As well-educated citizens, UMD graduates have a robust learning portfolio and are ready to contribute positively to the communities in which they live. Employers and graduate/professional schools pursue our graduates because of their UMD education.
UMD is intentionally fostering the six conditions common to high-performing colleges and universities*:
1. Living Mission and Lived Educational Philosophy
All students, staff, and faculty are well-versed on the educational vision and mission of the university and are empowered to enact them.
2. An Unshakable Focus on Student Learning
High expectations and well-defined learning outcomes are communicated to undergraduates as they are welcomed into a campus community that is focused on student learning.
3. Improvement Oriented Ethos
Faculty and staff engage in scholarly activity, program assessment, and professional development related to continuous improvement of learning.
4. Clear Pathways to Student Success
Advising, through multiple venues on campus, facilitates and supports student learning. Students are guided to the knowledge, skills, resources, and experiences that will help them succeed in attaining their educational goals.
5. Shared Responsibility for Educational Quality and Student Success
Faculty and staff work collaboratively as they share responsibility for educational quality and student success.
6. Environments Adapted for Educational Enrichment
UMD is a physically and culturally welcoming campus that adapts its environments for educational enrichment on-campus, off-campus, and on-line. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the educational role of diversity.
*Kuh, G., J. Kinzie, J. H. Schuh, E. J. Whitt, and Associates. 2005. Student success in college: Creating
conditions that matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
Proposed Goals for UMD to Achieve in the Next Three-Five Years Related to this Topic
- Support faculty and staff in creating the conditions that foster learning.
- Support students in learning how to learn.
Proposed Action Steps for UMD to Achieve in the Next One-Two Years Related to this Topic
Goal 1: Support faculty and staff in creating the conditions that foster learning
- Establish a Center for Teaching and Learning
- Provide a visible space for faculty and staff where formal & informal collaboration and coordination occurs and where human, technical, and material resources are available.
- Support use of evidence-based practices (instructional tools, advising practices, pedagogical innovation, educationally effective practices, curriculum development, student development, etc.) that focus on the demographics of the current student population and improve student learning.
- Provide a venue for collaborative research on the scholarship of teaching & learning, inclusive of learning outcomes assessment. Supply adequate resources to support this space and the process.
- Establish a process that truly rewards teaching and advising excellence.
- Formally orient new faculty and staff to the UMD campus culture with a focus on student learning.
- Conduct a comprehensive audit that analyzes where the current gaps in student learning and success occur and implement the recommendations where appropriate and financially possible.
Goal 2: Support students in learning how to learn
- Create an integrated learning space, as part of the Center for Teaching & Learning (see 1A above), where students receive both professional and peer assistance in writing, technology, and discipline-specific projects.
- Establish a writing center.
- Incorporate the tutoring center, ESL programs, and assistance with tools (APAS, ePortfolio, Graduation Planner).
- Provide student success programming.
- Facilitate methods for students to direct, document, and reflect upon their own learning transformations through use of tools such as ePortfolio, Kirby Leadership Institute, Office of Civic Engagement, Academic Advising, Career Services, and intentional curricular planning (such as capstone courses). Promote folio thinking as a path to lifelong learning.
- Assure all students receive proactive advising, based upon a common campus-wide advising curriculum and delivered using best practices in advising pedagogy. In their role as educators, professional and faculty advisors are supported with the level of professional development necessary to implement effective advising practices.
- Communicate to students high expectations for their efforts and engagement in learning. Help them connect with UMD's established learning goals and outcomes.
- Supply adequate resources to support the space and the methods. Incorporate a campus-wide master space plan to analyze how/when classes are offered and when students are taking classes, study space, lab space, community space, and student union space.
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