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  1. Signature Create Your Signature An Enhanced Degree Designation for WMU Students

  2. Higher Learning CommissionQuality Initiative • Requirement of the “Open Pathways” accreditation reaffirmation. • Large scale quality improvement initiative • 3-year implementation Signature Unit name

  3. Quality Initiative Think Tank • September 2014 – March 2015 faculty, staff, students, administration (16 - 40) • Review of University Strategic Planning reports, conversations, research other university • Brainstormed improvement areas • Brain-swarmed themes Signature Unit name

  4. QI Themes • Establish Core Principles of Learning – Student Outcome • Enhance commitment to community outreach and engaged scholarship • Enhance WMU’s commitment to be globally engaged, building leaders for tomorrow who are globally aware and culturally competent. Signature Unit name

  5. QI Themes - Continued • Transform WMU student success efforts to increase student retention and graduation rates. • Engage in a cultural transformation of the campus climate to identify with, accept and promote WMU mission and goals. • Engage in a rejuvenation of curricula that reflects best practices in higher education, cutting edge technology and innovative pedagogy. Signature Unit name

  6. Create Your Signature: An Enhanced Degree Designation for WMU Students • A degree designation that recognizes the value added by the WMU experience. • a “signature” created by each student that reflects his/her individual achievements beyond formal degree requirements • intentional selection of learning experiences, class projects, experiential learning, and co-curricular activities that the student pursues specifically based on personal interests Signature Unit name

  7. Intended Impact • Formally acknowledge co-curricular activities and professional development opportunities not currently recognized; • Encourage self-discovery, as well as commitment to and ownership of a planned program of personal development; • Create new opportunities for contemporary student; • Encourage integrative thinking, foster interdisciplinary learning experiences; • Provide experiences that enhance, integrates and utilizes completed course work. Signature Unit name

  8. Possible Signature Elements • Self management of learning outcomes and program planning • Demonstrated level of commitment • Engagement with others who share focus • Signature experiences • Juried reflection leading to University endorsement Signature Unit name

  9. Proposed Time Line • 2014-2015 Develop proposal • Submission to HLC May 7th • 2015-2016 Build infrastructure to support the initiative, development of signature criteria and implementation process; • 2016-2017 Pilot infrastructure and refine process • 2017-2018 Launch to campus for full participation Signature Unit name

  10. Please provide feedback and suggestions to BrynneK. Belinger <brynne.belinger@wmich.edu Signature Unit name