GRIP Retreat Review June 4, 2013
GRIP THEMATIC TEAMS • Team 1: Enrollment ManagementRecruitment and Admissions; UTSA Ready; Top Scholar; Financial Aid; Finish in Four; On Campus Employment • Team 2: Transition & AdvisingOrientation; First Year Experience;Advising Bridging Programs; Advising Electronic Support Systems • Team 3: Curricula & Academic PlanningStreamlining Curriculum; Tutoring, SI and Online Resources; Waitlists; Online Learning; Competency and CLEP Testing; Multidisciplinary Studies
RETREAT TAKEAWAYS • We must foster a student-centered campus culture … whether it’s customer service from our staff and faculty or the teaching methodology of our faculty. • Identify policy and process roadblocks in your area • Be helpful and respectful • Doesn’t mean saying ‘yes’ all the time, but see first two above • We must find funds to offer scholarships to recruit strong students. • We must help students find the right major sooner
RETREAT TAKEAWAYS • We must include our students in our conversations when seeing how to improve. • We must continue to think creatively and share our ideas. • The GRIP is the most important thing UTSA is doing, and we cannot fail.
FALL 2013 PILOT PROJECTS • First Year Experience (Academic Inquiry and Scholarship course and University Peer Mentor program) • Top Scholar Program • Early Alert • Revise Advising and Orientation • Competency-Based Exams • Fine-Tuning Previously Implemented Programs
VPAA POLICY CONSIDERATIONS • Curriculum and Majors: • Changing prerequisite or degree requirements • Course milestone and support work • Process/limits for changing majors • Faculty Issues: • Make assignments to be graded early • Grades entered timely into Blackboard Learn • Grade distribution for tenure & promotion • Advising
UTSA POLICY CONSIDERATIONS • Orientation/Roadrunner Days • Registration holds • UTSA job bank for student hiring • 15 vs. 12 credit hours for university financial aid, scholarships • University withdrawal process • Catalog course “longevity” • Course drop date • Please help us identify others
CLOSING REMARKS – WANDA MERCER The most important thing is helping students earn degrees. “Everything else is extraneous.”