Strategic Planning: Academic Student Success

The 2016-2021 Academic Student Success Strategic Plan

In 2016 and beyond, University of Michigan-Dearborn will continue to be an inclusive, student-focused institution. We are committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research and scholarship, as well as access, affordability and metropolitan impact.

To sustain and deepen academic excellence and student engagement, the University of Michigan-Dearborn must challenge itself and its students to be the best. It must recognize its strengths and weaknesses and welcome change and quality improvement.

The Process Used to Create a Strategic Plan

The first step was to measure and compare the university’s operations, practices, and performance to its desired outcomes. Next – when feasible – the Provost Office measured and compared its operations, practices, and performance against its peer institutions. Benchmarking better enables the university to determine reference points for goal and target setting. The third step was to determine strategic goals, based on our mission and vision, and develop tactics for carrying them into effect.

The fourth step requires the Provost Office to perform periodic evaluations of its goals and strategies to measure its performance. Such reviews should be performed at least on an annual basis to evaluate the effect of specific actions on long-term goals.

Finally, the Provost Office assesses the Student Success Strategic Plan in order to make any needed changes and adjust its course based on assessment results. Any revised plan must take into consideration emerging strategies and changes that affect the university’s intended mission to deepen academic excellence and student engagement.

Implementation Framework

The Provost Office Student Success Strategic Plan sets an ambitious, but achievable, set of goals for the next five years. The implementation framework includes:

  • Strategic goals: the broad-based objectives that provide a foundation for achieving student success on campus.

  • Tactic(s): the focused plans and actions that will be used to achieve all or parts of the strategic goal.

  • Measure(s) and Timing: the specific measureable elements that detail how the goals will be achieved, typically through performance indicators or other measures that provide a definable target for achievement.

  • Status: An indicator, based on periodic evaluations, which will provide a general assessment of the status of the plans and actions taken to achieve the overall strategic goals.

To sustain our commitments to academic excellence and student engagement, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has identified strategic goals to: (1) enhance overall tracking, collection, and dissemination of student data; (2) enhance student participation in, and experience of, high-impact educational practices (HIEPs); (3) provide focused interventions for First Time in Any College (FTIAC) and transfer students; (4) advance retention and graduation rates; and, (5) enhance Graduate Student Success. These strategic goals will guide the work of the Provost Office for the next five years.

The Provost Office intends for these efforts to help collectively improve the quality of both undergraduate and graduate education on our campus. As a result, the following measures provide the overall objective for the Academic Student Success Strategic Plan:

 

  • By 2021, achieve a consistent first-to-second year retention above 84% (last three years: 81% -- Fall 2014; 80.1% -- Fall 2013; and, 83% -- Fall 2012).

  • By 2021, achieve a consistent four-year graduation rate for FTIAC students above 25% (last three years: 16% -- 2009; 16% -- 2008; and 15% -- 2007).

  • By 2021, achieve a consistent six-year graduation rate for FTIAC students above 60% (last three years: 52.6% -- 2009; 50.6% -- 2008; and, 51.8% -- 2007).

  • By 2021, achieve a consistent second-year graduation rate for transfer students above 15% (last three years: 5.1% -- 2013; 3.2% -- 2012; and, 4.7% -- 2011).

  • By 2021, achieve a consistent four-year graduation rate for transfer students above 55% (last three years: 46.1% -- 2011; 40.1% -- 2010; and, 43.7% -- 2009).

  • By 2021, achieve a consistent six-year graduation rate for transfer students above 65% (last three years: 53.7% -- 2009; 53.5% -- 2008; and, 57.6% -- 2007).