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UMSL’s fundamental purpose is to educate and graduate diverse students as they seek different and better lives. This compact commits UMSL to offering qualified students access to quality academic programs, support services and other resources that prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond as they become leaders of our economy and communities.



Goal

Increase the number of educated citizens in the St. Louis region

Actions

  • Increase the total enrollment of degree-seeking students from 10,250 to 11,250 by 2023.
  • Increase first- to second-year retention rates from 79% to 82% by 2023.
  • Increase retention of UMSL’s Pell grant recipients from 69% to 80% by 2023.
  • Increase retention of underrepresented minorities from 71% to 78% by 2023.
  • Fundraise for renewable scholarships, increasing funds available by 50% by 2023.
  • Increase annual degrees conferred from 3,000 to 3,200 by 2023.
  • Increase six-year graduation rate from 60% to 65% by 2023.





Goal

Expand our diverse student population

Actions

  • Increase percentage of underrepresented minorities enrolled from 18% to 20% by 2023.
  • Expand diversity scholarship support 50% by 2018 and 100% by 2023.
  • Increase percentage of international students enrolled from 5% to 7% by 2023.





Goal

Increase flexible pathways to degree completion

Actions

  • Establish and expand the UMSL|NOW (Nights, Online, Weekends) program. By 2023 increase NOW degree programs by 25%; increase enrollment by 200%; and increase personalized advising and coaching support to keep pace with expansion.
  • Shift course offerings to support online, evening, weekends and 4-, 6-, and 8-week course schedules by 25% by 2023.
  • Collaborate across the UM System on increasing course-sharing by 2019.
  • Adopt a clear policy on prior learning assessment and develop a process for granting PLA credit by 2020.





Goal

Enhance student support and engagement

Actions

  • Increase, enhance and align tutoring, supplemental instruction, peer mentoring and study hall services campuswide by 2019.
  • Double the number of students participating in cocurricular activities by 2023; increase involvement of on-campus student population from 3,205 to 6,410 by 2023.
  • Explore expansion of health, counseling and wellness support structures by 2019.
  • Develop and enhance support services which address the unique needs of student parents by 2020.
  • Implement an on-campus food pantry for students facing food insecurities by 2019.





Goal

Increase year-round campus use to create environment for enrollment growth

Actions

  • Audit and expand the proportion of programs with year-round instructional offerings.
  • Create infrastructure for daytime and summer camp support by 2019.
  • Increase daytime and summer camps by 50% by 2023.





Goal

Enhance academic quality and learning experiences

Actions

  • Maintain support for technological and pedagogical course development and modification through the Center for Teaching and Learning by 2019.
  • Support and increase high quality teaching by implementing our Teaching Assessment Plan to increase student evaluation reporting, provide support for faculty with low evaluations, and celebrate high performing faculty.
  • Develop policy to peer-review online course design on a five-year schedule following nationally accepted best practices in online learning (quality matters, online learning consortium) by 2018; fully implement policy in 2019.
  • The Curriculum Alignment Process will oversee review of student learning outcomes for all degree programs by 2019; all courses will align with the program’s identified student learning outcomes by 2020.
  • All degree programs will have two-and-four year academic maps outlining milestone courses and recommended sequencing for first-time on campus and transfer students by 2020.
  • The Curriculum Alignment Process will assist departments to streamline the course schedule reducing the number of changes to the course schedule by 20% by 2020.
  • Review and align general education courses to general education learning goals by 2020; develop an assessment plan and assess student performance in meeting the general education learning goals by 2023.
  • Expand on UMSL Accelerate to refine current entrepreneurship coursework and develop new courses that distinguish and differentiate UMSL entrepreneurship as “best practices” and thought leaders by 2019; develop undergraduate and graduate degree program that grows enrollment by 2021.
  • Centralize and coordinate undergraduate research opportunities within the Office of Research Administration to enhance the undergraduate educational experience, serve as a recruiting tool, and foster a culture of scholarly activity at all levels of the campus community by 2022.
  • Explore the expansion of Living Learning Communities (LLC) in Residential Life and Housing by 2019.
  • Support excellent teaching by increasing the number of faculty who participate in the Center for Teaching and Learning professional development programming by 20%, from 504 to 605 by 2023.
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning will collaborate with faculty to review and/or redesign 20% of scheduled courses to develop and assess mastery of student learning outcomes by 2023.
  • As a member of the Generation Study Abroad Initiative, double the number of students who participate annually in study abroad experiences, from 142 to 284 by 2023.
  • Establish the Graduate Professional Development Program to include engagement by MU professional development staff and Hogan Leadership Focus assessment tests by 2018.





Goal

Strengthen development of all advisors and student support staff and enhance collaboration between student support units across campus

Actions

  • Provide annual access to intentional development opportunities on and off campus for advisors and student support staff by 2018.
  • Maximize collaboration in support of student success by setting clear expectations for 100% of advisors and student support staff to fully implement the unified advising record (MyConnect) by 2018.
  • Launch implementation plan for 100% of advisors to use all available degree tracking and
    mapping programs by 2019.





Goal

Expand and enhance student employment and internships

Actions

  • Increase on-campus student employment opportunities by 20%, from 1292 to 1550, by 2023.
  • Increase internship opportunities by 20%, from 767 to 920, by 2023.
  • Assess and develop competencies for all student employment experiences by 2023.
  • Increase employment outcomes rate of graduates from 85% to 90% in positions related to their major and career goals by 2023.
  • Enhance data collection of post-graduate outcomes by 10%, from 61% to 67% knowledge rate,
    by 2023.





Goal

Decrease debt at graduation and loan default rates

Actions

  • Increase the number of course sections using open/affordable educational resources and textbooks from 3% to 9% by 2020.
  • Development will continue to fundraise for UMSL grant and micro grant funding, increasing funds available by 50% by 2023.
  • Pilot Financial Literacy Programming by 2018; implement and expand by 2019.