Department Chairs and Program Directors
Linda L. Lamwers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Thursday, October 27, 2011
In conjunction with the university's strategic planning, the Academic Affairs Division is engaged in an academic planning process. As part of that process, the Academic Planning Advisory Committee is interested in hearing from department chairs and program directors about each department's/program's own definitions of academic quality. In thinking about these questions, chairs and program directors might find it convenient to consult the department's/program's most recent mission statement, program review documents, and teacher scholar model. Your input is an important part of developing a framework for the planning process so that we can be sure we're asking the appropriate questions and allowing you to have opportunities for self-definition.
Please provide information in response to the following questions and try to limit your responses to two typed pages
Information received by November 22 will be considered as we develop the framework for optional department/program reports (Step 3 D. in the Academic Planning Process) Responses from department chairs and program directors should be directed to Marguerite de Wet (Provost Office).
The first step for departments will be to share with this group their views about quality by completing the Qualitative Questionnaire (4 questions - Appendix 2.) The questions will be re-sent to department chairs and program directors later this week.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania.
West Chester University is committed to attracting, enrolling, and graduating quality students from a wide variety of educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds. This endeavor requires the University to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff and to provide each member of the University community with learning and leadership development opportunities. To this end, the University supports and encourages programs which benefit all people and which seek to eradicate discrimination and injustice. We treasure what we believe to be the highest principles of American society: the worth and uniqueness of each individual, the belief that success is to be earned by individual effort put forth in an environment founded on equality of opportunity, and the appreciation of the ideal of an inclusive society. We believe that it is incumbent upon all members of our community - staff, students, faculty and administrators - to conduct themselves with civility toward one another at all times. We value the special talents and contributions of each member of our community. We further affirm the worth and dignity of each member and the shared responsibility of all to treat each other as individuals, with respect and courtesy. As a university owned by the citizens of Pennsylvania, we value our mission to provide the best educational opportunities possible which will enable the University community to successfully address the concerns of a global society. To this end, West Chester University seeks to provide diligent advising for students and to focus on teaching students to think clearly and critically, to make logical and ethical judgments, and to communicate effectively with others.