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Building on Excellence

Academics

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Building on Excellence

Academics

West Chester University is dedicated to building and sustaining excellent academic programs, while supporting and developing an academic environment that ensures student success. A broad set of four objectives were initially developed to enhance the University's focus on student learning as measured via specific measures of learning outcomes: to provide an academic environment that encourages learning and student success, to provide greater access to academic programs via both traditional and non-traditional methods of delivery, and to strengthen pedagogy, technology, and facilities in support of teaching excellence at the University.

The Academic Theme is largely divided into five sub-areas of focus:

  1. Rigorous and systematic academic planning and assessment (the core mission) - including Graduate Education
  2. Enhancement of the student learning process and services that support that process (from advising to offices including the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Affairs).
  3. Comprehensive internationalization (study abroad, international student enrollment, and global partnerships).
  4. Distance Learning, the development of off-site teaching locations and alternative delivery of education
  5. Ensuring innovative teaching classrooms and adequate office/research space

Highlights for Year 2

  1. All 82 undergraduate and graduate programs evaluated using the Assurance of Student Learning (ASL) rubric, which evaluates the assessment efforts of all programs of study. This is a critical step as we maintain the high standards of national and program accreditation.
  2. Highest graduate student enrollment in West Chester University's history, at 2,295, an 8.7% increase over Spring 2014. Several new graduate professional doctorate programs were approved, with the first cohorts starting this academic year, including the professional Doctorate in Public Administration, Nursing, and Ed.D.
  3. Under the direction of Joe Santivasci, assistant provost and assistant vice president for strategic enrollment, the University is implementing a documentation management software and system called OnBase.
  4. Advising Task Force is collecting data with the goal of preparing recommendations during summer 2016 to best support faculty in meeting the standard of advising.
  5. Increased numbers of WCU students studying abroad as well as increases in international students on the campus of West Chester University.