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Strategic Goal 2 - Action Items

II. Provide engaging experiences that challenge our students to excel.

  1. Implement an advising/support structure that meets student needs from applicant through alumna/us.

    • Action Item 3

      Frostburg State University supports student success through comprehensive academic and career services that are focused on the needs of students from admission through their years as alumni.

      Responsible Division/Vice President: Academic Affairs/Dr. Throop

      Contributors: Faculty; Student Affairs/Dr. Travis; University Advancement/Mr. Short

      2023 Outcome: Career and academic advising support and services are tailored to the individual's progress at FSU and are recognized as a preeminent component of the university.

      Notes: Participation in the NACADA/Gardner Institute Excellence in Academic Advising Program will be the major driving force for improving and enhancing academic advising during the 5-year time period. FSU will also focus on the second-year experience as a critical time for career advising through course offerings, self-inventories, and programming as part of the second-year residency requirement. Recognizing the value of a Career and Professional Development Center (CDPC) to students and alumni as a resource for career selection and advancement, the services and offerings of the CPDC will be assessed in terms of meeting or exceeding national best practice benchmarks.

    • Progress 2016-2018

      Action Items & Allocation of Resources

      During the summer 2017 planning retreat, several strategic initiatives were identified for funding. Funds were set aside to a) focus on increased marketing and recruitment efforts; b) begin a regional assessment of career opportunities for graduates; c) study the feasibility of advising centers; and, d) use analytics to improve retention/graduation rates and budgeting/resource allocation.

      Funded Action Items

      a. Marketing and recruiting: Approximately $75,000 was allocated to additional initiatives that included:

      • a narrated campus virtual tour
      • additional student connection opportunities through Hobsons
      • advertising at bus stops at feeder schools where students use public transportation
      • expanded targeted social media advertising in the regional resident zone
      • Bobcat Boxes sent to alumni who are teachers

      b. Regional career opportunities: No University funds required.

      • utilizing funds from the governor to establish a VP for Regional Development

      c. Advising centers feasibility

      d. Analytics for recruitment and retention: No University funds required.

      • utilizing HelioCampus, a higher education analytics platform that solves admissions, student retention and recruiting problems.
  1. Integrate effective career and professional development into the student experience.

    • Action Item 3

      Frostburg State University supports student success through comprehensive academic and career services that are focused on the needs of students from admission through their years as alumni.

      Responsible Division/Vice President: Academic Affairs/Dr. Throop

      Contributors: Faculty; Student Affairs/Dr. Travis; University Advancement/Mr. Short

      2023 Outcome: Career and academic advising support and services are tailored to the individual's progress at FSU and are recognized as a preeminent component of the university.

      Notes: Participation in the NACADA/Gardner Institute Excellence in Academic Advising Program will be the major driving force for improving and enhancing academic advising during the 5-year time period. FSU will also focus on the second-year experience as a critical time for career advising through course offerings, self-inventories, and programming as part of the second-year residency requirement. Recognizing the value of a Career and Professional Development Center (CDPC) to students and alumni as a resource for career selection and advancement, the services and offerings of the CPDC will be assessed in terms of meeting or exceeding national best practice benchmarks.

    • Progress 2016-2018

      Action Items & Allocation of Resources

      During the summer 2017 planning retreat, several strategic initiatives were identified for funding. Funds were set aside to a) focus on increased marketing and recruitment efforts; b) begin a regional assessment of career opportunities for graduates; c) study the feasibility of advising centers; and, d) use analytics to improve retention/graduation rates and budgeting/resource allocation.

      Funded Action Items

      a. Marketing and recruiting: Approximately $75,000 was allocated to additional initiatives that included:

      • a narrated campus virtual tour
      • additional student connection opportunities through Hobsons
      • advertising at bus stops at feeder schools where students use public transportation
      • expanded targeted social media advertising in the regional resident zone
      • Bobcat Boxes sent to alumni who are teachers

      b. Regional career opportunities: No University funds required.

      • utilizing funds from the governor to establish a VP for Regional Development

      c. Advising centers feasibility

      d. Analytics for recruitment and retention: No University funds required.

      • utilizing HelioCampus, a higher education analytics platform that solves admissions, student retention and recruiting problems.
  1. Create a campus climate that enhances the well-being of our students and is welcoming, inclusive, and contributes to the cultural competence of each of our graduates.

    • Action Item 4

      Frostburg State University provides programs and services that promote student engagement, and the development of self-awareness and well-being.

      Responsible Division/Vice President: Student Affairs/Dr. Travis

      2023 Outcomes: Graduates have developed lifestyles that promote physical and mental wellness and have the necessary skills to maintain wellness in life.

      Notes: This outcome relies on a significant focus on co-curricular offerings to improve physical and mental wellness among students. The results of a multi-year plan with a comprehensive approach to well-being will lead to a defined co-curriculum.

    • Progress 2016-2018

      Action Items & Allocation of Resources

      During the summer 2017 planning retreat, several strategic initiatives were identified for funding. Funds were set aside to a) focus on increased marketing and recruitment efforts; b) begin a regional assessment of career opportunities for graduates; c) study the feasibility of advising centers; and, d) use analytics to improve retention/graduation rates and budgeting/resource allocation.

      Funded Action Items

      a. Marketing and recruiting: Approximately $75,000 was allocated to additional initiatives that included:

      • a narrated campus virtual tour
      • additional student connection opportunities through Hobsons
      • advertising at bus stops at feeder schools where students use public transportation
      • expanded targeted social media advertising in the regional resident zone
      • Bobcat Boxes sent to alumni who are teachers

      b. Regional career opportunities: No University funds required.

      • utilizing funds from the governor to establish a VP for Regional Development

      c. Advising centers feasibility

      d. Analytics for recruitment and retention: No University funds required.

      • utilizing HelioCampus, a higher education analytics platform that solves admissions, student retention and recruiting problems.