THE FIVE YEAR GOAL
Stony Brook will continue to improve undergraduate education and the recruitment and retention of students. In the last five years, the undergraduate program has been enhanced with initiatives ranging from increased mentoring, to special programs that engage undergraduates' interest, through programs that encourage pedagogical experimentation, to the establishment of several exciting interdisciplinary teaching and research units. To continue this development and accommodate the expanding undergraduate student body, the University will review what has been accomplished thus far to ensure that students' curricular needs are met, and continue carefully planned innovation.
Redesign orientation programs so that both the summer one-day placement/orientation program and the opening of school are welcoming, academically meaningful, and enjoyable experiences for new students. (1.2, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs)
An expanded opening week program was initiated in fall 2000 to provide students an integrated experience with a more academic orientation. New students now attend a formal convocation, sessions with faculty and deans, introductions to campus services and activities, and social events. All new freshmen receive a summer readingMalcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point in 2002in preparation for an assembly with the author on opening day. The summer reading is also used in USB 101 and the first-year writing course.
The summer orientation program has been fine-tuned, with more general faculty advising, more and better-trained orientation leaders, and more attention to individual students. A streamlined schedule permits all students to leave campus with a complete fall schedule. The Parents' Program has also been enhanced.
Improve the advising program, especially for first-year students. Continue to improve the Advising Center, building strong relationships between Advising and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), and increasing faculty involvement in advising. Establish procedures within departments for providing majors with systematic academic advice regarding their current and future education and career goals. (1.2, Provost)
Recent developments in the advising program include hiring more faculty advisors for summer orientation, recruiting a stronger and more diverse staff in the Advising Center, expanding peer advising and pre-health advising, and establishing a formal liaison program between the Advising Center and academic departments. A Faculty Oversight Committee and monthly Advising Community meetings further ensure coordination. The Advising Center and CELT together run the Achievement Support Program, which works with faculty in large freshman courses to identify and assist new students in academic difficulty. Advising for high-achieving students will be strengthened for the class of 2002 with the creation of the Alpha Tau Honor Society, which will have a dedicated faculty advisor.
Ensure that teaching evaluation procedures support efforts to improve teaching. Consider changing the current procedures to make the evaluations more useful, and make changes as appropriate. (1.3, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
The Distinguished Teaching Professors group completed an analysis of current evaluation procedures in 2001-02 and plans to recommend the addition of a formative evaluation process occurring early in the semester. The Office of Institutional Research is working with faculty with statistics expertise to develop a new report with better comparative information on the teaching evaluation data currently collected. Implementation is planned for 2002-03.
In the Health Sciences Center, the Schools of Nursing and Medicine are developing online teaching evaluations; Nursing already uses them in Distance Learning programs. The School of Health Technology and Management has instituted faculty peer review that includes teaching, an alumni survey on educational improvements, and an open-ended evaluation policy by which students can comment on courses on an ongoing basis.
Develop a strategic plan for internationalization. (1.3, Provost)
In spring 2002 the provost convened an International Council to develop a plan for integrating and expanding international activities including study abroad, student exchange programs, internationalization of curricular offerings, and co-curricular programs. Recent initiatives include a new public lecture series, "Current Global Issues," expanded course offerings, and special sections of USB 101 featuring international issues. Stony Brook is also working with SUNY Albany and the Governor's Office to establish the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute, which will provide educational programs in international relations and commerce and support for the development of new international partnerships.
Develop a policy and mechanism to recruit in the early grades the children of faculty and staff in all job categories as prospective Stony Brook students. (1.4, Provost)
A specific recruitment policy and mechanism have not yet been developed. The children of faculty and staff are currently recruited through an array of community outreach programs, such as summer camps, academic programs, and community events. Brochures for most of these programs are mailed to all faculty and staff and detailed in the new Community Resource Guide.
Provide consistent service hours for all student service departments, and ensure that staff is available to conduct administrative business for evening students. (1.5, Provost; Vice President for Administration)
Student service departments are open daily during business hours. Services in the Administration Building LobbyFinancial Aid, Bursar/Student Accounts and the Registrarare also open on Tuesday evenings when classes are in session. Service hours are under review in spring 2002, in preparation for a new schedule for fall 2002.
Ensure that students have ready access to administrative forms in both paper and electronic formats. Create a forms area in the Administration Building lobby that provides important forms and posted prototypes for completing them. (1.5, Provost; Vice President for Administration)
A forms area was created in the Administration Building lobby. The SOLAR website,
opened in spring 2002 as the web portal to PeopleSoft, permits students to
register, add and drop courses, join course waitlists, view financial aid
and billing information, and check student employment opportunities.
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