Academics: Comments from 10/20/11

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding Academics. The following are their responses:

Create

•Provide graduate programs in Sport management for the large community of Sport business within the local community.

•An athletic window with no classes scheduled to allow for athletic practice time.

•Create a central undergraduate research center to foster research skills and abilities across campus.

•More student engagement by TT faculty working with student groups. Too much emphasis on the individual research interests.

•LGBT studies

•Have academic programs that are truly real life. Students should work projects that are real and benefit the community. They should leave the university with real life experience.

•Track the success rates in classes and analyze problems. Propose solution based upon what data shows, including prerequisites, tutoring, or instructor training amount others.

•Degrees in Agriculture

•More MA/ PhD programs in liberal arts. English lit PhD!

•Teaching and research: It's very hard to foster a research focus with present teaching loads. Most "big" schools have much lower teaching loads. Suggest lowering out expected loads, or having different levels for teaching versus research-focused faculty.

•More collaboration between academic departments and the library to support student research skills.

•Create a campus wide committee that is committed to course quality (Online and face to face). There are people on campus who can assist faculty in improving their courses.

•Stronger relationships between faculty and staff and the services that impact the students.

•As we continue to expand academic programs can the process for interdisciplinary courses/ degrees be encourage in more disciplines. Also, can weekend offering be used to create a comprehensive list of accelerated/ certificate degrees and certs.

•It is extremely disappointing to see many fascinating and exciting electives only to discover that the courses has not been offered for assignation amount of time. I've seen this problem in the liberal arts selections, especially on lists for courses that fulfill graduation requirements.

•Aside from listed internships and "independent study" programs, it would be great if there was greater awareness of laboratory opportunities for science majors or co-ops for engineers.

•Pre - Health Professions. Over 200 un-served UCCS students. Less support per student that other state school (major). El Paso county is medically underserved- we owe it to our community.

•UG major in sport communication.

•MBA In sport management

•MBA in Tourism management.

•More tenure track faculty lines!

•More undergrad research classes

•More tutors at the Science Learning Center especially in anatomy and physiology.

•More support for pre- professional programs

•More staff in the career center/ course advisors

•More hands on equipment for anatomy students( models and such.)

•More programs (specialty) for marginalize groups. e.g. queer studies, African American studies.

•Add Computer Science/ Engineering to Liberal Arts curriculum.

•Require all students to take a basic computer/ technology course.

•Create standards that ensures that faculty design assignments that require student to learn and use library resources.

•More consistent standards for thesis and dissertations.

•Support faculty who work with students- stipends, free coffee- anything that makes it easier to work with students.

•Have some late starting classes that will let student drop a class and pick up a class that will still be full time.

•More TA's in the classrooms especially for harder classes. ie Engineering, Math, and Sciences.

•Program where students that are struggling (academically or personally) can seek assistance in a comfortable non-judgmental setting

•I would like to see further (advanced) degree opportunities in Economics.

•More rigor research. As programs need to increase rigor, the number of librarians to support and instruct research need to increase- not just teaching faculty numbers.

•Create an infrastructure for the encouragement of research. i.e. Access to expertise such as statisticians. More staff in OSP to process research and IRB processes. Access to start up funds for small pilot projects with each college.

•A standardized freshman seminar the focuses on students impact on the global society. Sustainability, environmental awareness, etc. Use environmental literature/ activities to prepare students for college level writing, presentation skills and team dynamics, etc. Maybe if every freshman seminar or a decent handful of sections were based on sustainability and environmental issues... Students would feel more connected with each other because they are sharing the same learning experience.

•Allow same tuition discounts for spouses/ children of faculty and staff for graduate programs.

•A comprehensive internship program, especially for LAS, that can add to experiential living and learning and contribute to overall success. Currently there are separate efforts on campus even though many opportunities can class discipline. Coordinate program for campus through career services.

•Look at all classes for and open point of view. Noting if they would add value to another discipline.

•A fast track grad program for UCCS students graduating with honors, by not requiring they take additional tests for admission into the programs. This would increase the incentive for students to continue their education at UCCS rather than going elsewhere. This would also be great to draw alumni back to school and our campus.

•More delivery options. Online, Weekend & Evening, Off Campus, Degree via APPs?

•More night classes for the sciences and in general more weekend university and that meet less (3 credit class meets for 2.5 hours once a week)

•Create more uniform process for grad school admission.

•Pre- Med Programs\As part of the intent of the Chancellor's signature on the Climate initiative, UCCS could become a model laboratory for wind and solar research and experimentation. Colorado Springs has ample wind and sunshine- we should capitalize on this!

•UCCS should require at least one course in sustainability issues in order for every person to graduate.

•Create a partnership with local businesses so that academics can be focused toward needs of community so that graduates are solicited for employment upon graduation.

•Better promotion of grad programs. More timely admittance to grad programs.

•Expand and renovate (modernize) engineering research facilities.

•Freshman seminar has the opportunity to identify future student participation leadership once classes end in November these class list could still be utilized to identify upcoming opportunities (academics, social, service) to these targeted groups.

•3 to 4 student faculty mention. May need to work into faculty performance plans.

•We need to make intro classes more appealing to students in order to engage them in the early stages of classes.

•As a campus we need to prioritize writing by moving the writing portfolio/ WAC initiative out of the English department and under the provost.

•Create more opportunities for student support staff to engage w/ each department. More retention initiatives that are department and FYE supported.

•More collaboration across colleges to develop innovative programs that would help efficiency with staff/ faculty and time management.

•Full VAPA program more! Lead in culture.

•Include language about the environment or sustainability in academic goals. It is currently missing. Global implies it- but not clearly.

•We need to create a robust Evening studies program to enhance the attractiveness of UCCS to non- traditional students. Online, Weekends and Evenings can allow UCCS to utilize classrooms when parking is less congested and it is appealing to many students attending Regis, CSU global, etc. We are missing this opportunity.

•Summer session needs to be organized, marketed, online summer offerings enhanced and this will allow UCCS to grow during a non-peak time. Online in Summer Session will attract numerous new students. Summer session is a 3rd semester option that is not being enhanced or centralized in regards to management.

•Allow billing research projects for salary, in addition to base pay during academic year- not summer only. (1 work on projects all year long!). One example: Double everyone's base pay, but pay only half out of university budget. Allow faculty to raise the remaining half from external sources.

•Target specific Academic programs to grow and take specific, deliberate steps to grow them.

•Need to look critically at programs that are not making money and quality is suffering. Cut the dead wood.

•Need to expand those programs that have potential to grow. Need to invest more money and faculty to winning programs

•EAS develop money for grad student's tuition. Money for grad student's assistantships.

•Raise standards even further over the long run so that the complete university can better compete with UTs and Berkley's.

•Emphasize critical thinking skills across all disciplines.

•Change the culture of graduate education. Stop enrolling just our own students and attract state wide, then region wide and then national and internationally bases programs. The model already used on our campus.

•Innovation degrees and entrepreneurship incorporated into all degrees to include Business and partnership.

•Pursue civil engineer program and chemical engineer program in EAS.

•Explore expanded options for seniors to attend and enroll in classes.

•With all difference to Athletes. It is a shame that extra curricular arts activities are not listed in the same way. NCAA athletes exist as it own subcommittee but nothing for committee Arts. We have just as many students working in an organization.

•Create a fully staffed robust teaching and learning center that would be views as the "go to" place on campus for training in everything from teaching methods to software training to how to teach online vs. traditional classroom.

•Programs that continue to look forward

•I know the community partnerships are welcome. However something is needed for new faculty to help orient them to what is in existence and what are the gaps. Being a ne person makes this overwhelming.

•Have more leadership classes. Student government as a class.

•We need? Do we have? A program dealing with parks recreation and tourism management.

•Add health and wellness with physical ed. program.

•Strengthen the academic program review process. Needs to be taken seriously by both departments and administration.

•More finance electives since there are so few of us. There should be diverse opportunities instead of funneling us all into one.

•Add early childhood educator degree program to college of Ed.

•Create specific funding metrics and equalize funding in each college.

•Add a recreation degree to take advantage of Colorado Spring's Resources.

•Showcase academic on our UCCS website. Make it a clear and prominent link. Find other ways to highlight.

•Nurture a culture that ensures that academic programs serve a diverse and globally aware body of students and alumni.

•Create a more "academic" approach to the study of higher education (SAHE) to make the program more challenging.

•There seem to be a lot of required classes that do not pertain to a student major. Don't focus on making us well rounded we already picked a major.

•New equitable across campus teaching look. Policy SCH/ faculty.

•Adding a new MSW (masters in social work) program. Adding an undergraduate social work program.

•Change the general education requirement to allow students the opportunity to take more classes that apply to their major and less general education credits.

•Add foreign language institution.

•Expand academic program goals to include environmental awareness.

•After football team, add marching band as a part of music program.

•Offer graduate nursing programs on campus instead of all distant.

•Create more academic graduate programs.

•Up faculty lines in natural sciences. Up course offerings esp. anatomy and physiology.

•Add university visibility to Independent studies within departments.

•Up professional staff in Excel Centers.

•Up flexibility within distributed studies program. (Build as unique program)

•Geology major.

•Social work emphasis for undergrad.

•Sustainable energy or renewable energy engineering major.

•Create a direct Entry Masters in nursing for students who hold a bachelors in a field other than nursing.

•Fund new positions! Academics are our CORE we have to fund more faculty lines and more instructors so we can keep our smaller class sizes and keep our high quality of education.

•It is vital to create more support for sponsored programs to connect to the Humanities. You have an overworked Humanities faculty who are underutilized in terms of sponsored programs because they do not have the staff/ program/ research support.

•Synergy/ cooperation between Business and/ Bubliz dmin

•Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual support for the academic lifestyle of students. More inclusive language on part of the professor. Efforts not to "out" a student in class.

•Have reasonable funding for departments; grading, administrative support, travel, equipment, course lab equipment.

•Need to add more PhD programs to: Business School, Medical School, and General Sciences. For the ext. studies: Add CPA preparation course.

•Sustainability Major.

•Energy science major- Sustainable energy engineering.

•Professors need to support bookstore in lieu of sending students off campus. Beneficial to all since Bookstore gives back. Faculty need to have positive support of aux. depts.

•Faculty and staff should support the Bookstore, and not send students to Amazon to shop for books.

•Create a bachelors in ECE. Early Childhood Education program could easily be supported with a Lab school (on-site) at FDC.

•Offer 4year degree in Early Childhood education to help support the FDC and continued statewide increase of teacher requirements.

•Integrate Pre-school and School-age Summer programs into Science Programs on campus to excite young children about science and ignite an interest in STEM.

•Offer classes in a greater range of days and hours to increase facility usage and decrease peak demand on parking.

•Encourage departments to maintain high academic standards in order to ensure that students who graduate from UCCS are actually qualified and are better representatives of UCCS.

•Either make employee waiver accessible to other campuses. Ie: the BA in ECE in Denver available to UCCS staff. Or create a program in Early Childhood Development.

•Allow information on scholarship and programs to be sent to High Schools my daughter is sixteen everyone says she has to Waiver.

•Be crystal clear about "cheating" I know it is covered in Policy Documents- but I don't think that students take academic integrity very seriously- kind of like society in general.

•Include goals that include sustainability, valuing resources, and focus on responsible growth in developing or redesigning academic goals.

•Add a sustainable major.

•Pre-Medical Programs.

•Create graduate programs at UCCS in Allied Health, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

•Sustainable Development Major/ Certificate program. Energy Science Major/ Certificate Program. Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development Graduate Program.

•Discussion/ Recitation sections in addition to lectures.

•Support for graders and Student Teaching Assistants.

•Financial support for graduate student tuition. Many universities pay for this. If we want to be serious about research, we should as well.

•More academic Summer camps for elementary school age students (eg. Science camp, math camp...)

•With a growing student body we need to create more academic advising positions.

•I think that scholarships need to be provided to international students who come here.

•Increase classes by offering classes all days a week. Change class times to accommodate schedules of all working class- over 10 years- things change. People take classes early am late pm- different shifts- different schedules.

Keep

•Improve and increase the VAPA Program.

•Strong interpersonal faculty/student relations.

•Science Center

•Keep the Excel Centers!!! They are one of the better resources to help students with studies.

•Focus our efforts on providing more support for the academic programs that we have already created rather than try to expand into many new programs.

•Continue to support the library with regular increases for materials.

•Continue efforts to formalize policies and procedures for non-tenure trade faculty

•Increase enrollment and residential housing growing but not to exceed15000

•We still have to commitment to adult learning, esp. since so many people are out of work and need to retool we need a GEN ED REQ for technology (and yes Millen AVS need to learn to really use something more than texting- they are not TECH proficient)

•Male freshman seminar teaching a respected and essential contribution to students/ campus. Put students first by having all faculty teach freshman. This way they are aware if the 18 year-old students and how we need to help them learn and expect them to achieve and celebrate with them for doing it.

•Continue to develop new and innovative programs that draw students from all over the nation due to their uniqueness.

•Faculty needs to grow up and learn to WALK their TALK. Stop, do what I say and not as I do.

•Long term teachers, TT, tenured, and instructors - rather than semester-by-semester adjuncts/ lecturers when possible.

•Keep partnerships with high schools for post-secondary options. Kids are really benefiting and learning about UCCCS and some then attending.

•Please continue to fund/ keep open the Science Center (formerly the science learning center)

•Please continue to fund/ support the pre-health club.

•Faculty interest in student success.

•Maintain academic standards and hold both students and faculty responsible and accountable for professionalism.

•Keep the Excel Centers. They help students learn their subjects and improve retention.

•Keep the quality of the professors at a high standard.

•We should keep and grow online programs.

•Excel Centers

•Student Affairs in Higher Ed. - Continue to develop the program, and promote more to staff and faculty.

•Excel Centers

•Strong focus on academics. Relatively small class sizes. Personal relationships with caring faculty.

•The fact that very few graduate students actually teach classes (Including teacher assistants).

•Keep a supportive environment for all.

•I took the CJ 3250 class for the first half of the semester and will take corrections for the second half. LOVE THE IDEA. Yes it makes for a long day but its work it for 6 credits in one time slot for the semester! (Add more please maybe sociology and psychology).

•Science center Centennial Building

•Emails to students to students (Boomer emails)? I have heard that events like pizza parties are mixed in with events that have academic/ intellectual importance (poetry readings, visiting speakers). Break out and highlight Academic events.

•Keep the Science Center

•Research in sciences (Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry Bioorganic Chemistry .... Etc.)

•Keep the science center

•Keep high academic standards in the classroom and in freshman seminars. Get rid of fluff and keep rigor.

•Emphasis on high standards and writing.

•Science center. ~1000 students/ week served. High needs. Consist support of other programs.

•Career SVCS

•LAS is the foundation of the University. We are struggling to maintain quality-teaching practices. Please support the academic programs

•Keep the science Center!! It helps students with classes.

•Keep open the Science center!!!

•Keep standards high. Students are proud of their degrees and licenses from UCCS- we have a good reputation and student's report of being referred to UCCS because of it.

•Small class sizes

•Student Focus

•High- Quality facilities (Classrooms, etc.)

•Keep the employee tuition waiver.

•16-week semesters may be too long any options for 8 weeks?

•Goals that foster, extend, and cultivate programs that are inclusive diverse and beneficial collaborations to improve learning and research opportunities.

•Keep high standards throughout all of our colleges/ majors/ minors. Keep small classes

Discard

•Stop making decisions based on favoritism. I.e. rewarding certain faculty with additional pay for any little thing.

•New textbooks every time a new edition comes out. Too expensive and no cognitive value

•To the extent that we can, we should resist the temptation to satisfy the new enrollment needs with non-tenure trade hires. Tenure ensures faculty commitment to students and service to the institution. Contingent and underpaid faculty feel less obligation to both.

•Too much reliance in lecturers and non-tenure-track faculty.

•Current Modern/ Foreign Languages. Overly focused on grammar (not communication). Ineffective teaching. (Source: fluent speakers observation of the class)

•Competitive practices among colleges and services. Colleges need to recognize overall service that are offered and how their separate events and practices can impact overall service.

•Drop distance education and BI.

•Stop funding special deals before the impact of how it impacts other things is analyzed.

•Grade inflation. Yes it happens here!

•Traditional college structure, consider moving science and math to engineering or separate college.

•FCQs we need better means to evaluate teaching.

•Research in mission. Discard 2-3 teach load. If research go to 2-2.

•"Two Two" Teaching load move to Three/ Three

•Allowing faculty to run separate consulting businesses while on UCCS time.