Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Plan

The Division of Academic Affairs has developed operational plans in support of the promise and potential of UIS’ Strategic Compass to provide students with a Premier Educational Experience. This promise rests on achieving goals associated with the directional pillars of World-Class Teaching, Experience-Engaged, Personal Attention, and Liberal Arts Skilled. Units within the Division of Academic Affairs will identify goals and tactical steps during Spring 2019 to address each of these key priorities.

Link to a visual presentation of the Division of Academic Affairs Strategic Compass – operational planning goals (PDF)

Premier Educational Experience

A premier educational experience can only be fully achieved when the learning organization: 1) is capable of attracting, supporting, and retaining a high-performing faculty who reflect a diverse community of teachers and scholars; 2) is capable of visioning and implementing a curriculum that is intentional, efficient, relevant to the needs of the workforce, and responsive to the professional and personal development of students; and 3) provides facilities that are expressly designed to actively engage students and faculty in teaching and learning, scholarship, and outreach.  Read more about the Division of Academic Affairs’ Premier Educational Experience goals…

Key Priorities of the Directional Pillars

World-Class Teaching

Reinforce emphasis on hiring a diverse faculty with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, improve teaching assessment and feedback systems, recognize and reward high quality teaching, invest in ongoing development of faculty efforts to integrate teaching, scholarship, outreach, and service activities.  Read more about the Division of Academic Affairs’ World-Class Teaching goals…

Experience Engaged

Reinforce and expand current experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, increase capability and practice of integrating experiential activities within courses, assure to the extent possible that experiential learning opportunities connect to the world beyond the campus.  Read more about the Division of Academic Affairs’ Experience Engaged goals…

Personal Attention

Reinforce emphasis on individualized student interactions with faculty and staff, assure classes are delivered to meet student needs, improve practices for meeting the needs of a diverse student body, partner with other units to enrich student experience.  Read more about the Division of Academic Affairs’ Personal Attention goals…

Liberal Arts Skilled

Strategically expand and enhance UIS’ liberal arts strengths to prepare students for the future, including integration of those strengths across all majors. Read more about the Division of Academic Affairs Liberal Arts Skilled goals…

Read more about the University’s Strategic Compass