Goal 1 - Academic Excellence

Kutztown University will promote, enhance and sustain academic excellence, through creativity, scholarship, and innovative teaching and learning environments to prepare students for a successful future and lifelong learning.

  • Objective 1 – Promote exceptional teaching.
    • Key Results
      • Engagement with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) is enhanced.
      • Emphasis on pedagogy in new faculty orientation is increased.
      • Faculty are supported to implement best instructional practices.
  • Objective 2 – Commit to continuous improvement of academic programs by using results of regular and rigorous assessment.
    • Key result:
      • Comprehensive review and revision of First Year Seminar, using direct and indirect assessment results, by 2022.
      • All graduate programs complete crosswalk of program Student Learning Outcomes to Institutional Learning Outcomes, by 2022.
      • Percent of academic assessment actions that are focused on curriculum and pedagogy vs. actions on changing the assessment process, increased.
      • Program review process integrated it into a larger, holistic assessment process.
      • “Close the loop” on four general education goals.
  • Objective 3 – Ensure students engage in high impact practices and experiential learning.
    • Key Results
      • Increase experiential learning opportunities for targeted student populations, including students participating in the Honors Program, Summer Talent Academy for Rising Stars (STARS) Program, Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts (PROFS) Program, and first-year cohorts, by 2024.
      • Percent of senior National Survey of Student Engagement respondents who report participating in at least one experiential learning opportunity: service learning, research with faculty, internship / field experience, or study abroad is increase from 85% to 90%, by 2025.
  • Objective 4 – Enhance and encourage research, creativity and innovation.
    • Key Results
      • Number of grant proposals submitted by faculty increased from 22 to 26.
      • Faculty ongoing research shared to the broader campus.
      • Mentoring opportunities and scholarly communities of practice are created.