Graduate Studies Strategic Plan

Mission of the Office of Graduate Studies within the Division of Academic Affairs
To provide resources, services, and leadership that support and guide the graduate academic programs across the University.

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Vision of the Office of Graduate Studies for Graduate Programs
To be a powerful advocate for advancing graduate programs that prepare ethical and globally minded professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be leaders in their field and to make significant contributions in their chosen disciplines.

Guiding Principles
Advance a culture of academic excellence that supports graduate programs in their initiatives to:
• Develop graduate students’ ability to think critically about and generate creative solutions to problems specific to their fields of study
• Develop graduate students’ capacity to engage in an ongoing process of self-guided learning and discovery in their chosen fields
• Promote innovative and transformative education practices that foster:

• A passion for lifelong learning, personal growth, and professional development
• The generation and application of new knowledge and scholarly innovations
• Interdisciplinary learning and value added collaboration within diverse and multicultural communities
• Professional responsibility for advocating for the needs of local, regional, and global societies


Goal 1: An Exemplary Place to Learn and Grow Personally and Professionally

TU 2020 Academic Excellence and Student Success
Goal 1.1 Provide high quality academic support services for part time and full time graduate students in collaboration with graduate programs, the academic colleges, and other academic units

Tactic 1.1.1 Enhance the quality advising for graduate students in their field of study, that is relevant to their culture, learning needs and future goals

Tactic 1.1.2 Expand writing support and resources for graduate students, including international students and students from diverse backgrounds

Tactic 1.1.3 Enhance language and study resources and support services to assist international students and students from diverse backgrounds to adjust to the university and to the surrounding community, and to succeed in graduate education

Tactic 1.1.4 Enhance library resources, information literacy programs, and library study space for full and part time graduate students

Tactic 1.1.5 Establish procedures for identifying and referring graduate students who are struggling academically or personally to appropriate campus or community resources for support and assistance


TU 2020- Student, Faculty, Staff and Community Well Being; A Model for Campus Diversity
Goal 1.2 Provide access to high quality student services and health services for part time and full time graduate students in collaboration with graduate programs, the academic colleges, and other academic units

Tactic 1.2.1 Expand access to academic and career counseling services, health services, and other university services, tailored to the diverse backgrounds and scheduling needs of graduate students

Tactic 1.2.2 Create opportunities for graduate students to meet as and form a community of learners
Establish communities of support for graduate students including international graduate students and students from diverse backgrounds
Establish academic exchange communities 

Tactic 1.2.3 Strengthen capacity of Graduate Student Association to provide networking opportunities and serve as an information source for graduate students

Tactic 1.2.4 Enhance graduate student orientation programs to address the needs of students from diverse backgrounds


TU 2020 –Model for Leadership Development
Goal 1.3 Promote professional and scholarly leadership opportunities for graduate students in collaboration with graduate programs, the academic colleges, and other academic units

Tactic 1.3.1 Identify and support leadership development and mentoring opportunities for graduate students

Tactic 1.3.2 Identify and support opportunities for graduate students to serve on committees and task forces within Towson University, the surrounding community, and their professional associations

Tactic 1.3.3 Support graduate students’ involvement in professional association and scholarly endeavors, including conducting research, presenting at conferences, and publishing research


TU 2020 Academic Excellence and Student Success
Goal 1.4 Align graduate assistantships with the needs of the students, graduate programs, and available funding streams by partnering with graduate programs, the academic colleges and other university units

Tactic 1.4.1 Streamline and standardize application process for graduate assistantships

Tactic 1.4.2 Align notification of availability of graduate assistantships with graduate program admission cycle

Tactic 1.4.3 Align stipends for graduate assistantships with those of similar universities

Tactic 1.4.4 Meet and confer with graduate assistants at least twice yearly to identify and resolve concerns related to graduate assistantship roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures

Tactic 1.4.5 Promote opportunities for assistantships in academic and non- academic positions that foster leadership, scholarship, and career development


Goal 2: A Nationally and Internationally Recognized University

TU 2020  Academic Excellence and Student Success  
Goal 2.1 Support the curricular rigor and relevancy of new and existing graduate programs in collaboration with graduate programs, the academic colleges and other academic units

Tactic 2.1.1 Ensure that all graduate level programs meet standards for program admission and graduation and comply with Middle States, MHEC and ISSO standards

Tactic 2.1.2 Identify and promote the development of new programs and revision of existing programs that are relevant to the evolving educational and professional workforce needs of the region

Tactic 2.1.3 Advocate for adequate resources to support the development and revision of graduate programs


TU 2020 Internships and Experiential Opportunities
Goal 2.2 Promote external partnerships that support graduate education and scholarship in collaboration with graduate programs, the academic colleges and other academic units

Tactic 2.2.1 Promote external partnerships that support graduate education in collaboration with graduate programs, the academic colleges and other academic units

Tactic 2.2.2 Identify research and scholarship opportunities regionally, nationally, and internationally that promote professional growth and address societal issues


TU 2020 - A Model for Campus Diversity
Goal 2.3 Attract, educate, and retain a diverse graduate student population in partnership with graduate programs, the academic colleges

Tactic 2.3.1 Identify targeted populations of students, including non-traditional students and students from diverse backgrounds, and develop strategies for attracting them to and retaining them at Towson University

Tactic 2.3.2 Develop and implement marketing and retention strategies for targeted program

Tactic 2.3.3 Create a welcoming multicultural campus community for graduate students and graduate faculty to foster interdisciplinary discourse among stakeholders who hold diverse views

Goal 3: A University with High Academic Standards

TU 2020 Academic Excellence and Student Success
Goal 3.1 Support the academic rigor of current and proposed graduate level programs in collaboration with the graduate programs, academic college, and academic units

Tactic 3.1.1 Advance the clarity and specificity of student learning outcomes and learning activities within course syllabi to reflect graduate level expectations as distinct from undergraduate level expectations

Tactic 3.1.2  Assess and develop graduate programs, to promote advanced critical thinking and generation of creative solutions to challenges specific to their field of study

Goal 3.2 Collaborate with the university offices to provide resources to support excellence in graduate programs that address community workforce and societal needs   

Tactic 3.2.1 Identify and disseminate strategies for use of technology as effective instructional tools

Tactic 3.2.2 Collect, analyze, and disseminate trend data that academic colleges can use to support the development of new programs and the revision of existing programs that meet current and merging community workforce and societal needs

Tactic 3.2.3 Support the advancement of the knowledge and skills of Graduate Studies Office staff to serve as a central hub for information and services for graduate programs

Tactic 3.2.4 Collaborate with Alumni Affairs and Career Center to refine a data system for developing mentorship pools and for tracking careers of graduate students for post-graduation 


Goal 4: A University that Invests in a Model Academic Community

TU 2020 Academic Excellence and Student Success
Goal 4.1 Determine strategies and procure resources for faculty to maintain and enhance quality of programs in collaboration with graduate programs, academic colleges, and other academic units

Tactic 4.1.1 Expand a directory of resources for graduate program directors

Tactic 4.1.2 Support program director networks within each college that meet regularly to discuss strategies and identify needed resources for developing and maintaining excellence of graduate programs

Tactic 4.1.3 Enhance resources to involve community expertise and graduates as contributors to graduate education

 

Goal 4.2 Enhance marketing and recruitment supports to increase enrollment of qualified students

Tactic 4.2.1 Increase efficiency and effectiveness of graduate recruitment and admissions processes tailored to the needs of individual programs

Tactic 4.2.2 Prioritize and conduct marketing initiatives tailored to the needs of targeted programs

Tactic 4.2.3 Identify markets and opportunities for developing and staffing graduate level academic courses and programs for emerging workforce needs and distance education delivery

TU 2020 Internships and Experiential Opportunities
Goal 4.3 Identify collaborative opportunities across departments, colleges and divisions to create innovative learning programs and experiences for graduate students

Tactic 4.3.1 Foster inter-professional and inter-college workshops, seminars, service learning projects, and other learning exchanges

Tactic 4.3.2 Encourage and support inter-professional graduate programs that will meet evolving local, regional, national and global societal and workforce needs