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Strategic Plan

Support Operation for Academic Retention (S.O.A.R.)

GOAL: To further interdepartmental coordination to enhance student retention and academic success.

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Objective 1: Provide support for supervision of programs and services

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Objective 2:  Expand current programs to accommodate increasing student needs

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Programs for Academic Development and Retention (P.A.D.R)

Mission: Programs for Academic Development and Retention (PADR) provides students with opportunities for personal and academic skill development through coursework and individualized instruction. PADR empowers students through self discovery and awareness of specific problems that hinder academic success.

Goal: Improve retention by providing tools to promote academic excellence.

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Objective 1: Improve success of PADR students

Objective 1.2: Track performance of students after completing PADR requirements.

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GOAL II: Enhance the educational experience for PADR students and instructors.

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Objective 2.1: Intensify the search for personal, academic and career identity in our students.

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Objective 2.2 Develop new venues to assist all TTU undergraduate students desiring to improve their academic work

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Objective 2.3: Continually develop and modernize course curriculum.

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Objective 2.4: Improve instructor knowledge and teaching skills.

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Learning Center

GOAL I:  To assist with student retention and academic success, primarily through an effective, user-friendly peer tutoring and mentoring program.

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Objective 1.1: Increase the number of contacts/contact hours for traditional group tutoring

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Objective 1.2:  Increase the usage of online tutoring.

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Objective 1.3: Assess the need for onsite tutoring at remote campuses

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Objective 1.4: Reduce technical problems encountered with lecture viewing in computer lab

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Objective 1.5: Continue with departmental publicity efforts

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GOAL  II:  To assist with student retention and academic success by providing individualized professional counseling tailored to student needs

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Objective 2.1 Continue to provide individual counseling services by a Licensed Professional Counselor

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Objective 2.2  Continue to promote and support the knowledge and skills of the counselor as a Learning Specialist

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Objective 2.3   Increase student awareness of counseling services provided through the Learning Center

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Objective 2.4   Provide training and support for the Peer Mentors and support for the tutors of the Learning
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Supplemental Instruction (S.I.)

GOAL:  The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program will provide effective peer-facilitated review sessions for historically difficult courses, offering a collaborative environment for students to assimilate course material with effective study skills.

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Objective 1: Expand the SI Program.

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Objective 2: Increase name recognition and awareness of the SI Program.

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Objective 3: Improve facilitation techniques of SI Leaders.

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Objective 4: Increase technology use.

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Technical Unit

GOAL:  Provide technological support and assistance and create ‘user-friendly’ computing environment to students and staff in Support Operations for Academic Retention, and use maximum advantages of technology to achieve reliable, efficient and excellent access.

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Objective 1:  Deliver technology to Students.

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Objective 2: Deliver the technological support and assistance to the units of SOAR.

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Texas Success Initiative (T.S.I.)

GOAL:  The Texas Success Initiative program will create a more effective learning environment in which students have the ability and time to gain the knowledge and skills to prepare to be successful in upper level reading, writing, and mathematics courses.

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Objective 1: Determine reasons that students from freshman to sophomore fail to complete the TSI program.

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Objective 2:  Students complete their prescribed TSI courses successfully in a timely manner.

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Objective 3:  Students complete mathematics liable courses successfully each semester

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Objective 4:  Increase the efficacy of the TSI curriculum in all areas

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Objective 5: Improve instructor teaching techniques and knowledge

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Objective 6:  Acquire additional funding and office space to increase the TSI staff by two full time employees

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Objective 7:  Increase understanding of TSI program throughout campus

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