Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management Strategic Plan (2015 - 2020)
The Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management will be a national leader in undergraduate and graduate programs in kinesiology and sport management.
Provide high quality, research-based, and applied educational programs that prepare leaders in the fields of kinesiology and sport management
Texas Tech University Priority #1 Increase Enrollment and Promote Student Success
We will grow and diversify our student population in order to improve higher education participation and supply a well-equipped, educated workforce for the State of Texas.
- Stabilize undergraduate enrollment at around 1500 majors in kinesiology and sport management
- Increase graduate enrollment to 100 students in exercise science and sport management
- Increase retention rate of undergraduate students to 90% after year 1 (was 85.4% in 2014), 80% after year 2 (was 69.9% in 2014), and 50% (was 39.9% in 2014) and 65% (was 61% in 2014) graduation rates after 4 years and 6 years of undergraduate students
- Ensure retention and graduation rates of graduate students remain above 98% (was 96.7% in 2014)
- Conduct two graduate student recruitment programs annually
- Distribute graduate student recruitment brochures nationally
- Increase diversity of the graduate student population of non-white minority from 43% to 50%
- Increase diversity of the undergraduate graduate student population non-white minority from 42% to 50%
Texas Tech University Priority #2 Strengthen Academic Quality and Reputation
We will attract and retain the best faculty in the country in order to enhance our teaching excellence and grow our number of nationally recognized programs.
- Raise the minimum grade point average for undergraduate majors to 2.5 effective fall 2016
- Enhance the focus and quality of graduate programs in alignment with national standards, including raising the minimum grade point average to 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate enrollment and requiring minimal scores on the Graduate Record Examination
- Reduce the undergraduate student-to-teacher ratio to 30:1 and graduate student-to-teacher ratio to 3:1 and maintain these regional accreditation standards
- Recruit and retain a minimum of 33 top quality tenure-track faculty, including 8 searches during 2015-2016, 3 searches during 2016-2017, 3 searches during 2017-2018, 2 searches during 2018-2019, and 2 searches during 2019-2020
- Seek and obtain approval for a Ph.D. program in kinesiology by 2018
- Develop during 2015-2016 an alumni tracking system and maintain this system continuously
Texas Tech University Priority #3 Expand and Enhance Research and Creative Scholarship
We will significantly increase the amount of public and private research dollars.
- Offer competitive tenure-track faculty salaries along with addressing salary compression issues to attract and retain top faculty
- Encourage and support departmental faculty to increase the amount of external research funding received by 10% annually
- Establish the standard of scholarly productivity for each tenure-track faculty to publish a minimum of two refereed, scholarly articles annually and provide encouragement and support to faculty to achieve this standard
- Offer competitive start-up packages to new faculty commensurate with his or her research agenda
Texas Tech University Priority #4 Further Outreach and Engagement
We will expand our community outreach, promote higher education and continue to engage in partnerships in order to improve our communities and enrich their quality of life.
- Enrich community outreach and partnerships by creating and maintaining several research, teaching, and service collaborations
- Increase visibility of the department and its programs through service learning, community programs, and research initiatives
- Participate actively in university, college, and departmental programs and activities
Texas Tech University Priority #5 Increase and Maximize Resources
We will increase funding for scholarships, professorships, and world-class facilities and maximize those investments through more efficient operations in order to ensure affordability for students and accountability to the State of Texas.
- Increase the number and amount of departmental scholarships awarded to undergraduate and graduate students from 10 to 15 by 2020 though solicitations of alumni and other donors with the goal of adding one new endowed scholarship annually
- Increase financial support for graduate teaching assistants from $10,000 to $11,000 in 2015-2016, $11,000 to $12,000 in 2016-2017, $12,000 to $13,000 in 2017-2018, $13,000 to $14,000 in 2018-2019, and $14,000 to $15,000 in 2019-2020
- Increase the scholarly productivity of graduate students by providing each with a $200 travel grant for one peer-reviewed conference presentation (and support a matching $200 travel grant from the Graduate School)
- Increase undergraduate students' participation with faculty in their research by providing each with a $200 travel grant for one peer-reviewed conference presentation annually
- Allocate up to $1,000 for tenure-track faculty peer-reviewed conference presentations and up to $1,000 for professional development for each full-time faculty member
- Maintain appropriate and up-to-date technology in research laboratories and teaching classrooms and laboratories
Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management
AddressBox 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409