Cultivate an excellent learning environment.
Goal Five

Cultivate an excellent learning environment.

Shaping Our FutureA first-rate learning environment is critical to promote and support learning. Goals one, two, three and four speak of our commitment to highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff, an academically strong and diverse student body, a thriving campus culture, and holistic student learning. These goals are further complemented by efforts to enhance learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, we want to improve interactions between faculty and students, building on our tradition of strong relationships and tight-knit community atmosphere. We also want to make sure our facilities, technology, and resources support innovative teaching and successful learning. Outside the classroom, we are committed to improving opportunities for students to participate in internships, through experiences in in their field of study and outside their academic major to promote a well-rounded education and social responsibility

We will accomplish this goal by ensuring we achieve the following objectives, holding ourselves accountable by assessing our progress towards related performance indicators:

Objective Performance Indicators
5.1 Emphasize teaching excellence and expertise.

5.1.1 Two pedagogy/teaching seminars or workshops are offered each year.

5.1.2 75% of faculty participate in professional development for teaching and learning.

5.1.3 Institutional average score for all course evaluations on questions related to teaching.*

5.1.4 75% of full-time faculty participate in discipline specific professional development annually.

5.1.5 100% of full-time faculty are involved in scholarship as defined by OCU’s “Measures of Faculty Performance” for promotion in rank.

5.1.6 Percentage of students who report that they often or very often engage with challenging/rigorous intellectual and creative work.*

5.2 Promote intentional engagement with diverse perspectives and people from diverse backgrounds.

5.2.1 Percentage of students, faculty, and staff who participate in diversity programing.*

5.2.2 Percentage of courses that integrate diverse perspectives (i.e., course learning outcomes or topics covered).*

5.2.3 Percentage of student body reporting they often or very often have serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity than their own.*

5.3 Enhance contextual education opportunities.

5.3.1 Percentage of students participating in internships directly related to their major.*

5.3.2 Percentage of students participating in contextual education not associated with internships (e.g., service learning, job shadowing, field trips to professional organizations, short-term missions).*

5.4 Increase interaction between faculty and students.

5.4.1 70% of undergraduate courses with a faculty to student ratio of between 3 and 15 students.

5.4.2 Percentage of students report faculty are available outside of class.*

5.5 Provide quality facilities, technology, and resources to support teaching and learning.

5.5.1 Percentage of educational equipment is adequate, modern, or state of the art.*

5.5.2 Percentage of faculty agree or strongly agree that they have access to adequate, modern, or state of the art educational technology for teaching and learning.*

5.5.3 Percentage of students and faculty agree or strongly agree that facilities used in teaching and learning are adequate, modern, or state of the art.*

5.5.4 Percentage of students and faculty agree or strongly agree that educational resources provided meet their teaching and learning needs.*


* No current target. A target will be set after the first year of data has been collected and analyzed.