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Strategy Leaders


The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Tarleton 2020: Student Focused – Value Driven, was released on November 1, 2013.   The 20-month planning process included numerous public forums and campus meetings, and hours of discussion and effort across the university community. The result is an ambitious new long-term plan focused on four goals, Academic Innovation, Student Transformation, Distinctive Engagement, and Exemplary Service.  These goals and their strategies are designed to establish Tarleton as the “premier, student-focused university in Texas and beyond.”

For each initiative in the plan, the Executive Cabinet identified Strategy Leaders who are charged with implementation of an assigned strategy.  These Strategy Leaders provide quarterly reports to their respective Vice Presidents. In addition, they meet together on a regular basis in order to discuss implementation issues, provide project updates, and collaborate as a group. Below you will find some highlights in the implementation process.

List of Leaders (Updated November 2015)

Strategy Leader
Academic Innovation
AI1.a. Evaluate the academic program inventory for additions and deletions. Diane Taylor
AI1.b. Expand engineering and health profession programs. Karen Murray
AI1.c. Expand graduate programs.  Add masters and select doctoral. Barry Lambert
AI2.a Expand the mission of the Center for Instructional Innovation (CII) to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, promote scholarship of teaching and learning, and implement best practices in teaching and learning. Kelley Shaffer
AI2.b. Develop new spaces to support blended and hybrid learning. Redesign existing spaces to support problem based learning. Karen Murray
AI2.c. Increase the use of flipped and hybrid courses. Kelley Shaffer
AI2.d. Increase student learning in high DFW rate courses by incentivizing high impact experience redesign proposals. Diane Taylor
AI2.e. Secure additional Permanent University Funds for capital projects consistent with The Texas A&M University System (i.e., average SCH per FTE). Tye Minckler
AI3.a. Use predictive modeling to continually identify emerging risk factors and possible gaps in provision of student support programs.   Jennifer Edwards
AI3.b. Develop and implement innovative mechanisms to proactively connect students to appropriate academic support programs Jennifer Edwards
AI4.a. Strengthen the quality of teaching, research and service programs. Karen Murray
AI4.b. Strategically hire faculty focused on emerging program needs and based upon a philosophical student-focused approach. Karen Murray
AI4.c. Strategically recruit higher ability students. Javier Garza
Student Transformation
ST1.a. Develop Applied Learning Experiences (ALEs) for every student Wayne Atchley
ST1.b. Expand proactive academic advising. Rusty Freed
ST2.a. Develop and implement a comprehensive co-curricular program that reinforces student learning outcomes. Laura Boren
ST2.b. Implement Strengths based development among students to engage and connect them with a transformative experience. Darrell Brown
ST2.c. Enhance the impact of the residential experience on student engagement and success. Bobby Waddell
ST3.a. Enhance the impact of the university’s core values on student success. Laura Boren
ST3.b. Increase enrollment of international students. Jennifer Edwards
ST3.c. Recruit a student body that represents the populations of Texas. Javier Garza
ST3.d. Implement a comprehensive holistic wellness program. Stephanie Robertson
ST3.e. Implement multicultural programming that will reach more students with greater impact.  Lora Helvie-Mason
Distinctive Engagement
DE1.a. Strengthen partnerships with Top Academic Partners.  Kim Rynearson
DE1.b. Strengthen and increase mutually beneficial partnerships with business/industry, agencies, & non-profit organizations. Kyle McGregor
DE1.c. Develop the viability of the Center for Community Engagement. Denae Dorris
DE1.d. Implement a comprehensive capital campaign.  Janice Horak
DE2.a. Continue the marketing and branding campaign.  Harry Battson
DE2.b. Improve communication processes. Harry Battson
DE3.a. Enhance the external recognition of Tarleton programs.  Harry Battson
DE3.b. Enhance the national reputation of distinctive academic programs. Karen Murray
DE3.c. Enhance the national reputation of distinctive co-curricular competitive programs. Laura Boren
DE3.d. Enhance the national reputation of Tarleton athletic programs.  Lonn Reisman
Exemplary Service
ES1.a. Establish an annual week of service. Denae Dorris
ES1.b. Develop a fuller understanding of service standards and core values for all employees. Angie Brown
ES1.c. Provide ongoing assessments of constituent service satisfaction. Mike Haynes
ES1.d. Develop strategies to support a service culture. Angie Brown
ES1.e. Reorganize employee orientation to include service standards. Angie Brown
ES2.a. Identify business service opportunities. Lori Beaty
ES2.b Develop excellent IT infrastructure and support. Becky Gray
ES3.a. Enhance sustainability. Kent Styron
ES3.b. Incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.  T. Wayne Schwertner
ES4.a. Reduce unnecessary tasks and costly activities and streamline processes. Tye Minckler

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