Progress Report

 

Progress Report: Integrating Action Plans, 1999

 
Priority 1.
Achieve the highest levels of rigorous learning and teaching; put student responsibility more at the center, and encourage the engagement of teacher and learner.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Define, understand, and present the value and the appeal of academic rigor and the liberal arts. Ongoing
Objective 2. Initiate planning for discussions of a "teaching and learning" forum that would grant include technological support of teaching and learning and coordinate skill development necessary for success at Bates.  Begun; rooted in Faculty Committees
Objective 3. Enhance the College's thesis (senior project) experience and develop significant introductory academic experience that would reinforce the purpose, and the distinctive attractiveness of Bates.  Implemented through Hewlett grant; 
significant additional grant support 
requested from Mellon.  Pew grant related to assessment.
 


Priority 2.
Support additional connections of research to teaching, as well as the value of research by faculty members and by students.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Establish a full-year leave opportunity for faculty members. Achieved through Phillips.
Objective 2. Achieve funded student research opportunities for 70 to 90 students per year. Achieved through Phillips, Hughes, et al.
Objective 3. Establish an endowed program for student internships that could include service or research. Achieved through Phillips.
Objective 4. Reinforce the leading strengths of the College's library and Information Services Ongoing; increase in budget.
Objective 5. Increase (to 50% over the 1996 level) support funds for faculty research, course development, service or professional experiences Ongoing; in budget with Phillips funding.
 


Priority 3.
Develop and support linkages among disciplines, as well as among models of teaching, without devaluing or diminishing the importance of the disciplines or the contributions of scholarship.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Hold campus-wide conversation regarding what is meant by interdisciplinarity; resolve the practical limits that deter both interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs.  Policies in place; now progressing.
Objective 2. Provide brief injections of expertise through increased use of visiting scholars. Delayed until 2000-01; 
Phillips funded.
 


Priority 4.
Enhance learning and teaching by extending the traditional classroom, both on- and off-campus; create greater flexibility in the calendar, in new venues for learning, and in collaboration among institutions.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Design integrated support system of advising, including mentoring where appropriate Mentoring begun in 
Fall 1999.
Objective 2. Use collaborative model to experiment with video conferencing and virtual learning environments. Started with limited 
use in Fall '99 with 
Bowdoin & Colby.
Objective 3. Increase use of off-campus learning sites, including Shortridge and Bates Morse Mountain.  Achieving progress; coordinator appointed.
Objective 4. Create greater flexibility in scheduling faculty and student loads/schedules.  Partially achieved.
New schedule implemented 
Fall '00; faculty load under 
review.
Objective 5. Create coordination among OCS, study abroad, internship options, student research, and service learning through integrating center. Begun; partially in place 
1999-00; strengthen in 2000-01.
Objective 6. Systematically incorporate consideration of student learning and other outcomes as measures of effectiveness.  Explore ways to more directly involve students in self-assessment and evaluation of their academic progress and personal development. Being implemented as part of 
reaccreditation planning.
 


Priority 5.
Identify and recruit a student population that will have the highest levels of potential for achievement.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Achieve 4000 applicants by 2002, 4200 by 2005, approximating a 10-to-1 ratio of applicants to matriculants; decrease acceptance rate; increase yield.  Achieved ahead of 
target.
Objective 2.  Institute a Visitor Center. Being rethought. Alternative means to achieve objective.
Objective 3. Emphasize development of "portfolio" of materials on which admission and succeeding decisions would be made. Partially in place and  
succeeding.
Objective 4. Develop programs which integrate coach, faculty, and Admission Office recruiting involvement. In place.
 


Priority 6.
Develop and support greater international educational experiences, on campus and beyond, confirming the connection of learning and work in a global context.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Pull together policies and practices that reflect the fact that Bates succeeds in students studying abroad. Achieved; Bates recognized as  
5th among baccalaureate institutions 
in % of students studying abroad.
Objective 2. Establish, with consortial support, centers at international sites that will be available for student and faculty use. In place, Fall '99.
Objective 3. Provide support funds for faculty to prepare internationally focused now achieved aspects of courses. Partial; grant funding now achieved.
Objective 4. Create experiences for students to engage in an international internship, research or service program.  Achieved Spring '99 through 
Phillips endowment.
 


Priority 7.
Develop new structures and alignment of College resources that allow students more control over their experiences at Bates.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Support student governance by reinforcing its centrality with adequate office in computer access, and program space (also, computer access to registration, theme houses, scheduling, and theme integrated learning, student serving on policy committees, resources for housing; other aspects experimentation).  Partially achieved in  
computer access, scheduling,  
theme housing, and used of 48 Campus Avenue; other aspects 
less progress.
Objective 2. Use findings from student survey instruments to develop recommendations and improvements.  Partial; now an ongoing practice.
 


Priority 8.
Reinforce the implicit covenants that bind the community; seek to understand and strengthen connections that honor civility, service, collegiality, social justice, and community trust.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Initiate process for the adaptation of an academic and/or social honor code. Begin planning 
phase, 1999-00.
Objective 2. Create expression of College history and culture through spaces, convocations, achievements curricular and cocurricular programs (Library/archives proposal). Ongoing; History Advisory Board in place.
Objective 3. Build upon Center for Service-Learning achievements. In place; recognized as  
one of the most active in nation. 
Objective 4. Achieve a fully developed leadership program, perhaps connected to special opportunities for sophomores.  Planning goes forward;
possible implementation
during 2000-01, 
pending grant.  Outdoor leadership experiment in place.
 


Priority 9.
Confirm diversity as a College priority both by valuing the increased diversity of our student, faculty, and staff, as well as through the emphases expressed by the College's programs and curriculum.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Achieve a student-body whose diversity is more reflective of national pools of talent and academic promise (achieve national and international student diversity of approximately 25%)). Partially achieved
(18% diversity in
Class of 2003; highest in
college history).
Objective 2. Continue as leader in NE for diversity among faculty; achieve similar goal among professional staff.  In place; Bates has most diverse faculty in Maine. 
Objective 3. Obtain greater support for members of College community through workshops and training to assist in respecting differences.  In place/ongoing. 
Objective 4. Emphasize the following four elements in stimulating greater attention to, and implementation valuing of, diversity: (a) develop creative recruitment of students and staff; (b) expand curricular experiences with international and diversity options; (c) replace faculty on leave with persons who bring greater difference to the campus; and (d) work to view the whole experience of achieving greatest diversity from the perspective of those who bring such difference.  Initiate planning, implementation underway on diversity action plan; expanding categories of diversity.
 


Priority 10.
Provide spaces and facilities that strengthen the connectedness of learning, student and faculty interaction, and reinforce the culture of equal access and use.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Complete new academic building. Completed.
Objective 2. Institute integrated campus plan for restoring spaces, creating new spaces, and implementing near- meeting residential, office, and program needs. Begun and implementing
near-term recommendations.
Objective 3. Complete strategic plan for Information Services and Library. Completed Summer '99.
Objective 4. Incorporate environmental planning.  Ongoing; identified partial
achievements.
Objective 5. Determine options and begin development of plans for campus center (or centers) and other facilities that expand social and educational interaction.  Initiated as part
of new campaign planning.
 


Priority 11.
Reinforce a work ethic among College employees that values flexibility, cooperation, experimentation and positive responsiveness to change, as well as supports the development of professional advancement.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Establish training and support for supervisors and department managers. Begun with new
Human Resources plan;  Human Resources Trainer hired.
Objective 2. Support cross-training, job-sharing, and other means of encouraging flexibility.  Some progress.
Objective 3. Support employee leadership; reward collaboration and flexibility (employee programs, work ethic, developing managers professional leave, team building) . Some progress.
Objective 4. Continue early retirement programs. In place.
Objective 5.  Improve compensation structure for staff and hourly employees, reflecting implemented reference to market and to pay equity.  Budget
implemented in 2000-01
 


Priority 12.
Envision learning as continuous and cumulative, connecting experiences at the College with those both before and after Bates (including pre-college education), employment, graduate education, and experiences as Bates alumni.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

 Objective 1. Expand school to college articulation.  Little progress.
 Objective 2. Develop Alumni College.  Begin consideration; personnel changes to delay until 2000-01.
 Objective 3. Strengthen Office of Career Services.  Begun in 1999-00 budget; will
require several years of support; re-organizing Alumni structure.
 


Priority 13.
Create adequate resources to accomplish Bates' excellences; creatively and positively manage finances, resources, facilities and environment.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Recruit, train and have in place the personnel needed in Development and in areas of the Treasurer's Office and Human Resources. Near completion; space issue.
Objective 2. Begin to plan and execute campaign to coincide with Goals 2005.  Significant progress;
funding approved.
Objective 3. Control and manage cost escalation, channeling resources to priorities.  Ongoing.
Objective 4. Manage the endowment so that, over the course of full-market cycles, a real reinvestment rate of at least 1% is achieved. That is, the total rate of return before costs of management and custody should be equal to the sum of the spending rate, the rate of inflation (CPI), the cost of management and custody expressed as a % of market value of the endowment, and at least 1%.  Investment goals Oct. '99; Endowment and fee dependency objectives set.
Objective 5. Explicitly budget additions to capital replacement reserves on an annual basis ongoing in sufficient amounts to allow the long-term preservation of the campus in top condition. Endow and provide operating budget to cover the operating expenses (maintenance, custodial, utilities) of new facilities. 

Progress made;
ongoing.

Objective 6. Retain the balance of fees, costs, the qualities of the College, and student access to the College through financial aid.  Implemented.
 


Priority 14.
Collaborate with the local community in ways that both serve the College's mission and recognize the reciprocity with the external community of both obligations and opportunities.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Develop strategic alliance with external community. Being implemented; significant progress through L/A Excels.
Objective 2. Develop, in collaboration with the Lewiston-Auburn community, zones that blend our respective borders, with the goal of meeting the objectives of both Bates and our community as partners. Begun; presented to Board in January 2000.
Objective 3. Offer to students greater internship and service opportunities, with attention to 1999-00 with Phillips their essential role in a coherent program of studies, and to the interdependent and other foundation funds relationship between who serves and who is served.  Begun; implemented 1999-00 with Phillips and other foundation funds.
 


Priority 15.
Identify, express, and strengthen those aspects of Bates that are exemplary of its leadership and distinctiveness among the nation's finest colleges.

 
Objective

Task

Outcome

Objective 1. Increase the number of endowed professorships to 16 by 2,000, to 20 by 2005.

Ahead of schedule; now 
19 endowed chairs.

Objective 2. Increase six-year retention to graduation rate to nearly 90%; increase fall to goals fall persistence of first-year students to over 92% On target; achieving
goals.
Objective 3. Achieve both a low student-to-faculty ratio and a more flexible pattern of distribution of faculty effort through the curriculum, thereby improving the probability that students will be more challenged by faculty members who know them well, increasing faculty-student interaction.  Ongoing; College recognized
as 12th in nation in faculty
scholarship and access to 
students.
Objective 4. Achieve, by conclusion of FY 2000-2001, an endowment of $200M and 72% fee dependency; by conclusion of FY 2005-2006, achieve $325M in endowment and a 67% level of fee dependency. On target regarding fee dependency; stretch on endowment.
Objective 5. Reach the A+ level of AAUP salary ratings in all ranks; construct benefit packages for Bates employees, so that total compensation is most competitive.  On target; in budget.  Continue to lag in Assoc. Prof. category; Second step in staff/salary equity 2000-01.
 


Rev. January 2000

 



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