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Lead On

Lead On is TCU’s recent strategic plan. The set of programs, courses and trainings in English for multilinguals contributes to the University’s 4 goals. We have been working on the following specific recommendations:
1. Strengthen the Academic Profile and Reputation of TCU

  • Support and preserve the teacher-scholar model.
    • Address issues related to faculty teaching, administration, and service loads to provide consistency with the vision of the teacher-scholar model
    • Build on the teacher-scholar cultural vision, expand on ways to reward TCU teacher-scholars and enhance the marketing of TCU scholarship and creativity
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive university for all
  • Promote academic excellence and elevate TCU’s academic profile and reputation through focused and dynamic academic planning
    • Pursue a long-term academic strategic plan driven by qualitative and quantitative data whereby the university can base its decisions to support, expand or create new academic programs
    • Evaluate the progress of the university by comparing specific programs at TCU to specific aspirant programs, rather than aspirant universities
    • Reduce reliance on adjunct and contingent faculty by increasing the number of full-time faculty
    • Increase staff support to allow faculty to prioritize teaching and scholarship
  • Provide a highly engaging and inclusive TCU student experience
    • Increase participation in high-impact educational practices
    • Increase course offerings in the 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. time period while ensuring that classes required for majors are available in this time period
    • Plan to fund more cross and interdisciplinary minors and projects
    • Create opportunities for distinction by increasing interdisciplinary courses and collaborations
  • Encourage student success through an integrated and holistic student-support model
    • Analyze the transfer admission processes to better predict student success
    • Identify and implement best practices for meeting the academic and co-curricular needs of transfer students and veterans
  • Recruit and retain a diverse world-class workforce
    • Focus on organizational planning and development of our faculty and staff
    • Increase university-wide leadership training for all faculty and professional staff in succession planning
    • Improve career preparedness by actively encouraging all faculty and staff to seek professional-development opportunities
  • Tell the compelling stories of TCU and its students, faculty and staff
    • Continue to leverage the academic achievements of each college to enhance TCU’s academic reputation

2. Strengthen the Endowment

  • Demystify the endowment
  • Build a culture of philanthropy to grow student scholarships and endowed faculty
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive university for all
    • Continue to attract a wider pool of trustees and donors, nationally and internationally, in line with the growing reputation and global aspirations of TCU
    • Increase endowed scholarship support to create a more ethnically, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse student population that better prepares all students to relate to the global community in their lives and careers
  • Provide a highly engaging and inclusive TCU student experience
    • Increase awareness of and access to funding for student participation in Study Abroad and other opportunities to enhance cultural and global awareness
    • Increase awareness of and access to funding for student participation in unpaid or low paying internships
    • Encourage student success through an integrated and holistic student-support model
  • Tell the compelling stories of TCU and its students, faculty and staff
    • Increase recognition and spotlight on the institution’s “celebrity” faculty and staff

3. Strengthen the TCU Experience and Campus Culture

  • Foster a diverse and inclusive university for all
    • Every unit should implement a DEI Plan that aligns with the university’s DEI Strategic Plan and guides that unit’s efforts in diversity hiring, training, retention and inclusion
    • Each college/school within the university should have both a Faculty Diversity Advocate and a diversity committee that guides college/school DEI efforts, including development and implementation of a college/school specific DEI plan
    • Non-college units should have a diversity committee that guides DEI efforts, including development and implementation of a unit specific DEI plan
    • Increase participation at events that teach about other cultures and expand our students’ thoughts and experiences
    • Increase support for international and non-English speaking students and their families
    • Better serve the needs of under-represented populations in the community by identifying additional program resources
    • Promote volunteer and internship opportunities that emphasize culture
      and inclusion
    • Create a student task force that includes a diverse group representing a rich variety of perspectives and is charged with advising the provost and academic deans on issues of culturally responsive teaching
    • Utilize academic departments with culturally inclusive curricula as resources to support inclusion efforts with faculty
    • Develop a TCU infrastructure and programmatic experiences that promote cultural connectedness and a welcoming campus climate for diverse populations
  • Provide a highly engaging and inclusive TCU student experience
    • Provide culturally responsive teaching throughout the campus to develop a culture of equality and enhance student engagement and faculty development
    • Enhance the integration of international students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Encourage student success through an integrated and holistic student-support model
  • Catalyze a culture of connection within TCU
  • Tell the compelling stories of TCU and its students, faculty and staff
    • Host town halls and similar forums across campus to exchange information with all stakeholders
    • Recognize the outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts of faculty and staff

4. Strengthen the TCU Workforce

  • Promote student success through an integrated and holistic student-support model
    • Improve student perceptions and increase student participation with the Career Center for professional and career development
    • Maximize alumni and other beneficial TCU connections for post-graduation employment, mentoring, community/employer connection and internships
    • Improve graduate preparation programs
  • Recruit and retain a world-class workforce
    • Improve faculty and staff recruiting and hiring
    • Enhance work/life balance by implementing alternatives to the traditional work schedule
    • Provide additional leadership development and management training and offer online professional development classes
    • Consider leadership/professional development rotations for employees
    • Address the needs of adjunct and part-time personnel for competitive compensation, support and/or benefits
    • Establish a culture that supports succession planning including addressing concerns for faculty and staff about promotions
  • Tell the compelling stories of TCU and its students, faculty and staff
    • Improve communication on diversity with the campus community and increase
      opportunities for both formal and informal mentoring