Worcester State University
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Initiatives/Projects

Worcester State Unviersity is pleased to participate in the Vision Project.

In order to increase retention, WSU is implementing new initiatives supported by the Vision Project. Among these initiatives are implementation of an Early alert software program that will help communication with incoming students; establishment of a Retention Coordinator; enrollment in a debt management software program to provide families with access to financial counselors and online tools to help with the expenses of college. Worcester State will be working with Quinsigamond Community College on improving transfer and increase matriculation. For a complete summary of our involvement in the Vision Project, please follow the link.

Below is a description of the Vision Project:

The Vision Project, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education

Massachusetts is engaged in a fierce competition with other states and nations for talent, investment and jobs. The state’s primary assets in this competition are the overall educational level of our people and our workforce and the inventiveness and competence of the creative individuals and organizational leaders who drive our innovation-dependent, knowledge-based economy. Nurturing these assets through education, research and creative activity is the most important contribution of the state’s colleges and universities to the overall well-being of Massachusetts. The Vision Project is the vehicle through which public higher education has come together to stay focused on this work and hold ourselves accountable for results.

 The Vision

We will produce the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation. We will be a national leader in research that drives economic development.

Key Outcomes

In order to achieve our educational vision, Massachusetts public higher education must claim national leadership in:

1.     COLLEGE PARTICIPATION
College-going rates of high school graduates

2.     COLLEGE COMPLETION
Graduation and success rates of the students we enroll

3.     STUDENT LEARNING
Academic achievements by our students on campus-level and national assessments of learning

4.     WORKFORCE ALIGNMENT
Alignment of our degree programs with key areas of workforce need in the state’s economy

5.     ELIMINATION OF DISPARITIES
Achievement of comparable outcomes among different ethnic/racial, economic and gender groups

In order to achieve our research vision, the University of Massachusetts must claim national leadership in:

6.     RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Research activity related to economic development

7.     ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
Economic activity derived from research



 

 
Resources
  AAC&U Statement on Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility
  Newsletter V3 N3
  Newsletter V3 N2
  Newsletter V3 N1
  Newsletter V2 N3
  Newsletter V2 N2
  Newsletter V2 N1
  Newsletter V1 N4
  Newsletter V1 N3
  Newsletter V1 N2
  Newsletter V1 N1
  Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Vision Project
  Principles for Effective Assessment of Student Achievement
  Association for Institutional Research Code of Ethics
  NEASC
  Certificate in Syllabus Design
  Assessment Articles


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