AA Goal 1:

There is a broad consensus that our future as a national university hinges on the establishment of a distinctive, JMU blend of liberal art, research and professional education.

Objective 1: Goals: 3A, 4A, 4C, 6A, 6 B, 6C

1. Create innovative academic programming and strengthen inclusive academic supports to encourage exploration, enhance student success and academic excellence, and prepare students to contribute to a dynamic society

    1. 1-1. Develop and sustain new, high quality academic offerings (majors, minors, certificates) at the undergraduate and graduate levels that meet commonwealth needs and serve student interests
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      1-2. Develop infrastructure, policies and expertise to provide a range of options for degree completion for undergraduate and graduate students, e.g. flexible scheduling, varieties of course modality
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      1-3. Build a sustainable advising frameworkand systems that strengthen transfer student support, first-year transitions, and exploratory and pre-professional pathways
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      1-4. Develop Early Success / Early Alertsprogram to increase retention, engagement and degree completion for all students
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      1-5. Develop comprehensive student mentoring, academic coaching and other academic supports for undergraduate and graduate students
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      1-6. Expand internship, cooperative/early career and class offerings for undergraduate and graduate students to increase workforce readiness
Objective 2: Goals: 1B, 3C

2. Support and ensure competitiveness and sustainability of JMU’s graduate enterprise

  1.   2-1. Analyze existing support structure for graduate students, programs and faculty
  •   2-2. Prioritize and strategically grow support structure to ensure:
      1. Competitiveness and sustainability of the eight research doctoral programs
      2. Adequate and efficient use of assistantship (tuition and stipend) budgets
      3. Competitive graduate assistantship award amounts
      4. Adequate auxiliary support such as housing, health insurance, graduate student instructor parking, etc.
      5. Adequate Graduate School and program-level administrative support for all graduate programs
      6. Sufficient faculty hiring for optimal doctoral program staffing, including sustainable course loads for doctoral faculty
  • 2-3. Strategic development of new doctoral programs with sufficient resources to address needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Objective 3: Goals: 1B, 4C

3. Support and expand JMU’s research and scholarship support infrastructure

  • 3-1. Analyze existing research support for faculty; prioritize and strategically grow these supports
      • Startup funds at hire, including course releases or stipends
      • Travel funds
      • Educational leave
      • Internal funded grants and awards - unit, college or university-wide
      • Ad hoc grants and awards (CGE funding for travel, support from centers (e.g. AAAD, CCE, etc.)
      • Competitive awards (Diversity Curriculum Grants, Senate mini-grants, etc.)
      • Externally funded but centrally managed grants and awards (4-VA, etc.)
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  • 3-2. Analyze staffing levels for Libraries faculty, instructional faculty, and support staff; prioritize and strategically grow staffing
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  • 3-3. Analyze, prioritize and strategically grow research resources including databases, collections and academic software
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  • 3-4. Increase total research expenditures as reported through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Higher Education Research & Development Survey (HERD)
Objective 4: Goals: 3C, 4D, 8D

4. Pursue renewal of JMU’s core curriculum (General Education) to provide all undergraduates with a high-quality liberal education program

  • 4-1. Use the 2021-22 APR to develop recommendations for revising and renewing JMU’s core curriculum to better incorporate contemporary expectations for the liberal arts and sciences
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  • 4-2. Expand communication and messaging about the General Education program’s role in JMU’s unique blend of liberal arts, research and professional education

  • 4-3. Analyze staffing levels needed to meet SCHEV base adequacy guidelines; strategically grow full-time instructional positions to support the instructional needs of our core curriculum

AA Goal 2:

The Academic Affairs Anti-Racist and Anti-Discrimination Agenda is fully articulated, resourced and implemented so that it will drive all other strategic goals.

Objective 1: Goals: 2A, 2B, 2F, 2G

1. Pursue strategic activities identified by DEI leaders to support our continued transformation toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment

Areas of Strategic Focus

Student Success
  • Increase participation of BIPOC students in academic unit, department and college events
  • Support work that reviews and influences curriculum to reduce inequities
  • Work to increase BIPOC student retention
Community & Climate
  • Create student and community DEI outreach at the college level
  • Develop DEI programming within and for the community
  • Develop formal programs for improving student experiences
Faculty
  • Recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff
  • Provide mentoring for diverse faculty including peer-to-peer
Curriculum
  • Conduct data-focused curriculum audits
  • Implement DEI-focused summer curriculum grants
  • Develop DEI-specific curriculum options
Research
  • Increase research support for diverse faculty and students as well as for diverse topics
  • Create equitable and inclusive research communities
Policy & Procedures
  • Create sustainable paths for dedicated DEI personnel beyond faculty
  • Review academic unit and college-level annual and P&T review criteria
  • Re-evaluate existing curriculum policies
  • Conduct systems audit
Other
  • Increase enrollment of BIPOC students
  • Develop partnerships within and outside of JMU
Resources
  • Prioritize DEI financial resources at the college level
  • Re-think current funding models for research and curricular programming
Objective 2: Goals: 2A, 2B

2. The percentage of AA employees and full-time faculty who identify as BIPOC or as Multiracial will increase annually (part of university dashboard)

AA Goal 3:

Academic Affairs uses the division’s expertise and experience gained in the pandemic and beyond to learn, grow and innovate together in order to positively impact the world.

Objective 1: Goal: 1C, 3F, 3G, 7A

1. Expand community engagement by growing reciprocal partnerships and funding to enhance student learning opportunities and prepare students for the workforce

Objective 2: Goal: 3E,10E, 10F

2. Develop JMU’s online capacity, presence and expertise

  • 2-1.  Build on JMU’s prior investments in online policy and instructional practice
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  • 2-2.  Apply market research to decision-making around new areas of investment
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  • 2.3.  Integrate expertise across academic disciplines, course design, IT and educational technology, digital content and collections, and other relevant areas
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  • 2.4.  Highlight the potential transformational power of hybrid and online learning for students, JMU and partners across the commonwealth, with attention to the Online Virginia Network
Objective 3 Goal: 2C, 3B, 3C, 3E, 4B, 4D, 6A

3. Broaden worldviews and promote global understanding by cultivating, facilitating and supporting global engagement at home and abroad

  • 3-1. Create transformative international experiences through teaching and learning, partnerships and research, study abroad, virtual exchange, and meaningful engagement with and a welcoming environment for international students and scholars
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  • 3-2. Integrate cross-cultural perspectives and experiences into curricula and campus culture to develop globally competent students, faculty and staff

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