The original plan included increasing the number and types of equipment in the loaner pool in addition to equipping classrooms with instructional technology. However, the loaner pool objective was deleted from the strategic plan as it was not funded by the grant.
The strategic plan called for identification of “highly visible undergraduate classrooms” (HVUCs) to improve academic programs. The HVUCs are defined as classrooms in which large or popular undergraduate courses are taught. The equipment to be installed in the HVUCs was identified from the faculty technology survey, loaner pool requests, and check-out information. An ad hoc committee polled chairs and faculty for a HVUCs list. A total of 38 classrooms were identified, with the implementation to spread over a period of three years. The other strategies for equipment acquisition included staff and faculty exposure to emerging technologies, faculty training, and evaluation of faculty satisfaction of the HVUCs. The anticipated outcomes are: (1) by 2006, a minimum of 60% of the faculty will report being satisfied with available classroom technologies; and (2) during 2002-2006, a minimum of 75% of the classrooms used for “highly visible undergraduate” programs will have capacity for multi-media instruction.
The faculty enhancement goal involved creating faculty development programs to enhance the use of instructional technology. Eight objectives were established to measure the outcomes of the strategic plan. The expected outcomes include: (1) 50% of the faculty will report adequate skills in basic technology application and instructional equipment operation; (2) faculty will be exposed to emerging instructional technologies on an ongoing basis; the number of fully or partially online courses will increase from 100 to 300; (3) the number of online degree programs will increase to six; (4) 50% of the faculty will report using email and/or listservs to enhance teaching and learning activities; (5) 45% of the faculty will report using web pages for instructional purposes; (7) 50% of the faculty will report using multimedia presentation methods; and (8) there will be 4 faculty members from each college who will serve as mentors and provide training and guidance to their colleagues related to instructional technology.