Go back

Faculty Dimension Committee


Faculty

“Foundations Institutions make the first college year a high priority for the faculty. These institutions are characterized by a culture of faculty responsibility for the first year that is realized through high-quality instruction in first-year classes and substantial interaction between faculty and first-year students both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of responsibility is nurtured by chief academic officers, deans, and department chairs and supported by the institutions’ reward systems.”

                                                — John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Executive Summary

The Austin Peay State University Faculty Dimension Committee has produced the following executive summary as part of the university self-study process for the Foundations of Excellence project. 

Faculty perceive freshman success as a high priority at APSU and generally feel encouraged by the senior administration as well as within their departments/units to engage freshman students. The administration has been clear in its communication that improving upon freshman retention is an economic necessity and while many faculty may not embrace it, they do acknowledge the reality. However, the institution’s expectations and its resource allocation for the first year student experience are somewhat disconnected. The necessary resources to infuse the current freshman experience with a robust faculty presence lags, as does a culture that promotes faculty involvement with freshman students. Furthermore, many faculty do not perceive non-major freshmen students as their concern or priority and APSU has struggled to promote a faculty culture that does. The shortfalls begin in the hiring process and play out through the lack of incentives and recognition faculty receive for their involvement, which is less than desired.

Full report

The Austin Peay State University Faculty Dimension Committee has produced the following report as part of the university self-study process for the Foundations of Excellence project. A copy of the full report will be available soon. 

Committee Members: 

 Comments

If you need further information or have questions, comments, feedback, or suggestions, please use the comment section of the website.