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Learning Dimension Committee


“Foundations Institutions deliver intentional curricular and co-curricular learning experiences that engage students in order to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with the desired outcomes of higher education and the institution’s philosophy and mission. Whether in or out of the classroom, learning also promotes increased competence in critical thinking, ethical development, and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.”

                                                — John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Executive Summary

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

Learning during the first year for undergraduates is critically important to their future academic, professional, and personal development and success. Learning goals for first-year undergraduate students include areas related to the organization and expectations of the University, development of competencies to be successful in future academic endeavors, and formation of critical social and interpersonal skills. We found that in some areas of the University, there are well established learning goals, but the scope of these learning goals needs to be expanded and evaluated more thoroughly across all sections of courses and the first year cohort as well. These learning goals are propagated and evaluated within the framework of effective teaching and student engagement. We recognize a need to organize a system to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional methods throughout the University. Still there are areas where student success is challenged, but Austin Peay State University has taken great strides to place students with academic deficiencies in appropriate learning environments to improve student success. Furthermore, much effort has been expended on redesigning courses that have higher failure rates with some notable improvements in student learning outcomes. We also acknowledge the importance of co-curricular and special learning opportunities to the development and success of first year students. Several efforts are implemented throughout the University, but may lack intentional learning objectives and are challenging to measure the outcomes of such. Through this self-study process, we recognize the interconnectedness and intricacies that come with developing first year students into successful graduates and acknowledge that there are areas where we are meeting these challenges and areas where opportunities exist to strengthen our efforts.

Full report

The Austin Peay State University Learning Dimension Committee has produced the following report as part of the university self-study process for the Foundations of Excellence project. You can find a full copy of the report here

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