Current Action Teams (2012-13)

Honors Action Team

UCO currently has no honors program. Such programs are designed to provide opportunities for exceptional undergraduates who are highly motivated and academically talented. This action team will review current best practices for academic honors programs and develop recommendations for implementing such a program at UCO. 
Facilitators: Pam Washington and Cathy Webster

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦ Action Project Presentation  


SPIE Action Team
The Student Perception of Instructional Effectiveness (SPIE) is the instrument currently used at UCO to obtain evaluations of faculty and courses by students enrolled those courses. This action team will review the current SPIE process, review current best practices in faculty and course evaluation by students, and develop recommendations for continuing with the current instrument or changing to another instrument.
Team Facilitators: Ed Cunliff and Lisa Miller
Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


PLA Action Team

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process for evaluating the knowledge and skills a student gains from life experiences and assigning college credit for those experiences. This action team will review current best practices in PLA and develop recommednations about the best way to proceed in managing PLA at UCO.
Team Facilitators: Luis Montes and Kristi Frush

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


Previous Action Teams

2011-12

None

2010-11

Diversity Action Team

Facilitators: Jim Machell

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


 2009-10

Copyright Action Team

This action team is charged with reviewing current legal requirements and practices pertaining to copyright issues in higher education. The team will review copyright guidelines at other universities and develop a policy draft that can guide UCO. The team will also make recommendations about the best way to make faculty and staff aware of these issues to ensure that UCO is complying with current laws.
Facilitators: Susie Popplewell and Rudi Nollert

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report   


SPIE Action Team

The Student Perception of Instructional Effectiveness (SPIE) is the instrument currently used at UCO to obtain evaluations of faculty and courses by students enrolled those courses. The team will provide recommendations about the purpose, goal, process, and timeline for conducting SPIEs at UCO.
Facilitators: Luis Montes and Amy Johnson

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

TL Take-Away Action Team

This team will review the curriculer and co-curricular artifacts that students have when they graduate from UCO in order to identify and develop ways for students to document that they have participated in TL at UCO.
Facilitators: Diane Rudebock and Danielle Dill

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

TL Outcomes Action Team

Facilitators: Ed Cunliff and Paulette Shreck

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

 2008-09

Learning Centered Processes Action Team

Facilitators: Chuck Hughes and Paulette Shreck

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


Program Prioritization Action Team

This team will develop a draft process for reallocating resources between units in each institutional area.
Facilitators: Ed Cunliff

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Student Complaints Action Team

 UCO currently processes a variety of student complaints at all levels. There is a concern that some student complaints that do not manifest themselves into a formal appeal (such as those that might be handled and terminate at the department and college levels, for example) are not collected and stored throughout the university. Because of this, UCO has placed itself in a position of not being able to recognize patterns and trends of complaints by certain student segments or in certain university areas. These would indicate broader problems that could be reviewed and addressed before they develop into less manageable situations. This Action Team will review current mechanisms for managing student complaints throughout the university and recommend new processes for collecting, tracking, and responding to student complaints uniformly across the university.
Facilitators: Cheryl Frech and Habib Tabatabai

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Student Satisfaction Action Team

UCO currently collects student satisfaction data from several sources including the GSS, the NSSE, the SPIE, and a variety of college and department level surveys. This Action Team will review current mechanisms for student input and recommend a new process that will ensure that appropriate and sufficient student satisfaction data is collected, segmented, distributed, and addressed in a timely manner. 
Facilitators: Bill Pink and Tim Bridges

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Emeritus Faculty Action Team

This action team will intentify benefits and priveleges that are not currentlay available to emeritus faculty and identify opportunities for the involvement of emeritus faculty at the university, college and department levels.
Facilitator: Virginia Peters

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Student Workers Processes Action Team

UCO employs student workers across and at nearly all levels of the university. There is a concern that the roles, responsibilities, requirements, and pay structure for these student workers is not uniformly defined and applied throughout the university.This Action Team will review current policies that have been implemented within the university's divisions as they relate to student workers, survey best practices at other universities for managing student workers, and make recommendations for developing a systematic approach to the management of student workers at UCO>
Facilitators: Jerel Cowan and Bonnie McNeely

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Alternative Scheduling Action Team

Economic pressures and the cost of gasoline have raised this issue again.  The concept of alternative scheduling is not, however, new nor just related to economics.  Alternatives to the MWF, TTh scheduling format has received attention several times within the last ten years. This team will review and benchmark alternative scheduling at other institutions and recommend models for alternative scheduling at UCO.
Facilitators: Jim Machell and Cindy Boling

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Integrity Action Team

Integrity is a core academic value.  It requires that we earn trust through honesty and ethical leadership.  There is data available that suggests that students either do not understand integrity as it pertains to academic work or do not share the value.  This action team is being asked to develop a "best practice" model to promote integrity on campus.
Facilitators: Greg Wilson and Flynn King

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

 2007-08

Interdisciplinary Studies Action Team

In support of the Academic Long-Term goal to support learning collaborations on campus, there is a need to facilitate the implementation and operation of interdisciplinary programs, majors and related activities. This action team should review best practices and identify current road blocks, help define the terminology, and make recommendations regarding creation of and management of interdisciplinary programs and majors.
Facilitators: Cynthia Murray and Flynn King

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


 2006-07

Chairs Action Team

The Chairs' roles and responsibilities have continued to evolve at UCO as the institution has changed and evolved. This team is asked to proactively consider the roles and responsibilities of the Chairs and to provide a model that will help Chairs work productively within the framework of their college and the institution as a whole. The team should assume that their recommendations will be phased in as new chairs are selected or terms are renewed, and that there should be consistency amongst all the colleges
Facilitator: Ed Cunliff

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


GA/TA/RA/LA Action Team

The selection, utilization and management of graduate student assistantships (including GA's, RA's, LA's and TA's) at UCO must be handled more systematically. Issues in this regard include (but are not limited to): qualifications, the appointment process, budgetary issues, stipend disbursement issues, time-keeping accountability issues, monitoring of work issues, tuition waiver issues, standardization and centralization issues, as well as the roles of the graduate college, the academic colleges, and the academic departments.
Facilitators: Gary Steward and Cheryl Frech

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

NSSE Action Team

Apply the survey analysis approach to UCO's NSSE results.
Facilitators: Chuck Hughes and Pat LaGrow

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation
 

Integrity Action Team

Integrity is a core academic value.  It requires that we earn trust through honesty and ethical leadership.  There is data available that suggests that students either do not understand integrity as it pertains to academic work or do not share the value.  This action team is being asked to develop a "best practice" model to promote integrity on campus.
Facilitators: Lon Dehnert and Marian Spears

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

 

Study Tours Action Team

UCO study tours are intended to accomplish learning objectives and provide educational experience in the context of travel away from the University.    A number of issues associated with study tours should be formalized:  Legal issues, student conduct issues, academic and learning outcomes (What should students achieve, what changes will the experience make in their lives, will they become more sophisticated regarding cultures other than their own?   Derrick Bok, for one, expresses concern that such experiences rarely venture outside the narrow comfort zones of faculty and students.).  Faculty responsibilities need to be clarified and easily accessible.
Facilitators: Donna Kearns and Flynn King

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

 2005-06

Database Integrity Action Team

Ensure that the data that impacts the academic support of students and the academic missions of the colleges is accurate and represents the information needed by UCO faculty and staff.  This data is primarily located within Banner but may be found elsewhere.  Data must be "owned" by responsible database managers ensuring its validity and meeting the needs of those using the data for academic support, such as advising students, scheduling classes, preparing curricula, and for the continuous improvement of academic programs.
Facilitators: Robert Epstein and Chuck Cooper

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation

Transfer Student Action Team

To facilitate the transfer of students into UCO in a manner that results in their appropriate placement and supports their opportunities for success.
Facilitators: Bonnie McNeely and Karen Henderson

Action Project Worksheet  ♦  Action Project Report  ♦  Action Project Presentation


 

Alignment of Planning and Budgeting Action Team

This action team will review current processes and make recomendations to ensure the alignment of planning and budgeting processes across campus.
Facilitators: Lon Dehnert and Mark Moore

Action Project Worksheet  ♦ Action Project Report