Auburn University Strategic Plan

Priority 1: Elevating Academics
The Auburn University System will elevate undergraduate education and enrich the undergraduate experience.

Initiative 5: Strengthen the academic organization structure and management processes.

GOAL 17: Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery have established many successful collaborations among academic programs, outreach, and international initiatives.

"The Auburn and Montgomery campuses currently collaborate on a small number of joint degree programs, such as the master's in nursing and the doctorate in public policy. We will improve joint academic collaboration in selected other majors and degrees. A committee composed of deans, department heads, and faculty leaders from both campuses will offer recommendations on those programs that should be considered. In addition, we are piloting an admissions process that allows interested students whose Auburn admission has been deferred to enroll at the Montgomery campus and matriculate in Auburn."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) have established many successful collaborations among academic programs, outreach, and international initiatives.
  • Auburn is providing significant support to the Seamless Admission program, including: providing 100 beds in an AU residence hall for on-campus housing; including Seamless students in the common book program in fall 2010 and 2011 as well as the Auburn University Learning Communities; allowing Seamless students to use Auburn University academic support services; and promoting the program through the Auburn Alumni Association.  AUM is currently hiring a program coordinator to work on the Auburn University campus and serve AUM Seamless students.
  • Both campuses have identified and implemented numerous collaborative efforts between Auburn University and AUM.  Major accomplishments include:
    • The universities participate in a joint effort to deliver AUM's new on-site Executive MBA program at East Alabama Medical Center.
    • Auburn leads a team of universities, including AUM, in the $3 million STEM grant (Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from the National Science Foundation to help Alabama students with disabilities earn college degrees in science-related fields.
    • The Auburn University and AUM nursing faculties collaborated on development of the 2010 curriculum in the baccalaureate program, and the curricula are now the same on both campuses.
    • The nursing faculties are partners in the Kid Check program to screen and refer underserved schoolchildren and in the Blue Jean Ball fundraiser.
    • The schools of nursing jointly operate the MSN program.
    • The universities are partners in an Organization for Tropical Studies membership, which facilitates study in the tropics for both students and faculty.
    • The libraries share online an online catalogue, and the ALLIES program allows the institutions to borrow and return books from one another.
    • Auburn University faculty will teach courses in AUM's new master's program in cybersystems and information security.
    • Dr. Kai Chang, head of Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, serves on the Advisory Board for AUM's Informatics Institute.
    • The faculties of the AU colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and AUM School of Education, along with teachers in the Alabama Reading Initiative, jointly operate the Strategic Teaching for Improved Performance of Students (TIPS) in Reading program.
    • The universities hold a Joint Educator Interview Day for education majors annually.
    • The universities operate a joint mathematics colloquium series.
    • A transfer agreement eliminates obstacles for military science students who begin at AUM with the intent of transferring to Auburn University, and there is significant support/interaction between the military science programs in terms of training, programming, and recruiting.
    • The universities are collaborating on a number of research projects, including "Nanostructure Enhanced Phase Change Materials Tailored for Energy Efficiency, High Power Electronics, Thermal Comfort, and Building Materials Applications," funded by the Department of Energy Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE - EPSCoR ); "Field Bioremediation of Arsenic-Contaminated Groundwater in West Bengal, India," funded through the NSF Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry program; and "Characterization of Copper Bioreduction and Bioabsorption by a Highly Copper Resistant Bacterium Isolated from Copper-Contaminated Vineyard Soil," funded by the Brazilian National Research Council, Auburn University, and Auburn Montgomery.
GOAL 18: Auburn University continues to develop a plan for leadership transitions and has improved the tenure review process.

"We will develop a five-year plan for anticipated leadership transitions, including senior administrators, deans, and others.  Additional tactical improvements relating to the academic organization and processes include improving the availability of selected course offerings, as endorsed by the Auburn SGA, and continuing to refine approaches to post-tenure review."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • In April 2011, the institution approved a Resolution on Administrator Reviews to conduct comprehensive administrative reviews of departmental leaders every 3–5 years, with a requirement for annual input from faculty.
  • Auburn University continues to improve the promotion and tenure process; almost every academic department is in the final stages of submitting Promotion and Tenure guidelines for approval, and the process for soliciting external letters on candidates has been improved.  Departmental guidelines will be reviewed by the University Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Provost's Office.  Following their review, guidelines will either be approved or returned to departments for revisions.
  • A schedule for 5 year administrative reviews has been established by the Provost's Office.  Committees are established to review the administrator's accomplishments with respect to vision and goals, leadership, faculty and staff recruitment, retention and promotion, curriculum and program development, and the research and outreach efforts of the college.  Each review committee meets several times as a group to discuss procedures and findings, to review documents, and to interview a wide range of faculty, staff, students, and peers regarding the performance of each administrator.

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2011

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