Auburn University Strategic Plan

Priority 3: Expanding Extension Impact
The Auburn University System will expand the impact of the University's extension and outreach activities, better serving our communities and the state.


Initiative 2: Increase Auburn's involvement in developing communities and improving their schools (K-16).

GOAL 32: Auburn University continues to develop and implement initiatives to impact two or more school districts.

"The AU System will coordinate with the state superintendent and selected school districts to identify high-impact opportunities that match Auburn's strengths with school system needs."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Auburn University continues to develop and implement initiatives to impact two or more school districts:  In 2009, University Outreach made the decision to make Loachapoka Schools the first school in which to make an impact.  All of the outreach activities are devoted to the goal of twenty-five percent of Loachapoka High School students attending college.
  • Additional efforts to improve the ability of Loachapoka students to attend college and increase the number of students that do are programs, in partnerships between University Outreach, the Truman Pierce Institute, the Office of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Affairs, and others, designed to bring students from Loachapoka and other area schools on campus for leadership and enrichment programs, such as the 21st Century  Community Learning Center Camp and the K-12 Fellows in Science and Mathematics Camp.
  • In 2010, the Office of University Outreach identified Notasulga High School as the second school district to implement the K-12 initiative.  Throughout 2011, the Academic Improvement/Enhancement, College Awareness/Readiness and Family University programs conducted at Loachapoka will be replicated and implemented at Notasulga.
  • AUM has worked with the Office of Governor and Voices for Alabama's Children by conducting an economic analysis of feasibility of expanding Pre-K in Alabama. The purpose was to estimate and highlight the benefits and the costs of a statewide Pre-K program to serve all three and four year old children of the State.  Additionally, AUM provided an economic impact and feasibility analysis of the ThyssenKrupp (TK) Steel and Stainless USA, Inc Project. This was the largest economic development project (foreign direct investment) in the nation. AUM conducted the research to determine the economic feasibility / potential economic impact of Northrop Grumman-KC 45 Project to the state of Alabama, resulting in a potential $40 billion investment in south Alabama.
GOAL 33: Auburn University has provided computer-based English as a Second Language Instruction at Extension Offices.

AU will provide courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) electronically via our Extension offices to better serve the growing Hispanic population in Alabama.

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Rosetta Stone licensed software was provided to Extension Coordinators and their staff in 25 counties; ACES has provided foreign language training to its employees in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese (all increasing populations in Alabama).

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2011

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