Auburn University has earned a strong reputation for providing students with a challenging, attractive, and practical academic experience. Over the next five years, we will continue to strengthen our programs to enhance students' academic, social, professional, and personal success. Through integrated academic and student life programs, we will provide students with effective curricular and co-curricular experiences that will equip them to become prominent leaders in their professions and communities as successful global citizens.
Auburn already is a top institutional choice among talented students because of its strong academic programs, capable faculty, attractive facilities for learning, residential life and recreation programs, and unparalleled campus environment. We will maintain, assess, and improve this environment for student success over the next five years, as described in the strategic commitments on the following page.
Supported by these measures, our primary strategic efforts over the next five years will be (1) to diversify our enrollment profile, (2) to harness the immense capacities of technology, (3) to enrich our learning experience, and, most of all, (4) to improve our retention and graduation rates. To retain students and help them attain timely graduation, we will articulate clear academic expectations and provide ample support.
Through new eLearning programs, including distance education, Auburn will increase its capacity and extend innovative academic opportunities to talented students beyond its Auburn and Montgomery campuses. We will enhance the diversity of our campuses, increasing minority and international student enrollments. While continuing to expand student learning opportunities abroad.
The Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) program was instituted in 2006 to support talented first-generation college students and also benefit those with financial need. The program provides a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to 4 years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they succeed at Auburn University.
1. The university will emphasize student retention and achievement by encouraging and expecting timely degree completion and by clearing pathways to student success.
2. The university will strengthen the student experience and broaden its influence by serving new groups of students and emphasizing the academic importance of diversity. We will support the talents of all qualified students and prepare them to thrive in an increasingly global environment.
3. The university will redefine its role in the development of eLearning programs (including distance education), meeting the needs of current and new Auburn students in ways that are consistent with the university's academic standards.
1. Enhance academic support services and student development programs.
2. Strengthen professional and career preparedness.
3. Enhance graduate student programming and support.
4. Develop state-of-the-art academic facilities.
Paul Bergen, a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a full-cost award for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge. He currently is a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, where he is continuing research that he began in Auburn's Department of Biological Sciences. He will pursue a PhD in pathology at Cambridge with a focus on how Salmonella infects the host intestinal cell and overcomes the host immune response to cause disease.
The Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy campus is located within the Chigi Palace in the small town of Ariccia, roughly 20 miles from Rome. The semester-long study abroad program in Ariccia for students in the College of Human Sciences begins in Ariccia and offers students excursions to a variety of cities including, Rome, the neighboring towns of the Castelli Romani, Tivoli, Siena, Florence, Naples and Milan.
Being an advocate comes naturally to Bridget Peters. Whether she is championing the "exercise is medicine" philosophy, supporting the College of Education's diversity programs, or promoting the beneficial work that graduate students are involved in to potential donors, Peters advocates on behalf of many different constituencies. However, her message usually returns to one central theme: the importance of graduate education.
A doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology, Peters wasn't even sure if she wanted to attend Auburn just a few years ago. In 2011, she was finishing her bachelor's degree in biology with a public health minor at Spelman College in Atlanta when she learned of the College of Education's Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program. The diversity program welcomes undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to Auburn for an intensive, six-week research experience in hopes that they will enroll at Auburn as a graduate student.
As it turned out, the Future Scholars program played a huge part in Peters' decision to pursue her graduate education at Auburn. But it was when she met with John Quindry, director of the Cardioprotection Laboratory, just before the program began that she knew she had found a good school.
"The talk he gave me was kind of a tough sell," Peters says. "He said, 'This is not an easy program. You're going to come, I'm going to give you this stack of papers to read and it's not going to be simple.' But he outlined what the lab did, how they went about publishing, what he expected as a doc student or even a master's student coming into this lab. He even sat me down and asked me what I wanted out of it. That was the conversation that convinced me that I really like this guy because he wants his doc students not to just come here and be a number in the program. He has an agenda for you and he wants you to check it off your list so that you are actually going to have a long list of marketable accomplishments when you leave Auburn."