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Stephen F. Austin State University

The Undergraduate Experience

2016-2017 Campus Reading of The Undergraduate Experience

During the 2016-17 year, faculty and staff members across campus engaged in a conversation about how we can focus on what matters most here at SFA.

More than 550 individuals from across campus received a copy of The Undergraduate Experience - Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most; many individuals took part in small group discussions during their reading.

All readers were invited to help in forming action recommendations for the university. In a series of sessions during the academic year, Dr. Bob Szafran led attendees in exercises designed to identify the most useful ideas in the book and convert them into concrete, achievable initiatives for SFA.

The outcomes of those sessions are listed below.

Wednesday, October 26th in the Campus Recreation Center Gym
Chapter 1 (What Matters Most) & Chapter 2 (Learning Matters)
All questions asked and answers collected during the session | Top suggestions from each carousel | Voting results of which suggestions are most supported

Thursday, December 1st in the Campus Recreation Center Gym
Chapter 3 (Relationships Matter) & Chapter 4 (Expectations Matter)
All questions asked and answers collected during the session | Top suggestions from each carousel | Voting results of which suggestions are most supported

Wednesday, February 8th in the Twilight Ballroom
Chapter 5 (Alignment Matters), Chapter 6 (Improvement Matters), & Chapter 7 (Leadership Matters)
All questions asked and answers collected during the session | Top suggestions from each carousel | Voting results of which suggestions are most supported

Thursday, February 23rd in the Twilight Ballroom
Table 1 Proposal | Table 2 Proposal | Table 3 Proposal | Table 4 Proposal | Table 5, Group 1 Proposal | Table 5, Group 2 Proposal | Table 6 Proposal | Table 7 Proposal | Table 8 Proposal | Table 9 Proposal | Table 10 Proposal | Table 11 Proposal | Table 12 Proposal

Tuesday, March 28th in the Twilight Ballroom
Vice presidents reported on the feasibility of suggestions from previous meetings.

Outcomes

Efforts are continually underway to advance the proposals put forth at the February 23 meeting (also listed below):

Academic Primacy

Connecting College Learning and Readiness for Career Success

Student Success

Culture Matters

Evidence of Impact