What does the TCU Promise mean to you?
THE DEANS AT TCU WILL, regarding Academic Quality:
Promise to provide to students with a good, quality education. This is a two-way promise, which assumes that students are prepared to come to this institution and make an investment.
Hire, sustain and develop faculty who are dedicated to teaching and research and who are also dedicated to students. That is what we are all about and is the essence of the TCU promise. The institution as a whole is dedicated to this.
Consider lowering enrollment. A serious problem is that recruitment is too tightly aligned to the size of the student body. We have a high number of transfer students this year. Our understanding is that this was not going to happen. We agree that we should recommend reducing both the incoming freshman class size and the number of transfer students as well. Can we provide the additional resources to support the increased enrollment?
regarding Commitment to Students:
Create opportunities for students to experience personal growth.
Make available to the students the best faculty we can find.
Provide for students correctly sized classes with knowedgable and caring faculty.
"Ensure that TCU provides students with the education necessary to successfully compete for a job upon graduation."
regarding Recruitment and Retention:
regarding Academic Programs:
Consider developing programs that interface with Athletics, e.g., sports, sports broadcasting, maybe creating a center to work with Athletics and Academics.
Strive to obtain general internal funding for interdisciplinary programs. Some interdisciplinary programs have been starved for internal funds e.g., the Math/Science Institute that is funded by the Sid Richardson Foundation. The Foundation has mentioned that TCU is not funding any part of this program. General funding needed for resources for interdisciplinary programs. Until we can adequately fund the proven programs, we need to be careful expanding. Interdisciplinary programs do require use of more resources, putting in more time to provide the students with a better experience.
regarding Residential/Campus Life:
Attempt to recruit better, more diverse students - not just students of color or just from the metroplex. We recognize that this is a balancing act and that we are giving up some things to make this work. Someone needs to be looking at this, e.g., a couple of Deans, Carol Campbell, Ray Brown, and Housing Rep.
regarding Faculty Support:
Promise to faculty: reasonable workloads, a supportive infrastructure, a robust library and capable students.
Make the teacher scholar model work.
Enhance the size and effectiveness of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.
Ensure that faculty have decent offices and furniture.
In considering equitable teaching loads, carefully weigh the amount to which departments that have graduate programs reduce their teaching loads.
regarding Assessment, Program Review and Management:
Recommend that we are very cautious in promoting "Centers of Excellence" until we can adequately fund programs across the board. Establish criteria by which "Centers of Excellence" can be defined. Carefully consider the implications of the development "Centers of Excellence."
Consider closing programs that cannot be adequately funded.
Establish meaningful Program Reviews (with outside involvement) that have positive outcomes.
Develop effective assessment strategies that address important questions central to the mission of TCU. Conduct reviews that are responsive to the needs of programs as perceived by persons who design and implement these programs.
regarding Budget Process:
Encourage the University to invest in academics as a paramount necessity.
Adequately fund all programs so that they have an opportunity to achieve success.
Assure accountability within programs
Conduct open (transparent) budget processes wherever possible
What do you promise to TCU as your part of the TCU Promise?
DEANS WILL, regarding Academic Quality:
Inform the Chancellor and cabinet on issues of fairness and equity with respect to finances, facilities and other resources. Deans are resource managers who will never have all the resources they could use. Thus they have to use them in the most efficient and effective manner they can.
Carefully consider the hiring of more "Professors of Professional Practice". In some areas e.g., CSE, Nursing, the model works well. However we must not lose sight that what has made us successful is a commitment to the teacher-scholar model.
Push to hire more faculty. The16 new faculty hired in 2003/4 were not nearly enough to catch us up to where we need to be. The Deans who started in 2000 were impressed with the TCU promise at that time. In the 4 years since, growth has been so remarkable that the promise has not been so easy to keep.
Enter into a sustained, open and informed debate about the value and future of graduate education at TCU. Consider the relationship between the needs and benefits of undergraduate and graduate programs. Are they symbiotic or not?
Recognize that we are in the top 100 of 5,000 or so universities and that this is an enviable position, particularly when our limited overall commitment to graduate programs is taken into consideration.
regarding Commitment to Students