What does the TCU Promise mean to you?



regarding Academic Quality:           

* Reduce class size.

* Maintain a Liberal arts focus for breadth and depth.

* Communicate to students and parents that academics come first!

* Challenge faculty to enhance rigor.

* Create disincentives for poor teaching.

* Create centers of excellence.

* Reach out to the community for internships and service learning opportunities.

* Publicize teaching/research awards to the community.

* Publicize student awards to the community.


regarding Commitment to Students:

* Provide appropriate classroom space.

* Provide money to support undergraduate research.

* Develop graduate programs that are unique, including both traditional and professional.

* Raise graduate student stipends.

* Consider creating an academic boot camp to orient students to expectations.

* Do all that is possible to ensure students graduate in 4 years.      


regarding Recruitment and Retention:

* Communicate to students and parents that TCU is a value-added university relative to other institutions.

* Expand community scholars program and other scholarship opportunities.

* Collect data to determine reasons students leave.


regarding Academic Programs:

* Develop interdisciplinary programs.

* Reduce the number of adjunct faculty.

* Ensure that the promise is the same across all disciplines (e.g., athletics, social distinctions)


regarding Residential/Campus Life:

* Create more on-campus housing.

* Slow growth of student population.

* Provide vibrant student centers that encourage working and collegial interaction.

* Reduce cost of meals so that students will stay on campus.


regarding Faculty Support:

* Add more faculty.

* Define reasonable teaching loads.

* Remove budgetary barriers to interdisciplinary crossovers and co-teaching.

* Support the bridging of curricular and co-curricular activities.

* Provide appropriate classroom, office and research space.

* Enhance support from Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.

* Consider "Bridge Funding" when grant money dries up temporarily.

* Commit to ongoing faculty development, including a Junior Sabbatical for new faculty.

* Reduce teaching loads for new faculty.

* Improve retention and recruitment with incentives such as bonuses, labs, day-care, flexible scheduling, maternity leave, etc.

* Provide incentives for faculty to do advising, and ensure advising is consistent across campus.

* Develop a true Faculty Center that entices faculty to interact more; include evening hours.

* Provide technical support to train and help faculty with new equipment.


regarding Assessment, Program Review and Management:

* 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.

* Carefully consider the implications of the development "Centers of Excellence."


regarding Budget Process:

* Make budget line process transparent.

* Involve Deans in formulating budgets.

* Follow multi-year budgeting and planning.

* Link academic priorities with fund raising focus.

* Increase technical support budget.



What do you promise to TCU as your part of the TCU Promise?



regarding Academic Quality:

* Develop student potential rather than guarantee an outcome, as in a contract.

* Be well versed in our discipline.

* Serve as role models to students.

* Develop undergraduate opportunities for experiential learning and undergraduate research.

* Mentor new faculty within our department.


regarding Commitment to Students:

* Play a central role in students' intellectual growth and development.

* Create undergraduate research opportunities.

* Make ourselves available one-on-one with each of our students.

* Be good communicators of our knowledge and our passion.

* Teach students how to learn and how to develop a passion for learning.

* Teach students how to apply what they learn and how to become life-long learners.

* Encourage students to take advantage of opportunities on and off campus.

* Instill a sense of personal responsibility in students with respect to their intellectual development.

Current Participants

Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Economic Review Committee

Research and Data Committee

Groups Developing Strategy Papers

Size, Mix, Residentiality

The TCU Experience

Academic Directions

Connections to Communities: TCU, Fort Worth Region and Texas

Strategies for Athletics

Learning Resources

Technology Infrastructure