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The following Academic Affairs Imperatives are intended to serve as strategic guidelines to promote and achieve an academic environment at SIUE characterized by vibrant learning and discovery, productive scholarship, insightful interaction, and professional achievement by faculty, staff, and students in an atmosphere of mutual support and collegiality.

1. Academic Quality/Effective Assessment.
SIUE will focus on the process of continuous improvement in the delivery of excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional academic programs using assessment data, creative pedagogy, state-of-the-art facilities and technology. SIUE will be nationally recognized for effectively promoting excellence through a unique academic program portfolio of contemporary liberal education and professional studies.

2. Student Success.
SIUE will improve student retention through innovative partnerships between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs that provide proactive, consistent, and effective University-wide academic advising and strategic and focused student support. SIUE will be nationally recognized for retention practices promoting student success.

3. Faculty Development.
SIUE will enhance the number and quality of programs to support faculty development in teaching, scholarship, and service. SIUE will be known nationally for supporting and balancing the professor's capabilities in the classroom/laboratory with capabilities in scholarship/creative activity as measured by standards of peer review.

4. Enrollment Management.
SIUE will develop and implement a revised long range enrollment management plan that fully integrates optimum academic program size, campus capacity, comprehensive student recruitment plans, (including student diversity and access, financial assistance, academic preparation), and student retention practices (including student support and facilitated course scheduling). SIUE will be known nationally for its comprehensive approach to enrollment management that supports a vibrant learning environment.

5. Educational Outreach.
SIUE will coordinate and expand the University's resources to enable undergraduate, graduate and professional students, often limited by preparation, time, place or resources, to complete their educational/professional goals in a timely and convenient manner as well as to enhance the leadership role of SIUE in the greater Metro East community through community service, educational outreach and professional development programs. SIUE will be known nationally for the excellence and impact of its academic offerings associated with its extended campus.