Cameron University plans new initiatives for 2013-14 academic year

Cameron University has announced several new actions and initiatives for the 2013-2014 academic year, many of which are geared toward helping Cameron students succeed academically. Fall classes will begin on Wednesday, August 14.                          

“Cameron University remains committed to student learning and student success inside and outside the classroom,” says President John McArthur. “For the upcoming academic year, we have developed numerous initiatives which play a direct role in meeting our driving values.”

According to “Plan 2018: Values Driven, Action Oriented,” Cameron’s current long-range strategic planning document, the university’s driving values are: Student Learning; Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, Service, and Mentoring; Leadership in Our Community and Region; Shared Governance; Diversity; and Responsible Stewardship of Public and Private Resources, the Public Trust, and Cameron’s Future.

The initiatives will impact a broad spectrum of university constituents. Among them are:

  • Affordability: Cameron University will continue its commitment to maintaining affordability of a college degree through increased student scholarships and tuition waivers, competitive housing and board costs for resident students, and competitive tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Graduation Starts Today: This program will help all incoming students begin to prepare for graduation from the first day on campus and will include continuing outreach and partnership opportunities with area high schools with specific initiatives for Cache, Duncan, Elgin and Lawton Public Schools.
  • Student Success: Actions include opening the new Office of Teaching and Learning to provide a comprehensive first-year experience for students, to coordinate tutoring laboratories in reading, writing, and mathematics, and to provide faculty development opportunities with new technologies, teaching techniques, and instructional materials; a review and revision of university admissions requirements for adult learners and at-risk learners in order to provide supplemental support resources to improve the likelihood of academic success and degree completion; streamlining and expediting satisfaction of remediation requirements for students with developmental needs in English; and providing intersession and summer workshops for entering students with developmental needs.
  • We Want You Back: A multi-faceted program that will help advisors and students pinpoint specific courses needed for graduation, identify current and former students who are within 24 semester hours of graduation in order to provide them with detailed plans for finishing their degrees, and identify first-year students who have not enrolled for the second year to offer assistance as needed.
  • Community Development and Engagement: Initiatives includes economic development forums, a re-launch of the Project DREAM entrepreneurship contest, a review of tuition and fee support practices for active duty military and a leadership workshop for student leaders from area high schools. Projects include a yearlong community service initiative related to Oklahoma tornado recovery, planning for Academic Festival IX, hosting various state academic conferences, technical meetings and symposia, and more.

Other initiatives will include the continuation of faculty and staff development activities, addition of new degree programs, continued and expanded access to educational opportunities such as study abroad, internships, service learning and undergraduate research, expanded alumni involvement and additional capital improvements.

“The incredible growth that Cameron has experienced will continue,” says McArthur. “We intend to maintain our current momentum to grow Cameron University, increase our degree completion rates, and play a vital role in the economic development of southwest Oklahoma.”

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July 19, 2013

PR# 13-122