Methodist University recently completed a transformational Title III project to improve academic quality, while strengthening institutional management and fiscal stability. Our project design encompassed seven major components. Of these, the four primary ones that drove this transformation are:
- An Integrated Information Management System
- Instructional Technology Integration
- Student-Use Technology
- Demonstrated Technology Enrichment
Faculty Development (5) is essential for any meaningful change in teaching and learning and is, therefore, incorporated into each of the four primary components. In addition, our implementation model was designed to infuse assessment into all facets of this activity. Therefore, Project Benchmarking (6) was embedded to insure timely and effective mid-course adjustment, and Summative Assessment (7) linked the Title III project to the MU Strategic Plan and to future initiatives beyond the federal project timeline. Together, these components will achieve our over-arching goal of creating a culture of excellence that is reflective of an engaging, enriching, and empowering academic environment.