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Academic Affairs Priorities

In April, 2019, the Vision in Action: Lead On strategic plan goals and recommendations were presented to the Board of Trustees.  At that time, we committed to utilizing the plan to inform and guide our administrative units during the summer.  Herein we summarize that effort and outline key academic affairs priorities for 2019-2020.

A Vision in Action: Lead On session was held at the Chancellor’s Cabinet Retreat on June 18, 2019.  Prior to the retreat, cabinet members reviewed the recommendations put forth by the VIA: Lead On Steering Committee and aligned their unit priorities with recommendations thought to be most impactful and achievable for the coming years.  At the retreat, each leader first presented briefly on the near-term priorities, resources and collaborations within their units. All leaders then discussed top priorities for TCU for the coming year, as summarized in the table below.

Academic Profile & Reputation Endowment TCU Experience & Campus Culture TCU Workforce
An operationally sustainable TCU
Fundraising, with focus on growing the endowment
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as a foundational theme, with focus on integration into the core curriculum, faculty and leader hiring and development, fostering an inclusive environment, and clarifying the rationale for DEI
An integrated student success model, encompassing academic advising, student disability services, career services and tutoring.
The School of Medicine successful launch and collaboration with other TCU schools and colleges
Remaining competitive in a power conference
The Teacher-Scholar model1 (academic affairs)
International Experiences (academic affairs)
1 Faculty Senate approved in April 2019: “Encompassing all faculty, the teacher-scholar model serves as a foundation for academic life at TCU. It recognizes the distinction of both faculty roles and also the dynamic dialogue that occurs between them. Teaching and scholarly activity (such as research and creative activity)are mutually compatible and reciprocal, and exceptional performance in one inspires equal merit in the other. Students benefit when faculty engage in scholarly activity and share their zeal and insights in the classroom. Likewise, such classroom discussions spark new insights that guide future scholarly activity, sometimes in collaboration among faculty and students. The teacher-scholar model thus integrates faculty productivity and student learning, enhancing both and facilitating awareness of, and service to, the world.”

These priorities were shared with the Provost’s Council.  The Council, which includes school and college deans, committed to aligning unit strategic priorities with these university priorities.  At the Provost’s Council Retreat on August 13, 2019, each leader first presented briefly on the attributes, strengths, values, and collaborations of their units.  All leaders then discussed top priorities for Academic Affairs for the coming year. Additional discussions addressed strategies for integrating DEI into the core curriculum and commenced exploration of a Teacher-Scholar workload model at TCU.

Guided by these collective recommendations, the Academic Affairs priorities for 2019-2020 are below. These priorities will remain in draft form, to evolve as needed to best serve TCU.

Academic Profile and Reputation


  • Full-time faculty workload model, supportive of the TCU Teacher-Scholar model
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Infrastructure for Research, Scholarly and Creative activities
  • Graduate student experience and inclusion
  • Highlight compelling academic programs and people

International Experiences

  • Inventory of international programs across the university: participation, impact, compliance and sustainability

School of Medicine

  • Joint Governance with UNTHSC
  • Successful progression of curriculum, operations, accreditation
  • Collaboration with other TCU schools and colleges

Competitive in a Power Conference

  • Student success for student-athletes


TCU Experience and Campus Culture

Integrated Student Success Model

  • New position: Assistant/Associate Provost for Student Success dual-reporting to VC Student Affairs and VP Academic Affairs.
  • Academic advising
  • Student disability services
  • Career services
  • Tutoring
  • Retention and graduation



Endowment and Fundraising

  • Alignment of new endowed faculty positions and endowed scholarships/fellowships across schools and colleges


TCU Workforce

Leadership in an Academic Setting

  • Dean searches and new dean support
  • Chairs group
  • Hiring and Development: training, recruiting, onboarding, career development



DEI – core curriculum, environments, workforce, messaging

  • New position: Provost’s faculty fellow for DEI. Provost office support for focus areas.
  • DEI essential competency in the core
  • Inclusive environments training participation
  • DEI integration into PageUp to facilitate faculty and staff recruiting, onboarding, and career development
  • College DEI advocates support and coordination
  • Religious accommodations calendar and policy
  • Provost’s broad engagement with Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Weave DEI thread throughout University Life and first-year programming
  • DEI Inventory and integration of DEI practices into institutional structures
  • DEI messaging as an educational imperative, necessary to fulfill our mission of graduating ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.

Operational Sustainability

  • VIA: Lead On dashboard
  • Long-term enrollment planning
  • Participate in long-term technology planning
  • Academic affairs workflow
  • Academic affairs multi-year space plan
  • Visual multi-year data sets for data-informed decisions
  • Accreditation processes and practice
  • Aligned priorities across academic affairs
Strategic Plan