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Pilot Programs and Committee Work

These pilot programs, led by committees with faculty representatives, carefully scrutinize existing programs ad/or recommend new ones to ensure that TCU continues to be a premier institution of higher education now and for the future.

These are PILOT PROGRAMS. Your input is welcome as we test processes and solve challenges for final implementation. Provide feedback or send questions to AApilotprograms@tcu.edu.

 

CLASS SIZE POLICY WORKGROUP

A Class Size Policy workgroup was formed in the summer 2023 in response to the Trustees’ request to evaluate small undergraduate classes in relation to fiscal sustainability. The goal is to clean up inefficiencies and misclassifications while maintaining important classes.

Spring 2024: The goal is to pilot the policy in spring 2024 as the Fall 2024 class schedule is being developed
Fall 2023: Each Dean is completing an analysis of their undergraduate class sections with fewer than 10 students, to understand the current situation and the impact of limitations placed on small class sizes. The workgroup will then draft a relevant policy and vet it with all deans and the Provost.

 

EQUITABLE STUDENT SUCCESS

The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs formed and is leading an Equitable Student Success advisory board to design and develop processes to enhance equitable student success.

Spring 2024: The advisory board meets monthly to review data on student performance, participation and perception to identify gaps and discern how best to mitigate and eliminate those gaps.
Fall 2023: An Equitable Student Success advisory board was established, comprised of faculty and staff from each college and school.

 

FACULTY WORKLOAD EQUITY MODEL

To ensure that TCU has and is implementing a clear Faculty Workload Equity Model and policies for SACSCOC reaffirmation, all TCU Deans, led by Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs Francyne Huckaby, are partnering to develop a university-level, adaptable Faculty Workload Equity Model to be used as a guideline for colleges and schools to develop their individual Faculty Workload Equity Policies.

2022-23: The model is in the pilot test phase (2022-23 academic year) with TCU Nursing, Environmental Studies, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Educational Leadership & Higher Education, and Counseling, Societal Change and Inquiry.
2022: Deans reviewed and defined the model throughout spring and summer of 2022, vetting with associate deans and department chairs, to finalize the model in Fall 2022 and vet with a broader audience.
2021: Faculty Senate Executive Committee reviewed the preliminary model and presented their recommendations.

 

PROMOTION & TENURE POLICIES REVIEW

A committee of faculty and members of the Provost’s Office are reviewing the Promotion and Tenure Policies; i.e. process, timeline, and faculty appeal process. The committee will make recommendations to improve the efficacy and clarity of these processes.

2023: Deliver a comprehensive calendar or flowchart with relevant action steps drawn from all current documentation. Create a website with robust FAQs.
2022: Review questions about the denial process, FAC committee decisions, and the meaning of “tenured faculty.”
2021: The committee began evaluating criteria for promotion and tenure for consistency across the university. The committee defined eligibility,

 

STREAMLINING THE SYLLABUS TEMPLATE

In Spring 2023, the Streamlining the Syllabus Template Committee was formed to make recommendations to streamline the syllabus template and the process for sharing content information.

June 2023 – The committee presented a recommendation, passed by Faculty Senate, making syllabus policies and resources available to students within TCU Online and via link and QR code, thus greatly shortening the syllabus.

 

STUDENT PROGRESSION AD HOC COMMITTEE

In April 2022, the Provost convened a Student Progression Ad Hoc Committee to identify possibilities for facilitating the academic progression of all students, particularly transfer students, by considering and making proposals that would remove barriers, thereby better advancing students’ academic progression to degree completion at TCU. The ad hoc committee is chaired by the vice provost for student success and includes the dean of admission, dean of graduate studies, core director, two college deans, faculty senate chair and three additional senate representatives chosen by the senate chair.

April 2023: Proposals voted on by Faculty Senate.
January 2023: Faculty Senate formed an ad hoc committee to review and submit the three proposals for vote among all faculty.
December 2022: Proposals submitted to Faculty Senate.
August 2022: AA ad hoc committee confirms three proposals.
April 2022: Academic Affairs ad hoc committee convenes and meets throughout summer 2022.

 

TEST-OPTIONAL PILOT

Due to the pandemic, requiring SAT and ACT exams for admissions was made optional in April 2020 and extended in 2022. During Fall 2023, the test-optional pilot is being monitored by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs to assess its impact on students’ academic performance and success across multiple demographic populations. A faculty survey was administered in early fall, with results to be shared with Faculty Senate and the Provost to assist in determining the next steps. The Provost will re-evaluate the test-optional pilot when the TCU class of 2024 graduates.

2024: The Provost will re-evaluate the option when the Class of 2024 graduates.
2023: Survey sent to faculty. Monitoring to assess the impact on student academic performance.
July 2022: Test optional was extended to include 2023 and 2024 high school graduates.
April 2020: SAT and ACT exams became optional