Strategy 2: Provide an outstanding student and trainee experience
UI COM will promote a healthy COM culture that facilitates student and trainee success in a positive and respectful learning environment; promotes physical, financial, mental, and social well-being; and values diversity and inclusion.
- Redesign advising initiatives, including: faculty advising houses, career connectors, specialty faculty liaisons and faculty advisors, webinars, small group advising sessions
- Develop consistent college-wide procedures for academic support services and programs, including:
-Develop handbook(s) for staff
– Create collaborative academic support team with Learning specialists across campuses
– Encourage cooperative Peer Education Programs across campuses
– Integrate UHP, HCOE (academic programs and services) to have unified academic support system
- Establish common metrics for academic support, e.g.
– Usage of services
– Student outcomes
– Analysis of impact/program evaluation/identify areas for improvement.
- Enhance opportunities for students through Peer Education, e.g.
– Create a non-credit elective course tied to external College Reading and Learning Association tutor training program Certification.
– Educate about teaching skills, pedagogical methods, coaching techniques
- Enhance professional development opportunities for academic support staff, including
– Continue monthly PD sessions
– Implement appreciative advising framework
– Develop coaching techniques
– Create toolkit for academic support
- Develop marketing strategy/messaging about normalizing academic support with goal of establishing our UI COM ‘brand’ of academic support
- Develop a longitudinal college-wide plan for career support services and programs, including:
-Develop checkpoints and milestones, year-by-year, for students to make career plans
–Develop tools and guidance for advisors and students
- Develop unity among graduate students and postdocs from various departments via various connectivity and central support initiatives
- Create a Graduate Student Affairs Office
- Develop a Budget for Graduate Student Activities & Support
- Develop and maintain graduate student website
- Develop tools to help students manage the burden of the cost of attendance: including full transparency regarding the COA and cost of delivering education at each campus, accurately measuring uncovered costs including test preparation, exam fees, uncovered site fees.
- Drive cost efficiencies in educational cost structure. Complete a full education program expense cost structure analysis which demonstrates where we are over-resourced and where we are under-resourced and provides proposals for how to more effectively shift our cost structure to be perceived as more value-creating for the students.
- Work to better understand the perception and reality of the value of a COM education for medical students at each campus. Identify gaps in experience and opportunities on each campus and work to close those gaps or compensate by leveraging each campus’s specialized resources. Build consensus around, and improve, COM value proposition. Build and enhance student perception of the current and future value of their educational experience beginning in admissions through graduation and beyond.
- Understand Diversity Council Support Committee charge and other DEI committee charges vis-à-vis broader DEI agenda
- Develop a plan for Admissions and Promotions committees to work with DEI office and DEI Strategy Committee to develop best practices in the recruitment and advancement of URM and disadvantaged students and monitor success on an annual basis based on agreed metrics
- Ensure comprehensive DEI Office action plans with respect to recruitment, messaging, training, and support (especially those being established by the DEI Strategy Committee) fully reflect the needs of the students as identified by this group based on a rigorous assessment of under-represented and disadvantaged student needs
- Encourage and influence the creation of a roadmap of ideal facilities for student/trainee learning by assessing student/trainee needs and gaps
- Influence the structure of student health services to also include mental health, improved communication, and space renovation: diversifying providers; creating 24/7 hotline; integrating mental health messaging in mandatory classes, and facilitating anonymous complaints of biases, mistreatments, and discrimination
- Establish a dedicated-liaison relationship between DEI and student/learning environment (UHP and HCOE); establish dedicated-liaison campus representatives
- Develop training for faculty involving learning environment issues
- Build a communications protocol for Dean’s Office messaging specific to students as target audience to improve internal marketing perception of transparency
Metric 1 (S2M1):
Student education satisfaction / engagement survey scores
Metric 2 (S2M2):
Growth in scholarships and endowment
Metric 3 (S2M3):
PhD placement outcomes (e.g., % of trainees in academia)
Metric 4 (S2M4):
Average medical student debt | Priority match rate to top three choices
[This is the section where the committee chair or their designee may provide any additional notes they feel useful to update the community on committee status.]