We will make our University a destination of first choice for an increasing number of students from around the state, from across the region, and beyond.
The College of Arts and Sciences will develop creative options
by configuring existing courses and programs into new experiences that will
enhance traditional undergraduate education
The College of Arts and Sciences will combine existing courses into proposals for at least two attractive new majors/minors (e.g. Public Health Education, Biochemistry, Data Analytics/Data Science), two other micro-programs (minors, concentrations, undergrad certificates) designed as add-ons for other majors (e.g. Healthcare Spanish Certificate, data analytics/data science).
The College of Arts and Sciences will improve time to graduation
for all students with specific consideration for transfer students, both enrolled
The College will measure success on this objective by tracking
reduction in the programs requiring additional requirements for transfer
students (24 programs) and mandatory minors (18 programs).
The College of Arts and Sciences will improve advising
and mentoring of students by scrutinizing all degree audits to ensure
By utilizing advising as a means of encouraging students to pursue relevant minors and/or concentrations, the College will measured an expansion of the number of students who graduate with minors.
The College of Arts and Sciences will support expansion of
student assistance programs (e.g. creation of a Math Center modelled
after our Writing Center for expanded assistance, tutoring, Writing Center,
and creating CETL sessions and resources on assisting at-risk students).
The College of Arts and Sciences will emphasize integration of
scholarship/research—teaching—mentoring—life-long learning and the practical
application of liberal arts learning through the expansion of the quantity and
quality of high impact practices.
Success will be measured by documenting the quality and
quantity of available and completed High Impact Practices, including
internships, study abroad, service and leadership (including Model UN),
and research including the Honors Thesis and Undergraduate Research’s
Summer Scholars program. (Baseline to be determined)
The University will affiliate with the Consortium for Global Education in order to expand opportunities for international travel and training for those involved in international travel.
. The College of Arts and Sciences will expand opportunities
for student professional experiences in attending, presenting at and
participating in scholarly conferences and symposia and will document
participation in these activities both in on-campus and external settings.
(Data for establishing baseline currently does not exist in a centralized
and accessible form.)
The College of Arts and Sciences will carefully assess current and
proposed programs through expanded reliance on and improved access to
relevant, accurate and current data.
Work with other GWU entities (OPIE, Registrar, Enrollment, IT, etc.) on the creation of an easily accessible database (preferably a dashboard) of information necessary for program directors, chairs, deans, faculty advisors and staff on numbers of majors, second majors, minors, course enrollments, students who have not selected major, and other demographic information in order to facilitate decision making based on actual current data.
Work with OPIE and/or external consultants (see University
Metric 2.1) to assess feasibility of proposed new programs, particularly
tightly focused new graduate programs such as a Masters of
Public Administration (possibility in 10 month format), alternative
licensure/MAT programs (e.g. Health/Physical Education), or in DCP
(e.g. Graphic Design).
The College of Arts and Sciences will facilitate the implementation of the “Motto Model” general education requirement revisions to ensure that they continue to provide a well-rounded liberal arts experience that emphasizes the universal skills of research, communication, and analytical and objective thinking that are a necessary foundation for disciplinary study, professions, citizenship and life-long learning.
This objective will be measured by addressing the Writing
Intensive 2 requirement and helping to bridge the gulf between WI 1
(provided in ENGL 102) and the WI 3/Information Literacy courses taught
in majors. Developing requirements for a seminar style WI 2 course for
sophomores would be a measure of this as will maintaining or increasing
the number of WI 2 options offered annually.
Attainment of this objective will entail tightening the focus of
learning goals for the Exploratory Experiences in the revised General
Education curriculum and will be measured by the publication of these
A further measurement will be increased numbers of CETL
sessions and resources for developing inter-and multidisciplinary
The College of Arts and Sciences will improve advising and
mentoring opportunities for graduate study, fellowships and employment
opportunities for A&S graduates.
The College of Arts and Sciences will begin tracking and
recording (see Objective 4) its students’ success in applying for and
receiving Fellowships, graduate/professional school admission and
employment relevant to their field of study with the goal of seeing this
The College of Arts and Sciences will expand and better track
participants in its summer pre-college programs.
Success will be defined as building (again in conjunction with Objective 4) a database for tracking participants in The Honors Experience, summer math and science camps and developing these leads as potential Gardner-Webb students.
We will increase and diversify the sources of revenue needed to sustain the growth and strengthening of our vibrant, comprehensive University.
Through cooperation with GWU Advancement, develop, refine and
publicize (among Arts and Sciences faculty) standard guidelines and procedures
for pursuing external grants.
The College of Arts and Sciences will measure this through
the completion of guidelines and subsequent tracking of the number of
grant applications with an ultimate goal of two proposals per year.
Name the College of Arts of Sciences as a result of a major
gift designed to support program quality within the College.
Cooperation with Advancement/Alumni and IT (OPIE and
registrar’s office) to build infrastructure to facilitate communication with A&S
graduates in order to expand contacts with alumni as donors, publicity and
The College of Arts and Sciences will measure this objective
through development of user-friendly database (with procedures for
maintaining and updating of the database) of alumni information—a critical
prerequisite to conduct outreach with alumni effectively and efficiently) and
tracking utilization of the alumni database. Ultimately, this is an essential
to producing a prioritized list of feasible projects alumni wish to support
and a record of such support procured.
Broaden contacts (again in cooperation with Advancement and
adhering to its guidelines/procedures) with potential external individual,
institutional/corporate (including international companies located in the region)
The College of Arts and Science will develop a process for
tracking its external contacts and once that is completed, set objectives
to measure success in acquiring funding for study abroad opportunities
for groups and individuals, internship, research opportunities (including
UG Research’s Summer Scholars), high impact practices such as
Model UN or service learning, travel funds for attendance/presentation
at professional conferences and student mentoring programs (including
those dedicated to assisting students apply for and obtain fellowships).
Develop plans for funding maintenance/replacement in areas that
are heavily dependent upon technology, particularly Natural Sciences and
The College of Arts and Sciences will measure success of
this Objective through the development and implementation of these
Gardner-Webb University is a private university with a very public
mission. We will increase our positive impact in the broader community and in the
region by partnering with those who share our interest in improving the quality of life
in Cleveland County and beyond.
Expand, improve and track community outreach efforts by
our faculty and staff, particularly in our immediate area such as faculty guest
lecturing, English poetry competition for high school, specific summer camps
(e.g. Math, Science), The Honors Experience, pursuit of Model UN in high
schools, etc. Students (esp. discipleship majors) in church experiences,
service learning and Professional Readiness Experiences.
The College of Arts and Sciences will produce an annual
report demonstrating the amount of community outreach projects.
In conjunction with Marketing and Communications and The
Center for Professional and Personal Development, the College will utilize the
alumni database (Objective 9) to expand our network of alumni contacts.
The College of Arts and Sciences will develop a set of
departmental/school specific alumni communication plans utilizing social
media to reach out to maintain contact with alumni.
The College of Arts and Sciences will document the
involvement of graduates in community activities including non-profits,
education, ministry, volunteer work, and other aspects of community
Documenting increased contact with graduates of teacher
licensure and English MA programs to expand visibility and recruitment
and with successful graduates in all fields for use in publicity, as speakers
for on-campus events, contacts for internship and PRE/high impact
opportunities, and contacts for job placement of Arts & Sciences
graduates. (Benchmarks will be dependent on creating the data base).
The College of Arts and Sciences will encourage, track and
publicize student activities beneficial to the community and region.
Success in this Objective will be measured by
documenting student community service projects in service learning
and field experiences within courses, the Honors Program, internships
and other Professional Readiness Experiences and Undergraduate
Research’s Summer Scholars program.
The College of Arts and Sciences will work towards expanding
Continuing Education opportunities for educators.
Success on this Objective will be measured by investigating,
and if determined feasible, creating alternative licensure pathways (e.g.
MAT in Physical/Health Education) and developing CETL opportunities for
training in Quality Matters certified online practices (Community Colleges
and High Schools). (Data for establishing baseline currently does not exist
in a centralized, compiled form.)
We will achieve and sustain a reputation as North Carolina’s leader in
Christian higher education.
Work with Facilities/Operations on dissemination of clear
and user-friendly guidelines and practices regarding logistical preparations
(e.g. lodging, meals, reservation of spaces, etc.) for hosting events on campus.
Fulfillment of this objective will be determined by the
production of and ready access to guidelines for hosting on-campus
The College of Arts and Sciences will support the “Religion
and Culture” public lecture series identified in the University Strategic Plan’s
Success will be measured by tracking Arts & Sciences’
contribution to organizing, staging and hosting this series.
The College of Arts and Sciences will increase scholarly events
on campus in order to demonstrate the quality and breadth of scholarly work, by
students and faculty, done at Christian institutions like Gardner-Webb.
Success of this objective will be measured by documenting
the expansion of the work of the Life of the Scholar Series (including
LOTS components such as the Joyce Compton Brown lecture series
and the annual LOTS Multidisciplinary Conference for undergraduate
and graduate students), by reviving the Southern Appalachian Culture
Series as a series of lectures/symposia, and by hosting other individual
or small group scholarly presentations with a goal of four such new
programs added each year.