President David Wilson welcomed more than 250 new and returning faculty members to the university for the 2013 annual fall faculty institute. In keeping with the institute’s theme of teaching excellence, Dr. Wilson described several of the university’s recent successes, and charged faculty members to keep excellence as their top priority in teaching and learning outcomes.
“When you look at our mission statement and core values, you know that we are intentional about excellence and well on our way to becoming the top public research institution in the state of Maryland,” said Dr. Wilson.
Among the key areas of achievement were the university’s approval of a 120-credit cap for all undergraduate degree programs, an increase in total baccalaureate and masters degrees over the last two years, and a seven percent increase in first-year student retention from 2012. The achievements were presented as part of a briefing on the university’s 10-year strategic plan, the core blueprint for the university’s ongoing academic and social development initiatives for the campus and surrounding community.