2012-2017 HBCU Activities
Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Strengthening Institutional Management and Infrastructural Support
Three interrelated undertakings comprise this activity: Program Administration, Endowment, and Construction.
- Program Administration - Responsible for programmatic operations and fiscal management of funding for Tennessee State University.
- Endowment - To increase the value of Tennessee State University’s endowment fund.
- Construction - To improve Tennessee State University’s academic culture and increase the delivery of student services by upgrading existing facilities and classrooms.
Enhancing Student Success Consortium Initiative
To accommodate the needs of Tennessee State University’s increasingly technologically savvy and diverse student body, and provide academic support for all students, including those who need learning support with their general education courses. Six major multi-disciplinary, intra-divisional units have collaborated to construct the activity of Enhancing Student Success Consortium Initiative.
- Expansion of the Academic Boot Camp and Excel-O-rate Programs - To help students make a successful and smooth transition from high school to their first year of college.
- Student Achievement, Success, and Retention – To assure that all freshmen students obtain a similar level of service, of guidance, and monitoring by developing and strengthening a centralized advisement system.
- Enrollment Services and Student Success - To enhance opportunities for African-American males and strengthen the economical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, political, social, and spiritual well-being of all women.
- Career Counseling for Success - To increase retention of students who have not declared an academic major at Tennessee State University through interventions that will increase their ability to manage effectively their education and career aspirations.
- Student Leadership and Development – To provide a central portal for leadership, mentoring, advising, and integrating academic and educational support programs for improvement in retention and persistence to graduation.
- Living Learning Communities - Building a Community of Scholars - To provide a system in which students and faculty participate in academic, cultural, social, and co-curricular activities in a residency setting.
Academic Collaborative: Enhancing Undergraduate Education through
This activity describes five innovative, technology-intensive components. These activities focus on using technology to enable innovations in pedagogy that can increase learning.
- College of Business Component - To strengthen academic instruction in business and technology programs in which African Americans are underrepresented in related career fields.
- College of Engineering Component - To acquire essential hands-on laboratory equipment for the undergraduate programs in electrical and mechanical engineering, to prepare graduates in the field of mechatronics, and enhance the overall curriculum in student achievement in the classroom and field tests as dictated by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
- College of Health Sciences (Division of Nursing) Component - To increase student academic success in clinical decision making and to maintain consistently high NCLEX-RN exam scores by augmenting the existing support structure of learning tutorials and content reviews and utilizing clinical simulation technology throughout the nursing curriculum.
- College of Education Component - To centralize an effective and efficient advisement and mentoring for students aspiring to become teachers. Additionally, this program will create a support system that will provide teacher candidates with assistance needed to be successful on the Praxis examinations.
- College of Liberal Arts Component – To enhance undergraduate education through collaborative teaching and learning that emphasizes problem-based learning for students.
Strengthening the Capacity to Improve Academic Quality
This activity encompasses five major areas, under the direction of Provost and Executive Vice President.
- W.R.I.T.E. Quality Enhancement Plan - To promote the integration of progressively sequenced writing standards, tasks, and assessments in selected sophomore, junior, and senior-level courses; enhance the Writing Center and WRITE Studio with an emphasis on supporting advanced writing at the upper level; and continue to establish appropriate learning technologies for students and campus-wide adoption of an e-Portfolio (online portfolio) system.
- Planning and Assessment - To support continuing improvements in student learning and student success through strengthening institutional capacity for planning, assessment, and educational effectiveness.
- Service Learning and Civic Engagement - To expand and strengthen a highly successful service and outreach program to enhance effective collaborations across multiple academic and student service units that collectively support the mission and goals of Tennessee State University.
- Faculty Support - To improve instruction and curriculum; promote research, scholarship, and creative activities; and engage faculty in multifaceted, collaborative activities that will assist them to achieve their full potential and strengthen student success.
- Library - To support undergraduate research and education in the areas of Business, STEM, Health, Education, and Urban Studies and related academic programs in order to improve academic quality, student retention, academic success, and completion rates.