Our educational programs cultivate an environment of collaborative and professional experiences that drive our community of learners to create the extraordinary. Personalized, experiential learning is at the heart of our approach to education. Discovery also underpins the learning we do. The MSOE community creates, supports
and facilitates scholarly activities—which includes guiding students to discover and explore their interests. 

Strategies

Strategy 1: Enhance success throughout our learning community for students, faculty and staff.

Actions
a. Continuously study the opportunities and challenges that face incoming and current students; identify, pursue and implement strategies to improve student success.* 
b. Continue educating K–12 teachers, along with MSOE faculty, staff and administrators in methods that foster growth and expansion of educational excellence.

*Indicates year-one action

Strategy 2: Enhance MSOE’s educational programs to deepen experiential learning and focus on the development of the professional.

Actions
a. Optimize review processes for existing educational programs to ensure their fitness with the university mission, values and strategy.*
b. Pilot new educational programs with an emphasis on interdisciplinary engagement.
c. Continue to evaluate the ways in which MSOE articulates academic credit for its students.

*Indicates year-one action

Strategy 3: Ensure that all students use real-world projects and initiatives in their field of study or extracurricular interest to benefit society and the communities where we live and work.

Actions
a. Establish a center responsible for defining, identifying and tracking success of such opportunities.*
b. Expand and align MSOE’s experiential opportunities and establish support programs to assist student participation.

*Indicates year-one action

Strategy 4: Develop a funded, nationally-recognized, application-oriented undergraduate research program (UR@MSOE).

Actions
a. Create and fund a UR@MSOE program to identify and manage opportunities, set and maintain policies, and support students and faculty.
b. Engage external program review of UR@MSOE.
c. Align faculty hiring, retention and promotion practices to recognize undergraduate research emphasis.
d. Assign workload for undergraduate research faculty advising.
e. Allocate space and equipment for undergraduate researchers and explore establishing an undergraduate research living-learning community.
f. Specify undergraduate research curricular applicability for every undergraduate program at MSOE and institute a curricular colloquia series for undergraduate researchers.

Strategy 5: Enable all full-time faculty to engage in ongoing, meaningful and productive scholarly activities.

Actions
a. Facilitate widespread faculty scholarly activities and professional development with mentorship, teaching assignments, space allocation, equipment and recognition.*
b. Develop hiring, retention and promotion policies, and institute expectations within a balanced faculty workload framework.
c. Support faculty and research staff with the development, submission and management of research proposals.
d. Enable first-year faculty to establish and/or transition scholarly work to MSOE.

*Indicates year-one action

Strategy 6: Raise awareness and understanding of scholarship throughout MSOE.

Actions
a. Have Faculty Senate and Faculty Council form working definition of “Scholarship at MSOE.”*
b. Use faculty governance to incorporate scholarship definition into applicable policies and procedures (e.g., faculty development program, Faculty Handbook, promotion and retention policies, etc.) and ensure alignment of MSOE scholarship with institutional mission.
c. Benchmark scholarship at MSOE (i.e., activities, resources, staffing levels) with peer-group institutions.
d. Publish regular updates on scholarship activity at MSOE, promoting scholarly achievements and “milestone” status reports from faculty and students on projects.

*Indicates year-one action

The KPIs to Measure our Commitment: