Academic Year Priorities
The President's initiatives are based on the Christian Futuring Report which includes the Trajectory Report and the 2020 Matrix. The Management TEAM reviews and updates Matrix in each term. The Matrix is reviewed by the Board of Trustees Spring Board meeting.
The President has continued to focus on the following priorities:
I. Historic Educational Mission – 51 % by 2020
Bacone remains committed to meeting the American Indian student goal of 51 % by 2020.
The President is working with Rev. Brown, Special Advisor to the President and Interim Director of the Center for American Indians to:
Establish a short-term recruiting plan for Spring 2013
Establish a mid-term recruiting plan for Fall 2013
Expand 100% Tuition Scholarships for AI Students to Athletics, Tribal Law and Criminal Justice, Art, and Leadership across the campus
Adjust staffing patterns to support this goal.
The President has consulted with Chief Adams, BOT Chair, to form a Task-force including BOT to review the recreating and retention of the Center for the past three years. This review will help establish a long-term recruiting strategy for AI students.
The President is also working with the BOT to complete a search for a new VP of Enrollment to focus on the 2020 goal.
II. Indian University – Consortia
The President has consulted with the BOT and established a BOT Task-force to work with the Administration to consider a consortia with Bacone's original name: Indian University.
Such a consortia might include
The President has consulted with the BOT and established a BOT Task-force to work with the Administration to consider a new Minority Scholarship Fund with Corporate partners. Bacone has the most diverse campus in Oklahoma. This scholarship fund would support the currently unfunded scholarships being offered to minority students at Bacone.
IV. Art & Museum Complex
The President has consulted with the BOT and established a BOT Task-force to work with the Administration to consider a 10-20 year project to develop a new Art & Museum Complex opposite the Murrow Indian Children's Home.
Ataloa Lodge, our current Museum, would be converted to an Interpretive Center connecting to the new complex by a winding walkway through Native gardens. The complex would include studio space, classrooms, lecture hall, faculty offices and Galleries.
The conversion of the former stack area in the lower level of the old Library will begin in Spring of 2013 as a first step in this process. Entrance to the Gallery will be through the new American Indian Research Library opening in Spring 2013. Plans are being made to welcome the first American Indian Research Fellows to campus in Fall 2013 to reside in Faculty Row housing, utilize the AI Research Library, and serve as adjuncts in the AI Studies program.
V. Expansion of online degree completion prgrams
Division of Adult Education is transitioning to Online Degree Completion formats including:
American Indian Studies
Bacone is using Moodle for its online classroom and Adobe Connect as its video-based classroom. MOU agreements provide for special tuition rates for tribal and church organizations.
Many of these degree programs may be customized with concentrations within the scope of the MOU.
A search for a new Director of the DAE Program will follow the hiring of the VP for Enrollment.
VI. Main Campus Retention
- New Indoor Turf Field House and Weight Room have located in Bacone Commons
- Athletic Offices will re-locate by Fall 2013 to Bacone Commons