The University of Iowa

Strategic Initiative Task Force on Undergraduate Education and Success

[List of strategic initiative task forces]

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  1. Expand access: Develop a five-year plan for increased enrollments of resident, non-resident, international, and minority (especially resident Latino) students, both freshmen and transfers. Plan to include metrics, projected costs and revenues, action steps, etc.
  2. Promote success: Develop a five-year plan to improve retention and graduation that provides incentives to—and makes colleges accountable for—meeting the targets. “Mainstream” student success (i.e., retention) initiatives, such as freshman seminars and living-learning communities, in colleges, in partnership with Student Services. Consider expansion of student residences (by purchase or construction) to strengthen the integration of academic and co-curricular experiences that are vital to undergraduate success.
  3. Strengthen academic quality: Articulate a vision of an integrative, transformational educational experience for students that prepares them to succeed in today’s world, and positions UI at the forefront of undergraduate education innovation in the Big Ten. What would it take to implement this vision? How can IT facilitate transformational excellence in education?
  4. Promote alcohol safety: A town/gown committee to recommend and monitor implementation of strategies for alcohol safety—a partnership involving city government, the University, students, parents, and business and community leaders. University implementation led by Interim VP for Student Services Tom Rocklin. 


  • Chair: David Gier, professor, School of Music
  • Mike Barron, director, Office of Admissions
  • Aimee Carillo Rowe, associate professor, rhetoric
  • Helena Dettmer, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Edwin Dove, associate professor of biomedical engineering
  • Pat Folsom, director, Academic Advising Center
  • David Grady, associate vice president, Iowa Memorial Union
  • Judy Liskin-Gasparro, associate professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Lon Moeller, associate dean, Tippie College of Business
  • Laura Nass (student), Tippie College of Business
  • Chris Roy, professor, art & art history
  • Mark Warner, director, Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Liz Whitt, director of student success initiatives
  • Ex officio: Beth Ingram, associate provost for undergraduate education
  • Ex officio: Vickie Sharp, faculty fellow, Office of the Provost
  • Workgroup Chairs/Co-Chairs
    • Access: Mike Barron and Mike Warner (additional subcommittee members David Baumgartner, director, Pomerantz Career Center; Nancy Humbles, director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment; Scott King, director, Office of International Students and Scholars)
    • Academic quality: TBA
    • Alcohol safety: Iowa City mayor and UI provost 


Beth Ingram, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College
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October 2009:

November Open Forums--Task Force on Undergraduate Education and Success

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Members of the Provost's Task Force on Undergraduate Education and Success are seeking feedback from the campus community on how we can improve the academic climate and promote a culture of student success for undergraduates at Iowa. We invite you to attend one of the open forums scheduled for November:

Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 1505 Seamans Center
Wednesday, November 18, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 106 Gilmore Hall

Members of the task force will present a brief overview of their work to date, respond to questions, and listen to the perspective of those in attendance.

For those unable to attend, please feel free to send suggestions via e-mail to: mailto:

More information on the Task Force can be found on the Provost's Office website at:



David Gier
Chair, Task Force on Undergraduate Education and Success Professor, School of Music

Summer 2009:

The Strategic Task Force on Undergraduate Education and Success is in the process of gathering information and documents relevant to its task. Members of the committee have discussed current intitiatives focused on undergraduate education, and expect that the reports produced by the Student Success Team will inform their work. The committee met twice during the spring semester; a subcommittee concerned with devleoping an enrollment management plan has been meeting approximately bi-weekly. The expectation is that the subcommittee will present a report to the task force in August when the task force reconvenes. The committee anticipates providing opportunities for the wider University community to provide input during the fall semester.

Updated October 26, 2009