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Here are quick updates on several important issues: post-tenure review, e-learning, changes to our general education curriculum, cluster hires, our new NSF ASCEND grant to help us recruit and retain more women faculty in STEM, and Experience Learning.

Don’t miss these events to network and learn.

Here’s a list of spring semester opportunities to celebrate, network, and learn.

Teaching and Learning Innovation, Open Educational Resources, and Quiet Space for Writing

As we seek to increase the number of supported graduate students and improve graduate education, the Graduate School has forged an exciting partnership with the Office of Research and Engagement to provide 20 four-year graduate research assistant positions.

Course designations. Grants for faculty, staff, and students. Resources to help faculty incorporate experiential learning into their courses. These are just a few of the ways Experience Learning is transforming the way we teach and the way our students learn.

Starting this spring, small groups of faculty will begin meeting as part of our new Faculty Mentoring Program. In addition, look for a series of professional development events for associate professors seeking promotion to professor.

This past fall, we announced that our first cluster hire would be in the area of data sciences. While that’s moving forward, we’re now calling for proposals for two additional clusters.

Thanks to the great research of three Haslam College of Business student interns, we’ve found a segment of at-risk first-time freshmen who were previously falling through the cracks—and we’re implementing strategies to intervene more quickly to help them find success.

Over the next five years, we’d like to see our overall undergraduate enrollment grow by 15 percent. We’ve been growing 1 to 2 percent year over year; to meet our goal we’ll have to grow by 3 percent each year.