Cornelia Lang, University of Iowa

Cornelia Lang

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Goal: Build a strong community of undergraduate learning and engagement

Strategy 1: Increase undergraduate student success with evidence-based practices

Strategy 2: Expand undergraduate recruiting and retention efforts to ensure sustainable student enrollments

Strategy 3: Increase academic, peer, and career mentoring

Year One Progress

  • Reorganized CLAS UP to be central undergraduate student “hub” in the college, collaborating with campus partners to support students holistically
    • Developed liaisons for each student support areas (academic policies, academic support, student retention, CLAS advising, undergraduate curriculum) in order facilitate better collaborations 
    • Expanded support for undergraduate student recruitment in partnership with Office of Admissions
  • Innovative and student-centered undergraduate curricular changes
    • Added majors in Translation, Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Health Studies
    • Added an interdisciplinary certificate in Performing Arts and Social Justice
    • As part of a campus-wide initiative, CLAS is redesigning 15 courses in 6 STEM departments over the next several years to improve student success
    • Added sustainability as a new critical area of the CLAS Core General Education program

Year Two Priorities

  • Assess and determine long-term plan for CLAS undergraduate advising and mentoring
  • Review and revise key academic policies and requirements to be  student-centered and well-communicated
  • Improve feedback and assessment processes for undergraduate programs: majors, minors, certificates, and the CLAS Core 
  • Increase awareness of key CLAS undergraduate programs of study and opportunities that are distinctive
  • Strengthen strategic enrollment management processes through an annual cycle of activities

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