Advancing Learning: Team Vision
Binghamton University's rigorous and evolving learning environments will prepare the most sought after graduates who will both adapt to and transform the 21st century.
Binghamton University will be a leader in research-informed, interactive teaching and learning. Across all institutional levels, we will foster a culture of excellence that supports, rewards and celebrates faculty efforts to continually improve their teaching and support student success. We will be forward-thinking and use ongoing assessments of our innovative curriculum, instructional approaches and infrastructure to prepare students who will be successful, lifelong learners and leaders.
How will this happen?
University leadership: The University will provide resources, recognition and rewards for faculty who incorporate, assess, modify, and spread effective instruction and approaches to mentoring that advance student learning.
Learning organization: The University will be an adaptive learning community engaged in critical, creative and collaborative thinking and actions that are informed by research on best-practice teaching and learning. To achieve this, we will focus on:
Curriculum: The University will support and challenge students with a rich, stimulating curriculum, informed by faculty research, that remains open to new opportunities and encourages global and interdisciplinary initiatives. Our goal is to create a culture of lifelong learning, engaging students in intellectual exploration and the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge.
Infrastructure: The University will set high expectations for institutional excellence and commit to strategic, ongoing investments in educational innovations, technology, infrastructure and people.
Faculty development and collaboration: The University will expect and support the use of effective instructional approaches (e.g., innovative uses of technology-enabled learning) by:
- providing curriculum support based on current research
- employing support staff to facilitate faculty development
- funding learning and teaching programs
- sponsoring intra- and inter-departmental, as well as institution-wide, opportunities to share new approaches
- extending external partnerships with other campuses.
Learning environment: The University will continue to develop student-centered learning environments in and out of the classroom. We will leverage a range of residential-based and technology-enabled interactions to recognize and support cognitive and cultural diversity. The University will support the development of innovative courses offered in traditional and non-traditional formats, including distance education, to better serve our constituencies. As a premier public university, we are committed to access and excellence for students from the local community, the state, the nation and the world.
Assessment: The University will use published research to inform campus assessments at all levels (i.e., individual courses, department & university-wide) and use these assessments to improve curriculum, instruction, the learning environment and student achievement. These assessments will support a campus culture of continuous improvement that:
- prepares graduates who will both adapt to and transform the 21st century
- catalyzes the growth of faculty and graduate teaching assistants as teachers and collaborators.
Research: The University will make targeted contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, attract external funding to support this research and modify our own practices accordingly. We will foster increasing synergy between our missions of teaching, service, and research and creative activities.