Strategic Plan for Department of Civil Engineering
2007/08 through 2011/12
Our mission is to provide quality education and meaningful career opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. We develop highly qualified graduates with potential to assume positions of increasing responsibility in Civil Engineering. The Department will achieve its mission through continuous efforts to: (1) employ a faculty with the professional credentials and experience to deliver quality academic program that meet student and societal needs; (2) serve a diverse student population by offering strong and varied academic programs that will prepare graduates for the challenge of life-long learning; (3) offer contemporary curricula that combine a foundation of general education and disciplinary preparation for the market place; and (4) provide both formal and informal learning resources to support instructional and scholarly/creative activities.
Lamar University’s Department of Civil Engineering strives to become recognized as a
regional/national/international leader in engineering education as well as in the analysis, design, and management of civil and environmental engineering systems. To support this endeavor, the department will seek to conduct, disseminate and apply relevant research to influence engineering practice and the advance of engineering education and knowledge. This will be accomplished through strategic efforts that allow the department to effectively adapt to the ever-changing aspects of higher education. The net effect will be that Lamar University’s civil engineering graduates will be empowered with the knowledge, skills, and innovative thinking to facilitate discovery in numerous existing and yet to be discovered fields of endeavor.
Strategic Directions Derived from the Mission
2. Faculty and Staff
To achieve these strategic directions the Department of Civil Engineering establishes objectives with specific initiatives that will evolve during the planning process.
Strategic Direction 1 – Student
To provide quality education and meaningful career training for undergraduate and graduate students, and to enhance student-faculty engagement which include student participation in faculty research projects and student involvement in professional society activities.
To attract and recruit high-quality students through increased scholarship funding, advising and mentoring students on each of Pre-CE, Advanced-CE, and graduate level, and supporting College of Engineering advisement and retention policy.
Strategies for Objective 1:
; Develop a plan to raise additional scholarship funds
Increase scholarship funds through the University Capital Campaign and
through advisory council, alumni contacts
Increase total amount of scholarship funds available to CE undergraduate
students by 5% per year
; Advising and mentoring all levels CE students on diverse learning needs
Increase the number of students advised and mentored by Advisement and
Retention Office in the College of Engineering, and by CE faculty
members for advancement in learning needs on professional courses and
Increase the number of students to be advised and mentored by 5% each
year, and increase the number of faculty members involved in advising
and mentoring students.
; Enhance student-faculty engagement
Achieve the goal of student-faculty engagement in two directions; one is
to involve students in faculty research projects; the other is to involve
faculty in students’ professional chapter activities.
Increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students engaging in
research projects by 3% each year, and increase the number of faculty
involvement in student chapter activities by 10% each year.
Strategic Direction 2 – Faculty and Staff
To provide faculty and staff a healthy and pleasant environment to perform their duty and work; for faculty, their performance includes teaching, research, and service; for staff, their performance includes accomplishing assignment on time and satisfying requirement.
To mentor and cultivate young faculty members on teaching and research including teaching workshop, research proposals, presenting and publishing technical papers.
Strategies for Objective 2:
; Provide teaching workshop opportunity for young faculty members
Obtain national information for teaching workshop for CE faculty and inform all
first year young CE faculty members.
Submit at least 3 applications to national teaching workshop for CE faculty, and
send at least one faculty member to the workshop each year from spring 2009.
; Enhance research activity for CE faculty
Encourage young CE faculty to submit research proposals, to present technical
papers at national and international conferences, and to publish research papers on
national peer review journals.
From January 2009 to December 2009, it is anticipated that CE Department to
produce 5 research proposals from all CE faculty members, and to have 5
technical paper presentations, and to achieve 3 journal paper publications in peer
; Continuous to involve CE faculty in various service
Continuous to involve CE faculty in SACS and ABET report preparation, review
and evaluation process and to give specific assignment to each faculty member.
Each faculty needs to constantly reviewing and updating their resumes, course
syllabi, and SACS assessment report on the University website, and each faculty
member needs to prepare rubric and dimensional analysis for their courses
according to ABET new criteria.
Strategic Direction 3 – Programs
To develop simultaneously 3 programs in the Department of Civil Engineering;
(2)Graduate Program, and
(3)Construction Management Program
To increase the enrollment of undergraduate program, to improve the quality of graduate program, and to expand and strengthen the newly established Construction Management Program.
Strategies for Objective 3:
; Increase the number of high caliber freshmen undergraduate scholarship students
Work with the Coordinator of Academic Advising and the Director of Co-
Op Education & Recruiting in the College of Engineering to implement a
plan to recruit students with high SAT scores inside and outside of the
Golden Triangle area.
Scholarship offered to high school students with a SAT scores (CR +
Math) to be increased by 10 points per year
The number of students recruited with SAT scores of 1100 and above will
increase by 5% per year
Recruitment of new students from the Gulf Coast area (Freeport to Bridge
City) will increase by 5% per year
; Improve the quality of graduate students and graduate program
Work with the Coordinator of International Student services in the College
of Graduate Studies to accept high quality of graduate student applications.
Scholarship offered to graduate applicants with a total GRE scores (1000
or above) to be increased by 10 points per year (Quantitative to be at least
700 or above).
The number of international graduate students will be diversified to
include applications from different countries.
Graduate students will be notified the importance of FE Exam, all new
graduate students will be required to take FE Exam and to pass the exam
; Attract a large undergraduate cohort of students to the newly established
Construction Management Program
Work with the Director of Construction Management Program to
implement a plan to recruit high school students from Gulf Coast area
(inside and outside of the Golden Triangle) with high SAT scores.
Scholarship offered to the best high school students applied for entering
the Construction Management Program.
Work with the Director of Public Relations Office in the University
Advancement Services to develop media coverage and advertisement to
get public awareness of the newly established Construction Management
The Target for the first year enrollment in Construction Management
Program will be 15 ~ 20 students, the second year will be 30 ~ 40 students.
Strategic Direction 4 – Accreditation
The Department of Civil Engineering will respond to all the requirements and issues related to SACS and ABET accreditation
Engage all CE faculty and staff in the preparation and submission for all reports and documentations on a timely manner
Strategic for Objective 4:
; Ensure that all SACS reports and documentations for evaluation and assessment
are maintained and updated, and they will be turned in on time.
Post and update faculty resumes on the University SACS website
Post and update IE report on the University SACS website
Post and update course syllabi on the University SACS website
Report faculty research and service goals and performance assessment
Report learning improvement plan on the University SACS website
Each faculty needs to be actively participated in SACS preparation and
submission activities. Faculty members are encouraged to check the
University SACS website periodically to make necessary updates on
individual reports, resumes, courses syllabi.
; Ensure that all ABET reports and documentations for evaluation and assessment are maintained and kept update, and prepare for the next ABET visit.
Continue to work on ABET outcomes assessment for individual courses as
well as for program objectives
Individual faculty has been assigned to prepare rubrics and dimensions
analyses for each ABET outcomes. During the course of regular long
semesters, all outcomes rubric and dimensions of analyses are discussed in
the regular faculty meetings. The consensus results are documented and
will be used to file a report.