At the 2011 Academic Leadership Retreat, the Academic Improvement Model (AIM) was unveiled. The goal of AIM is to establish the philosophical foundation of what we, as an institution, believe quality teaching and learning looks like. This foundation will impact the design, development, delivery, and assessment of curriculum to ensure that we are offering highly effective programs and delivery systems. A.I.M. will result in changes to our processes for Quality Teaching & Learning, Assessment, and Curriculum Development.

The Taking A.I.M. with the Academic Improvement Model video (21 minutes) provides an overview of A.I.M. Download the discussion questions to guide conversation with others after viewing the video. The following flowchart contains the “big picture” of AIM, including a detailed description of the three components (Quality Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Development, and Assessment) and its relationship to the 11 Guiding Principles. (Click the image to view a larger version of the image.)


The 11 Guiding Principles

  • Highly Effective Programs and Delivery Systems
  • Right to Try
  • Disciplined Fiscal Management
  • Customer Focus
  • Willingness to Change and Adapt
  • Strong Image
  • Accountable for Mission, Stated Values, and Public Trust
  • High Work Ethic of Employees
  • Family and Team Atmosphere
  • Community Orientation
  • Continuous Improvement

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)
All of our students, regardless of their program, will demonstrate the outcomes by the time they complete their programs:

  • Career-ready knowledge and skills.
  • Attitudes and behaviors that promote success in the workplace and effective social interaction with diverse people.
  • Information literacy which includes recognizing the need for information and identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using that information.
  • Effective communication in various academic and career settings using technology as appropriate.
  • Critical thinking including analysis, synthesis, and problem solving which are applicable to the field of study, the workplace, and other life situations.
  • Broad-based knowledge, which includes an understanding of cultural, ethical, social, political, and global issues.

Want to learn more about the ISLOs? View the Understanding the Baker ISLOs video.

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