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Goal 1

Academic Environment

WVUSOM faculty will cultivate an academically rigorous and musically creative environment for all WVUSOM students. 

Objective 1

Maintain accreditation for all WVUSOM programs. 
Action Items 
  • Maintain accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Objective 2

Prepare students for careers in music professions. 
Action Items 
  • Promote student engagement in professional organizations. 
  • Mentor students in acquiring employment in music education, music performance, music therapy, music industry, technology, and composition.
  • Maintain licensure standing and certification agreements in music therapy and music education. 
  • Increase job placement and graduate placement rates of undergraduate programs.
  • Increase job placement rates of DMA and PhD programs. 

Objective 3

Cultivate and maintain an excellent cohort of musically and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students. 
Action Items 
  • Pursue effective recruiting efforts to attract a diverse and high-quality undergraduate and graduate student cohort in all programs. 
  • Maintain freshman-to-sophomore retention rate at or above the university rate. 
  • Pursue effective recruiting efforts to target performance majors in all areas.
  • Maintain record of excellence in faculty advising through mentoring and recognition of success.
  • Develop and/or maintain academic support services for undergraduate and graduate students in music.
  • Recruit music minors and students wishing to double major in music. 
  • Create a peer-mentoring program where junior and senior students are paired with graduate students in the same field.
  • Raise awareness among the School of Music, the College of Creative Arts, and the University

    in celebrating student achievement and successes.

  • Promote and reward excellence in teaching and advising

Objective 5

Create opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning, both in and out  of the cl assroom.

Action Items

  • Cultivate pre-professional, paraprofessional, and co-curricular opportunities for students to develop job skills.
  • Create opportunities for students to engage with a wide range of music professionals through masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and other events.
  • Host regional, national, and international conferences.

Objective 6

Develop and maintain course offerings and curricula that prepare students for  contemporary challenges.

Action Items

  • Regularly review course offerings and program curricula in all undergraduate, graduate, and certifica te programs.
  • Regularly review undergraduate and graduate offerings that are common to all programs.
  • Revise music theory and musicianship curricula to meet the needs of the profession.
  • Integrate instructional technology into courses in response to changing professional and academic expectations.
  • Develop and refine courses in music technology to better serve the multiple student populations whose backgrounds, technical needs, and career goals vary widely.
  • Create opportunities for global education and the integration of global perspectives into existing curricula, including courses in ethnomusicology and world music.
  • Develop and revise GEF courses to cultivate musical and cultural literacy for non-majors.
  • Develop ensemble performance, masterclass, and workshop opportunities to include professional guest artists; regional, national and international venues; and participation in significant performance-based events
  • Create interdisciplinary courses and opportunities to foster innovation and creativity across the WVU campus.
  • Create and maintain Honors course offerings and research opportunities.
  • Continue to develop distinctive regional, national, and international program opportunities to expand the artistic and scholarly perspectives of our students and the reputation of the School of Music.
  • Advocate for the expansion of the academic faculty to meet the needs of a diverse and growing student population.