Undergraduate Learning 2020Forward Phase I Results

Undergraduate Learning 2020Forward Phase I Results

On this page is the draft vision, implementation strategies and metrics from the 2020Forward Phase I undergraduate learning committee. This is the first step in Clemson’s update of its current strategic plan, the 2020 Road Map. A critical part of the development of this update is feedback from the University community. Please review this information, and then provide your thoughts using one of the options listed at the bottom of this page. Your feedback is important and will be considered before any plans are finalized.


Prepared For What Comes Next: A Clemson undergraduate will be prepared through distinctive problem-based, creative, and hands-on learning experiences to address the challenges facing local and global communities.

Implementation Strategies

Clemson undergraduate education will be characterized by…

  • High-impact, faculty-led research, problem-based learning experiences, and creative pursuits;
  • Interdisciplinary, joint, and independent majors that address societal grand challenges and generate the big ideas of the twenty-first century;
  • A diverse student body, faculty, and staff working in a climate of inclusion and respect;
  • Global learning across the curriculum and engagement of students in international communities;
  • General education organized around big ideas that ignite student’s passion to learn and create the knowledge base and essential competencies important for success in 2020 and beyond;
  • Technologically innovative and flexible learning environments that foster collaboration and student entrepreneurship;
  • University-wide, comprehensive, user-friendly advising that empower students to achieve at every stage of their academic career;
  • Increased affordability and accessibility.

Proposed Metrics

  • Maintain Top 20 status.
  • Measure success in meeting or exceeding goals for:
    • Recruitment and retention of a demographically diverse student-body;
    • Recruitment and retention of a demographically diverse faculty and staff;
    • Creation and implementation of a campus climate that values diversity and diverse perspectives.
  • Measure success in meeting or exceeding goals for:
    • Meaningful engagement in distinctive, high-quality problem-based, creative, and hands-on learning experiences;
    • Learning-outcomes that demonstrate ability to tackle significant challenges in local and global communities;
    • Interdisciplinary connections and collaborations among academic units (including new majors, joint and independent majors, opportunities for interdisciplinary study within majors, centers and institutes);
    • Student involvement in entrepreneurship and innovation that aids in translation of academic research for solutions in private and public sectors;
    • Fully integrated global dimension of undergraduate programs (majors, minors, certificates, etc.);
    • Preparing students to succeed in diverse, global environments.