National Academic Excellence Chairperson Candidate - Tiffani A Davis

National Academic Excellence Chairperson Candidate - Tiffani A Davis

University/College: Syracuse University

 

Major: Civil Engineering

 

Classification: Senior

 

Certification Exam Score: 84%

 

What can NSBE do to build on the 2012-2013 National Directives?

NSBE can build on the 2012-2013 National Directives by continuing to use the National Strategic Plan as the basis for all national direction. Strategically, it is critical for NSBE’s academic excellence program that we continue to assess the needs of our members and try to provide any resources that the society can provide. These resources should provide members with the route to attain academic success. To build on this year’s National Directives and to assist the society in future implementation it is vital that all members understand the purpose of directives and the basis as to which they come from. To expand on the other directives, engineering exposure and professional branding we as members need to be aware of how these directives correlate to our mission. Additionally, on all levels of leadership there should be education about what every member can do to contribute to achieving the directives.

 

How will you in your position help NSBE accomplish our strategic objectives as highlighted in NSBE's strategic plan?

As the National Academic Excellence Chairperson I plan to lead NSBE to accomplish our strategic objects by defining academic success at the chapter level, identifying barriers to academic success at the chapter level and further evolving the skills development component of the retention program. Each one of these initiatives directly relates to achieving our strategic objectives, specifically the goal related to obtaining parity among academic success. Defining academic success at the chapter level will assist chapters on measuring their academic improvements. One strategic goals is to set measurable goals to narrow the inequalities in academic success, but first academic success needs to be defined to make the goal attainable. Typically a grade point average is used as a global metric of success but other types of metric can be investigated to be used at the chapter to record incremental improvements.

Identifying the barriers to academic success at the chapter level are vital as well. Chapters difficulties in being academically successfully is variable in the cross section of the society but analyzing these barriers would help in the establishment of setting measurable goals. One strategy would be to continue to develop partnerships with the universities and colleges our members attend and work with them to identify and solve local barriers. Further evolving the skills development component of the retention program will give students the skills they need to excel academically. One strategy is to examine qualities, assets and assistance that academically successful students have and how they contribute to their success. Then incorporate those skills into the retention program in many mediums such as toolkits, workshops and webinars. The objectives mentioned above are all example as to how I will advance the society in accomplishing our strategic goals

 

 

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