Graduation and Retention Committee Minutes
Monday, December 05, 2011
Attendance: S. Chewning, H. Damerow, B. Gaba, C. Greco, G. Hein, N. Farakish, G. Kabak, H. Keith, M. Kolaitis, B. Lukaschewsky, H. Skerker
The minutes from October 24 were reviewed and approved with minor changes.
Old Business: The Committee discussed the Retention Initiative that has been announced for December 6; although it deals with retention the Committee had not been notified of the purpose of the event. Heather Keith confirmed that she is the leader of the Retention Team, and that is has been assembled by the Colleague team (led by George Sotirion) and that it focuses exclusively on the Retention Alert function of Colleague. There will be training and more information following tomorrow’s meeting. Heather volunteered to be a liaison between the Retention Team and this Committee.
A conversation then ensued about “Official College Broadcasts” and the fact that readers seldom know who they are from, so important information is sometimes ignored. The Committee asked Drs. Gaba and Farakish to pass on our request that a “from” tagline be attached to these broadcast messages in the future.
The two proposals discussed at the last meeting were reviewed; both are attached to these minutes with the current recommendations incorporated. Susannah Chewning will send the proposal about in-class assessments to the Faculty Executive Committee for approval at a future Faculty meeting; the Career sub-committee of this Committee will finalize the proposal for AAS Coordinators.
The upcoming Noel Levitz College Student Inventory was briefly discussed. The questions on the Inventory assess the following categories: academic motivation (including questions on intellectual interests, desire to finish college, and attitude towards education), general coping (including questions on sociability, career closure, and opinion tolerance), receptivity to academic assistance, receptivity to career counseling, receptivity to personal counseling, receptivity to financial guidance, and receptivity to social enrichment. Students also assess their time management skills. About twenty UCC 101 sections will pilot the assessment in the spring 2012 semester; results of the survey will be discussed through intentional counseling between a counselor and the student. Some in-class activity involving the students’ results will also be presented. Currently the Title V learning communities have been using the assessment and the results have been excellent. After reviewing students’ scores, Counseling will develop workshops and activities for the students who are in need of specific support (ie, time management, writing confidence, career selection, etc).
Some further discussion of UCC 101 – specifically the possibility of an Honors section – followed. Susannah offered to ask about this at an FYS Committee meeting, and with Dr. Jeff Shalan, HRS Coordinator.
New Business: Harold Damerow inquired about the Committee’s receptivity to “stackable credentials,” ie certificates of achievement acquired along the way for students as they go from Developmental to Credit courses, focus on their majors, and eventually achieve AA, AS, or AAS degrees. The certificates could mirror the categories of general education, such as Social Science, Lab Science, Communication, Humanities, and Diversity (or take other shapes throughout our curriculum). The Committee liked the idea but agrees that if it were to be implemented it would require some thorough discussing with the VPAA and DCC, to begin with. Harold agreed to report back as he discusses this idea in more detail among the Faculty.
With no additional business the Committee adjourned at 4:10pm.
Graduation and Retention Committee Chair 2011-12