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March Meeting Minutes
March 14, 2013
The following were present: Dr. Deborah Curtis, Dr. Mike Grelle, Dr. Shari Bax, Dr. Rick Sluder, Ms. Melissa Jones (for Dr. Jim Graham), Dr. Mick Luehrman (for Dean Gersham Nelson), Dr. Betsy Kreisel (for Dean Roger Best), Dean Mike Wright, Dean Mollie Dinwiddie, Dean Joseph Lewandowski, Dr. Corey Bowman, and Ms. Debbie Combs.
None were given.
The minutes were accepted as distributed.
Strategic Leadership Team: SLT has been working on the Learning to a Greater Degree contract for completion. Complete details on this will be forthcoming following the March Board of Governors meeting. The purpose for this contract is student success and there will be curricular and co-curricular parts to the contract which goes into effect in August.
Faculty Senate: No report due to the absence of Art Rennels.
Retention Planning Update: Dr. Sluder reported they will be hosting celebration soon for the report which is currently being edited. Once the editing is complete it will be distributed. The leadership team will then confer on what will be the next step.
Identification of At-Risk Students: Dr. Bowman said this is a follow up to a previous conversation on Maxient. He pulled a report when mid-term grades came out with approximately 950 students listed that are at risk now. The information would be helpful for advisors and the counseling center but training is needed. Dr. Bowman will work with Dr. Sluder to determine what the next steps should be for using this report.
Communications with Prospects: Dr. Sluder told the deans that University Relations is willing to look at the letters they send to students when they have been admitted. He will also suggest this to the department chairs. Dr. Bax asked members to send any communication that goes to students to her office as well. They need to review them for a report they are required to complete each year to make sure there is no bias in communications being sent out.
Online Gen Ed Courses: Dr. Grelle reported an audit was completed on gen ed course offerings online. We are very close to having them all online. Dr. Grelle also stated UCM has been given priority access to all National Guard armories in the state and they are each equipped with interactive television. Since UCM has ITV capabilities we could offer courses at the Armories that would be available to the general public. Permission from MDHE is not required to offer those courses. Dr. Grelle will discuss this with Rick Sluder and Joe Vaughn.
Gen Ed Course Capabilities for Fall 2013: Dr. Sluder distributed an update for members to review.
Working the Admit Pool: Dr. Sluder distributed a report showing students admitted by college and department. He also distributed information on yield reports by college and department for fall 2013. Dr. Sluder reminded members of the importance of being in contact with the students via letters, emails, etc. It makes a difference when chairs and faculty write to the students once they have been admitted.
• Dean Dinwiddie reminded members of the Children’s Literature Festival March 18th and 19th.
• Dean Wright announced the Missouri Mental Health Association is meeting on campus through a connection with the THRIVE program.
• Dr. Kreisel reported the Social Work department is hosting a national workshop on campus beginning this afternoon (March 14).
• Dr. Sluder reported today is a Choose Red Day for Aviation with 50-60 prospective students attending.
• Dr. Luehrman reported the annual high school art contest will be going up during spring break and will be on display in the Art Center. The Art Show for UCM students opens on March 27th.
• Dr. Sluder updated members on degree works. The notes feature may be turned on but he would prefer to get the system up and running first. He read that students can see the notes and that would not work. Once the system is running he wants to get input from the advisors and Registrar’s Office regarding the notes feature. Dr. Sluder thinks an email was sent to students regarding degree works. Dr. Curtis suggested putting something online about it and Dr. Kreisel added that students need to be aware there are still some problems with the system that are being worked out.
There being no further business to address, the meeting adjourned.
Debbie Combs, Recording Secretary