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May Meeting Minutes

Provost Council
May 8, 2014
Martin 128

Minutes

The following were present: Deborah Curtis, Mike Grelle, Shari Bax, Rick Sluder, Jim Graham, Steve Boone (for Gersham Nelson), Betsy Kreisel (for Roger Best), Mike Wright, Alice Greife, Tina Church-Hockett, Mollie Dinwiddie, Joseph Lewandowski, Joy Stevenson, Alan Zabriskie, Ken Schueller, Carolyn McKnight, and Debbie Combs.

Information Items
None were given.

Minutes
The minutes were approved as presented.

Report Items
Strategic Leadership Team: Dr. Curtis reported the deans are members of this group now. The budget was discussed. President Ambrose believes UCM will receive the 5% increase. A lot of state revenue is down including the lottery. A presentation was made by Kyle Schell on textbooks. Electronic textbooks are not always the answer and the university needs to decide what is best for our students. The President’s Cabinet also met recently. The membership of this group is comprised of the presidents of professional staff, support staff, bargaining unit, and Faculty Senate.
Faculty Senate Update: Dr. Zabriskie said the Senate has had a busy month. The Committee on Committees has filled all the vacancies except one. New language has been approved for all the committee charges that states they may vote via electronic means rather than always face to face. The Senate passed a motion in support of tenure for librarians and academic enrichment faculty. Cheryl Riley and Alan Zabriskie were re-elected as President and Vice President for next year.
Retention Planning Update:
Dr. Sluder reported the University Committee for Student Development has been meeting. Their two primary focus areas are reinstatement concerns and a more unified system for students on probation. The Student Success Collaborative will be updated soon. More schools are joining the collaborative. Once grades are posted the advisors will go through the process of getting students into summer courses. So far 800 new freshmen have been enrolled for fall classes. The Education Advisory Board will be on campus this summer for an on-sight visit but the date has not been set.

Discussion Items
Update on Summit Center Planning: Carolyn McKnight distributed and reviewed a document that included the purpose, goals, enrollment trends, proposed markets, current programs offers, MIC adult learning tracks, innovative new programs, and advisory committee information. The original plan for the Missouri Innovation Campus was for Townsend to build a facility which would be leased by the Lee’s Summit School District. The school district has decided to instead build their own facility which will open in 2017. UCM would lease space. CSC has a residence center classification. They are putting together a plan for new students rather than stealing students from the main campus.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Ken Schueller distributed a proposal for the development of an interdisciplinary studies program. He used a model from Western Kentucky University. The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies would be a four-year degree program designed for students who do not fit the traditional student profile. The students would create an individualized academic plan around a chosen area of emphasis or option. This would be a good fit for military students. Dr. Curtis will share this proposal with Academic Council.
Strategies to Increase Graduate Enrollment: Ms. Church-Hockett shared the following key concepts to assist graduate enrollment:
1. Review current programs’ admissions requirements to ensure they yield the best students for their programs
2. Review curriculum to ensure program requirements/hours are marketable and standard across other institutions
3. Encourage multiple course /program delivery methods such as eight week courses, online, hybrid, and Summit Center
4. Accurate reports to disseminate and appropriate times to assist with enrollment and persistence toward degree completion
Ms. Church-Hockett said these four items are things to look at and use to engage in conversations.
Summary of Student Success Indicators to Date: Dr. Sluder distributed a brief overview of the CIRP survey. The survey produced excellent results indicating UCM is above the national norm. He also distributed information that includes data from the Complete College of American webinar. This reflects that transfer persistence is down but undergrad persistence rates are up.
Faculty Computer Upgrades: This item was delayed until the next meeting.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Combs, Recording Secretary

 

Provost Council
May 22, 2014
Martin 128

Minutes

The following were present: Deborah Curtis, Mike Grelle, Rick Sluder, Jim Graham, Gersham Nelson Roger Best, Mike Wright, Lynn Alkire (for Alice Greife), Tina Church-Hockett, Joseph Lewandowski, Joy Stevenson, Alan Zabriskie, Ken Schueller, Debbie Turnbow, Skip Crooker and Debbie Combs.

Information Items
Mike Grelle reported that Kathy Leicht has created a gen ed flyer which will be distributed at orientations this summer. He will distribute it to members electronically.

Minutes
The minutes were approved as presented.

Report Items
Strategic Leadership Team: The president’s update talked about resource growth and his goals that he will be sharing with the Board. He also talked about the residence center classification for Central Summit Center. It’s not considered a campus. Dr. Curtis announced a changeover is taking place with the leadership of the Kauffman Foundation. Tom McDonald is stepping down. Dennis Cryder talked about strategic communication activities. Dr. Curtis said she hopes members will communicate information discussed at the SLT meetings with their faculty and staff. She also commended faculty for the great job they did getting grades reported on time. She asked the deans to express her appreciation to the faculty.
Faculty Senate Update: Dr. Zabriskie stated the Senate is in recess and he had nothing to report.
Retention Planning Update: Dr. Sluder reported the SSC Utilization Report will be shared by the end of the day. He distributed information on retention (attached).

Discussion Items
Faculty Computer Upgrades: Dr. Graham reported he had a conversation with the deans regarding the faculty computer upgrades. They decided the way this has been handled in the past is not the best way. For now they will continue with the old system and will begin putting together a new system for next year. They plan to look at a better, more cost effective way to handle the upgrades. Information will be sent out soon for this cycle.
First in the World Program Development Grants: Dr. Grelle introduced Deborah Turnbow, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity. The US Department of Education announced a $75 million dollar pool of money available and the Missouri Innovation Campus is perfectly positioned to submit an application for some of those dollars. June 30th is the deadline to apply. Reducing time to completion and college affordability are the two points UCM can focus on. There is also a STEM emphasis and access to under-represented groups and low income families.
ACT, Retention and Student Financials: Dr. Crooker presented a report on first time freshmen students regarding ACT scores and financials and how the two play together in regards to retention (attached).
Interdisciplinary Studies: This item was presented at the last Provost Council and Academic Council meetings and they are seeking approval to move forward. They hope to have two programs ready for the catalog next year and the first one is military studies.
Accountability Management System: Dr. Grelle said the RFP has been revised and he will distribute it for further review. He also asked for additional members for this group for a broad representation from across campus.
DFW Reports for Spring 2014: Dr. Sluder distributed a listing of courses with 20+ students which is 30% or more. He also distributed a report with courses on the DFW list for the last 10 semesters. More courses are being offered which is relative and very important in terms of significance. The groups need to be split out and the persistence rates run for them. Dr. Curtis wants our resources spent on the students most likely to benefit the most.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Combs, Recording Secretary