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November Meeting Minutes
Provost Council Meeting
November 8, 2012
The following were present: Dr. Deborah Curtis, Dr. Mike Grelle, Dr. Shari Bax, Dr. Rick Sluder, Dr. Jim Graham, Dean Gersham Nelson, Dean Roger Best, Dean Mike Wright, Dean Alice Greife, Dean Mollie Dinwiddie, Dean Joseph Lewandowski, Dr. Joy Stevenson, Dr. Art Rennels, and Ms. Debbie Combs.
No items were given.
The minutes were accepted as distributed.
Strategic Leadership Team: Dr. Curtis said these are managerial meetings. She announced the last COPHE Joint Committee on Education hearing is scheduled for November 14 which she will be attending. She expressed her appreciation to President Ambrose for being so engaged and also to Senator Pearce and his advocacy for UCM.
Faculty Senate: Dr. Rennels said the executive committee has charged the Personnel and Policies Committee with reviewing the 30 year old standard for workload guidelines. The charge is to review and update the guidelines and bring them up to date. The guidelines need to be university wide and not just for tenured faculty. The Senate has asked them for an interim report by February 20 and a final report by April 1.
Education Advisory Board Debriefing: Dr. Curtis asked members what their thoughts and comments are following the session with the Education Advisory Board associates that were recently on campus. Some comments made were there needs to be a focus on first-year students, engagement with students is more relevant than data, need to act on data, the Advisory Board has a quick turnaround and it looks right, what do students need to be engaged in, informed decisions need to be made from the data, will this model work with Maxient, and this is a brand new model and has not been fully tested so they can’t show success rates. A one percent increase in retention would pay for this service. Dr. Curtis will discuss this all with President Ambrose.
Continued Implementation of Retention Strategies for Spring 2013: Dr. Sluder distributed a list of gen ed courses for the spring semester that includes the percentage of classes filled. The week prior to this meeting there were still 2,500 students who had not enrolled for the spring semester.
At First Glance of the Student Success Committee Draft Report: Dr. Sluder distributed an update from the Student Success Committee. One remaining meeting has been scheduled where each Rapid Response Team will give their final report. The importance of mid-term grades was discussed. Early assessments are important and Dr. Sluder asked deans to have those conversations with their faculty.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned.
Debbie Combs, Recording Secretary