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May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Chairs Meeting
May 1 , 2012
3:30 p.m.

Building Stronger Programs and Departments

Members Present:   Don Melichar, Steven Moore, Michael Sawyer, Eric Tenbus, Mick Luehrman, Vicki Orcutt, and Dean Nelson

1.   On-going Issues: 

  • Program Promotion:   Dean asked about progress and addressed a promotion video that would be possible through  He asked for a meeting to be scheduled with Dr. Sluder and the chairs that are interested in Cappex.  It is more relevant to some students than others.  Dr. Moore readdressed his concern with the university web pages and lack of flexibility.  The Dean will discuss with peers and asked Mick to address with faculty senate. 
  • Student Government:  There is a new President.  Vicki has contacted Beth Rutt to determine what our numbers look like and the number of college vacancies.
  • Searches:  All completed.  Question was asked about new lines and need for computers.  Dean Nelson mentioned that the movement of computers within a department is controlled by the Department Chairs.

2.  University Service Awards and Honorary Degrees:  Deans have been placed on this committee by the President.  This new structure should improve the nomination and selection process. 

3.  Summer School:  Enrollment down 5%.  Monitor carefully and review caps on courses. Consider opening up another course if necessary.   The Dean will discuss individually.

4.  New Faculty Workshop:  All new hires will be invited to a two day workshop.  The Dean is looking for faculty to help with the workshops.  Faculty responsibilities will not stop after workshop, additional time will be spent with new faculty throughout the year and as such release time is being considered.   The department mentors assigned will work with the college representative with respect to new faculty.  Department Chairs are responsible for coherence. 

5.  Early Alert and the College Advising Center:   The Dean briefly discussed an initiative he is working on with respect to persistence and retention.  First he mentioned he would like to see the college achieve an 85% retention rate for first time ful- time freshman.   The Dean also said that engagement equals persistence and persistence equals retention.   One of the areas the Dean is asking advising to look into is the early alert system and making contact with our students earlier in the process and possibly starting a freshman cohort for the college and developing AE seminars specifically tailored for the college.  He also wants to ensure the freshmen class is required to attend at least one event each semester as a group to facilitate engagement among the class and the university.

Summer Meetings:  May 15, June 5 and 19 and Jul 17th.  All Meetings are at 2:30 pm.