Goal 5 Breakout

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:57 -- sewm02

Goal 5 Breakout

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Goal 5 Breakout Questions from Strategic Planning Stakeholders Conference


1. Our team feels that the best way to increase participation in co-curriculum activities is for a total campus commitment consequently we are looking for suggestions for ways to get faculty to encourage more students to attend and also for more faculty to attend, any suggestions?

2. It was suggested that certain incentives be part of the curriculum to encourage students to attend more programs we have recommended some but we are looking for others.

3. In the student open forum it was recommended that work on having more traditions on campus, any suggestions?

 

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General Comments

Pockets of faculty have a buy-in, but overall … not large percentage of faculty involvement.

Implementation of “sign-in” to co-curricular events. …. Important … students need to see the benefit and reward.

Why faculty resistance? … changes to syllabus …

Lack of funding for wider-audience speakers

Speakers are loosely themed by month / event

Need top-down from Academic-side to stress importance of co-curricular ties …. Faculty rewards?

Publicity is on “big screen”, handouts/flyers, email … widely disseminated but could be wider.

 

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Homecoming; continue things year after year. Athletics is doing a good job starting to build some traditions; fund raising is continuing. Traditions will help encourage students to attend events.

General Comments

More students involved; the more successful they are. This has been supported by research, so maybe a survey is not necessary to validate. What would be more be more beneficial would be to get more faculty buy-in to encourage student participation in activities; if faculty could provide incentives for students to attend, this might encourage more student participation; may be included in faculty development. Many of the specific programs often have speakers and events that faculty across the institution are not

 

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Question 1

Utilize Facebook to promote activities to students not the campus email – they like to see who else is going; designate a bulletin board in each building only for activity posters – student govt maintain these as they add – use pop-ups

Question 2

food

Question 3

Flag football game for past players at spring game

General Comments

Incorporate all goals that have not been met into future timeline.

 

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Question 1

Student Services needs to get faculty information about events as early as possible. Create more subsets of targeted student groups—community college students, business students, etc. Announce events in class---have more popups in Blackboard about campus activities. Don’t even tell students they need to be registering for next semester…no signs, announcements, etc. Need to use this cautiously. Need tv monitors in each building to display information…put flat screen in each building.. Develop institution facebook space

Question 2

Class credit…cancel class and send students at time of event??? Students only stay long enough to get registered. Could do a swipe of IDs. Swipe in and swipe out.??? Or Sign in and not check names off until event is over. Extra credit? Some faculty refuse… More high profile speakers.

Question 3

Homecoming Formal dance in fall so why not one in spring

General Comments

Timeline—campus directory is function of Human Resources, not goal 5. Reorganize campus directory continues to be part of Goal 5. Initially, students having problems finding directory information Question: can there be a student directory? Privacy? Action Step 1—evaluate To deliver campus events—is there the ability to connect to other sites by teleconferencing?? Should be able to connect to Caperton, Lewis County, etc..explore use of web technology..podcasting of campus events.. Start podcasting student activities… Looking for ways to find incentives for students…and faculty…to attend campus events… Try to tell faculty about guest speakers in advance as far as possible. Question of Facebook—using it for FS activities, etc. Faculty, etc. Issues…need staff member responsible.

 

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Look schedule activities in the afternoon List the co curricular activities, and have faculty encourage student participation in the activities Make schedule available at start of the academic year Funding resources needed to improve both the number and quality of speakers might be improved by exploring opportunities to work with local and regional businesses and organizations to share sponsorship and costs. Examine the possibilities of taping and/or archiving the speakers that attend Look into the possibilities of linking from the blackboard to the main events for today on the main web page Reach out to faculty and educate them around the value of co-curricular activities for students and faculty. Think about getting this out as a Strategic Priority.

 

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Question 1

Some institutions have participation or seminar credits on students’ transcripts that involve students attending conferences and co-curricular events. There should be streaming video of the lecture series. The expectation that faculty and non-traditional students attend co-curricular events may be unrealistic. These groups often have children or aging parents. Many faculty are so thoroughly involved during the day that attending at night is not possible. Need to consider alternate times during the day. Use streaming video, etc. Speakers need to be more varied—achieve a balance between diversity and appeal. I am a little ruffled by students saying they would come if more faculty came. I know that when students invite me to come, I go. When I invite students to come, they come. We need to think more in the line of inviting people. When faculty are planning syllabuses, they do not know who the speakers are going to be.

Question 2

Faculty already give extra credit. Model of Mountaineer Maniacs. Some priority in scheduling or parking. We need to target students for whom an activity would be a good match. Tap into residential learning communities, following the model of the Honors Director’s Talk Student meetings with speakers before or after the event as Education did with Marva Collins. Give students jobs at events at Storytelling

Question 3

There are traditions in small groups. Masquers have traditions, as do Honors Is the painting of the bell a meaningful tradition? A Traditions Trail--Falcon Guides tell stories about events that happened at particular locations—MM Nealy’s speaking, The Tell-tale Lilac Bush in the Musick Library Traditions are a community’s way of celebrating its history Celebrate FS’s history of being an athletic power—see photographs of All Americans in Feaster Center. Have Judy Byers and Noel Tenney do a ghost-trail

General Comments

 

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We like the idea of having instructors remind students of activities. Identify in the e-mail of professors about the specific activity in the subject ex. “syllabus suggestions” so that they can see if it is something they want to implement to class. Even color code by importance.

Could we have a way to identify on the home page that “current students” has the activities calendars in it. At the beginning of the semester let faculty know what kind of activities will be coming up.

Question 2

Same as above to have e-mails to faculty being specific in the subject line, also to students. Make the e-mail more technical to show urgency. More in depth participation, like a “U-Tube” because it would help to be able to attain what was discussed in class.

Question 3

A) utilize the fountain as a centerpoint. B) Front of Falcon Center on grass have a “Camp Out Day” that can be used a fundraiser. Charge a tent space, have cookout food sale, tent decorating contest, etc. even have right before the new semester starts. C) Flower planting day – have a specific plot for each group and the students do the planting. Encourages respect for their campus and the planting gets done quickly and everyone enjoys it.

General Comments

 

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Question 1

More activities online for students to access at their convenience. Speakers during the day when students are here. Tie the student’s class into the program you are requiring.

Question 2

free food

Question 3

Summer series. Lunch in the park. Invite the local vendors to come to campus and sell food. Showcase local talent.

General Comments

 

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Schedule more things during the days and create more variety in the presentations. Broaden the focus of the types presentations. Find local connections or look for presenters that have crossovers across multiple disciplines.

Ask the students what they want for traditions and provide support for those activities. Continue to develop a commons sort of area – a place, or places, where students can congregate and be comfortable.

Encourage friendly competition among student groups to participate in events.

 

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General Comments

  • You have to give students incentive (extra credit).
  • Timing of events is problematic (always in the evening…working students cannot attend)
  • Have to make the events relevant to students.
  • Need registration system to record/report attendance (could be same system that CE is asking for)
  • Interest drives attendance – there has been huge attendance at certain events
  • Offer off-campus conferences/events for students to attend – include those in communication/registration
  • More is not necessarily better – resources should be focused on high-interest events, fo example, if you want to bring in an author, bring in a high profile author.
  • You don’t create tradition – this needs a long period of time to establish, but the institution can start a process that begins tradition. Only tradition we really have is the bell.
  • Students have voluntary attended some workforce events (speaks to interest).

 

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Question 1

Lower the price for admission to plays or speakers, even by offering some form of extra credit points. Apply options they could choose from throughout the semester. Or even by adding test questions from the speaker or play to incorporate the lecture into the class.

Question 2

No extra credit. Learn more about the class or subject have test questions or quiz related to the material. You shouldn’t need an incentive if it involves learning more about your subject matter.

Question 3

Fraternities spray painting the bell in front of the education building. A tradition can’t be taught over night it is something done over the years. A faculty Christmas party when it was free attendance was up and when the faculty planned it now it cost money and it is done by administration.

General Comments

 

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Question 1

Make it part of the LS requirements for graduation – tracked outside of classes.

"Teaser" presentation on Main Street from upcoming plays - encourage attendance. Change time frame. Our students are NOT us at 18-30.

Question 2

Raffles at events.

Childcare service for non-traditional students so that they can attend evening events. Movies for older children, safe environment for younger children/babies - Service Learning opportunities?

Question 3

These are great; however, someone has to maintain them. I think that the student organizations could each have one area that they focus on and have an annual tradition; however, again, it’s an administrative and maintaince issue.

Are we really trying to think like our students? Their ways of communicating, free time use, entertainment values are VERY different. Need to create "new traditions" - empower students.

General Comments

Review of Action Steps: http://www.fairmontstate.edu/fsuwiki/goal-5-report-2008  Reports by Michael Belmear (Implementation) and Maggie Helwig (Audit) All goals and action items are indicated as above target progress.

Need to have flexible system to encourgae students to participate in co-curricular activities - creative NOT dictating to faculty.

 

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Utilization of big screens to inform of events—need more electronic—maybe kiosks Have a President’s Cup during athletic events, etc., to draw students, have President or upper admin. Exposure (e.g., shoot baskets for a prize), also could do academic competition during events Give students such as “canoe” folks and “dune buggy” folks exposure (e.g., drive dune buggy around campus) Concern: activities need to occur off campus—e.g., air center—put in bball court, hillbilly golf, something for students to do that is low cost (also at CC) Put more small gathering (food and drinks) around campus—stand-alone cafes—(since students congregate around food areas) Ice cream truck to off-campus locations Add other sports (soccer) Join with Chamber to buy a building downtown for a dormitory to be owned by University—students could eat downtown—have shuttle service to and from campus (could hold festivals downtown, arts, music, etc.)

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