Goal 5 Report 2008

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Goal 5 Report 2008

 
Goal 5 - Create a student life environment that enhances participation in campus events.
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Implementation Committee Audit Committee
Report Author Name Michael Belmear Margaret M Helwig
Link to Narrative Report Narrative Recommendations

Narrative Summaries

Post-Conference Implementation Response

Narrative
Existing Timeline Proposed Year 3 Timeline Discussion of Proposed Year 3 Timeline
Summary Progress on Goal:

Year 2 - Overall

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Year 2 - Overall

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Year 2 - Overall

Action Step 1:

Implement a comprehensive communication plan to publicize campus events.

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Summary of why level was chosen The campus wide online calendar is up and running. It still has a few glitches and our team and IT will work together on those issues and hope to resolve them by the fall semester. Students are still complaining that there are too many sources sending out information and it has become confusing. Our team is not sure how we approach this issue so we look for guidance from all the sources that provide information to students.
  • The evaluation and reorganization of campus directory is not something that is in our responsibility and is not a part of Goal #5. We have no input nor have we been asked to work with the campus directory. I would like to have the opportunity to discuss with all parties concerned before that decision is made.
  • We will be working with IT to track online calendar visits and we have asked pertinent areas to continue to gather participation data. Our team is also looking into a way to check on what kind of retention impact participation has on our students. Our plan is to work with Bill Finley the Director of Institutional Research.
  • A Student forum was held, facilitated by our team members and sponsored by Student Government with over 200 students participating. From this forum our team is able to establish direction and mission (see attachment).
The Implementation Team has met the expectations for Year 2
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered Recommendations:
  • All interested groups on campus should make better use of the big screen on Main Street. There have not been that many request.
  • A group meeting with every one involved with how we contact students.
  • Administration should emphasize and offer incentives for faculty to encourage students to attend campus events and faculty should also attend, and this needs to come from the top.
  • Our team is making every effort to make co-curriculum events as attractive as possible.

Concerns and Difficulties:

  • I am not sure that goal# 5 is a total campus commitment.
  • Some faculty are on-board but a lot are not.
  • The students complained at the student forum that they were not being ask or required to attend co-curricular events or that they were being ask but the person asking did not attend.
In short, information on events needs to be centralized to reduce email to students, the anouncements at the Nickel are a great resource and more people need to know how to get thier events listed there as well as at the Caperton Center, and this Wiki needs to have a more prominent placement as its presence is not well known by the students despite it being a good place for the above-mentioned centalization of information.
Action Step 2:

Expand and diversify student authority and responsibility for programming and delivery of co-curricular events.

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Summary of why level was chosen Action Step 2 Summary:
  • Freshmen Seminar has been onboard from the beginning and our team is extremely grateful to Pam Stevens for her support. There are some overlapping areas with Pam’s team and we are planning joint functions. Our team has talked to department chairs about a written statement in each syllabus but has not discussed faculty handbooks and the catalogs. At the President’s Council and Deans meeting I have asked on a regular basis for the deans to encourage their faculty to look for way to promote and encourage their students to attend co-curricular events.
  • Our team is looking at different options to make it easier and appealing to build appropriate co-curricular events into classes and class assignments.
  • We will make a report on all our findings to the President’s Council mid-way and at the end of the year.
The Implementation Team has met the expectations for Year 2
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered Recommendations:
  • Most students indicate that in a lot of their classes they are not required to attend.
  • A campus effort to be more service oriented. To become known as the school that does community service.

Concerns and Difficulties.

  • Everyone has not bought into the concept that learning takes place both in and outside the classroom.
  • Students of their accord will attend a lecture, or a play faculty need to offer incentives and some faculty are not willing.
  • One incentive to get more people to attend is to have quality guest and often there is not enough budget to accomplish this goal.
There are still issues of campus buy-in to the importance of co-curricular activities. The primary recommendation is to offer an incentive through merit, possibly, for faculty who attend or who tie their coursework in with campus presentions. It would also be useful to increase the budget for presenters as this would allow for higher quality speakers to be brought to campus and might encourage more professors to connect their coursework with events.
Action Step 3:

Develop expectations and incentives for student, faculty, and staff participation in co-curricular events.

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Summary of why level was chosen Action Step 3 Summary:
  • Our team is working with as many people as possible to collect data to assure that the co-curricular activities are beneficial to the students (our first priority), staff, faculty and the community.
  • Our team sees the process of selection of co-curricular events as always being in a state of becoming. Evaluating student’s surveys, student forums, faculty input, statistical data relating to retention, and all theses and many other variables will determine the direction we will suggest to take.
  • Our team is not clear about the request to explore ways to deliver campus events to student and community members who do not have access to the main campus.
The Implementation Team has met the expectations for Year 2
Recommendations, concerns, and/or difficulties encountered Recommendations:
  • Give the students on committees a full vote and voice.
  • Faculty need to encourage students to express their opinions.
  • Continue to open forums and offer more diverse topics.
  • Promote more town-gown activities.

Concerns and Difficulties.

  • Campus moral
  • Student apathy
  • The lack of campus teamwork.
  • Mutual respect between faculty and students.
  • The feeling that people need extra incentives for just doing their job.
The primary recommendation is to continue to request input from the campus community - especially the faculty - on campus presentations. Only be ensuring that the people and productions brought to campus meet the classroom needs can we hope to encourage faculty to demonstrate the connection to learning both in and out of the classroom.
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