Goal 6 Breakout

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:04 -- sewm02

Goal 6 Breakout


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Goal 6 Breakout Questions from Strategic Planning Stakeholders Conference


1. Action Step 1 breakout question: How can we best measure the effectiveness of Action Step 1? Should the measure focus solely on our ability to communicate the expectations? Or, are we assuming that our communicating the expectations will translate into the students’ knowledge of and use of those expectations? Does the Action Step wording need to be revised?

2. Action Step 2 breakout question: Action Step 2 asks that we improve the availability of student services, but does not mention improving the quality of the services. Does the Action Step 1) need to be revised to include quality and availability, 2) need to focus on quality and not availability, 3) need no revision at all?

3. Action Step 3 breakout question: How can we get faculty support for increasing the number of introductory and 1100-level courses that either 1) include credit options for attending at least one co-curricular lecture or event that relates to the course, 2) require at least one assignment that is related to a co-curricular lecture or event, or 3) adopt a book by an author who is presenting at the Celebration of Ideas lecture series?

4. Action Step 4 breakout question: For Action Step 4 to be successful, we need faculty and staff participation and engagement. What are the most effective ways of reaching the largest number of faculty and staff? How can we best increase awareness of student development, safety, diversity, and social justice issues across campus?

 

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Where is the feedback from freshmen themselves on their freshman experience? Is it worth purchasing SSSE if it isn’t clear how data will be disseminated and used? Diversity statement was not clearly disseminated by faculty, partly because some faculty were not aware that it existed. Advisor Trac software is expensive; what incentive is there for faculty or students to use ? Will knowledge of it be rewarded in Faculty merit evaluation? SOAR and core values have not not really been read and embraced by students, Having syllabi online (including diversity statements, etc) does not help students without web access at home. Need more OPTIONS of DIFFERENT WAYS to disseminate info NOT just online!!!! Don’t assume all students pay attention to any one form of media. We have grave concern that FRESHMAN SEMINAR is NOT MANDATORY!!! We seem to be going against the current research. Why not allow STAFF members help to teach FRESHMAN SEMINAR. It’s too valuable not to give to everyone. It has proven to be VERY effective—all should be able to take it. Discussion of whether or not Honors or Science should have to take the same section as those in developmental skills. We feel different sections should be offered with different foci for different groups of students.

 

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This will be very difficult to achieve this now that the Freshman Seminar class is being eliminated. May need to reevaluate this Action Step.

Question 2

Need to also include quality in the Action step. One area of concern is how the students pre-register for classes now. The students feel that they now have even less interaction with Advisors then they did before the pin requirement to schedule.

Question 3

If the schedule is determined early enough, faculty could incorporate it into their syllabus for extra credit. Not required due to some students personal schedules (work).

Question 4

Incorporate additional brown bag lunches; incorporate faculty/staff into student government meetings to have an understanding of what is going on with the students and can support the student activity.

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With or without the first-year seminar? Can we introduce a quiz about expectations into that course? But if that course is going to go away, that’s going to be hard to do. The first-year is the hardest year for most students, so it is not necessarily a failure to communicate expectations; some students just give up. If we have an advising form for second-semester, there could be a question about expectations on it.

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Quality and availability should be included. Need both. Both important.

Question 3

Very difficult to do. Speakers need to be selected earlier and communicated to the faculty. As it stands syllabuses and reading lists have often prepared before the speakers are announced. Those of us who have been coming to these meetings know about these efforts, but do all faculty know that we want students to participate in these activities, that this is one of our goals. Encourage students through extra credit. The Liberal Studies Committee might look at this kind of attendance as one of the outcomes for liberal studies.

Question 4

What counts as faculty and staff participation? Many faculty are already involved in specific activities, directly plays, attending plays, helping students in their areas. Very difficult to know how to do this. E-mails is probably the best, but if I see a certain name, I delete it almost immediately. (I would like to be able to block some on-campus e-mails.) Post student absences in an area, and drop the e-mails about excused absences. It can be up to the students to let faculty to know to check this posting. Increasing awareness of student development, safety, diversity, and social justice issues across campus. Classes in the human interactions area of liberal studies Anonymous surveys

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Problem is identifying who is a first-year student and should this say “every contact” with students? Need to measure knowledge of the expectations. Freshman Seminar needs to be mandatory. Rubric—has this been communicated to you? Do you understand? (Even if agree/don’t agree). Do you understand Banner? Agree, disagree, etc. The transition from HS to college is very difficult, if I didn’t have FS I wouldn’t have known how to manage my time, study, we were required to go to cultural activities. Had to go to at least 3 cultural activities and write a 5-page paper (Learning Community and with Dr. Baker).

Question 2

1—unanimous decision

Question 3

Maybe during faculty development week, have a presentation that emphasizes all events that will occur during the semester. Get copies of books to faculty of Celebration of Ideas speakers. Drama department sends info about events and then also comes to class to discuss. Come up with a pool of people who would be willing to come to course so faculty wouldn’t have to learn more about an area that may be outside their discipline. Chat online through Blackboard with author for students who are unable to attend event. Can track who’s logged on, did they participate, were their questions informed and appropriate? Fairmont State YouTube.

Question 4

Didn’t get to this one.

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Student engagement survey from the past 2 surveys has come back with one benchmark below average across the nation and state support services such as Financial Aid and other support services. Make use of the information.

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Needs to improve quality and availability at the same time.

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Require

Question 4

Somehow make FS required could be offering the class as a one hour course that is required for all students.

General Comments

Provide release time for support staff to teach Freshmen Seminar.

 

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Consider this a one credit course, set standards for what is essential, and make it a graduation requirement. Common experiences, required/expected reading, shared reading. Consider having a comprehensive section that is joined with housing that keeps the first-year students together as a form of community. Can build in a co-curricular activity component and find ways to incorporate campus life. Keep sectioned classes to address special needs like non-traditional students, single parents, work/life/school balance

We like the idea of a first-year webpage.

As for the call center – that is an important part of retention and enrollment, so it needs to be properly funded.

 

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