Deans Council Meeting
October 20, 2010
Members Absent: Jeff Ray
Guests: Austin Asgill for Jeff Ray, Bob Brown, Dawn Ramsey
Item 1. Updates
Bob Brown talked about the QEP pilot being done in the School of Computing and Software Engineering Fall Semester 2010. All CSE students except those in Game Design are taking QEP sections of SPSU 1001 this semester. Beginning Fall 2011, all new students will be required to take SPSU 1001 or their major department’s equivalent course. Exceptions will be handled case by case for transfer students, older non-traditional students, etc. Bob also talked about the preference of pre-registering these students and block scheduling, and distributed a detailed report on our QEP. It was asked if there is a report that can randomly assign students to a block. Steve will work with Kelly to see if this is possible. Bob Brown also offered to create a manual to help set up block scheduling and Steve agreed to help with this. The deans were asked to talk to their chairs to see what courses they want in their blocks and to share any questions or concerns they may have with him.
Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:
Item 2. Phases of Registration
This topic was discussed again today. Hamrick stated that our Business Office is strongly in favor of three phases of registration as opposed to the Deans Council being in favor of two. It was asked if an economic impact study has ever been done. Hamrick responded that it has not been done but he could seek a Quality Assurance student to look at the process and will ask Tom Ball for a recommendation. We will stay with three phases for now.
Item 3. Increasing our Graduation Rates
The Council discussed our graduation rate and the results of student surveys. Many of the reasons students give for not graduating are beyond our control. Szafran stated that he recently submitted a grant proposal to the USG to hire someone to work with adult students to help increase graduation rates and also suggested we create a bachelor of technology studies and include life experience toward credit which all would help students succeed. The positive things we are doing to help student success, such as advisor training, personal librarians for all students, cohorts, better housing, food, etc., and extra-curricular activities were discussed. Areas of improvement included the need for more personal interaction with students, looking at the various mini-grant projects recently carried out regarding improving math grades, better advertising, the need to challenge and motivate students, and to provide encouragement and support for our faculty.
Item 4. New Business
Meeting adjourned at 4:00 P.M.