Faculty Advisory Council
November 14, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
In attendance: David Hough, Leslie Anderson, Jamie Atkinson, Pam Correll, Tammi Davis, Jeni Hopkins, Kayla Lewis, Kim roam, Tuesda Roberts, Sharon Lopinot
1.0 College Faculty Committee to Review Sabbatical Proposals
Dean Hough has received applications for sabbaticals and would like a sub-group of the FAC to review same and make recommendations as has been our practice in the past. The following FAC members volunteered to serve:
CLSE Leslie Anderson, professor
RFT Jamie Atkinson, assistant professor
CEFS Kim Roam, clinical faculty
GLS Jeni Hopkins, counselor
The Dean will notify applicants of the review process, including timelines. The sabbatical review committee will receive the applicants’ materials later today. The committee will meet and give their recommendations to the Dean before February 1, 2019. Applicants will be informed of final decisions by the dean by February 15, 2019.
2.0 Prioritizing College Initiatives / Increasing Enrollment
FAC members reviewed the current budget balances along with examples of changes that could be considered. The COE Program Support funds were discussed at some length with the dean explaining that the balance of over $40,000 was one-time money. The money in it could stay the same or be divided up in additional areas such as marketing, special events, Bear Partnership, and office furniture for example.
Dean Hough explained that the University is focusing on marketing, recruitment and retention, in an effort to maintain enrollments. The dean suggested using some portion of the Program Support Funds to promote individual programs across the COE in keeping with the University’s focus. Ideas such as working with schools that have FTA programs and marketing education as a good career were discussed. Hosting a regional meeting for groups of high school students was mentioned. Kim Roam said CFD and CFS bring students to our campus each year.
Dean Hough asked FAC members if they would consider recommending to the Budget Committee that the balance of Program Support funds be used to support marketing, recruitment, and retention at the program level. Requests would be approved by FAC and then sent to the Budget Committee, using the process detailed in the COE policy as shown on our web site. The FAC asked the dean to revise the timeline in the policy and ask the Budget Committee to approve same. Dean Hough agreed to do so.
The Dean handed out a document created by Stephen Kleinsmith regarding increasing enrollment in the college. This document is the result of Dr. K’s program-level meetings. Ideas from program faculty were generally grouped into five theme areas. Stephen, the Dean, department heads and Juli Panza are all going to work on a specific theme. They will invite faculty and staff to work with them. The Dean’s theme is to implement “A Bear in Every Building” program. This would involve finding a COE graduate for eventually every school. The Dean is working on a poster to promote this. Members suggested to have this person work and partner with others in their building, parents, and high school students.
Recruitment could be for undergraduate or graduate students. We need to market teaching as a respectable career. Discussion was on recruiting and keeping students from traditionally under-represented groups. We recruit diverse students, but we would like to have more enroll in programs. The Dean discussed the summer Bear Partnership program that brings in diverse students. We are starting the third year. Whereas there have not been a large number of Bear Partnership students enrolling as of this time, we do have one student from the program attending the university this year, expect 2 -3 more next year, and anticipate the program to grow in subsequent years.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot, Exec. Assistant II