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FACULTY SENATE

Minutes for Faculty Senate

23 October  2017   CH 126      3:30 - 5:00

Senators Present:  Ahmed, Anderson, Bailey, Barut, Bryant, Castro, Celestin,  Close, Cramer, Decker, Dehner, Dowling, Dusenbury, Elder, English, Huyl, Jdameson, Marman, Hohnson, Keene Wooods, Mahapatro, Muthiachareon, Moore-Jansen, Myose, Price, Puaski, rife, Rokosz, Ross, Shaw, Schwartz, Smith-Campbell, Solomey, Taher, Willis

Senators Absent:  Babnich, Bolin, Brown, Bukonda, He, Jeffrs, Kreinath, Markova, Smith, Sternfeld-Dunn, tamtam, Weheba, Yildirim

 Summary of Action:
!.  Accepted the nomination of Kamran Rokhsaz to represent Engineering on the General Education Committee.

I.  Called the Meeting to Order at 3:30 by President Shaw


II. Informal Statements and Proposals

NONE

III. Approval of the Minutes from October 9, 2017 were accepted at presented

IV. President's Report:
President Shaw noted the following:
a. Rededication of Grace Wilkie Hall Nov 8 @ 2:00 PM.  
b. Academy for Effective Teaching seeking nominations for Outstanding Teacher. Submissions at: wichita.edu/FAVote . (Opens Oct 30)’
c. New university wepage:  April roll out ,training coming.
d. YMCA usage is up 10% system wide.
e. KBOR update – virtual meeting with CoSP.  Discussed senate presidents providing liasons for different KBOR committees.  Divided among six schools.  Pres of CoSP seeking more information about the math pathway’s issue.  
f. Human Resources – mandatory benefits enrollment – remind faculty.
g. Traffic violation update – no longer verbal warnings for moving violations.  Will now issue actual citations. 

V. Committee Reports
a. Rules committee – New nomination from Engineering Gen Ed: Kameron Rokhsaz.   Voted in favor unanimously.  Vacant Senate Seat still needs to be filled:  natural sciences.
b. Faculty Affairs committee - Revised FAR form with Uniscope – Questions raised about what “positive risk taking” on FAR and what is considered positive risk taking.  Examples would be helpful.  Suggested that section might be organized for entering a narrative, rather than filling in boxes.

An example was given by Senior Vice President and Provost Tony Vizzini  – a flipped classroom is a risk-taking endeavor.   Other examples included writing and presenting papers with undergrads, organizing new forums for creative works, team teaching a class. 

Discussed risk-taking in service.  Service outside of discipline/department/culture.

Decided to revise form and discuss again at next meeting.

New form will not go into effect this year.

VI. Old Business
a. Investigative Leave (UP/USS/Faculty) - pending further discussion by Ex Comm  - will discuss next time.
b. Separation of Employment  (UP/USS/Faculty) - pending further discussion by Ex Comm – will discuss next time.

VII. New Business / Guests:

Teri Hall - VP of Student Affairs – Briefed the senate on her current activities, vision  and goals.  Over summer, spent time prioritizing our goals and principles. 
Vision
Connecting Every Student with mentors and faculty.
Mission
To create opportunities and experiences that EDUCATE, EQUIP and EMPOWER students.
Student Affairs Guiding Principles
Creating and seizing opportunities 
Advocating for student success
Fostering an inclusive environment by supporting individuals’ identities and experiences
Collaborating to serve others 
Upholding respect and integrity by aligning actions with values
Promoting the well-being of the campus community
Goal areas
Supplying resources focused on student success and retention, especially first generation and underserved students
Connecting every student with a leadership and/or experiential learning opportunity
Building collaborative relationships across campus focused on student engagement and success
Embracing innovation and creativity as tools for evaluating current departments/functions Creating a campus environment that supports the well-being of individuals across their lifespan.


Question from floor - what is meant by evaluating current departments and functions?   A:  Looking for ways to changes practices to make more effective.   Q : How is what we are doing different from KSU, ESU etc?  A: I think we are better.  Our emphasis is on critical 2nd and 3rd year retention and focus on six year graduation rates.  We are tracking connections between new students and student affairs.  Working toward reaching out more to students, for instance ones who are underperforming, and offering them services.

Heidi Roderick – Briefed the senate on Student Early Alert System (SEAS).
Some decrease in SEAS usage since last year.  Some departments increasing or holding steady.   Some changes based on faculty feedback were made to the system.   There is a new button for “no students at risk” which will show that you have used SEAS.   Have included a column during 5th week for students who have not been academically active.   Question from floor:  can we use our own e-mail message rather than the generated mail?  A- We are looking into this option, in which you can select to use your own e-mail.  Q – Is different action taken based on where they are failing?  A-  No we do  not directly reach out to students.   Comment from floor: Including other boxes for the instructor to use, such as professionalism, may be helpful.  

Rick Muma, Senior Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs -- (SEM update)  - Year 1 update – Adopted a new plan in August 2016  to manage growth over next five years.   First time new freshman 1,436 (3.1% increase over 2016).  

Goals:
• Goal 1:  Develop activities beginning in fall 2016 that foster a culture of enrollment growth among faculty, staff and students
• Goal 2:  Increase enrollment of degree seeking underserved student populations by 8.5% yearly through fall 2020
• Goal 3:  Increase retention rates of degree seeking underserved student populations by 2.5% yearly through fall 2020
• Goal 4:  Increase enrollment along the I-35 corridor by 18% yearly through fall 2020
• Goal 5:  Increase non-degree for credit enrollment by 14% yearly through fall 2020
• Goal 6:  Identify new and emerging academic programming beginning in fall 2016 that leads to enrollment growth
• Goal 7:  Increase enrollment of new fall students in online programs by 110% by fall 2020
Overall Enrollment:

First Time New Freshmen:  

Questions from floor– What are goals with regard to international students?  A:  This is not part of SEM plans.  WE had 140 fewer this fall, and we are planning our work to address this.  Some may be due to policy changes in D.C.   Decrease was unexpected.   Steps are being taken to help connect with international students.   Q – What is profile of I-35 students.  A- More affluent. Focusing our marketing on STEM.   Enrollment in technical colleges is increasing.  Q: Where are the broader trends of freshman enrollment.  A: They are declining and hs graduation rates are declining. 

Dennis Livesay, Dean of the Graduate School –Briefed Senate on Graduate Enrollment Plan (GEM)  - Similar to strategic enrollment plan – gem is part of sem.   Have asked all departments to come up with GEMs for each of their degree programs. 
NAGAP DEFINITION: Graduate Enrollment Management is a systematic approach to managing enrollment and the graduate student lifecycle from awareness to alumnus by integrating the core functions associated with the support of a graduate student. GEM represents a synthesis of traditional student support areas into seamless, cross-functional operations designed to integrated stakeholders, consolidate key assessment mechanisms, and bolster service levels.
NAGAP is the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management (formally the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals)
GEM steps + my assessment of the current plans:
1.) Define a program specific vision
2.) Identify the actions/goals needed to achieve the vision
3.) Develop quantitative targets and metrics needed to assess progress
4.) Complete the circle through feedback and updates

What Can Gem Do for You?
Specialist in Education degree in school psychology
-- Even though the GEM framework wasn’t in place at the time, the CLES department has effectively been using the process to revamp a struggling program
-- Since 2012, enrollment had never been greater than ten (seven in 2016)
-- Implemented a large number of changes to the curriculum and program structure last year, including a new track that students can enter directly from the bachelor’s
-- Full-time students may now complete the program in a two-year period prior to their post-degree internship, which is now comparable to other programs across the country
-- A new challenge! Enrollment in F17 is 28, highlighting how substantive and holistic program improvements can lead to significant enrollment growth.

CollegeNET Admissions System
CollegeNET will significantly improve our processes in three key areas:
-- It provides a dynamically updated online application that has an intuitive and attractive applicant interface
-- It includes a robust Contact Relationship Management tool
-- It includes an online applicant review portal, which will normalize and speed-up applicant review


VIII. As May Arise
None
Adjourned 4:57

Respectfully Submitted
Doug English, Secretary