Began the process of regular posting of this report to the president’s web site, under periodic communications. http://www.clayton.edu/president/communications
This same location provides a link to vice presidential/divisional goals and objectives for the year, giving campus a clearer perspective on operations during the coming year. http://www.clayton.edu/president/vicepresidents
Each University president in the university system will be asked to make a presentation about retention, graduation rates, and student success. There is an attached handout outlining the requirements of the presentation, including the form of a plan we must provide to demonstrate progress for our students. Our scheduled presentation will be March 16 and 9:00 AM.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results made available yesterday -- they will be posted to our web site in due time -- as the handouts indicate, we are seen positively by our students relative to comparison groups on some very important -- our first year and our seniors saw our academic work as rigorous, as setting high expectations, and emphasizing study and academic work. Our seniors used electronic media to complete assignments more than comparators (even though that result was not identified for first year students). Both seniors and First year students reported higher than average support for coping with non-academic matters, and seniors reported higher than average encouragement for contacts with diverse peers. Both groups reported higher than average support for academic success. Both groups reported lower than average participation in community service, and seniors reported lower than average participation in research projects outside of class. Over the last several years, the institution has made real gains in perceived support for students, student faculty interactions, and perceived level of academic challenge. At a later time, (likely during the strategic planning discussions next semester), we will discuss some proposed areas for curriculum discussions emerging from these and other data findings. But this indicates on the whole real progress for the effectiveness of faculty and staff efforts for student success.
Budget issues were discussed briefly. The chancellor’s office asked for institutions to provide responses to possible effects of an 8% reduction of state support, and the inability for institutions to charge the special fee second semester. That level of reduction is scheduled to be considered at the November Board meeting. The Governor reported a reduction of October revenues of 17% from last year. While our current plans have been built to at least the 10% level, we expect to begin university wide conversations in the near future to identify options should conditions not improve over the next several months.
This template, organized by simple key questions, is broad by intention. Please use it as a guide for your reports, and feel free to employ the most appropriate data and argumentation for your institution.
Written reports should be no longer than ten pages, and should be sent to Angelia Thomas by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least one week prior to your scheduled oral presentation. Many thanks in advance for your efforts.
What are the most important variables that dampen your 4-year or 6-year graduation rates? How did you learn that these were the central factors of concern (empirical data -- quantitative and qualitative).
What have you accomplished to date, by way of progress on retention and graduation? What is working and what has failed?
What are the most appropriate quantitative metrics for success, in graduation and retention, and how did you come to these goals?
Please outline your plans, for the next three years, linking back to the variables identified in #1 as well as the metrics for success.
How will you involve key campus stakeholders -- faculty, students, staff and friends of the university -- in the mission?
How will your team enhance a culture of student success, and make retention and graduation rates university-wide, shared priorities?