Enrollment Management Council
January 12, 2001
Dr. Bitterbaum called the Enrollment Management Council to order at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2001, in Rooms 2536-2538 on campus. Those present were Dr. Erik Bitterbaum, President; Dr. Joe Badgley, Dean of Academic Affairs; Mrs. Judy Higgs, Dean of Students; Connie Dziagwa, Director of Communications and Public Relations; Tim Beardsley, Student Services Representative; Pam Braden, JCC Representative; Gary Waggoner, Academic Council Representative; Ragina Copeland, Faculty Representative, Bill Brown, Faculty Representative, Criss McCauley, Student Services Representative, Suzanne Dietz, Faculty Representative; Debbie Richards, At-Large Representative, Christine Post, At-Large Representative, Cecilia Malhotra, At-Large Representative, Denise McClung, Faculty Member, and Lauriel Edwards, Secretary to the Presidentís Office. Absent were Rodney Parker, Alita Sellers, Dianne Davis and Michelle Morningstar.
Dr. Bitterbaum reported that we may have some possible funding opportunities from several members of our Legislative delegation. Also the McDonough Foundation, a local foundation, is interested in the concept of starting an academic summer program/camp. We would need to bring them a proposal sometime this spring.
Dr. Bitterbaum distributed a copy of the Enrollment and Retention Survey and also a copy of the Academic Advising Committee Report from 1998.
Dr. Bitterbaum asked everyone present what would be the first thing they would improve if the college received a million dollars. The suggestions and comments included:
∑The college needs updated computers for every staff and faculty member. It was pointed out that not enough faculty have updated computers.
∑We could reduce placement-testing roadblocks with a computerized placement-testing lab.
∑Several committee members brought up the One-Stop-Shop idea as one idea they would like to see considered.
∑We need to develop a career brochure for students related to their careers and majors (so they will know what types of jobs they will be able to obtain with their degrees).
∑We need to start a developmental course in critical thinking. This class would show how the faculty expects the students to perform in class.
∑We need to look at setting up a Pre-College Summer Camp with faculty to provide free tutoring. Another idea is to provide a non-credit course for preparation for placement tests. Also, consider a full range of developmental courses during the summer so students can start their program of study in the fall.
∑Students need supplemental instruction for "back breaker" courses not just the zero level courses.
∑We need to make sure the advisers know who their advisees are, then we must have a better follow up system.
∑We should look at the possibility of training staff to do advising. This will be especially helpful when faculty canít be here to sign registration forms. Then during In-Service have a workshop on advising and train both faculty and staff.
∑The Learning Center should be open during the summer.
∑The college should provide students with a checklist of steps for enrollment, advising, financial aid, etc., so a student who is coming in for the first time will have some idea of what they need to do.
∑We need to find out why the students are having so much trouble transferring in/out of our college.
∑There were several comments made regarding attitudes of faculty and staff at the college could be improved.
∑We should look at where we are turning students away.
Dr. Bitterbaum thanked everyone for their thoughts and ideas. With no further business to be discussed, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.
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