December 12, 2000
Dr. Bitterbaum called the Planning Council meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2000, in the President's Conference Room on campus. Those present were Dr. Erik Bitterbaum, President, Dr. Joe Badgley, Dean of Academic Affairs, Mrs. Judy Higgs, Dean of Students, Margaret Bailey, Employee Relations Counselor; Connie Dziagwa, Director of Communications and Public Relations; Dr. Sy Sarkarat, Business and Economic Division Chairperson; Gary Waggoner, Natural Science and Mathematics Division Chairperson; Tim Beardsley, Counselor Dan Williamson, Director of Computing Services and Patsy Bee, Administrative Assistant to the President. Absent was Dr. David Bell, Dean for Business, Industry and Development Services. Also present were interested staff and faculty: Al Edwards, Ragina Copeland, Nancy Nanney, Al Newhart, Patricia Gaston, Cheryl Bedell, Bob Caim, C. B. Malhotra, Criss McCauley,
Dr. Bitterbaum welcomed invited faculty and staff and explained that Planning Council has been reviewing the Enrollment/Management Survey recently conducted, and would like their suggestions for a smooth process to register students for classes especially through a One Stop Shop concept. He explained that in previous discussions, there were many questions on how placement testing would fit into part of the one stop registration process.
Dr. Bitterbaum asked each one present for suggestions on how to shorten the time period for taking and grading placement tests. Professor Gaston suggested preparing and presenting a position paper to students about tests they may need to take, and she volunteered her services to write the paper. Mr. McCauley explained that students are usually surprised and discouraged by the length of the tests they have to take, and the delay it causes in getting to register for classes. It was also noted that math tests are scored immediately after tests are taken, but the English exams take much longer. It was suggested a pilot project using computerized testing be done during the summer. It was also suggested that workshops be conducted for teachers and parents regarding the registration process.
There was a discussion on types of tests used for both math and English. Dr. Bitterbaum asked Dr. Copeland and Dr. Gaston to look at the tests being used in English to see if they can be improved. He also asked Mr. Edwards and Mr. Newhart to look at the possibility of computerized math testing. Mr. Williamson volunteered his services to assist with computerized testing.
Dr. Bitterbaum explained that he does not want to turn any students away, and is looking for ways students can be taken care of in one day because some of them drive long distances, and many times their parents take the day off work in hopes of getting everything taken care of in one trip. He wants students to leave our college with a sense they are welcomed, and can look forward to a successful educational experience.
December 12, 2001
With no further business to be discussed, the meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
to the President