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Tim Casper requests Convocation feedback

Colleagues,

Thank you for participating in the 2018 Spring Convocation. Please take a moment to complete the convocation assessment survey. The information we receive will be used to inform future support for the Focus on Focus initiative and subsequent convocations. The survey will be available until Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Thank you for your input,

Tim Casper
Vice President of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness

Published January 12, 2018. Updated January 17, 2018.

PDFs and online docs require ADA compliance

Due to federal Americans with Disabilities Act regulations (ADA), all documents linked on madisoncollege.edu need to be made accessible to all users. Documents include PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel sheets and more.

Since August, Web Strategy Group and the web team have brought all madisoncollege.edu pages into compliance. Now the work is focused on documents linked within the website such as PDFs.

Before January 19, 2018, web authors will contact content owners and business units about documents linked to madisoncollege.edu. These documents will be assessed to determine if needed for users and if they meet current web standards.

Faculty and staff are asked to cooperate with web authors throughout the assessment period. This project has deadlines assigned by the federal government.

Web authors received training and instruction to assess documents to determine if they should be:

  • Removed from the site entirely
  • Added as Drupal content on a web page (not an attached document)
  • Corrected to make accessible to all users

Documents deemed necessary to keep on the site must be made compliant by March 30, 2018. A special team will assist in making documents compliant to meet this deadline. After the March 30 deadline, any documents found out of compliance will not be published on the site. 

Future online training in creating accessible documents will be made available to all faculty and staff at Madison College. Details about online training will appear in a future article in Matters.

Contact Web Strategy Group if you have any questions about this project or concerns about your documents. 

Published January 4, 2018. Updated January 8, 2018.

Spring Convocation begins tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Spring 2018 Convocation events are scheduled for Jan. 9-10.

The current schedule is posted with updates to follow.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, it is expected that all staff will attend convocation from 8:30–10:30 a.m. and all faculty will attend from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Additional sessions should be attended based up on each employee’s department/role.

 

 

 

Published January 1, 2018. Updated January 10, 2018.

Happy holidays from President Daniels

Madison College Faculty, Staff and Administrators:

The Holidays have arrived. This year, as I have been reminded, was a remarkable year. You, Madison College faculty, staff, and administrators have accomplished a great deal as we meet student and community needs as well as the needs of our local businesses and industries. We have positioned ourselves to provide sustainable programs and services to the most impoverished area of Madison; we have implemented strategies like Focus on Focus to improve student success; we have sought and received grant funds like Title III that will assist us in building processes that lend themselves to greater student engagement and thus, success; we have built upon our relationships with K-12 and University partners to enhance articulation agreements and provide future pathways for students to obtain an AS while at the same time receiving their high school diploma; we have stretched our thinking in providing avenues for product development; and, we have ventured in new areas that will pay substantial dividends. These accomplishments were done because of individuals working together and evidencing the “We” in what we do.

This is a time of celebration as well as reflecting on this year’s joys and challenges and preparing for the coming year with renewed vigor and commitment to the ideals of the Holiday Season.

I sincerely hope that you and yours have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season and that the New Year is overflowing with joy and actions that furthers our individual and collective missions. 

Jack E. Daniels, III, PhD
President
Madison College
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
608-246-6676

Published December 20, 2017.

Online auction tally announced

With the Combined Charitable Campaign (CCC) online auction finalized, the totals are in.

This year, there were 67 auction items and raised a total of $3,166.49 during a 10-day bidding period.

In the beginning of this year’s auction, there was some concern whether or not the proceeds would match or beat last year’s (2016) goal. With less items to bid on this time around, the CCC committee was unsure how the auction would fair.

In the end, they are proud to announce that the goal of $3,000 was surpassed by an extra five percent.

The CCC committee would like to thank everyone who donated and bid on items through this event. All proceeds are going toward the South Campus Match and will be doubled by Great Lakes Higher Education and Affiliates.

Published December 18, 2017. Updated December 20, 2017.

Dec. 13, 2017, College Assembly Recap

The College Assembly met Dec. 13.

President’s Check In

Dr. Daniels updated Assembly members on changes to the Interest Based Problem Solving office within the college. The tool is being used throughout to develop successful initiatives and projects. As of Feb. 1, IBPS will move to Human Resources under the new Director of Training. CETL will continue to administer training and development for faculty and HR will administer programs for other employees. The college expects to have a plan, process and practice for employee development by the end of spring term 2018.

Dr. Daniels also explained the purpose of his recent PSRP Forum and announced he intends to provide these opportunities for discussion twice a year to promote a collaborative and respectful environment.

Members of the Assembly asked questions ranging from plans for the Downtown Campus property and new South Campus to how managers will participate in employee development.

Educational Spotlight

Jeff Reeves, vice president of Human Resources, explained changes to the Nepotism Policy prohibiting employees from working directly for or supervising a family member or significant other.

Student Senate Update

Tina Marshalek, Student Senate president, reported that the Senate met with representatives of Imagine Madison, a public listening campaign to gather opinions of Madisonians for future city planning. Steven Ansorge, Student Senate representative, attended the Wisconsin Student Government Conference focusing on paid student internships, transfer credits and increased funding for need-based financial aid.

Action Items

Due to the need for approval before inclusion in the new Employee Handbook, The Employee Relations and Professional Development Council presented four policies for thumbing.

The Performance Improvement Plan and Progressive Discipline Policies were presented for first reading and second reading. Information in these two policies was previously contained in one policy. Questions were raised about the differences between the two policies. Kristen Gebhardt, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, explained that the focus of the Performance Improvement Policy is employee performance improvement and development, not employee discipline. After discussion and second reading, the Assembly thumbed the policy.

Changes to the Progressive Discipline Policy were made to improve readability and add clarity. The policy contains an operational process including fair notice and treatment, options available to supervisors, relevant factors and proposed outcomes. After some suggested word changes and clarifications, the policy was thumbed.

The Grievance Policy was presented for second reading. After questions, discussion and suggested word changes, the Assembly thumbed the policy sending it on with the other policies to Dr. Daniels for approval.

The Policy Dispute Resolution Policy was presented for second reading. This applies to situations when a college policy is not properly used or applied. Due to disagreement among Assembly members and members of the ERPD, the policy was declared at an impasse resulting in more than one version being submitted to Dr. Daniels for his approval.

Co-chair’s Report

Keith Cornille, Assembly co-chair, asked councils to provide representatives to talk with employees during the pre-convocation coffee hour about activities of the councils and Assembly.

The Assembly will next meet on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in room C2455.

Proposed agenda items for this meeting include the second reading of the Workload policy, as well as Educational Spotlights on College Purchasing and the Innovation Process.

Published December 18, 2017. Updated December 20, 2017.

Dr. Daniels offers open office hours for January

Faculty and staff can meet with President Daniels during open office hours each month this fall and winter. All topics related to Madison College business will be open for discussion. The next scheduled date is Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

Published December 18, 2017.

Combined Charitable Campaign ends Dec. 21

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through Thursday, Dec. 21. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers. Checks for the Foundation should be made out to Madison College Foundation. Checks for all other donations can be made out to Madison College ECC (Employee Combined Campaign). If giving to multiple charities—please write two checks if necessary.

Note: This year’s pledge form has a write-in area. If you wish to give to an organization not listed on the pledge form—simply write it in.

For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact CCC Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Published December 15, 2017. Updated December 22, 2017.

Combined Charitable Campaign online auction closes today

The Combined Charitable Campaign online auction ends today, Friday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.

  • Not only can you bid on many great items, but your donations will go toward a matching grant opportunity.
  • New items have been added throughout the auction. Bidders should check back often.
  • It’s not too late to donate! Those who wish to contribute an item should contact Chelsey Bowers.

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through Thursday, Dec. 21. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers. Checks for the Foundation should be made out to Madison College Foundation. Checks for all other donations can be made out to Madison College ECC (Employee Combined Campaign). If giving to multiple charities—please write two checks if necessary.

Note: This year’s pledge form has a write-in area. If you wish to give to an organization not listed on the pledge form—simply write it in.

For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact CCC Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

 

Published December 15, 2017. Updated December 18, 2017.

Survey seeks input on employee work space needs

The Facilities Master Plan team would like to understand your needs to create future spaces that allow employees to be efficient, effective and a valuable part of Madison College. In order to develop the best plan possible, they would like employee input via an online survey. The survey will be open until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

At the August convocation, the Facilities Planning and Investment Council (FPIC) and Plunkett Raysich Architects presented the mission and timeline for writing a new 10-year facilities master plan. This plan is being developed to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community. The FPIC seeks to ensure college facilities are safe, accessible and sustainable spaces for today and into the future.

Visit the FPIC website to learn more about the facilities master plan process and timeline.

 

Published December 13, 2017. Updated December 19, 2017.

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