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Aug. 9 College Assembly recap

The College Assembly gathered on Aug. 9, 2017.

The meeting began with two educational spotlights. The first was presented by Sarah Fritz, representing the Professional Development Committee, on the Educational Assistance Reimbursement Policy.

The Policy applies to all full-time employees and part-time faculty who have earned “Senior Part-time Faculty” status who seek further education and training in their field. The expanded program support is managed through CETL and was highlighted at Convocation on Aug. 22.

Lori Sebranek, Dean of Enrollment Services, shared an educational spotlight on guidelines and organizational drivers related to the creation of the academic calendar and highlighted proposed changes to future academic calendars. A Learner Success request for increased flexibility is a primary driver of the revisions. Sebranek explained the current calendar and the reasoning behind the recommended changes.

The proposed changes to the calendar include elimination of the last six-week session of each semester and the addition of a late start session. Other additions could include intersessions that take place between fall, spring and summer terms, such as a “J-term,” in January and a “May-mester.”  

Tina Marshalek shared a Student Senate update. The Senate is preparing for fall by working on their issue statement regarding their primary 2017-18 mission, increasing awareness for student hunger and homelessness. They have appointed two additional senators and have been recruiting at regional campuses.

The Senate is updating their marketing materials and is putting together a student hunger survey, which they’ll distribute in the fall. They’re also planning a textbook affordability awareness week, which will involve students wearing buttons that state how much they paid for books in the current semester.

The Diversity and Community Relations Council (DCRC) gave their first read on the issue of campus climate, following a spring loop-out. The Council reviewed results from the most recent Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and chose to address the issue by focusing efforts on inequities experienced by students.

Their issue question is: “How will Madison College assess campus climate and respond to the inequities in assessment findings among racial/ethnic minority students?” The Council is currently collecting interests and assessing not simply how data is gathered, but what the college is currently doing to fill these gaps.

The DCRC followed this up with a loop-out on the topic of diversity in hiring at Madison College. The loop-out was led by DCRC co-chair Lucia Nunez. The Council is striving to create “policies and strategic direction that is conducive to creating a diverse, safe and inclusive environment for students and employees to thrive.”

Nunez and fellow DCRC members requested feedback on an updated issue statement question: “How does Madison College ensure that its employee demographics at least minimally reflect the student body?”

Assembly members were then led through a “1-2-4-All” exercise, in which they broke into small groups to discuss and share their insights on the question.

The exercise led them to consider:

  • Are we asking the right question?
  • Who should we loop out to and work with?
  • What further work (data/systems/processes/people) should we consider?
  • Do you have any initial interests about the topic?

The DCRC will collect feedback on the issue statement question until Sept. 1, when they plan to begin the issue analysis sheet.

The College Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, Sept. 13 (location to be determined.).

Planned agenda items include discussions on part-time faculty compensation, what’s next for councils, and a three-year facilities plan.   

Published August 23, 2017.