College Assembly hears results of PACE employee survey

The College Assembly gathered on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Student Senate update

The Student Senate has been busy with several initiatives and celebration of a major success.

Senate rep Cat Larsen reminded Assembly members to check out the student production of The Empty Table, a piece of devised theatre created by students and faculty that highlights real stories of student hunger and homelessness.

Other Senate activities include co-sponsoring active shooter training for students, hosting a Sleep Out America event at Watertown Campus in which students sleep outside for a taste of life as a homeless person, and running an October food and resource fair that helped more than 150 students.

The Senate is also celebrating an overwhelming student voter turnout for the Textbook Referendum, which passed. The passing of the referendum means degree credit students will pay one book fee each semester based on course load. This will help students save significant amounts of money on textbooks and supplies.  

Educational spotlight: 2018 PACE Survey

Special guest Tom Heaney from Institutional Research and Effectiveness presented the results of the most recent PACE survey, taken by Madison College faculty and staff in April.

The PACE survey has been issued at the college every three or four years since 1996. PACE is an environmental survey that measures employee satisfaction and productivity and promotes open and honest communication.

Highlights of the 2018 survey include:

  • A higher response rate than the 2014 survey
  • Employees have an unfounded fear of disclosing their racial identity
  • Satisfaction levels improved across all aspects of workplace climate
  • Madison College ranks slightly below the national norm in three out of four factors, except student focus where we perform well

Kristin Polywacz from the college’s organizational development team shared that PACE results help guide the college’s approach to managing people, architecture, routines and culture.

The entire report can be viewed on SharePoint.

Educational spotlight: Skills USA

Tom Wozniak and Tim Meyer spoke about the benefits of SkillsUSA to our students and graduates. SkillsUSA is a national organization that promotes leadership among students seeking careers in hands-on trades.

SkillsUSA allows students to showcase their skills at local, regional and national competitions. It also claims to be the largest U.S. recipient of corporate donations of time and money combined.

Wozniak and Meyer shared that the “skills gap is real.” Nationally, six out of 10 skills-based jobs go unfilled. And seven out of 10 jobs require an associate degree or other community college based degree.

Thumbs up!

Chris Page presented the second read of the Academic Council’s Syllabus Policy. After its initial read, the council reviewed and edited based on Assembly feedback. Among other changes, they added a bullet point related to equity and inclusion.

The revised Syllabus Policy was thumbed and moves on now for approval by President Daniels.

The Professional Development Council presented their revised charge, which the Assembly thumbed.

Council news

Each council shared which issues they intend to tackle through 2018-2019.

To learn more about the issues at hand, log onto SharePoint and follow the Shared Governance link. You will find news about the Assembly and each council.

Final thoughts

A recent employee survey of Shared Governance members indicates that many faculty and staff members would like better communication about shared governance at the college. The SG employee representatives serving in Shared Governance are meeting soon to discuss ways to improve this communication.

Next meeting

The Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 2-4 p.m. in Truax Rm. D1630B.





Published November 19, 2018.