Question of the Week

What is the Student Satisfaction Inventory?

This week, the Matters team met with Vice Provost Turina Bakken to ask about the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI). The SSI opens Monday, Feb. 22, and will be available until Saturday, March 12.

"It's a bi-annual survey that the college participates in that gets the voice of all credit students," says Bakken. "We not only get longitudinal information about the student experience and how we can improve it, but we also get bench-marked against peer institutions so we can see how we're stacking up against peers and or competition."

Improvements and projects that have been linked to the SSI include the B-Cycle bike rental system, the shuttle service between campuses and the website redesign project.

"Essentially, the students are helping us improve the college experience for not only them but future students," says Bakken. "This college really values the student voice. That's why we're all here, is to offer the best experience that we can."

Faculty and staff can help promote the SSI by making announcements encouraging students to fill out the survey or posting an announcement on Blackboard.

"When we first started involving faculty in promoting [the survey]," says Bakken. "We doubled our response rates in one survey turn."

Students who complete the survey will be eligible to win prizes, including a $500 Madison College Scholarship, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and more.

Questions? Please contact Institutional Research at (608) 243-4433.

What is the Student Satisfaction Inventory?

Published February 22, 2016. Updated March 2, 2016.

What is the FIRST LEGO League competition?

This week, Dean of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology Denise Reimer explains the college's role in getting Wisconsin kids involved in STEM education early ... using LEGOs!

"It's a high energy, dynamic competition where students from third to fifth grade form teams and have to solve a problem using a robot," says Reimer. "The FIRST LEGO League competition is really a critical component for Madison College to network with our community and especially kids who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or math."

In previous years, Reimer has noticed how many young girls are involved in the competition and hopes that trend will continue.

Madison College hosts the LEGO League Championship Tournament Sunday, Feb. 21.

What is the FIRST LEGO League competition?

Published February 10, 2016. Updated February 11, 2016.

What is internal auditing?

Meet Imad Mouchayleh, Madison College's new internal auditor. This week, the Matters team asks Mouchayleh and Mark Thomas, senior vice president of Administrative Services, about internal auditing.

“Imad's got 13 years of experience at a similar community college in Texas, where he established an internal control role,” says Thomas. “The college is really fortunate to have him.”

“The internal audit is not a policing function,” says Mouchayleh. “Internal auditors are trained to do two things: providing assurance and consulting services to management to improve or add value to operations.” 

As senior internal auditor, Mouchayleh will review cash-handling procedures, data security issues and ensure that Madison College is in compliance with other laws, regulations and policies.

"Thank you for letting me be part of this family," says Mouchayleh. "I'm looking forward to a very productive relationship with everybody."

What is internal auditing?

Published February 3, 2016.

How can I start practicing mindfulness?

The Matters team spoke to Dean Mark Lausch, Devon Hase and Lisa Cappelli about the health benefits of practicing mindfulness.

"The mindfulness program at Madison College is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to carve out thirty minutes of their day to center themselves and prepare for the rest of the week," says Dean Lausch.

Mindfulness can help improve your mood and health, especially during shorter periods of sunlight in the winter. Cappelli explains: "It's a great way to quiet your mind, so that you can really touch in with that mind-body connection."

Practicing mindfulness can be as valuable as sleeping, eating well and getting regular exercise.

"Mindfulness has many benefits," says Hase. "It's been shown that the mind can perform cognitive tasks more efficiently ... but I think it's much bigger than just that. For me, it's really about becoming happier as a person."

"The sessions are attended by all types of folks," says Dean Lausch. "Tall and short; big and little; students, faculty and staff. It's an opportunity to come in, relax and enjoy your day."

For more information on mindfulness practice groups at Madison College, visit their website.

Question of the Week: Mindfulness

Published January 13, 2016.