Lakeland Campus Faculty Senate Vice-President’s Report – April 9, 2012
(This report is for information purposes only. These items are not intended for Faculty Senate action.)
Bartow Campus – The Advanced Technology Center at Clear Springs will be ready in the fall. It’s at an
industrial park for Clear Springs Corporation and the entrance is complete. It will be the home of the Corporate
College with four programs serving as the anchors: Engineering Technology/Manufacturing, Energy,
Information Technology, and Supply Chain Management.
Lunch and Learns for CEOs – The Corporate College has been hosting CEOs from various businesses to
have lunch and learn about Polk State College programs for industry.
USFP – Within the next two weeks the Governor will decide whether or not to sign the bill creating an
independent polytechnic university. If he does, then USF Polytechnic will cease to exist as of 7/1/12. There
would be a five-year teach-out and students would finish their degrees with USF. USF would continue to use
their space on the Lakeland campus for five years. Steve Hull will discuss with them the possibility of
relinquishing some of their space each year when they no longer have a need for it. By the end of the five
years, Polk State College will have an additional 79,523 square feet of space which includes 84 offices and 38
classrooms. Space will be reconfigured to our needs as we accrue more of their offices and classrooms.
LLC 2255 – This summer LLC 2255 will be renovated which will consist mainly of re-painting and re-carpeting.
(No, you will not come back to a red and black office!). The cubicle area will also be redone.
Teaching and Learning Innovation Center – As part of the strategic plan, a Teaching and Learning
Innovation Center is planned for LLC 2269, the classroom near the faculty offices. (The Winter Haven
Teaching and Learning Innovation Center will be located in one of the modular buildings.)
LTB 1307, 1308, and stage in 1100 – These will be renovated this summer.
Health Center – The Lakeland campus will be getting an official health center. LSB will be renovated and
turned in to a health center during the 2012-2013 year.
Other facilities activities – A master plan will be developed once we find out the USFP status. The master
plan will include among other things, sidewalks, a power study, keys, shipping and receiving, and security.
Reconfiguring the USFP space (e.g. creating a few larger classrooms) will be part of it.
Academic Dean Presentations – The four Academic Dean candidates will be doing presentations on April 19
in the Student Dining Room, LAC 1133. The presentations will take place at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 1:00. Try
to attend any that you can.
New faculty – We should have 16 new faculty on the Lakeland campus in the fall term.
Adjunct Professional Development Series – Polk State College offers a professional development series for
adjuncts, and all faculty and staff are invited to attend as well. There is one session left this term: 4/21 –
Motivating Students for Success. You can register for it using Flight School at
Faculty Senate Vice-President
Distance Education Committee Report
1. A distance education strategic plan is being created. It relates to the Innovation portion of the College’s
strategic plan. The detailed draft for the Innovation portion includes: 22.214.171.124 By 2015 Polk State College will
create a structured e-campus environment.
2. PAL certification – Levels 1 and 2 are required for teaching a hybrid or online class. Those people who
have already had PAL certification training in the past are not required to take levels 1 and 2 training.
Level 3 certification training is being developed and it will focus on building new online courses or aligning
existing courses to the Quality Matters design. It should be available sometime this summer. Eventually,
the plan is for Level 3 certification to be required to develop an online course.
3. Subcommittees of the Distance Ed Committee:
- Student Online Readiness and Development Needs new chair
- Faculty Mentoring, Training, and Collaboration Logan Randolph and Courtlann Thomas
- Student Support Services for Online Programs Bill Foege and Chris Fullerton
- Technology Review, Recommendation, and Adoption Todd Thuma
- Online Course Development/QM (WH) Beverly Woolery
- E-Text Greg Harris
4. In May before we migrate from Florida Distance Learning Consortium hosting to D2L hosting, our PAL
course listings that are older than two years old will be removed. Todd will send out a notice prior to the
migration so that faculty have a chance to archive any old courses that they might need to keep. He will send
directions on how to do this.
5. Starting fall term, PAL will be accessed through Passport. There will be an icon to click once you log into
Passport. It will take you directly to your course listings and will not require an additional log-in.
6. An upgrade to D2L version 10.0 is planned for the spring term.
7. Polk State College has entered into a contract with Florida Virtual. We will pilot ENC 1101 this summer.
Additional courses will be planned for fall if all goes well with the pilot.
8. Developing online courses – Faculty Human Resources is reviewing the agreements that the Distance
Education Committee has written. Although they have not finished reviewing them, they are discussing
separating the online development and Quality Matters. They are also looking at the point values for each.
Faculty Senate will have an opportunity to review the agreements after Faculty Human Resources has
completed their review. Procedure 1006 would need to be revised if the agreements are used.
9. Quality Matters rubric – There is quite a bit of discussion about the Quality Matters rubric, so I have provided
a link to the one-page rubric. http://www.qmprogram.org/files/QM_Standards_2011-2013.pdf
10. Carolyn Horseman’s MAC 1105 has been approved by the Quality Matters review board. It is our first
official Quality Matters certified course at Polk State College. Two additional courses have been sent to the
review board and we are awaiting feedback on them.
11. Equipment checkout forms are being developed. These are to be used for laptop or tablet checkout or any
12. A distance learning subgroup has suggested that online and hybrid courses be available for students to
see two weeks or a month in advance instead of one week. They have asked that it be brought up at the
Faculty Senate meeting.
13. A reference library is being considered for distance learning. One possibility is to place learning objects on
14. Due to large files being used in many courses, the recommendation is that students have access to high-
Faculty Senate Representative to the Distance Education Committee