Suggestion Summary -- 9/24/07 Title Name Date Suggestion Referral Registration Hunter 9/5/2007 The Refund Drop Date (and last day to add classes without an ▪ COS is reviewing the timeline for add/drops Church instructor’s signature) should always be a weekday, rather than and for requesting refunds. Look for chances falling on a weekend, so that students who have trouble using soon. the automated system can get help adding and/or dropping classes without missing the deadline to do so without penalty. It would also be very helpful for students if the Registration Help Line was staffed any time that the online and telephone registration systems are in operation. If students encounter difficulty, they can become very frustrated, and reaching a recording saying that the office is closed and instructing them to call back another time just causes them more stress. Emergency Response in a Dianna 9/5/2007 I recently sent an e-mail to the Safety Committee regarding the ▪ The Safety Committee has been working on Crisis Fauvor lack of procedures being distributed to staff, faculty and many of these issues. Look for new information students. With the Crisis Committee having been formed two soon. years ago and that committee having to wait for the Safety ▪ A hand-held version of safety procedures is Committee to prepare a procedure manual, whether the being finalized. procedures have or have not been written, instructions still ▪ We recognize that the Emergency Preparedness haven’t been provided to staff and faculty. What are we waiting Plan needs work. Work has already begun. Look for? At CSU Fresno, instructors advise students on the first day for progress within the next year. of class of the exact location to migrate towards, in case of a bomb threat, etc. So for example, the Craig School of Business students are instructed to vacate the buildings and head towards a park that is near the northeast corner of the campus. Couldn’t COS provide similar information to students? Can you imagine the bedlam that would occur if students and staff panicked and started running towards their cars to evacuate? We don’t even have fire drill procedures posted for students. How can we claim in our mission statement that “students are our business” if we won’t even provide basic safety instructions? Should a fire or any form of crisis occur, this would probably be questioned by the media and might place COS at risk for lawsuits. Web page Linda 9/5/2007 I find it interesting that you have developed a new web ▪ The website task force is working with Amaral connection for new ideas, when our currant COS web page is a departments who do not have active web pages. mess. Most of my students use the web daily if not hourly. I ▪ The website task force is assigning currency myself have learned to seek out times, dates and information responsibility for the top 3 levels of the COS with some ease. Have you noticed there is no link to the website. Physical Education Department? Athletics yes, but nothing to the Department itself. The same goes to the Fine Arts Department. Where do they exist? What about up coming events on campus? As I clicked on the Fine Arts events Link yesterday, it was still all last year’s information. This is the 4th week of school. I then clicked on the ASB page and looked at Title Name Date Suggestion Referral the COS newspaper, it was dated March and there was an Advertisement for “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. This is free outreach and advertisement! Who is in charge of all of this? Why is it still such a low priority? Only the individual people that know how to do webs (Arts & Lecture) or have paid big money such as the Athletic Department have them working. The college has made many changes and up dates lately but we aren’t there yet. Every Department should be provided a Web template page and it would seem efficient and cost effective that the Department secretary be taught how to enter data to keep them currant. Do we have a web master? We have people that create and build information but it seems to stop there. I feel we need to hire someone who constantly updates and keeps gathering information from each department and sector on campus. We need some one proactive, creative and ambitious. Some one to seek out the information, not sit at a desk and wait for it to be delivered. I have been here at the college many years and have watched many programs come and go. Year after year events happen, some what of a tradition, but no one ever asks for an update or information for the next time. It’s like each and every one of us is a lonely island in a big pond. Someone please connect the dots so we can all run smoothly together. Air Hand Dryer Chris 9/5/2007 I suggest instead of having paper machines in the restrooms to ▪ This alternative was explored recently. First, Brillhart dry our hand let’s get air hand dryers in the restrooms. With all environmental impact is minimal—a trade-off the money we will save, we could use it somewhere else on the between reducing solid waste and using more college that needs it, plus we could save some trees in the fossil fuels for electricity to run the dryers. process. I work over in Student Services in the Outreach Second, dryers are not cost effective. Beyond the Department and the women’s restroom has paper all over it cost of the units, the facility must be modified to from people not throwing there paper in the trash. I am always add electrical outlets, resulting in a cost of $1000 picking up paper that people missed from not throwing it in the per unit. trash. I am a big activist on saving the plant. I recycle big time. Board Room Number Dianna 9/5/2007 Since Spring 2006, the Boardroom has been listed on the web ▪ Cabinet agreed to henceforth use the name Fauvor and in the Semester booklets as 1I. Frustrated students wonder “Board Room” rather than 1I. around trying to find their class location, with some mistaking Room 1 for 1I and waiting most of the period in there, and if the student isn’t in class the first day, the instructor has the option of dropping them and taking someone who is in class. Distance Learning Dianna 9/5/2007 Some Distance Learning classes have no clear-cut ▪ Academic Services will look into this. At a Fauvor communication (on the web or in the book) for the first day of minimum, the Schedule of Classes will list the class, which leaves the student very frustrated. Shouldn’t a email address of the instructor for the online guideline be met to be more student-friendly? class. Adjunct Contact Info Dianna 9/5/2007 Adjunct Instructors need to include their emails, or phone ▪ Adjunct faculty are being issued COS email Fauvor numbers, for their students to reach them. addresses. Those who want one will also be given a telephone extension. There will be a separate Title Name Date Suggestion Referral directory for adjunct faculty. Faculty/Staff Lounge Velia 9/5/2007 COS should have a designated Faculty/Staff Lounge ▪ Given that such a facility is not eligible for state Rodriguez facility funds, our choice would be to convert existing space for this use. Cabinet did not see a lounge as a higher priority than the uses assigned to existing rooms. Student fee waivers for Velia 9/5/2007 COS should give student fee waivers for employees’ families ▪ Under the law, college cannot waive enrollment employees’ families Rodriguez fees for any purpose. Employee’s fees are actually PAID by the college. To include family members would divert college funds from more important priorities. Kiosk Velia 9/5/2007 What ever happened to the information kiosk idea? ▪ As the kiosk project evolved, it was determined Rodriguez that the plans and construction would need to meet state standards set by the Department of the State Architect (DSA). DSA standards are quite high, raising the cost of the project considerably. At this higher price tag, the college just has not pursued the project. Uniform Campus Student John 9/5/2007 I suggest making it more of a priority to offer email services to ▪ COS is in the process of implementing student Email System Redden all students. The benefits might justify the cost: emails. We will report on the implementation email@example.com . 1. Uniformity - Communication with timeline shortly. the student body would be a bit easier and more reliable. The current system of email communication is unacceptably unreliable. 2. Institution Branding - Every time a student emails a friend, COS would get a small bit of advertising. 3. Professionalism - Often times I respond to students using their "personal" email such as firstname.lastname@example.org. I have to explain to them that they should have a personal email as well as a "professional email" and they should be used separately. 4. Institution Loyalty - Offer another small perk of attending COS. Students will have yet another incentive to stay enrolled to keep the email address. In the past there has been talk of using Microsoft's email for life... but I would suggest that it is important to offer students the @cos.edu to gain maximum benefits. Bookstore Dianna 9/5/2007 We’ve heard the buzz around campus that the Bookstore is ▪ Your ideas will be passed along to the Fauvor losing money because of tough competition from two privately Bookstore. The major financial problems of the owned bookstores across the street. There must be something Bookstore revolve around textbooks rather than the Bookstore can do to make more money. All of us would other items. The Bookstore has recently really hate to see staff being cut. We all want them to prosper. introduced several other non-book items, but we Suggestions: Sidewalk sales with Bookstore merchandise in the do not expect the resulting increased sales to Quad area. Sell COS coffee mugs with COS logo at the Coffee address the core financial problems of the House, where people actually buy their coffee. Employees can Bookstore. offer the mug instead of a plastic cup. Ask instructors to mention the services offered at the Bookstore at the beginning Title Name Date Suggestion Referral of the semester. Services which include balloon orders, cards, gifts, etc. Can the Bookstore sell flowers prepared by the Farm? Maybe, the Bookstore can install a cold unit with sliding glass doors to keep the flowers fresh. If the Bookstore lights some of their candles, it might entice more buyers to their candle and gift items. Offering more items marketed towards younger adults. Have students complete a survey in class, in order to determine what they would like to see for sale in the Bookstore. Suggestion for Child Dianna 9/5/2007 What if the Center creates and sells videos that document the ▪ The suggestions will be passed along to the Development Center Fauvor best practices for child care facilities with autism programs? Or Child Development Center for their for that matter, what if the Center creates and sells videos consideration. The main issue may be the market documenting best practices for any child care facility, not just for such video tapes. for an autism program? Do you think that might help offset the costs that the Center incurs for salaries, supplies, etc? Highlighting/advertising Elaine 9/5/2007 Many of our COS instructors and staff members have received ▪ The Public Information Office is working on faculty & staff Hord awards, been engaged by colleges and/or businesses to be the design for a community newsletter. One of achievements keynote speakers or to teach their area of expertise, are the features will be highlighting the published authors, etc. My suggestion is that we share these accomplishments of students, faculty and staff at achievements with the communities in the COS district as well COS. as the feeder high schools. This would accomplish a few things: increase respect for what COS has to offer its students and enhance our reputation with high school counselors and parents of high school students so COS becomes a first choice when selecting a college. Staff Lounge Chris 9/5/2007 I believe that C.O.S. should have a central location dedicated as ▪ Given that such a facility is not eligible for state Keen a "staff only" lounge, where people can congregate in a relaxed facility funds, our choice would be to convert setting on their breaks to get to know one another and also existing space for this use. Cabinet did not see a to gain a better understanding one another's roles at C.O.S. The lounge as a higher priority than the uses assigned place would need to be central, so that everyone would feel to existing rooms. welcome and compelled to stop there (near a mailroom?). The place would need to be comfortable (maybe a few couches, a dining table, and some vending machines and a coffee pot). And the place should accommodate at least a few people eating a brown bag lunch (instead of everyone always running off campus to eat). And the place should NOT have a big conference table in the middle of it like the FEC room, which makes you feel like you're at yet another meeting! And preferably, the place should exclude students (not only so that employees feel special, but also so that certain student issues can be discussed with appropriate privacy). Green Campus Initiative Jon 9/5/2007 My suggestion is to start something called the “Green Campus ▪ This suggestion spurred a considerable Blakely Initiative.” The thought is to provide financial incentives to discussion at Cabinet. While we found it difficult employees for making “green” choices. Some examples are to find a way to pay faculty and staff for the riding a bicycle to work (I do this 2-3 times a week), walking to “green” behaviors mentioned, other ideas Title Name Date Suggestion Referral work, carpooling, buying a hybrid car. I’m sure there are many emerged: more examples. I am not an incredible earth minded person, ▪ Setting up a ride match service. but I would be willing to consider options if I knew I would get ▪ Designating some parking spaces for carpools. paid for them. You could make it just a couple of bucks a day ▪ Having the Foundation give a cash award for for some things (like biking or carpooling) and bigger the best “green” actions by a department. incentives for other things. There are many obvious advantages to this type of program. It helps cut air pollution (and boy do We will continue discussing options. we need that), the biking or walking helps promote overall health (another very good thing), helps save money on gas, etc. With this type of program we could make COS known as “The Greenest Community College in the state.” Think of the good publicity this could make. Scheduling Faculty Linda 9/6/2007 With the increasing need to accommodate non-traditional ▪ Some of this is under the scope of bargaining Workloads Record student schedules, it would be very helpful if the limitations on with COSTA. There has been some discussion an instructor's scheduling could be modified. For instance, those between COSTA and the District about holding who want to specialize in weekend classes or night classes or, office hours online, but nothing has developed as in my case, online classes, should not be prevented from yet. doing so by arbitrary rules about when one needs to be on ▪ There is some flexibility in the current practices campus or the type of course load one can cobble together. This of scheduling classes, but you are right that there isn't a matter of asking that special courses be offered; it's are rules. simply recognition that as more non-traditional course ▪ It may be that the evolution of distance offerings are accommodated by the campus, having greater education will create a climate where non- flexibility in setting faculty schedules would benefit everyone. traditional schedules will be more accepted. Channeling Energy And David 9/6/2007 1. Re-activate the COS College Radio Station. Use it or Lose it. ▪ Members of Cabinet were not well informed Creativity Cargill Currently Visalia has two privately held Low Power FM about issues involving the radio station. We will stations in Visalia that can only broadcast within a 5 mile radius look into this and discuss the matter at a future of their tower. Right now COS pays for radio advertising? No meeting. radio, no problem... ▪ Posting podcasts is feasible, but the staff time to 2. Post student produced podcasts on the COS website. The review the content for appropriateness seemed content of the podcasts should be current information that helps daunting and probably not worth the investment. students, i.e. What's new on campus. "How to" topics. Campus events. Reviews of courses offered at COS. Interviews with faculty. Community activities. Podcasts could complement Information Booth at beginning of semester i.e. navigating the campus, bookstore, etc. Content must pass review process before posting. Content is by students for students...not a grade or class, i.e. Journalism, Communications, etc. Teacher of the Year Rebecca 9/6/2007 Over the past three years, many students have asked me ▪ Cabinet felt that a student-run teacher of the Griffith questions related to the process of selecting the "teacher of the year award had merit. Frances Gusman will take year" (I believe that it is referred to as a Giant Award) at COS. the idea to the ASB. My understanding is that faculty members and members of administration nominate the instructors that they feel are doing an outstanding job in the classroom. The students that I have spoken to feel that they should be part of the process and many believe that they should be the ones that ultimately make that Title Name Date Suggestion Referral decision. I also support these students desire to change the process. After all, they are the ones that have direct contact with us on a regular basis and are the consumers. Although, I respect the recognition that other faculty members bestow upon the "winner," I feel that they aren't truly able to assess the impact that instructors have on student's professional and personal growth. I wonder which instructors are "making a difference." I would love to see COS turn this process over to the students. Offer Faculty A 12-Month Robert 9/6/2007 Offer faculty an optional year-round, 12-months pay schedule ▪ Cabinet felt this suggestion had merit. We will Pay Schedule Vasquez (as opposed to the current mandatory 10-months pay schedule). bring it up the next time we talk with COSTA. The district can earn more interest on the account(s) from which faculty salaries are drawn if more faculty members are paid over a 12 month period. And full-time faculty members who are the sole wage earners in their households might opt to teach fewer summer courses: the district pays more in salaries for full-time faculty than adjunct faculty who teach in the summer.
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