THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON Engagement Council Meeting Minutes – August 10, 2010 Members Present: D. Ayers, C. Beller, T. Beyerle, J. Boyes, D. Hickey, B. Jenkins, B. Jordan, J. Kovatch, B. Kraus, J. Kristofco, A. Mast, L. Meek, C. Menzemer, E. Perduyn, K. Ross-Alaolmolki, J. Savery, D. Steiner, D. Weber. Chair: H. Harris Bane Recorder: K. Haverkamp TOPIC DISCUSSION ACTION Future of Engagement Discussed previous focus of EC: Council (EC) New Market Development Broad outreach and partnership Curriculum engagement topics Barriers and best practices How has EC helped you and your college/department: Help connect with colleges/depts. that we do not have direct contact with on a regular basis. See different levels of engagement. Know what is going on at UA outside of own area. Opportunity to see different levels of engagement. A chance to see both credit and non credit side of UA and know who to contact when opportunities/questions arise. Ideas about future focus of EC: Do not make focus too narrow. Beneficial to meet people and see how colleges/depts. have energy with each other. Match up people in smaller subgroups for collective purposes. Funnel barriers to see commonalities among connections. Removing myths & miscommunications. Structure meeting to collaborate ideas. Create assessment tool – value in knowing what other people are doing when developing new initiative (see Engagement Database topic for more details). Help remove institutional barriers to do new things. Have community partners/businesses make a presentation about their needs or go out to businesses and report back to group about their needs. Ideas about structure of meeting: Agenda - time limits, topic, and contact info. Minutes – shared and posted more regularly Create Ad Hoc Committees (see Ad Hoc Committee topic for more details) Engagement Database Create a database for outreach and partnerships – gather data, Committee: assessment and best practices. H. Harris Bane, Organized by College/Department J. Savery, D. Steiner Include description, contact, action items/where in progress Work with Institutional Research Suggested assessment/outcomes: How service learning helps student retention How Student Success Seminar using service learning Assessment with Coops and Internships Ad Hoc Committees Suggested committees: Next meeting: Best Practices/Research – to be proactive in addressing problems. Draw from proposed Engagement Database, Brainstorm around Eduventures website. agenda items for each Assessment Tools – what are metrics/tools for new Ad Hoc Committee. market, outreach and engagement, external messaging Challenges/Issues – when taking new product to market. Divide EC members into Link with Cross Functional Team. committees. Market Research Communications Curricular Engagement Survey. Committee: D. Steiner, K. Ross-Alaolmolki, B. Lyons, J. Savery, H. Harris Bane Eduventures Report from members attending annual meeting (H. Harris Bane, J. Savery, K. Ross-Alaolmolki) Affirmation of push for online learning. Companies that market course development cost a lot of money. Internationalization: Protocol on foreign universities going into a US university system. Professions feel that there is a language problem. Some universities do this well. UA does not have support to do this in volume. Adult Learners: Universities need to be strategic to be successful Be innovative with course/program offerings Adult learners need options – they will go where it is available. Tuition Plateau Students at Wayne and MCUC do not receive tuition. Main campus students receive tuition plateau, but they also pay higher Recommendation went tuition than students at Wayne and MCUC. to the Provost for approval. Recommendation: No one pays more than maximum that main campus students pay for 12 credit hours. Upcoming Year Reports School of Law (B. Jordan) – Working on interdisciplinary community engagement course to with healthcare/hospitals for law and nursing students. Enrollment (B. Kraus) Fall: increase of 6% head count & credit hours, Freshman: increase of 7%, Transfer: increase of 8%. Space utilization: IT is developing a new scheduling application that will help determine best way to schedule classes – more spread out classes and access to rooms owned by Colleges/Depts. Wayne (J. Kristofco) – Formalizing partnerships with career centers. Wayne Co. Career Center, LPN to BSN partnership, partnership with Amish Community. UA Foundation (E. Perduyn) – Foundation is doing well. Nursing (K. Ross-Alaolmolki) RN to BSN program should be totally online by May Partnership with New Mexico Military Institute for a 2- year program in health education. Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program with Akron Children’s Hospital has grown to 15 students. One of 13 approved programs in US. Developing Adult Gerentology Nurse Practitioner Program with Law School. Summit College (D. Weber) Launched a Bachelors of Organizational Supervision Industrial Computing Applications degree was approved by OBR Medina County University Center (J. Boyes) Delivering 3rd and 4th year Spanish, French and German to Medina City Schools as postsecondary option due to budget cuts at high school.
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