Vice President’s Staff Meeting Minutes
April 1, 2014
Will Sandidge, Muriel Mickles, Jeffrey Laub, Jim Lemons, Judy Graves, Pat Gatti, Walter Krug, Mike Danos, Mike Fein, Mary Evans, Bob Moden, and Ed McGee
Will said that they have been looking at the feasibility of keeping the Altavista Center open. He said that they are either going to close it at the end of the semester or the end of summer. They will still hold four classes at night at VTI. Most of the classes offered at Altavista are online or Collaborate so those can still continue and the rest of the students can come to the main campus.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for students: David Lightfoot and Muriel Mickles.
David was not in attendance, so Muriel gave a brief overview. Muriel said that he really needs to give the presentation because it is about technology. David said that students will not be able to download e-book textbooks from Barnes & Noble on an iPad. Muriel said that this discussion came about because one of her faculty is doing an initiative of using an iPad in the classroom. David said that some e-textbooks are available to download, but not all. There are other devices that are compatible and he and Muriel think the deans need to decide what the best device is for the students to use. She said that they are looking into using a device for developmental students in ENF 1 class. She said that it is worth exploring because Lynchburg City Schools students are getting Chromebooks in the 8th
grade, so they will be used to using technology in the classroom. Jim said that Jim Bell and Wendy Ayers are using iPads and have not had any issues.
Procedure for new online course offerings: Ed McGee.
Ed said that there is a policy, but it needs to be revised. He said that he went to a Tech Summit and the other colleges have the same problem that we have, so we are not alone in this.
Shared Services: Ed McGee.
Ed said that there are courses we can sign our students up for. He said that most are through NOVA, but we do get a cut of them, so we will see if it’s worth it for us to do this. Ed said that we are offering one of our courses (Geology) in the fall and are looking at a few more to do.
Establish a Dual Enrollment Task Force – Comprehensive look at opportunities for Region 2000 schools: Off-site Center Directors.
Pat said the directors talked about Dual Enrollment as a growth opportunity for the college. He said that he thinks a task force of college reps to make DE opportunities in Region 2000. Will said that Pat should head up that task force and work with the other Off-site Center Directors, Deans, and schools.
Budget: Will Sandidge.
Will said that budgets are due to Kris by April 7th
. He said that we should get the same amounts as last year, but if you need something more, you have to justify it.
Pre-requisites: Will Sandidge
Will said that we have a policy now for adding course pre-requisites. We cannot change anything that comes from the VCCS Master Course File, but if we want to, we can add to it. The request, with justification, has to go through the Curriculum Committee.
David showed up to the meeting to talk more about agenda item #1. He said that Lynchburg City Schools and Bedford are going to be giving Chromebooks to students and they will be able to access their books on them. Students in universities have long been able to bring their own laptops/devices. He said that our students will be expecting to use computers/devices in classes. He also said the problem is that Barnes and Noble e-textbooks only run on Windows and Mac computers, they do not run on iPads, Chromebooks, Android devices, etc. He said that we have a long-term agreement with Barnes and Noble that will make changing the e-textbooks we use challenging. David said that the deans will need to come up with a plan for their areas and what will work best for each curriculum. Will said it would probably be best to start in fall 2015 since a lot still needs to be discussed.
Will asked if there were any other items to discuss and since there were none, he dismissed the meeting.