Vice President’s Staff Meeting Minutes
March 14, 2017
Muriel Mickles, Peter Dorman, Cindy Wallin, Michael Farris, Patti Saffioti, Pat Gatti, Mike Danos, Kenny Holt, Sue Cochrane, Ed McGee, Mary Evans, Jim Lemons, and Alison Moore
Multiple Measures: Patti Saffioti
- Patti handed out information regarding Multiple Measures that was sent out from the VCCS
- Students do not do as well in college if they have to take a developmental course
- We have adapted the VCCS’s Multiple Measures and is what our advisors will be using as the placement tools.
- Patti went over it with everyone so they are aware of it.
- Training for everyone involved will be March 27th.
- These will not be used for Dual Enrollment/Early College (or current high school) students and Sue asked Patti to put that somewhere on the form.
- Cindy asked her to put Calculus placement from SAT/ACT scores on the page as well
- Patti said that this needs to be put on the website and she will be working with Wil to get it posted as per VCCS policy
Changes in Math: Cindy Wallin
- Cindy said that changes are coming to math courses and she handed out information to everyone.
- Courses are STEM vs. non-STEM. 1-5 is for non-STEM, 1-9 is for STEM.
- Counselors will be trained on this information.
- MTH 155 and MTH 154 are non-sequential courses.
- For STEM, the pathway and courses are basically the same, they just have new numbers.
- MTH 158 will be around for one more year.
- Alison and Cindy will be meeting with the advisors to go over all of the changes.
- Muriel suggested that tutoring sessions at the MALL be required for at least the lower courses. Alison said that has been her plan and she has been talking with the math faculty about adding this requirement.
Graduation: Michael Farris
- Michael said that 756 students have applied for graduation and 495 plan to attend.
JF Early College Pilot: Muriel Mickles
- Muriel asked Pat for an update on the JF Early College pilot. He said that the Early College selection committee met a couple of weeks ago and were able to invite 51 Early College applicants to the Bedford Center with 15 as alternates. And 24 invites will be sent for JF Early College, 2 of which are conditional.
- They are mailing letters out tomorrow and have until March 31st to respond.
- Curriculum and schedule have been nailed down and approved for the JF Early College pilot.
- Leadership group will be transitioning over to an advisory board for this pilot group.
- Tuition structure is the same for this group as it is for the Bedford Center Early College group.
- It is a rigorous program that is a calculus-based and science-based program that they will be monitoring and evaluating throughout the course of the year.
Faculty and Blackboard: Muriel Mickles
- Muriel said that deans need to encourage their faculty, all faculty including full-time and part-time, to learn how to use and have a Blackboard site in use in some capacity.
- Studies show that students do better when they know how they are doing along the way.
- It is also good to have something in place in case there is inclement weather or another issue on campus.
- Faculty should put their syllabus in there, encourage communication through Blackboard, and have grades in there.
- She said that they can go to Ed for training and he said that he will start holding workshops as well and will include nighttime sessions for adjunct faculty.
Fall Schedule: Muriel Mickles
- March 29th is the schedule meeting date.
- Muriel asked deans to look back at their previous fall schedules to look at the times and students who were enrolled in order to scale down on sections offered and streamline the schedule as much as possible.
Pell Grant for Dual Enrollment students
- The next meeting regarding this will be this Thursday. This is not done yet and she will be getting back with everyone on a final answer after that meeting. More information will be forthcoming.