Alison Moore, Jessica Hogan, Cynthia Lofaso, Kim French, Patti Saffiotti, Ernie Wade, Tim Rhoads, Donna Hobbs, Lorna Nelson, Irene Wheeler, Tom Sparhawk, Lorenz Chan, Juville Dario-Becker, Marc Zoccola, Dennis Phillips, Debbie Harris, Ashley Pearson
Agenda items and associated discussion:
College Student Inventory for Freshmen Students:
The “College Student Inventory” is a survey given to students that serves as a retention tool. It asks students a variety of questions including those that may directly impact their likelihood of success (ex. how many hours they spend at a job outside of school, their high school GPA), more indirect indicators of student success (ex. when they decided to apply to college), and demographic information. The test also provides a list of topics that students can rank based on their feelings of what they will need (ex. get help with exam skills, get help with study habits). This is a test offered by an outside company (Noel Levitz).
This semester is the first time CVCC has offered this survey and Kim French brought the results to share with the Faculty Association. Kim mentioned how Counseling/Student Success is using this information to identify students most at risk of dropping out. Kim encouraged faculty to check with her about any students who may be having trouble, to see how they responded to the survey and possibly provide tailored help to the students. If faculty have questions about the survey, Kim encourages faculty to ask her about it.
Discussion followed regarding one of the items in the top-ranked list of student concerns: “get help with reading skills.” Lorna brought up the concern that CVCC currently does not have a direct response to that (ex. no “reading lab” or similar to help students become better readers). Other faculty (Ernie, Juville) asked whether this survey replaces or relates to other surveys students take/other risk reporting measures. This is a separate entity, and will not replace anything else CVCC currently does.
Hot Topic Sessions:
Kim and Patti need suggestions/volunteers for spring. Kim mentioned that the list of topics ranked by the College Student Inventory is a great starting point for deciding what our students need the most help in. Patti mentioned that faculty involvement is critical to student success, and therefore, faculty should be promoting these Hot Topic sessions to boost attendance, possibly by offering extra credit. The workshops are recorded and posted on YouTube, so students can “attend” even if they can’t be there in person. Alison suggested enticing students to attend by advertising free food, but there’s not really a budget for that. Faculty should send Kim suggestions for sessions, and to volunteer to lead sessions: even if they are not an “expert” in a topic. Faculty should be aware they will be videotaped during the session.
Patti mentioned the handbook section regarding student conduct will be revised for clarity. In the past, there has not been a formal process for reporting student misconduct, or at least, faculty are not generally aware of this process. Forms are available online for faculty to fill out (separate forms for academic misconduct vs non-academic misconduct), and forms should be submitted to the Dean and to Patti. These forms should be used even if a faculty member deals with the issue internally and is not recommending the student for further penalization.
Submitting forms helps Counseling know if a student is cheating/plagiarizing/disrupting/etc. multiple classes. The forms can be found online (Intranet --> resources --> counseling), but the Deans should also have copies.
Once a faculty member submits a report the Dean, the Dean reviews it with the faculty member, and the Dean can recommend to Patti to pass the report to the Student Conduct Committee, though Patti makes the final decision on whether to do that. Generally the Student Conduct Committee only convenes to discuss possible suspension. Faculty are not required to discuss issue with student before reporting, but can if they choose (not generally recommended for non-academic misconduct: ex. a student that is potentially using drugs). Anyone can fill out a report of non-academic misconduct, even students. Faculty members suggested that Patti conduct a session during Convocation to discuss this in more detail.
Tom Sparhawk (proxy for Joseph Penrod) suggests CVCC faculty get involved in community service events together.
Tom is trying various ways to inform students about the LEA awards: no students have nominated any one; only faculty have nominated other faculty. Discussion followed about the burial of the nomination forms on the website, and the possibility of physical forms.
President’s Cabinet Update:
On Jan. 3, the new website will be available, and our email addresses will change to @centralvirginia.edu. Our old email will continue to work for several years. IT will hold sessions during Spring Convocation to discuss the new website.
Numbers are being added to each doorway to help first-responders identify a specific entrance.
HumanKind is a non-profit based in Lynchburg that is coming to CVCC to lead a focus group with students about child-care needs. This is a follow-up to a previous issue raised in the faculty association about employees and students bringing children to campus because child care is not available. Currently HumanKind is just surveying student needs.
Plastic and metal are currently not yet being recycled, but not thrown away either. They are being kept until a solution to the co-mingling problem is addressed. Recycled items need to be “un-co-mingled.”
CVCC’s budget is down 0.88% -- this is substantially better than the 5% reduction seen elsewhere.
CVCC is #1 in the state regarding number of degrees and certifications!
Part-time staff association usually runs a pizza fund-raiser. They are using those funds toward student monetary and dietary needs. They are starting a CVCC food pantry for students, and are asking for donations (boxes are located in the bottom floor of Merritt and in the student center).
Jessy Hogan brought up an issue raised at the Science Peer Group regarding SACS requirements. The issue is that SACS is requiring faculty teaching certain subjects (ex. Anatomy and Physiology) to hold certain credentials that weren’t required in the past. Further, these requirements are beyond what is accepted in the professional community. Jessy asked if other faculty had heard of this in their fields, but others had not.
Lorenz Chan brought up the Liberty traffic causing delays in our students’ arrival to campus. The city has been contacted to address the issue and possible change the timing of the traffic light. Alison also brought up the issue of students parking in the faculty lots, and Patti raised the issue of the speed limit on campus being too high, and should be decreased.