Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes
May 2, 2013
CALL TO ORDER
Provost Rivera called the meeting to order at 4:10 pm.
Pastor Larson gave the invocation.
Minutes were approved.
CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT
President Woodward thanked everyone for participating in the inaugural weekend activities. He suggested that the faculty have a retreat in the fall. As of May 1, enrollment is around 696 deposits for the fall, instead of the 730-740 targeted. The enrollment might be closer to 720 by the end of the week. There has been a low percentage of deposit withdrawals. Incoming transfers are also higher than they have been in the past. Retention for next year will be around 82%, much higher than last year (73%).
The President discussed matters related to construction and enrollment in response to faculty questions. The science building is a priority, and in the future there will be a welcome center. The discount rate has increased 2 points. There might be new faculty lines available, depending on the financial situation.
STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
Dana Garrigan presented on the 2020-2025 strategic planning process. The process will be broad-based and faculty are encouraged to participate. One of the goals is to take Carthage from its current position to among the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. There will also be some attention to branding the College. There is a timeline for the process that ends in May 2015, when the Board of Trustees will vote on the strategic plan.
President Woodward stated that the strategic plan will come out of the College, be voted on by the faculty, and then presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.
President Woodward also noted that a new arrangement has been made with the Kenosha public transit agency for regular buses from campus to local spots, which would eliminate the need for Carthage shuttles. Students will receive unlimited-ride passes. There will also be a full-time school nurse and another health counselor available to students.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
There was a quorum call. The count fell short.
Elections for Senate and Committees
This portion of the meeting did not take place, due to the lack of quorum.
Dennis Munk announced that Tuesday, August 27 will be the Teaching and Learning Conference Day. July 22-24 will be the Lutheran education conference at Augsburg.
Dana Garrigan gave an assessment update. Departmental assessment reports are due at the end of the semester.
Greg Baer stated that the accreditation self-study drafting process is underway. For that reason, assessment reports and answered questions from department and division chairs are important. The liaison from the Higher Learning Commission will be on campus next week. CADRE will again offer the post-semester course design workshop.
Herschel Kruger announced current shows from the theater program.
Provost Rivera announced three retirements.
Provost Rivera adjourned the meeting at 5:11.
Acting Faculty Secretary