February 20, 2007
AQIP Steering Committee - UC Board Room
In Attendance: Rick Althaus, Chris Davis, Jim Ermatinger, Christina Frazier, Allen Gathman, Dennis Holt, Crystal Kaufman, Bruce Skinner, David Starrett, Jane Stephens, Susan Swartwout, and Alissa Vandeven
Absent: Adam Hanna, Carolyn Rainey
Recorder: Christie Renner
Results to Open Forums with Faculty, Staff and Student Government
Open forums were held separately for the faculty, staff and Student Government to review and rank six Action Projects. Committee members reviewed the results of the ranking sheets and comments that were returned at the forums. (See attachment) The committee feels strongly that their recommendation to the President of three Action Projects follow the results of the forums as they appear.
D. Starrett reminded the committee that one Action Project must directly impact student learning.
J. Stephens and D. Holt will meet with the President as soon as possible to discuss the committee’s recommendation. According to the results of the forums, the top three Actions Projects are:
- Improving Information Distribution and Communication (AP1)
- Defining Indicators of Being a University of First Choice (AP2)
- Strengthening Faculty-Based Academic Advising Phase 1 (AP5)
The committee discussed the Action Projects briefly. A comment was made that the committee will be highly involved with AP2 – Defining Indicators of Being a University of First Choice. Campus-wide input will be needed. Another comment was made that the University needs an identity in order to be able to define indicators. A comment was made that AP1-Improving Information Distribution & Communication will require a cultural shift.
The committee agreed on the following timeline for the three Action Projects:
- Strengthening Faculty-Based Academic Advising Phase 1 (AP5) – One year project
- Defining Indicators of Being a University of First Choice (AP2) – Two year project
- Improving Information Distribution and Communication (AP1) – Three year project
It is noted, though, that projects may be completed earlier than planned.
The next step is to prepare the Action Projects in the format needed for submission to AQIP. C. Frazier and D. Starrett will look into the process and determine if the steering committee should meet again. It is possible to use the drafts already completed by the steering committee and just expand them.
D. Holt and J. Stephens will meet with the President. After the President’s final approval, communication will go out to the campus community. The next step will be to create Action Project teams and set up the process for the Action Project.D. Holt addressed the committee concerning the Systems Portfolio and if a schedule needs to be created. At the next meeting, materials will be provided to the committee to assist in determining a schedule for the next four years.