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December 14, 2018

Present: Shahida Dar, Julie Dewan, Jen DeWeerth (chair), Dayton Elseth, Matt Fikes, Dan Ianno, Kristen Skobla
Excused: Chrono Ho, Tim Thomas

1. Report from Faculty Caucus Visit

Shahida, Jen and Matt all attended the Faculty Caucus meeting on Dec. 11th, and Jen provided an overview of the purpose of EMC and how we go about using data for both enrollment projections and targeted recommendations, pointing out that faculty are in a position to positively impact all three legs of the SEM stool: academic programs, recruitment, and retention. Shahida thought it was a good start, and perhaps could become a regular update to faculty caucus. The main question was about the post Labor Day start: has it had the impact on enrollment that justified the change? This will be reviewed again, although it was shared that it can be hard to isolate factors for why we haven’t seen enrollment drops as precipitous as many SUNY CC peers.

2. Annual Check in with Stephanie Reynolds (Cabinet Liaison)

Steph noted that the early projection for 2019-20 received by Cabinet in October was appreciated. We projected a range of -6 to +4% and wait for more refinement until spring census date. Our preliminary projection settled at -1% but Cabinet, reviewing the same data, has decided to budget for now based on -3%, to be a little more conservative. EMC members provided updates on all three of the recommendations moved forward by Cabinet last spring.
Dayton provided a review of his findings from the conversation with the Associate Deans, which concentrated on retention strategies. Overall Guided Pathways could have the potential to strengthen the sense of home, belonging, and physical spaces related to career pathways and make used of a case management model. It will also help to make more programs prescriptive, as modeled by cohort programs that currently have higher success rates.
Steph expressed Cabinet’s continued appreciation for the work that EMC is doing.

3. Next steps for CEL and HIT recommendations

It is agreed that these targeted recommendations could come forward as soon as written and reviewed at our first spring semester meeting.

4. Spring Meeting Schedule

We need to change times because of teaching schedules. We agreed on Fridays from 1 pm. First items up will be:
  • Academic calendar: Has the post Labor Day start really increased enrollment, and if not, should we move back to start earlier and not on a Wednesday?
  • HIT (online A&P) and Credit for Experiential Learning (CEL) recommendations
  • Development of projection for 2019-20 based on spring data.

Next meeting: Friday, Jan. 25, 1:00-1:50 pm.