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December 5, 2014

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Enrollment Management Council

December 5, 2014

Present: Shahida Dar, Jen DeWeerth, Matthew Fikes, Dan Ianno, Tia Lock, Bill McDonald, Jake Mihevc
Excused: Heather Kesterson, Lew Kahler
Summary Points
  • Dan gave an update on international student recruitment. International student enrollment is a critical piece for the residence halls, diversity on campus, and for revenue. SUNY is no longer supporting a system wide approach. Sara Boulanger is a one person office responsible for recruitment, F-1 compliance, and retention. She is currently at a conference exploring how to make use of international student recruitment agents. There is a need for a work group that can focus specifically on expanding international student recruitment/enrollment. That may include close partnerships with four year colleges who refer students with low TOEFL scores to us first. It may mean new country markets. May involve work to help students with transfer pathways.
  • In response, we wish to make a formal recommendation for the creation of an International student recruitment work group. Several potential members were identified: Sara Boulanger, an ESL faculty member (perhaps Belinda Alvarez-coordinator), a faculty member from a program popular among international students (graphic design, business, etc.), and Jen Fanelli from M&C. This recommendation will be brought to Stephanie Reynolds.
  • Bill provided an overview of recent contacts with STEM employers. Lockheed Martin sponsored a special event he attended with Bill Smith led by their East Coast HR Director. L-M is actively seeking employees for high paid manufacturing jobs who are eligible for security clearance (US citizens). They have 1600 employees in Syracuse, 400 in manufacturing, and half of those are eligible for retirement now. There are potentials for collaboration such as support for technology for our courses.
  • Jake shared the importance of the Computer Science and related programs advisory board—about 15 active employers. They give feedback about our programs. When MVCC responds with adjustments it further builds their sense of involvement and the partnership. He recommended that it would be great to get someone from L-M involved with us on a nano related program advisory board and also possibly teaching a course of some kind.
  • Bill passed out and we reviewed the “Nano is coming and MVCC is Ready” brochure. There was discussion about the challenge of communicating the message linking jobs not here yet but coming with our programs.
  • As Shahida noted, Nano is not an academic field or program. That makes it hard for students to understand that we have the best array of programs to prepare them for careers related to high tech manufacturing in the region. SUNYIT is pretty full in their relevant programs. We have a lot of capacity. How do we fill those seats? How do we get prospective students to believe that they need to prepare now to be ready the moment the lights come on with Nano?
Next Steps:
  • Make recommendation for International Recruitment Work Group to Stephanie Reynolds (Jen send forward).
  • Review EMC survey results received so far, and any updates sent by Matt, in preparation for meetings December 18 and January 30. (All)