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May 1, 2015

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Enrollment Management Council

May 1, 2015

Present: Shahida Dar, Jen DeWeerth, Matthew Fikes, Rich Haubert, Dan Ianno, Lew Kahler, Heather Kesterson, Tia Lock, Jake Mihevc
Excused: Bill McDonald
Summary Points
Nano recommendation draft
  • There was discussion about the current status of nano. Shahida noted that SUNY Poly has seen a big increase in students entering its related programs (from 10-15 students to 60), with the increase attributed to excitement about the new site. (There is even a nano engineering PhD coming). On the other hand, they are in transition so it is hard to know who to work with there on transfer articulation and other coordination.
  • There was discussion about the value of having a nano advisor board or task force at MVCC. To what extent is it cross-departmental/interdisciplinary vs. mostly in STEM? There was agreement that the top priority is a process that can gear up most quickly and move forward at a good pace. It seems critical that nothing get held up in SPC which is occupied with drafting a new plan. Any communication needs to go simultaneously to STEM and perhaps Cabinet.
  • A recent billboard featuring nano (along with cyber security and drones) was discussed. Where did that billboard come from? What programs is it pushing? What are the action steps that the public is being asked to take, and are MVCC staff prepared to respond to those?
Cybersecurity
  • There was not enough time to discuss. Before the next meeting, everyone should read the documents, and look for emerging themes. What stands out as applicable to nano (or other new area) as a problem or as a best practice. The case study will be the focus of the next meeting.
Next Steps:
  • Lew will send add to the written recommendation and convert to a memo to SPC chair, VPLAA and STEM Dean, and our charter contact (VPSA) and Jen will distribute. Everyone should respond quickly with suggestions or approval to send the memo.
  • Re-read the documents that Jake prepared for the case study, and make notes before the meeting on both barriers and accelerators.