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May 8, 2015

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Enrollment Management Council

May 8, 2015

Present: Shahida Dar, Jen DeWeerth, Rich Haubert, Lew Kahler, Heather Kesterson, Tia Lock, Bill McDonald, Jake Mihevc
Excused: Matt Fikes, Dan Ianno
Summary Points
A. Nano Memo
Was sent on May 6th. STEM has already formed a group to work and respond. It is possible that that group will invite involvement from other areas (cyber, biology, etc.) as they proceed.
B. Cybersecurity Case Study
We reviewed the rationale for the case study. This is not the only successful program start, and lessons could be learned from those and others. Jake’s close knowledge and write up of the entire process from start to finish allows for a good case study. Often grants come into the new program start process too late. Cyber started with grants which allowed maximum, timely, sustainable development. Ultimately it was 3 consecutive grants that built the current Cybersecurity degree program.
C. Grants
There’s more we could do. We need to reform that structure. CAAH and CLLD missing from Grant Council because of false assumption that grants are not available that touch on those areas. But there are AAS programs in Art, and ESL could be a key grant area. We need a blue sky approach. Cyber started on non-credit side. This worked well, because it allowed exploration of the exact demand niche, and gradual development of expertise to fill that niche. Low risk start, flexibility to grow/expand. If new program ideas needed to provide data before they went for a vote in the curriculum process, non-credit success would be the best way to gather that data.
D. Academic Sustainability and the New Program Process
The concept of academic sustainability –not just about money but other resources: environmental/labs/space, faculty, students. Rational growth for human and other resources to keep a program going. What if questions about sustainability were asked in routine, systematic way from the very beginning? What if there were a “new program creator handbook?” We need a process manual so people who might be interested in starting a new program could see the whole process and key questions from the beginning, instead of ever only ever seeing one step ahead: (Now you need to do this, next go to this person…etc.). Make it easier for faculty in all areas and people who see a need to reach new populations to start something by clearing a path through the bureaucratic process.
Next Semester:
  • Gather and analyze data: programs/populations
  • Develop the process manual: “How to start and grow an academically sustainable program at MVCC.” The more of these we have, the more enrollment potential is opened up.