November 9, 2017

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

1) Hybrid and Online—increasing offerings to increase enrollment

--We must be careful and strategic not scattershot. What are the ways to increase that don’t contribute to poor student success outcomes? Currently nationally hybrids are better student success rates than online only, but MVCC data do not show that (yet).
--Professional development work is critical. We can’t start adding hybrid or online until faculty have the chance to adapt and learn techniques for teaching in new formats.
--Where are we now with hybrid? Right now some tech/trades programs at MVCC are more hybrid than online. On the other hand, we don’t know much about the difference between students in traditional hybrid courses (stand alones) versus cohort hybrids. Also, hybrid now is anything from 20% to 80% online. Does it make sense to have a more standard formulation (50%/50%)?
--Tim reported that a proposal for mechatronics is to have the daytime classes on campus and the evening cohort as a hybrid. PH151 is also in development for hybrid, which could help Cyber students whose major courses are hybrid as well. CHH111 and 112 also in hybrid format.
--Cybersecurity hybrids seem to work partly because faculty and students already spend so much time in the lab together supporting student learning face to face.
--We have to make sure that our efforts with expanding hybrid or online are bringing us new populations that we wouldn’t otherwise reach. That’s the impact on enrollment.
--Are there options to use Open SUNY to bring in new populations, without just spreading our current students into those sections, where we know they most likely won’t be as successful academically?
--The other way we discussed for hybrids to help enrollment was to remove the artificial cap we have on enrollment during peak 9am-2pm because of classroom limitations.
--Online courses are capped at 25. What about hybrids? If capped, that would mean that the gains from making 9am-2pm classes hybrid might not be as great because we’d have 25 instead of 40 in a class.

2) Rome campus

There are classrooms there, but not getting filled with offerings. The key is specialized programs such as Hospitality and Educational Interpreting.
--There was discussion of agricultural related programs or computer programs that are hybrid/Rome. What about encouraging programs attractive to Madison County students? What transfer partnerships are possible with Morrisville for seamless transfer? Rome campus + Morrisville makes a strong connection.

3) Next steps

Lew will look into online student success data. Dan will connect with high school counselors in Madison County school districts. What programs/careers are their students looking for?

Next meeting (last of the semester): Thursday, December 7th, 2:15-3:15 pm in PH391. Stephanie Reynolds, our charter contact, will attend.