Dean's Meeting

December 5, 2017

 
 

AGENDA

  1. Low Enrollment Courses
  2. NEXT

    • CNA options
    • Endorsement and Certificate - Pare Educator
    • List of Possible Courses for NEXT students to Audit
    • Plan to seek: Certified Transition Program (www.thinkcollege.org) - it would allow students to be under FAFSA
  3. Introduction to CIRP

    • Future discussion of CIRP with Chairs
  4. Strategic Planning Goals

    • Focus on Student Success
  5. Faculty Meeting Agenda Items

  6. Ending Well


Agenda for Upcoming Strategic Planning Meeting

December 6, 2017, 7:30-9:00am, Hannah Hiemstra Dining Room

Tomorrow morning we will need to discuss Goal #2 and attempt to agree upon a good set of items.

A. I will offer a short presentation to orient our reflections on material that you will find in these two reports:

  • [ A Roadmap for Transforming the College-To-Career Experience ], and
  • [“Rebooting Jobs: How Computer Science Skills Spread in the Job Market”]

B. Discussion of Proposed Vision Statement(s)

C. Discussion of Goal 2


Background to Constucting a Vision Statement and our Strategic Plan

There is a need to ensure that Northwestern College:

- Focuses, with greater intensity, upon student success
- Increases its focus upon and accomplishment in the Academic Program.
- Increases its ability to market accomplishment and solid performance in high demand programs.
- Establishes a brand known for being a unique catalyst for the successful transition from *College to Career* (C2C)

Proposed Vision:

Proposed Vision Statement:

version 1 ::Northwestern College will be known as a leading Christ-centered catalyst for student success.

version 2 ::Northwestern College will be known as a leading Christ-centered institution focused upon student success.

Goal 1 — Providng education

  1. Promote and Reward Excellence in the Christ-Centered Scholarship, Research, and Creative Performance (Celebration of Research, Faculty Faith and Learning Award)
  2. Develop and sustain a Christian Graduate Education culture of academic excellence and rigor exemplified by quality research and scholarship by faculty and students.
  3. Launch two strategic 3/2 graduate programs: Masters of Science in Athletic Training, and Physician’s Assistant.
  4. Launch and Promote new undergraduate programs of strategic significance: Ag-Business, Statistics, Entrepreneurship, Software Engineering.
  5. Secure resources for professorships in high demand areas such as computer science/software engineering.
  6. Increase the number of on-campus funded summer faculty-student research scholarships (percentage increase ).
  7. Increase the number of faculty stipends for summer research (increase percentage).
  8. Cultivate a culture of academic excellence by increasing the capacity of the Honors Program from 20 to 30 new students per year, incentivizing faculty participation, and rewarding student achievement. Build and maintain an innovative curriculum that prepares students for making contributions as Christians scholars in an increasingly multidisciplinary world.
  9. Promote and Reward Excellence in the Christ-Centered Scholarship, Research, and Creative Performance (Celebration of Research, Faculty Faith and Learning Award)
  10. Better define the nature of faculty scholarship and foster accomplishment in publications and/or creative performances, and presentation at key national and international conferences in their disciplines.

Goal 2 — Engage in Meaningful and Generative Work & Service

  1. Establish the Center for Meaningful Work: C2C (college 2 career)
    • integrating key offices and programs with the goal of better preparing students to successfully launch from College to Career (advising, career services, the entrepreneurship minor, Franken Leadership Center, alumni affairs).
    • prepare, resource, and support students to leverage digital technology with the goal of providing a compelling story and presentation of their learning at Northwestern College (with the use of platforms such as Wordpress/Domain of my own).
  2. Increase student participation in meaningful service / mission opportunities (Revised Global Ed program and off campus study / Enhance Spring Break/SOS Mission Trips). Enable all students to view work as a sacred calling.
  3. Increase student participation in meaningful service / mission opportunities (Revised Global Ed program and off campus study / Enhance Spring Break/SOS Mission Trips).
  4. Foster understanding and commitment to generative Culture Care
    • creating and redeeming learners and learning focused on the call to understand and sustain vital cultures of growth, reconciliation, and faithful witness (i.e. the Bridge Scholars Program).
  5. Increase professional development for faculty and staff in the areas of scripture and theology.

Resources

Of all of the things below, I would recommend taking a bit of time (though I will certainly touch on the highlights of these) to scan the following two documents:

  1. Co-edited Report -[ A Roadmap for Transforming the College-To-Career Experience ] and
  2. [“Rebooting Jobs: How Computer Science Skills Spread in the Job Market”]

On the question of technology and leveraging digital skills:

[“Rebooting Jobs: How Computer Science Skills Spread in the Job Market”]

[A Domain of One’s Own]

[Moving from digital portfolios to a domain of one’s own]

Resources and Rationale for a Revised College to Career Center

WakeForest’s new career services: [http://career.opcd.wfu.edu]

Integration of Handshake: [http://career.opcd.wfu.edu/handshake/]

Articles

“Career Services Must Die” [https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/05/15/career-services-it-now-exists-must-die-new-report-argues]

Co-edited Report - A Roadmap for Transforming the College-To-Career Experience [http://rethinkingsuccess.wfu.edu/files/2013/05/A-Roadmap-for-Transforming-The-College-to-Career-Experience.pdf]

The Liberal Arts and Careers [https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/04/12/conference-considers-connection-between-liberal-arts-and-careers]