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October 2002

Faculty Senate Meeting Notes – October 9, 2002

Rollcall ; the following senate members were excused: Anthony, Braender, Conjura, Edelbach, Kobrynowicz, Lovett, Ruane Miller, Quinton, Rao, Vincelette

-Crofts noted that the Senate had four new members: Gladys Word, Gerry Miller, Ruane Miller, and Anita Allyn

-The permanent roster is now set for the rest of the year

-Crofts pointed out that for the duration of the fall semester the senate will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30.  In the spring semester we will resume regular meetings according to the Wednesday schedule, on the fourth Wednesday at 12:30.

-Crofts introduced Lisa Angeloni, Dean of Admissions

-Crofts commended the Admissions office; the numbers of interested and bright students at the college continued to grow, and the change over time was massive

-Angeloni spoke about what admissions is doing

-College has changed its admissions operations

-Philosophy of the institution has shifted for the better

-Now there is open dialogue that was not here six years ago when Angeloni became dean

-Angeloni distributes a handout detailing how admissions decisions are made, etc.

-Angeloni points out that admissions is now allowed to read student files in the context of where the students come from; how well did they perform in the context of their high school?

-Angeloni mentioned various recruitment objectives such as how do we broaden/strengthen the name of the institution?

-Mentioned the need to spread the word about the college

-Admissions has been approved to work with a marketing firm which they feel can really capture the identity of the college

-Admissions will now begin marketing to high school students earlier than before

-Angeloni said that high school students are very saavy and we need to give them information about the school as early as sophomore year of high school

-Admissions is experimenting with admissions standards; this year 50 students were admitted who did not exactly meet the requirements; they are going to track these students to see if there is a difference in their performances

-Angeloni then talked about enrollment management

-Admissions is currently meeting enrollment targets although some argue that the college is over/undersubscribed

-Angeloni mentioned the issue of having to pull back on admitting students to majors such as computer science due to over-enrollment

-Wolz agreed saying that computer science students are at a disadvantage because there are not enough faculty for the number of students

-Angeloni said that this year 1232 freshman were admitted even though they gave out fewer offers this year than in prior years

-Admitted students are making big jumps in SAT scores, extracurriculars, GPA, etc.

-Angeloni pointed out that the cohort is stronger in all measurable areas

-Angeloni said that they didn’t want to under-enroll because they need the money

-Konzal questioned about the yield rate of students admitted

-Angeloni responded that it is very high at 42% as compared to our competitors’ rates that are in the low 20’s

-Angeloni said that admissions does an annual report of everything admissions does

-Angeloni mentioned the need to make personalization better

-Want to start doing interviews for admission requirements

-At the suggestion of the marketing company, admissions is now going to market to
parents as well notifying them that their son/daughter is a good candidate

-Admissions is making steps like this to personalize the process

-Angeloni then began talking about recruitment initiative

-Said that every year events hosted by admissions generate thousands of visitors

-Admissions did a search mailing of 28,000 students whose names were purchased from the college board; these students were targeted from all of NJ, PA, and NY and some of CT, MD, and MA

-Angeloni said that there is a high return rate of 5% and these 5% are then heavily marketed to

-Half of the freshman class comes from names purchased through ETS

-Mentioned the successfulness of the off-campus scholars receptions

-Last open house generated 3500 people to campus; was the largest event ever; however Angeloni called it “organized chaos”

-Karsnitz said that departments need to be notified early to prepare for such a large number of students

-Konzal said that when they get so many people that it would be better to have separate question & answer sessions

-Behre agreed saying that would relieve the pressure at the student center

-Angeloni said that the next open house is on November 11, 2002 and agreed to consider Konzal’s suggestion

-Leake asked about global education students and thought we should bring students to campus that are foreign or have lived abroad; we should consider mailing to them because they have something unique to bring to the campus community

-Angeloni said that she would like to see that as well

-Behre mentioned the myth that open options students get admitted more easily than students who declare a major

-Angeloni said that at this point they don’t do differential admission much

-Tebbe said that 8 families asked at the last open house about differential admissions policies which no one ever did before

-Morrison asked Angeloni whether the college sends the message to students that they had better declare a major in advance

-Angeloni said that they are trying to get feedback on implementing a system in which all students would enter as open options; open options students have increased in past years

-Morrison asked what the role of faculty in that discussion was

-Angeloni said that they have discussed with many faculty who believe in open options, but that some departments have majors that cannot be completed in four years unless started immediately; need to play with this idea because it would change the entire dynamics of the campus and would start internal recruitment within the majors

-Angeloni said that admissions is starting to track characteristics of open options students and what majors they end up going to; said that open options students have a higher retention rate and graduate sooner

-Knobler asked if Angeloni foresees reducing the number of students admitted in the hopes of increasing the quality of students

-Angeloni replied that there is no discussion of that; if anything, the numbers will increase to a limited extent

-Knobler asked if there is a place for faculty or students to be available to interview all prospective students

-Angeloni said that it is possible but has to be thought through

-Angeloni closed the discussion by urging faculty to call her for suggestions on potential students

-Crofts mentioned the article about TCNJ in the NY Times to be of interest

-Appointments to vacancies

-Knobler asked whether the addition of Shao toploads SOSA with historians

-Crofts said that Chazelle was in the last year of her term

-Motion was moved by Fradella, seconded by Nicolosi; one abstention; rest in favor

-Senate sponsored events on syllabi and courses

-Nicolosi mentioned the Monday-Thursday rotations of all events; no Tuesday-Friday

-Crofts said that it was a good point but that other events will be scheduled on Tuesday-Friday

-Gross asked if this will be posted on the faculty list; Crofts said that it already is

-O’Connell asked Crofts to clarify what is going on with these events and clarify that it is
simply to share information and nothing more

Redefining of majors

-Crofts noted to the three questions on the handout and opened up the discussion

-Fradella said that the Law & Justice department retained an external curriculum consultant; a retreat was organized and it was very productive; feels like the department made great headway and would encourage other departments to do the same

-McMahan said that Music has certain requirements to meet and did something similar in a huge department meeting; said that these retreats were invaluable

-Wolz had outside consultant for CS that made the process go more smoothly; they now feel like they have a good handle on what the accrediting agency wants; said it is worth getting an outsider’s opinion

-McMahan said that his department is gradually getting courses approved by curricular committee

-Knobler asked whether courses will be expected to go through two levels of scrutiny

-O’Connell asked if the classes look much different in art/music than they did before

-Allyn said that everything in those departments is on course and they have effectively combined classes

-McMahan said students in these classes will be much more self-sufficient

-O’Connell said that the Biology department doesn’t know what the new courses should look like

-Fradella said that the consultant helped a lot with that issue

-Crofts asked Kamber how courses were approved when he was Dean

-Kamber said that as long as committee approves courses there is no problem with the dean approving them

-Karsnitz mentioned the concern over the dean having veto power

-Wolz said that the faculty should make dean aware of all new proposals

-Kamber said that the faculty creates the curriculum, not the administration

-Morrison agreed; the dean should not have the final say

-Clifford said that their dean said they wouldn’t veto unless the proposal was crazy; the point of the dean having veto power is to get faculty to take the process seriously

-Kamber said that the function of the dean’s signature is to say the process is complete, not an independent judgment

-Konzal said that the faculty should have the criteria beforehand to work with so that they can demonstrate that what was done was done appropriately

-San Pedro asked if all courses are going to be enhanced at once or gradually

-Crofts said that we don’t know but we have a right as senators to express ourselves and our opinions

-Wolz said that it is important for the senate to have a resolution; senate needs to follow up on this fear of veto power

-Curtis said that their dean wanted to be involved and aware and that she wants to maintain control over weighting courses

-Wright said that her department needs to know about general education; said it is difficult to change 100 and 200 level courses when you don’t have practical information about the timetable being used for enhanced courses; she expressed concern over having outsiders make judgments because the true experts are the faculty

-Nicolosi agreed with Kamber that veto power sets a dangerous precedent; what if the dean feels a course is unworthy?; is against taking power away from the curriculum committee

-Knobler made a motion to draft a resolution expressing concern that deans may veto course syllabi

-Crofts asked Knobler to accept that the Exec Board would draft a statement, circulated in advance, for the Senate to consider at the next meeting

-Kamber suggested that representatives of the Senate consult with the provost on this matter.

Motion to adjourn

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