Monthly Archives: August 2018

Experience #Starpower hosting Post-it Note art challenge

Show off your office creativity and win bragging rights with a Post-it mural in your workspace. The Experience #Starpower employee engagement group is hosting this art challenge for all employees.

Each team will be given one standard package of Post-its to get started. Only Post-its can be used, but teams can purchase any colors and quantities needed to create their art. The space to build and display your art can be almost anything – a tabletop, an inside window, or an inside wall. Do not use any public-facing windows or walls visible to students or the community.

Additionally, please don’t abuse LCC resources, and keep your entries work-appropriate.

Ready to get started? Email Experience #Starpower at experiencestarpower@lcc.edu by Wednesday, Sept. 21, with a list of who is on your team and where to send your “starter Post-its.” You have about two weeks to complete your masterpiece. Submit a photo of your finished art to experiencestarpower@lcc.edu by Friday, Sept. 28.

Centre for Engaged Inclusion kicking off semester with open house and Unconscious Bias series

From the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, welcome back to campus! We have an exciting semester of programs and activities prepared, and we can’t wait to explore topics of diversity and inclusion during the next academic year.

Open house
Join us for the Centre’s open house 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 4 and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Enjoy refreshments, pick up the fall schedule and participate in Faces in the Crowd, a photo series to highlight the diversity of campus. We can’t wait to meet you!

Unconscious Bias series
The Unconscious Bias film and discussion series is designed to open a dialogue surrounding biases that impact our lives, with a specific focus on their impact in the workplace.

The first series will be through the lens of “Miss Representation.” The 2011 film explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.

The series will run noon-1 p.m. Sept. 5, 12 and 19 in Gannon Building 2214.

All events are open to students and employees. For more information about these events, please contact Centre coordinator Vincent Thurman at thurmanv@lcc.edu.

Revised enrollment and withdrawal procedures for fall 2018

A letter from the provost:

Welcome to the fall semester! Some of you never left, and others have taken an extended break – either way, we are happy to begin another academic year with you.

First, let me apologize for the “last minute” nature of this letter clarifying the revised enrollment and withdrawal procedures for students this year. Details and decisions were still being made in collaboration with the Registrar’s office, Financial Aid, and Academic Affairs, and we are getting the information to you as soon as everything has been approved. Here is an overview of the changes.

Beginning with the fall semester, the college is revamping the processes to add students to or withdraw them from courses. This move is part of our embedded academic support initiative, designed to help all students succeed in college-level work.

The old add/drop form will be replaced with two separate processes.

Late Add Process
Students are no longer permitted to enroll after a class has begun. College data show students who enrolled after the start of a course consistently underperform their peers who have been in class from day one. This change was implemented summer 2018.

In the case of extenuating circumstances, students can fill out an online late enrollment form requesting to be added to a class. From that point:

1.   The request will come to the appropriate faculty member’s email. Faculty have the option to allow the student’s request to proceed or deny the late enrollment.

2.   If approved, the request will come to the division to check the student’s prerequisites and all other requirements for the class.

3.   Final approval on the student’s late enrollment must come from the dean. Students should not sit in classes for which they are not registered.

Please note, since this request will come to your LCC email, it is critical to check and respond with approval or denial of the student’s request.

Withdrawal Process
1.  Enrollment verification in the first two weeks of the class is 100 percent mandatory. This is not a new policy, but a reiteration. Your participation is critical to keeping the college in line with federal financial aid requirements, and I appreciate your cooperation.

2.  Other than through the enrollment verification process, faculty are not to unilaterally initiate a student withdrawal other than for the exceptions noted below. LCC is not officially designated as an attendance-taking institution by the Department of Education. If we drop students for failing to attend class, it gives the impression that we are an “attendance-taking institution.” If we give that impression, then we are obligated to follow the federal requirements for an attendance-taking institution.

Exceptions:
Faculty in programs with licensure/accreditation requirements that mandate attendance-taking must still initiate a withdrawal. Faculty in those classes must drop students within 14 days of non-participation and should continue to use the current drop form. Please speak with your administrative supervisor if you have questions.

Faculty can initiate a withdrawal on behalf of a student in extenuating circumstances – such as illness, accident, or incarceration – where the student is unable to complete the drop process. In these cases the faculty should use the new administrative drop form. Please speak with your administrative supervisor if you have questions.

3.  Faculty should also not initiate the administrative withdrawal process for behavioral reasons. If there are concerns about obstacles to a student’s academic success, please encourage the student to get in touch with LCC Counseling Services or their academic success coach, or submit a success coach referral form at lcc.edu/successteam. If there are concerns about a student’s behavior or the student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, please submit a Behavior Intervention Team or Student Conduct Report. If you have immediate safety concerns, contact Police and Public Safety.

4.  Even though faculty will not be initiating withdrawals, “last date of participation” in an academically related activity must be tracked in D2L. Important: Faculty will be required to provide supporting documentation of the last day of participation for students who completely withdraw and/or fail their classes. Thus, it is critical that faculty keep accurate records in D2L and check their email frequently. Examples of this supporting documentation might be a gradebook entry for an assignment, a discussion post or an email exchange regarding course material. Again, your help with this particular matter assists both the student and college in granting financial aid.

NOTE: The student self-withdrawal process is not changing. Students should be encouraged to complete the withdrawal process via Banner Self-Service.

As these new processes come into place, please do not use the old/add drop forms any longer. The Registrar’s office cannot accept them.

Thank you, as always, for your assistance as we create better procedures that promote student success. If you have any questions, please talk with your administrative supervisor or contact me directly.

Take care,
Elaine Pogoncheff
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

NASA astronaut on campus for free event Sept. 11

NASA astronaut Jack Lousma will give a free talk about his experiences at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 in Dart Auditorium.

Famously, Lousma received the “Houston, we’ve had a problem” message from Apollo 13, the 1970 manned lunar landing attempt that was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded, leading to the dramatic three-day effort to bring the crew members safely back to Earth.

A Michigan native, Lousma was one of 19 selected to join NASA as an astronaut in 1966. He went on to man the Skylab space station for two months in 1973 and to command the space shuttle Columbia during its March 1982 mission.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register on the Among the Stars webpage.

Three tips for creating accessible videos

1. Work from a script. You can always deviate from it, but having a rough script will make it easier to add captions later.

2. Consider how to best convey visual information. If you are using charts, graphs, photographs or other visual elements, consider sharing an accessible version students can access independent of the video. Also, be sure you are describing the key components of the visual element – do not assume your audience is seeing it in the same way you are.

3. Don’t fully trust auto-captioning. It provides a good start and saves time, but it’s not perfect. Next week, we’ll go through how to order and edit captions in Kaltura.

New associate VP for Academic Affairs starts Tuesday

We are pleased to announce Sally Welch is joining LCC as the new associate vice president for Academic Affairs.

She comes to us from Marygrove College in Detroit, where she worked for more than 20 years. Most recently, she served as provost, helping to lead the college in the transition from a comprehensive liberal arts institution into a graduate and professional development college. Her time there also included 17 years in the classroom teaching chemistry.

Sally holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry, both from Wayne State University.

She will begin work Tuesday, Sept. 4. Please join us in welcoming Sally!

LCC and Google announce partnership to offer free digital skills training

LCC is partnering with Google to offer free technology trainings to students, educators, business owners and job seekers. Google visited the Downtown Campus Tuesday to announce its $100,000 sponsorship of classes at LCC.

“We couldn’t be prouder to work with a top-notch institution like LCC … to help more Michiganders learn the digital skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy and be prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Google representative Amber Jesse said.

In addition to Jesse’s remarks, the announcement included comments from LCC President Brent Knight, U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Capital Area Michigan Works! CEO Edee Hatter-Williams.

“No matter the industry, businesses need employees who have a solid grasp of technology and can apply it in their daily jobs,” said Lansing Community College President Brent Knight. “This partnership with Google will allow LCC to help businesses and job seekers advance their technical skills so that they are better able to compete.”

The new digital training will focus on Google’s Applied Digital Skills, Get Your Business Online and IT Professional Support curricula. It will deliver 31 courses with 70 sections over the course of three semesters on LCC’s campuses.

In March 2018, LCC hosted Google’s third event on its nationwide Grow with Google tour. The two-day series of workshops, coaching sessions and hands-on demonstrations brought more than 1,000 people to the Downtown Campus and began a partnership that continued with Tuesday’s announcement.

To learn more or register for free classes, visit lcc.edu/google.