Press clips from the week include:
Based on your valuable feedback, LCC has redesigned its website to make
it easier to navigate. We have updated menu items and made key resources and
information easier to locate. Our goal is for you to get where you need to go
in just a couple of clicks.
Starting Friday, please check out the tutorials and dedicated help areas on the
welcome page to familiarize yourself with site navigation. You can access the
welcome page in several ways: from the main page pop-up, from the new
information carousel, or via a search for “web redesign.”
On Friday, our look and feel will be brand new, but we won’t be done. We will
be working on updating divisions and departments across campus, continuing the
improvement of search results, and adding new features and functions over the
next several months. If you encounter a broken link, a missing page, or
anything else that seems wrong, please let us know using the feedback buttons
on the welcome page. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Help
Desk at x5221.
The Academic Senate agreed to remove one of
two Community Education and Workforce Development seats from its membership
during its Feb. 15 meeting.
Senate bylaws give the senate the opportunity to reassess membership each year.
The goal is to ensure fair representation by staying current with the number of
full-time equivalent employees in each academic area, and with the college’s
organizational structure. Senators agreed to eliminate one seat currently held
by a CEWD at-large representative whose term is expiring at the end of the
semester. A second CEWD at-large seat, currently held by a representative with
time remaining on their term, will remain.
In its reapportionment conversation, senators agreed to postpone discussion on
how to handle representation of the Integrated English Department following its
formation from the merger between the Center for Transitional Learning and the
English Department. The new department will inherit two senators from CTL and
two from English, giving it a total of four in the coming academic year.
Financial Aid senior director Stephanie Bogard Trapp attended the meeting at
the request of the senate to discuss financial aid requirements related to
documenting that students began participation (enrollment verification) as well
as documenting the last date of participation for students who withdraw or
receive a 0.0. Students can receive a 0.0 grade for two distinct reasons:
- They stop showing up and/or turning in assignments, thereby receiving a 0.0.
- They attend class and/or attempt assignments, but poor work or a lack of understanding of class material leads to them earning a 0.0.
While the result for the student – a failing
grade – is the same, these two scenarios are treated differently by federal
financial aid requirements. In the first instance, the Financial Aid Office
must determine if the student “earned” all the financial aid received. The
last date of participation is used to determine if the student must repay all
or a portion of the aid. In the second, the student has “earned” all the
financial aid received and does not have to repay.
The college has to be able to provide documentation of the last date of
participation to auditors, the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher
Learning Commission when applicable. Proving this requires use of the college’s
official record, which is D2L. The college can use attendance, assignments,
exams or online discussion forums to prove the last date of participation . It
is important standards are developed and faculty are made aware of these
standards to ensure the college is compliant with federal requirements.
Bogard Trapp requested input from the senators on the creation of standards and
stated information shared from the provost in August regarding this subject
would be redistributed. The senate will revisit the topic at a later date.
Finally, the senate endorsed approval of several Curriculum Committee
- Revised course proposals for CHEM 152: General Chemistry Lecture II, DMAC 130: Digital Video Production, DMAC 131: Digital Cinematography I, and DMAC 231: Digital Cinematography II
- New course proposals for INSU 250: Claims and Underwriting, INSU 260: Life/Health Insurance Licensing, INSU 270: Property/Casualty Insurance Licensing, and INSU 285: Insurance Agency Operations
- New curriculum proposals for a Neurodiagnostic Technology associate degree in applied science and a Veterinary Technology associate degree in applied science
senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, March 1, in the Administration Building
Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Provost Elaine Pogoncheff offered the Board of
Trustees an update on the college’s embedded academic support work during the
board’s Feb. 18 meeting.
The update was her third since the board approved its Developmental
Education Resolution in January 2018.
Actions taken since August 2018 included:
- Modifying “no late enrollment” procedures to make the process more efficient and less confusing for academic divisional offices and the Registrar’s Office
- Scaling up the use of multiple measures for course placement to include high school grade point average as an option
- Increasing the use of supplemental instruction leaders in gateway courses
- Implementing a revised intake process to help smooth new students’ introduction to the college
- Assigning all new students to an academic success coach
- Scaling up the use of co-required support courses for students who do not place into college-level writing, and beginning design of co-required support models for math. Co-required courses are college-level classes students are required to take at the same time as a developmental class.
The college will continue to make progress
throughout spring 2019. Next steps will include:
- Improving the onboarding of new students to clarify the roles of advisors and academic success coaches and help students select a career pathway and program
- Continuing work with academic programs to design and implement co-required supports for specific courses and programs
- Continuing work on integrating information technology systems, particularly Banner and Target X
- Aligning skill-building models across campus with the Achieve 360 skill-builder series
- Continuing to monitor success data to inform continuous quality improvements
The provost’s full update, including a full
list of actions taken and upcoming priorities, is available in the Board of
Trustees packet, beginning on page 103.
In addition, chief financial officer Don Wilske provided the board with a
financial forecast. The college anticipates a balanced, $131.4 million budget
in Fiscal Year 2020. Chief sources of revenue are state appropriations,
property taxes, and tuition and fees. Largest expenses are salaries and
benefits, supplies, and other expenses like scholarships, debt service,
transfers and contingencies.
The board also approved:
- Course fees for 2019-2020
- A $18,551 increase in the Peak Performance Physical Therapy blanket purchase order to provide athletic trainer services for the Athletic Department
- A revision to the college’s Veterans In-State Tuition Policy to comply with new federal requirements
- Ratification of the collective bargaining agreement between the LCC Facilities Maintenance Association and the college, effective through June 30, 2024
- A $424,100 contract with Laux Construction, LLC, to replace Dart Auditorium’s existing asbestos fire curtain system with an asbestos-free system with an electrically driven winch system
- A $224,140 purchase order with Laerdal Medical Corporation to purchase simulators and associated software for instructional use in the Emergency Medical Services and Community Health Services Education programs
Board of Trustees Chair Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., appointed Trustee Robert Proctor
to the Michigan Community College Association Board of Directors and Trustee
Andrew Abood as his alternate, Trustees Ryan Buck and Angela Mathews to the LCC
Foundation Board of Directors, Trustee Ryan Buck to the Leslie Local
Development Authority, and Trustee Larry Meyer to the Mason Local Development
The Board of Trustees will next meet 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the
Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Help make your time at LCC more rewarding! All
adjunct faculty and part-time employees are asked to participate in a short, anonymous
survey about your experience at LCC.
The survey was developed by the Adjunct and Part-Time Employees Engagement and
Appreciation team to better understand the perspective of LCC’s part-time
employees. The team is interested in using the information from the survey to
develop programming to support and better ways of communicating with adjuncts
and part-time employees.
The Adjunct and Part-Time Employees Engagement and Appreciation team, led by
English faculty Tim Deines, came into existence to address a need expressed by
employees in the strategic planning process. The team is interested in
better recognizing and addressing the adjunct faculty and part-time
employee experience at the college.
The survey will be open until Friday, March 1.
Your fellow faculty members invite you and any
interested students to participate in the eighth StarScapes: LCC Student
Innovation and Creativity Showcase.
StarScapes gives students the opportunity to share their creative,
imaginative and interesting work with the LCC community. Please encourage your
students to participate in this event. Presentations can include projects
produced for LCC classes as well as work developed through students’
independent study and research. Any student or group of students who
pursued a research or creative project can participate.
Presentation options could include:
Other formats suitable to the work
Each submitted project requires a faculty
sponsor. Please discuss the proposal with the student before agreeing to
In order to participate, students must register and submit a short presentation
description at internal.lcc.edu/starscapes.
The application deadline is April 1. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The StarScapes Steering Committee
StarTalks is seeking
nominations for this year’s event! StarTalks will be held May 10 in
Dart Auditorium. Each talk will be recorded and shared with the campus
Do you have a colleague who has inspired you and others in the
LCC community? Or maybe you work with someone who is retiring soon who would
like to share their reflections on their time at
LCC? Nominate a colleague (or yourself) by March
15 to give a StarTalk and find more information at internal.lcc.edu/startalks.
Watch your LCC colleague’s StarTalks from 2017 and
be inspired: Jim Luke, “Why I am Passionate about Open Learning,” Kent Wieland,
“Things I Learned from my Mom about How to be an Associate Dean,” and Eliza
Robison, “Balancing Adventure with Patience.”
representative from VOYA will be on campus 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March
1, in the Downtown Campus Administration Building to provide one-on-one,
no-cost sessions with employees. The sessions seek to educate and inform
participants in the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System
(MPSERS) Pension Plus, Pension Plus 2 and Defined Contribution plans. If
you would like to sign up for a session, please contact Tristen Dodge at Tristen.email@example.com
or 517-284-4582 to reserve your session.
The Academic Senate is now accepting
nominations for senators in the following areas:
- Business and Economics (two positions)
- Communication, Media and the Arts (two-year term)
- Health and Human Services (three at-large positions)
- Integrated English
- Math and Computer Science
- Public Service Careers
- Social Science and Humanities (two positions)
- Member at-large (one-, two-, and three-year terms)
Terms will begin in April 2019. Unless
stated otherwise, positions are for three years.
All nominations must meet the following criteria per the Academic Senate
- Nominees must be non-probationary teaching faculty and academic professionals, both adjunct and full-time.
- The at-large senators can come from any department on campus that is represented in the Academic Senate. At-large senators must still meet the criteria stated above.
- MAHE executive officers are not eligible to serve in the Academic Senate during their term of office.
All nominees will be contacted and must accept
the nomination. If they do not, they will be withdrawn. Please ask nominees if
they would be interested in serving on the Senate before nominating them.
All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. Nominations should
be emailed to Academic Senate secretary Eliza Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Szilagyi is serving as the interim
director of the Library following the recent retirement of longtime director
Elenka Raschkow. John joined LCC in 2013 and has served as a reference and
instruction librarian, library technologist, and most recently as the manager
of library user services and user experience. He earned his bachelor’s
degree from Michigan State University and his master’s degree in Library and
Information Science from the University of Illinois.