Fall Kickoff provides academic updates and video highlights

Hundreds of employees attended Tuesday’s Fall Kickoff and Service Awards to get updates from President Brent Knight and Provost Sally Welch and to honor nearly 200 colleagues for their milestone years of service.
Headed into his final academic year as president, Knight reflected on his 11 years of service to LCC. Attendees watched a video about the college’s progress during the previous decade.

Provost Sally Welch also formally introduced herself to attendees, having taken on the role of provost in July following the retirement of Elaine Pogoncheff. She said she is focused on three projects this year – building a structure around the embedded academic support initiative, working on ways to improve student retention, and forming a stronger partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Although higher education is going through an identity crisis right now, she said, she is confident that if LCC “can find a way to be nimble and innovative, we can not only survive in this environment but thrive. We have to think about ‘what is next’ in careers or pathways for our students.”
Welch also provided a number of brief academic updates:

  • The academic success coaches, building from the embedded academic support and Achieve 360 initiatives, are hosting the mind.blown. Skill Builder Series. Events are scheduled throughout the year to share quick tips with students using humor.
  • As a result of faculty feedback, the program review cycle has been changed from a two- to three-semester process, beginning with the 2020-2021 cohort. A Talent Management System training will take the place of the traditional Program Review Kickoff meetings, and a comprehensive guide for completing program review is being developed.
  • The federal Perkins legislation was reauthorized, and will transition from an annual grant to a four-year grant. The college will be required to complete a comprehensive needs assessment every two years. Perkins kickoff events to discuss these changes will be held 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Washington Court Place Room 101 and 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 20 in the West Campus Auditorium.
  • Per Higher Learning Commission requirements, the college is building a structure around our advisory boards. A draft is coming soon for review.
  • StarScapes will be held Nov. 25-26 this semester. Contact Mindy Wilson at mindy.wilson@lcc.edu for information.

Welch plans to hold informal listening sessions open to all. The first session will be held 2-3 p.m. Sept. 12 on West Campus, and additional dates and times will be announced later.
The event also honored LCC employees who reached milestone anniversaries of employment, including Music’s Ed Fedewa, Management’s Scottie Putman and Kinesiology/Health/Wellness’ Robert Vanoosterhout for 40 years of service, and Technical Careers’ Richard Reagan and Chemistry’s Gary VanKempen for 45 years of service. Congratulations to all recognized, and thank you for your service to our students!

You can watch the full event online.