Monthly Archives: January 2020

Academic Senate explores way forward on timely, meaningful feedback guidelines

The Academic Senate discussed next steps for its timely and meaningful feedback initiative during the Jan. 17 meeting. For much of the academic year, senators have been exploring the creation of college guidance on giving students timely, meaningful coursework feedback. While the group agrees such feedback is critical to student success, they also agree that what is reasonable for one program area or type of assessment is vastly different from what is reasonable for another. This creates difficulties in building common, collegewide guideline.
 
Senate President Michelle Curtin began the day’s discussion by acknowledging a concern from colleagues that the college would use any Senate-approved guidelines in a punitive fashion. She said she has received numerous assurances that the college has no intention of using guidelines to police faculty action; however, she also acknowledged she cannot persuade colleagues to trust the college. Instead, she asked senators to accept the risk in interest of their students’ success, just as they take other risks to help their students every day.
 
Senators agreed to have the executive committee draft the beginnings of a resolution. This will provide a launching point for further discussion and revision at the next meeting.
 
Several senators requested a review of the college’s progress on Guided Pathways, so Academic Affairs Project Manager Rafeeq McGiveron provided a brief history during the meeting. Using the Guided Pathways framework recommended by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the college mapped its program pathways in 2015-2016. New program pathways, formerly called curricular guides, launched in fall 2017. Unfortunately, in attempting to help students make more efficient class selections, the college narrowed students’ general election options too much. In October 2017, the college realized the impact of the error and widened the general election options back out to allow students to select from anything on the general education list. However, the program-approved “recommended” lists were maintained to help students make choices that would help them in their chosen field.
 
Senator comments focused on two issues:

  • Students still have a hard time navigating their program pathway, and senators suggested that more or required academic advising could help.
  • Courses that do not appear on many “recommended” general education lists suffer from decreased enrollment. Senators questioned whether requiring faculty to pitch other program areas on the merits of their particular courses was the best way to operate.

Finally, senators approved course proposals and revisions already reviewed by the Curriculum Committee, including:

  • A new program of study, Community Paramedicine, that leads to a certificate of completion. This program of study includes new courses CPAR 250: Community Paramedicine I; CPAR 251: Chronic Care in the Community; CPAR 252: Community Paramedicine II; and CPAR 270: Community Paramedicine Clinical
  • Course revisions to LEGL 125: Legal Research and Writing I
  • Course revisions to LEGL 223: Domestic Relations
  • Course revisions to LEGL 225: Legal Research and Writing II
  • Course revisions to LEGL 228: Computer Appl for the Law Ofc

These course changes now go to the provost for approval.
 
The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Acceptable Use Policy now prohibits auto-forwarding all emails to non-LCC email account

In December 2019, the LCC Board of Trustees approved an addition to LCC’s Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits employee bulk auto-forwarding of all received emails to a non-LCC email address.

Employee bulk email auto-forwarding occurs when an employee sets their email to automatically forward all emails received to a non-LCC email account (e.g., yahoo.com). This usually occurs when a person wants to monitor only one email account, so they forward their work email to their personal or secondary employment email. Employees who are currently bulk auto-forwarding to non-LCC email addresses will receive an email message requesting they comply with the AUP revision by turning off their bulk auto-forwarding option by no later than Feb. 28, 2020. Their supervisors will be included in the distribution of this request.

Under this AUP revision, it is still OK to forward emails and to create rules to forward specific emails to a coworker. Configuring your account to forward all your emails to a non-LCC email account, however, creates several risks for you and the college.

First, bulk auto-forwards create a risk of confidential information leakage. If a person inadvertently sends you confidential information (student information, Social Security numbers, etc.) and your account is auto-forwarding your email, this confidential information would get auto-forwarded outside the LCC network. This creates a security risk for LCC and a potential FERPA or other compliance regulation violation.

Second, auto-forwards can further distribute phishing attacks. When a criminal sends you a phish email that contains malware, the email could get auto-forwarded outside the LCC network, perpetuating the distribution of phish/malware. This creates a security risk for the recipient and a potential LCC liability.

Third, auto-forwards can cause LCC technical problems. For instance, receiving email systems may reject auto-forward emails because they do not technically originate at LCC. And since LCC is not the approved sender of the original email, the LCC domain could be blacklisted from distributing email.

You can turn off bulk email auto-forwarding by logging into my.lcc.edu and selecting Outlook Web, Settings (gear icon), View All Outlook Settings, Forwarding, and uncheck ‘Enable Forwarding’.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Director of Information Security Paul Schwartz at 517-483-5264 or schwarp1@lcc.edu.

Employees welcome at next week’s C3R Summit

Please join the upcoming Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) Summit: Partnering for Success. C3R convenes stakeholders to identify and promote best practices and systems alignment to increase college and career readiness in the tri-county area.

The event will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at West Campus.

The agenda includes a review of aggregated, county-level high school data that focuses on college readiness at LCC. Participants will discuss how to respond to this data at the school level. Additionally, LCC will share academic support best practices to promote student success.
 
Register online.

Academic Success Coaches focused on building student life skills with mind.blown. series

This semester, the Academic Success Coaching program is continuing its collaboration with departments across campus to offer more events in the Achieve 360 Skill Builder Series called “mind.blown.” The series is designed to address students’ gap in essential life skills. Partners include the Learning Commons, CASE, the Library, Center for Student Support, Center for Academic and Career Pathways and Student Life.

Spring mind.blown. events will be held:
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Gannon Commons
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Gannon Commons
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Gannon Commons
In addition, the Academic Success Coaches will host regular programming called “Eat stuff and Learn things.” Those events will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each Wednesday from Jan. 22-April 29 in the StarZone Success Lounge.

Skill builder topics that will be covered at these events include:
• Time management and organizational skills
• Goal setting and self-motivation
• Making decisions and Circles of Control
• Communication and advocating for yourself
• Coping with stress and managing emotions
• The transition to college
• Budgeting and money management
• Study skills
• Studying with Quizlet
• Career exploration (related to the Holland Hexagon and LCC programs with careers that match)
• Becoming career ready and developing the skills employers look for
• The research process and Information Cycle
• Healthy relationships and the Violence Against Women Act
• Drugs and alcohol awareness
• Trauma awareness and resilience

Please pass this information along to your students or come check out an event yourself!

College limiting students to 28 credits per semester

Effective in summer 2020, students will be able to register for a maximum of 28 credits per semester. This change is part of an effort to improve overall student success, and to bring us more closely in line with HLC recommendations.
 
Previously, Banner allowed students to sign up for up to 99 credits per semester. One program requires 27.5 credits per semester, so the college settled on 28 as an upper limit.
 
Students who wish to enroll in more than 28 credits per semester may request permission from their dean or designee. In the case of any appeal, the final decision rests with the Academic Affairs office.

Emergency preparedness: What to do during a power outage at LCC

In the event of a power outage at LCC, for your safety, do not leave a building or campus unless told to do so by an LCC Emergency Alert of Public Address announcement. Building emergency lighting will come on to provide sufficient lighting for moving about your space safely. In most cases, power is restored within 15 minutes.
 
If a building or campus experiences an extended loss of power, the college will provide direction through LCC Emergency Alert, the Public Address system, or by way of a Building Emergency Response Team (BERT) member.
 
Here are some general best practices regarding power outages:

  • Turn off your computer before you go home each day to protect your information from planned or unplanned power outages.
  • After a power outage, inspect any food left in the office fridge. An unopened refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours without power. Throw away any food that has been exposed to warmer temperatures for two hours or more, or anything that looks or smells unusual. When in doubt, throw it out!

For more information about emergency preparedness at LCC, check out this video.

Provost holding office hours open to all

Provost Sally Welch is hosting office hours again this semester to provide time for anyone to ask questions or offer ideas. Office hours will be held:

  • 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the StarZone
  • 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at West Campus, Room W157
  • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Livingston Center, Room 104
  • 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at West Campus, Room W157
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the StarZone
  • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Livingston Center, Room 104

Embedded academic support initiative helping students in college-level work

This semester, LCC is continuing in its comprehensive effort to support students by embedding academic and non-academic support throughout their college experience. The overarching goal is to help students while they are enrolled in college-level courses, rather than preparing students through non-college-level courses.
 
The initiative began with a Board of Trustees resolution in January 2018, and has been woven into the college’s 2017-2021 strategic plan.
 
Since the initiative began, academic areas have created action plans, allowing faculty to select the embedded supports that work for their programs. To assist, the Embedded Academic Support Team has created an inventory of possible embedded support options as well as examples of supports as they are used by our faculty.
 
Additionally, the college implemented test preparation options for students to take prior to their Accuplacer placement tests. While prep sessions are optional so as to avoid creating an undue burden on students, they are encouraged and widely available.
 
Even with this enhanced support, some students do not place into college-level work immediately. To encourage these students’ success and to help them progress in their required credits, the college is building a system that allows students to enroll in both college-level work and required remedial courses at the same time. In fall 2019, 41 college-level courses – with a capacity of more than 7,600 seats – allowed students to enroll with co-requisite remedial reading/writing courses. In fact, 13% of all fall ENGL 121 enrollments, 13% of all PSCY 200 enrollments and 20% of all RELG 150 enrollments were students engaged in these co-requisite remedial courses. A similar initiative is now underway for math.
 
Data are being collected to compare success rates of students enrolled with co-requisites to those who used Accuplacer or high school GPA to place into college-level work.
 
Thank you to all faculty and program areas who have engaged with this initiative. The college has made great progress, and our students are already benefiting!

What about benefits? SAD is more than just a feeling

The winter months of Michigan are long and dark. It is common during this time of year for people to experience a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD can present itself through many different symptoms, such as:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Overeating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Reduced motivation
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal

Having any of these symptoms can negatively affect your day-to-day life. LCC wants to remind you that you are not alone, and there are resources to help you. If you are looking for free and confidential resources to help alleviate the symptoms of SAD, please contact the FEI Employee Assistance Program.
 
FEI Employee Assistance Program
Phone: 800-638-3327
feieap.com
Username: lcc
 
Also, check out this article by FEI for more information about SAD, its effects and tips for treatment.

One-on-one VOYA retirement sessions available Feb. 7

A representative from VOYA will be on campus 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Washington Court Place, Room 225, 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.dodge@voya.com or 517-284-4582.