APRIL 2012 MINUTES  

Committee members in attendance: C. Pudlinski, J. Conway, M. Leake, M. Levvis, L. Braun, S. Mastrobattisto

1.       Approved minutes of March 2012 meeting

 

2.       Elections/nominations: Faculty from SEP and School of Business

C. Pudlinski spoke about members being on the committee for two year terms.  M. Levvis is interested in serving another term.  C. Pudlinski then closed the nominations.  P. Mihalek will be retiring.  Henry Greene from the School of Business is interested in being on the committee.  C. Pudlinski put forth the nomination of Henry Greene.  M. Leake seconded the nomination.  The committee approved the nominations by consent.  There were no other nominations from the School of Education and Professional Studies or the School of Business.      

3.       2012-2013 budget update

C. Pudlinski handed out an email the he received from M. Leake in regards to the one-time expenditures that have been approved for FY2013 (both for the Learning Center and FYE).  M. Leake shared with the committee that we are in “good shape in terms of everything we asked for.”  She went on to say that there is a perception that the FYE program is expensive.  However, the program only uses $17,000, of available resources.  J. Conway pointed out that the FYE program promotes retention. 

M. Leake went on to talk about community engagement funds.  There has been $2,000 allocated for the Community Engagement Fund for courses with Peer Leaders or courses with community engagement components.  This money can be used by peer leaders and faculty to do something with their section.  C. Pudlinski mentioned M. Leake will be the point person.  She will send out information during the summer.  The money could be used for an outside activity or community engagement.  M. Leake is interested in talking to S. Hazan in regards to this project. 

L. Conway asked the question “how do we define community engagement?”  The committee had a discussion on whether community engagement means on-campus or off-campus.  J. Conway asked the question “what is the goal” of the program?  C. Pudlinski commented that it is in order to increase student success and retention.     

M. Leake did not go for a lot of funds because when she did in the past she got turned down.  J. Conway would like to have students engage with the off-campus community; however part of the FYE Missions is to get students more involved on-campus.  C. Pudlinski brought up the point that there is not enough money for every peer leader.  He suggested having a maximum of $100 per peer leader.  J. Conway mentioned that the money limit depends on what the peer leaders are allowed to do with the funds. 

M. Leake envisioned community engagement being on-campus.  C. Pudlinski said that if the funds are used well than the committee can argue for a larger chunk of funds in the future.  J. Conway said that the program would have to be more than just a chance to hangout.  C. Pudlinski mentioned that cultural activities could count as community engagement.  L. Braun talked about the fact that community can mean the class as a community, CCSU as a community, and New Britain as a community. 

M. Leake said that this is an opportunity for peer leaders to go above and beyond.  She suggested that having peer leaders apply for funds with the signature of the faculty member.  C. Pudlinski mentioned that he will talk about this new program with peer leaders and he will also update the returning peer leaders about this new opportunity. 

M. Levvis suggested having a time limit.  M. Leake suggested having a first come first served policy.  M. Levvis would like to get the nursing and social work FYE classes together.  J. Conway thinks that this is a great thing to have funds for.   

4.       Updates on current FYE-related initiatives:

a.       Peer leader training

C. Pudlinski shared with the committee that peer leader training will take place on Friday, May 4th from noon to 5 p.m.  L. Braun will facilitate an ice breaker from noon to 12:30 p.m.  The peer leaders will be in Vance 107 and Faulty will be in Vance 105.  Faculty who teach embedded courses will meet from noon to 12:30 and Faculty who teach FYE 101 courses will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Faculty members and peer leader will meet from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Vance 106 will be used for lunch for 30 to 50 people.  People will eat in shifts because there will not be enough room.  Peer leaders can eat from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.  and faculty members will eat from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be two shifts of about 25 people eating.  Food will include sandwiches, sides, and drinks.  This will be a good opportunity to have a discussion. 

b.      Opening weekend

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 27th, FYE Faculty will eat lunch with their class.  Orientation Leaders will eat lunch before.  

c.       CACE & Fall Classes

C. Pudlinski met with CACE this past Friday.  C. Pudlinski shared with the committee that there is going to be 1,250 to 1,350 first-time full-time students that are expected to be enrolled in the Fall 2012 semester and there are 1,406 spots in FYE sections.  He also mentioned that the meeting he had with Ken Poppe was a good meeting.  

d.      C. Pudlinski shared with the committee that the FYE program will be collaborating with the Center for teaching and Faculty Development for the purpose of promoting faculty development.

 

5.       President’s peer mentor study/initiative (information & discussion)

M. Leake shared with the committee that she was given $60,000 of one time funds.  Peer mentors will be paid to work with first year students.  This will be part of a study on the FYE program.  The purpose is to investigate the impact of FYE on student retention.  There will be a control group, a group that gets an FYE course and a peer mentor, a group that just gets an FYE course, and a group that just gets a peer mentor.  There will be about 100 students in each study group.  Objections to this have already been raised by M. Leake and C. Pudlinski; however, this already went through the IRB.  M. Leake is in the process of creating the peer mentor program.  She is going to pick the 20 peer mentors out of the orientation leaders.     

6.       The CCSU library is participating in the One Book One Community reading project however; the FYE program is not involved at this time.

 

7.       Faculty Development (Monday August 27th):

a.       All FYE faculty will attend the Fall afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

b.      New FYE faculty training will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

 

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