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 February 15, 2007 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Meeting Minutes
Slippery Rock University Strategic Planning Committee
Thursday, February 15, 2007
University Club, North Hall, Slippery Rock Campus

Introductions

President Robert M. Smith called the meeting to order and introduced Dr. Amanda Yale, Associate Provost for Enrollment Services. Dr. Yale presented an overview of the Institutional Strategic Enrollment Management Plan for Slippery Rock University and the Foundations of Excellence initiative. 

Institutional Strategic Enrollment Management Plan  

Strategic Enrollment Management Plan:

  • Guide program growth over the course of the next five years at an overall projected mean increase of 1% per year.  It is anticipated that growth will be higher in some programs and colleges than in others.
  • Aims at attaining a student enrollment of approximately 8,675 students at the end of 2011 at the projected 1% credit hour growth rate.  This includes students on the Slippery Rock campus (degree and non-degree), at the Regional Learning Alliance and via distance-delivered programs.
  • Growth targets for the next five years are less ambitious than growth rates have been over the past 5 years, however, the strategies employed to reach these growth targets for the future will be more challenging than the past due to program capacity, demographic trends and resource distribution and/or availability. 

Dr. Yale stressed the importance of campus involvement in the strategic enrollment process. Enrollment planning is a campus-wide activity and its success is based on the proactive engagement of the entire campus community – we all need to work together to achieve our goals.

  • Goal 1 – Increase the size, diversity, and quality of the total undergraduate student body
  • Goal 2 – Increase the size, diversity, and quality of the graduate student body
  • Goal 3 – Increase efficiency and productivity of marketing, recruiting and retention activities
  • Goal 4 – Provide excellent student services and co-curricular programs
  • Goal 5 – Provide excellent facilities and infrastructure
  • Goal 6 – Ensure that the SRU SEM Plan supports the Financial Plan of the Institution

Foundations of Excellence

Foundations of Excellence is an academic year-long comprehensive guided self-study and improvement process for the First-Year that enhances an institution’s ability to realize its goal for improving student learning, success, and persistence. 

  • It is a way to assess strengths and weaknesses of first-year college students using a nationally vetted aspiration model.
  • It is a way to engage campus participants in debate, research, analysis, and improvement planning for First-Year.

 

Reasons for Slippery Rock University’s interest in the FOE Project

  • Recognition that First-Year represents a unique opportunity to engage students.
  • Moves away from a piecemeal approach to the First-Year toward an intentional comprehensive approach.
  • Links conversations about the First-Year to our vision, mission, and values.
  • Involves professionals across the institution engaging faculty, administrative staff, support staff, and students in First-Year reform efforts and entails an institution-wide commitment to the process.
  • Focuses on institutional behavior rather than student behavior.
  • Moves the retention conversation to a more intentional focus on educational quality.
  • Utilizes qualitative and quantitative measurements and sources of evidence.
  • Can be integrated with accreditation-related assessment measurements (Higher Learning Commission)
  • Is grounded in more than three decades of reform and research conducted by its principals.
  • Results in a plan identifying what the institution is doing for First-year students and what needs to be improved to enhance student learning and success. 

*Dr. Yale distributed a copy of her presentation. (Appendix A).

Timeline of Activities for 2007 

February 15               PA Room                   12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

March 20                    University Club           7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

April 17                      University Club           7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

May 1                         University Club           7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

May 3                         University Club           7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Closing Remarks 
Following brief discussion, President Smith adjourned the meeting. 

Next Meeting Date
The Strategic Planning Committee will meet at 12:30 this afternoon in the Pennsylvania Room of North Hall to welcome Mr. Mike Langley, chief executive officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  Mr. Langley will present the Allegheny Conference perspective on community development needs for our region. 

Respectfully Submitted – Tina L. Moser