Meeting Minutes – January 17, 2008

Present– Co-Chairs: Lane Neubauer, Lou Lamorte; Members: Mike Bachman, Kara Branz, Genevieve Carlton, Mary Dorr, Phenix Fraser, Kathi McNichol, Julie Valenti,
Absent– Jay Boney Susan Mudrick

  • Goals for Spring 2008 semester:
    • Strategies for “implementation” and making the stages of the model operational beyond the first year’s pilot will be the focus of this semester’s work
    • Resources to accomplish the above will be identified.
  • Explore U Pilot Assessment
    • Data from the Explore U pilot assessment (which was done as part of the Freshmen Advising Evaluation given to freshmen last semester in FYO sections) is currently being analyzed by Institutional Research.
    • Some questions to be answered are whether the Explore U pilot study had a direct and positive connection to enrollment and retention efforts.
    • Results of the EASE study that highlighted the relationship between diffuse career goals as well as indecision about choice of major with difficulty in classes and decisions about whether to return to La Salle directly supports the work that takes place during the freshmen year of the Explore U model. The EASE data will be analyzed to see if there is a significant difference between the freshmen involved in the pilot vs. the other freshmen in the study.
  • Marketing:
    • It was suggested that new marketing materials (i.e. brochures) be developed to be used by Admissions (used in recruitment process and during Discover the Difference0 as well as during Day ONE.
    • It was noted that the model is still in development but since the general concepts have already been developed, brochures that inform about what developmental tasks and steps should happen at each stage of the model will be effective.
    • It was pointed out that a similar program is in place at Mt. Holyoke College calledYourPlan, a four-year developmental “career” curriculum intended to provide their students with a full slate of career development services contained within one learning model and everyone was encouraged to take a look at their website to generate ideas for setting up an Explore U website.
  • Rollout:
    • There was a consensus that piloting each stage of the model on a discreet group would be more manageable than involving the entire class at once.
    • It was also suggested that continuing the pilot group for each successive Explore U stage would be more manageable than involving a whole class cohort at a time and would insure better success in implementing the model. Thus, based on the results of this year’s pilot assessment, appropriate changes and improvements will be made; the model would then be implemented for all freshmen next year with this year’s pilot Freshmen students continuing involved with the next stage of the model during their sophomore year.
    • The importance of keeping faculty current about outcomes and additional rollout plans was discussed; the suggestion was made to possibly arrange for a Teaching & Learning Center faculty development discussion as a way of doing this.
    • There was also considerable discussion regarding the role of advisors, particularly during the sophomore year, in keeping choice of major and career development goals and tasks at the forefront of discussions with students.
  • Technology Issues:
    • Realizing that some of our plans are running ahead of campus-wide technology initiatives, (i.e. implementation of an e-portfolio program, in particular), it was discussed that Explore U should design what would work best for the model with flexibility that this could change as the University incorporates more sophisticated technology into its operations.
    • Discussion ensued as to how to set up a computerized tracking system that would engage students and monitor their progress at each stage of the model. There were concerns as to the resources needed to track and input students progress. It was suggested that codes be given to students as they complete tasks which would allow students to update their Explore U profile themselves.
  • Meetings for Spring 2008 Semester: It was agreed that every other Thursday at 3:00 PM is still the best time for most. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, January 21st and continue on a bi-weekly basis unless otherwise noted.

Respectfully submitted by Michael Bachman

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