Meeting Minutes – February 25, 2008

Meeting Minutes

Present: Co Chairs: Lane B. Neubauer, Lou Lamorte; Members: Penny Grob, Jim Gulick, Margaret Lowenthal, Marc Moreau, Jim Rook, Liz Scofield,
Absent: Teri Ceraso, Meryl Gurmankin, Peg McCoey,

  • Majors and Minors Fair
    • All academic departments and special minors participated. Both faculty and upperclass students staffed the tables.
    • Over 100 students attended.
    • Only 16 “undeclared” students attended; CSAC brainstormed what could be done to increase participation from this population. Many of the ideas suggested had been attempted this year but will be tried again. It was hypothesized that undeclared students tend to be unsure of themselves and going into an “unstructured” situation might be anxiety producing and hold them back from attending.
    • Suggestion might be for Freshman Advisors of undecided Arts and Sciences students to give their advisees a list of the majors and minors that will be represented at the fair with the purpose of having the students identify 2-3 possible majors that might be of interest to them. Possible questions to ask the representatives at the table could be included on the handout.
    • It will be helpful next year to give the date of the Majors and Minors fair and information about this event to students ( in particular the Undeclared A & S students) during their FYOs in the Fall to so students can anticipate the event even though it will be scheduled during the Spring Semester.
    • Giving students a layout of where each major is located when they enter the ballroom might increase targeted visits to various academic majors and minors.
  • Explore U
    • Explore U work group continues to meet every 2 weeks.
    • Plans are being discussed about rolling out the first stage to all freshmen; modifications will be made based on feedback from the pilot study (EASE survey, Enrollment Services & Institutional research attrition data, Freshmen Advising Student Survey results).
    • AEP students will be introduced to the Explore U model during their summer orientation rather than in their FYOs. In this way, more time can be spend on helping these students explore their choices of majors, increasing motivation for the academic experience and in connecting their academic choices with their future aspirations.
    • Undeclared Arts and Sciences students will continue to be placed together in FYO sections and involved in self assessment and self exploration as it relates to decision making about potential majors.
    • All other freshmen will be introduced to the career developmental tasks of the first stage of Explore U through the Career Services presentations in FYOs and encouraged to participate in self assessment & exploration through the Career Services Center or the Student Counseling Center.
    • Plans for piloting the sophomore stage of the model with the current pilot students are being discussed in the Explore U work group.
  • Student Input on the Career Services Advisory Committee
    • The committee agreed that it would be valuable to get student input as to how to make services and programs initiated by the Career Services Center relevant and accessible to students.
    • Logistics for involving students at future meetings need to be worked out.
  • Career Services Feedback
    • Consensus on the committee is that Career Services Center is meeting the needs of the various Schools especially with the CSC being short staffed.
    • As Explore U becomes more integrated into culture, more students will probably be seeking services thus straining existing human resources. It was stated that Career Services Center would be getting their frozen position unfrozen at the start of the new fiscal year.
    • Alumni Relations requested that Career Services Center provide specific information as to how Alumni can be of service to the CSC operation i.e. informational interviews, career information about specific majors, etc. so that Alumni Relations can market these opportunities to alumni.
  • Internships
    • Discussion occurred about what role Career Services Center plays or should play with internships.
    • Each School handles “experiential education” in their own unique ways. There are no standardized expectations or requirements for students to participate in internships, coops and/or clinical experiences. These vary depending on the School.
    • Career Services Center currently assists students in obtaining internships and coops for those who express interest or request assistance. CSC cultivates placements for internships with the understanding that students need to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Next meeting scheduled for Monday April 7, 2008 from 2:00 – 3:30 in the McShain Hall Seminar Room.

Respectfully submitted by Lane B. Neubauer Ph.D.

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