I write today to provide an update on the University’s examination of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) as a tool we might use to reform our learning outcomes and to provide a report on the April Board of Governors meeting.
I am pleased to report that Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III, trustees professor at Kent State University and one of four authors of The Degree Qualifications Profile (2001), published by the Lumina Foundation, has agreed to be our May 2013 Commencement speaker. While on campus, Dr. Gaston hopes to meet with representatives of the Assessment Committee.
In addition, Dr. Peter T. Ewell, vice president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), another co-author of The Degree Qualifications Profile and a former member of the Truman Board of Governors, has agreed to visit campus on Tuesday, May 14, for a daylong session in regard to the DQP. The final schedule for Dr. Ewell’s visit is yet to be confirmed, but the initial draft schedule includes meetings with the Assessment Committee, Faculty Senate, deans, department chairs and breakout sessions for faculty and/or staff. Please watch for further updates from Academic Affairs.
On Saturday, the Truman Board of Governors held their annual April meeting under the leadership of Karen Haber, Board chair. John W. Bohac, president of the Faculty Senate, and Torbjorn Wandel, president pro tempore, provided the annual Faculty Senate Report. Mark Gambaiana, vice president for University Advancement, provided an update on Advancement activities and a report on the Foundation Board meeting held earlier that morning. I provided my regular President’s Report, which included an update on recent campus activities, enrollment projections, an update on the proposed funding formula and other legislative issues that may impact our FY14 budget, an update on our work with Stamats in regard to marketing and a redesign of our website and a report on the University’s efforts to once again focus on outcomes rather than inputs through such initiatives as the DQP. During my report, I also extended congratulations to Governor Sarah Burkemper on being named one of the “50 Missourians You Need to Know” in Ingram’s (March 2013) and toGovernor Susan Plassmeyer for being named Alumna of the Year by our School of Business. All 10 members of the Board provide superior guidance and leadership and always have the best interests of the University and its students as their first priority. In addition, reports were shared from the three Board Committee meetings held earlier in the week, which included a review of financial reports and updates on various on-campus construction projects.
The Board took action on the following items.
–The Board approved the Kirk Memorial Exterior Repairs Project, a project that will address several issues at Kirk Memorial. Tuck pointing of bricks and replacement of damaged stonework will occur on the exterior. All windows, which are original from 1940, will be replaced with new windows that will maintain the historic appearance of the building. Work on the dome will include the addition of insulation to control water vapor, repair of the outer dome structure and underlayment. The existing clay tile roof will be reinstalled, and the cupola replaced.
–The Board approved the Student Union Building Elevator Repairs Project. This project will replace the mechanical and electronic components on the Student Union service elevator, that serves the food service areas and is utilized by the staff for deliveries as well as movement of large items in the three-story building. The elevator was installed in 1993 and has had several mechanical issues in recent months.
–The Board approved the Summer 2013 Concrete Project, a project which includes repair of sidewalks in numerous locations, driveways and parking lots needing repair or replacement due to extreme hot weather last summer followed by heavy snows this past winter.
–The Board approved the Baseball/Softball Fields Improvement Project, a project funded by the Student Athletic Fee. This project will provide a drainage system to remove water from the fields and an irrigation system to water the field at appropriate times. In addition, this project will include installation of a warning track along the fence at the softball field, which is highly recommended by the NCAA for safety purposes. There will also be a new backstop at the baseball field, similar to the net system at the softball field, replacing the current chain link backstop system.
–The Board approved the purchase of an Integrated Hardware/Software Digital Recording System for the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic, to be funded by a HUD grant. The new system will provide recording of high-quality digital audio and video in eight therapy rooms simultaneously, as well as delivery of the digital audio and video simultaneously to several remote clinical supervisor locations, such as faculty offices.
–And, finally, the Board approved enrollment fees for the 2013-14 academic year. This includes a new iTech fee supported by the student body which results in a 2.1% increase in tuition and fees for a Missouri undergraduate, a 2.2% increase for a non-resident undergraduate, a 2.2% increase for a Missouri graduate and a 2.1% increase for a non-resident graduate.
A copy of the complete open session agenda can be found on the Board of Governors website located at http://governors.truman.edu/agendamaterials.asp. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.