Value and Affordability Implementation

Brian Speer circulated a draft press release for the debt buyback program.  The release was discussed and edits suggested.

The release will be sent to various outlets and the communications department will work up a pitch for some bigger outlets.

We need to come up with names for three scholarship levels. Brian Speer will circulate to the committee information on historical names to consider for the names for the scholarship.

The practice of financial aid for transfer students was discussed. The practice at other schools is to award transfer students lesser amounts in merit scholarship dollars. Members in Phi Theta Kappa are getting the bigger scholarship. Mary Ann is working on a grid to include the transfer scholarships.

We will be having phone conversations with parents of current high school juniors on Friday and Monday to get feedback on the debt buyback program and the prepared narrative document.

Freya discussed how to implement a financial literacy course in the senior year.  We want to add a financial literacy course to the curriculum during the fall semester amd make it a ½ credit course. The course content was reviewed. The culminating experience will be to develop a professional plan around financial literacy.

It was suggested the course should be scheduled two days a week for 75 minutes.  The course would have 6 weeks of presentations and the last week would be used to develop the professional plan. The committee was asked to send any feedback on course content to Freya. We want to start the senior financial literacy course as a topics course in the spring of 2014 and make it a course for the fall 2014.

Traditions Committee

While our list of traditions (Wilson College Traditions ) seems to be getting longer by the day, we will begin the process of winnowing it down to Wilson’s core traditions at our next few meetings.

The students on our committee have met with their classmates and discussed the traditions that are important to them. They have universally asked for more information about the traditions shared with them earlier. They have very few concerns about incorporating men into traditions, especially those of Big/Little Sisters, although some interest was expressed in keeping the Daisy Chain a women’s tradition.

We have had a lot of discussion about challenges to Wilson’s traditions and how current students struggle to combine their studies, off-campus jobs, work-study jobs, commutes, and (in some cases) raising children with participating in traditions that can be time consuming, costly, and often take place late at night or on weekends.

Retention Committee

The Retention Committee has met three times and will continue to meet weekly through the rest of the semester. We have focused on retention and its relationship to customer service. The committee, comprised of five faculty, two students and staff,  has highlighted a couple areas in which quality of services appears to need improvement. The committee chair has approached two departments with the committees concerns in order to address the specifics.

In addition the committee has asked questions about advising, beginning registration time, and view only access for specific departments. The committee is reviewing an Adult Student Survey in relation to services and/or needs and aligning our retention issues with Tinto and Bean’s research on why students leave college.

Co-ed Recruitment Committee

The Co-ed Recruitment Committee is in the process of constructing the draft of our findings and recommendations.  We’ve had input from open meetings with staff and faculty on campus and conducted two off-campus focus groups with students at Shippensburg High School and CASHS.

The two students on the committee provided student perspectives.

When the draft has been approved by all members of the committee it will be submitted to the President and provided for posting.