Academic Excellence and Student Success Council update
A recap of the data-gathering process, plans for next steps and how you can still get involved in important work.
May 1, 2018
What the Council has done:
- The full CAESS has met four times for 90 minutes each.
- Outside of these meetings, CAESS members have tested surveys, submitted ideas and facilitated focus groups.
- The steering committee has had five regularly scheduled meetings, plus a half-dozen other meetings to handle specific work (e.g., drafting surveys, planning focus groups, etc.).
- Each of the four deans at Metropolitan State University of Denver was interviewed by a pair of steering committee members.
- Three surveys have been conducted: one to all chairs and directors in February, one to all faculty in March and another to all staff and administrators, also in March.
- In the surveys, nearly 60 people requested to be part of a focus group. CAESS members facilitated seven one-hour focus groups, with about 40 attending total.
- Taking the results of all three surveys and all seven focus groups, the steering committee and in-house specialists are working to draft reports and summaries of the results.
- The steering committee is working with a consultant who specializes in design thinking and group decision-making.
- A half-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. will take place May 4, at which the full CAESS will work with the consultant, utilizing above-mentioned reports and summaries to lay out concrete ideas and proposals.
- In mid-May, the steering committee will meet with President Janine Davidson to go over in-progress draft concepts.
- In June, the Council will deliver a list of recommendations to President Davidson.
How to get involved in the final stages of this work:
- Find out who in your circle is attending the May 4 half-day workshop, and engage with them on the topic.