Faculty & Staff E-news 9.28.15

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Fall 2015 Census Date enrollment numbers were announced last week.  UMKC’s overall enrollment is 16,699 which is an increase of 3.34% from Fall 2014, due largely to an increase in dual credit student reporting.  Excluding dual credit students, overall campus enrollment decreased 2.52% over last Fall’s census date.  For the SOE, overall enrollment is 968 students (368 undergraduate and 600 graduate), an 11.1% decrease in undergraduates and a 16.9% decrease in graduates from this time last year.  This points to a disturbing decrease in overall enrollment in five years (-21% in graduate students and -37% in undergraduates).  On a positive note, the retention rate for our Fall 2014 first-time transfer student cohort is 76.6%, up 9.9% from the Fall 2013 cohort and above the campus average of 71.7%.  Chris Timmerman and I will be meeting with each division this fall to discuss more detailed enrollment numbers and trends for academic programs and how we can all be involved in positively impacting enrollment numbers going forward.  My hopes is that we have great representation at the division meetings as this issue will need a collaborative and committed response.

Our final workshop in the CAEP professional development series will be tomorrow, September 29th, from 12-1:30 p.m. in room 307. The workshop will focus on CAEP Standards 2-6. Since lunch will be served, please RSVP.

A final reminder that nominations for the Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education will be accepted through this Wednesday, September 30th. The award will recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to further education in the Kansas City metro and will be awarded at next year’s Urban Education and Community Forum in April.

Given upcoming changes to our medical plans for 2016, Ted Stahl, UMKC’s senior benefits specialist will present our own version of the UMKC Town Hall Benefits meeting after the faculty meeting October 16th from noon to 1 p.m. in room 307.   The presentation will cover:

  • New medical plan administrator for the health plan
  • Tobacco-free premium discount
  • Health Savings account vendor and bank change
  • Long-Term Disability buy-up opportunity
  • 2016 wellness incentive plan details
  • Requirement for an active medical plan election

You might wish to review your benefits information (that should have by now arrived to your home address in the mail) prior to the meeting and then come with questions; open enrollment begins October 19th. Please RSVP since a casual lunch will be provided.

With regret, I announce two upcoming staff departures: Courtney Lee, Office Support Assistant IV in CEP has accepted another position with the UMKC School of Law. After spending more than two years with us, her last day at the SOE will be October 5th. And, Amanda Toomey, technology resource coordinator in the TLL who started at the SOE in July 2013, has accepted a new position off-campus that will allow her to travel. The SOE Staff Association is hosting a farewell reception for both Ms. Lee and Ms. Toomey in the Learning Commons on Thursday, October 1st from 2:30-4:30 p.m. All are welcome, and I know you will help me thank Courtney and Amanda for their contributions to the School and their dedication to our students and faculty.

Please note that the deadline for submitting program assessment updates in WeaveOnline is October 15th, a little later than last year due to heavy traffic on the Weave server earlier in the semester. All programs (majors, stand-alone minors and certificates) are required to post information from the 2014-15 assessment cycle, including action plans for improving student learning or assessment efforts as based on the finds. Thank you all for your work in this area to support student learning.

Have a productive week.