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Members Present: Dr. Gary Penfield, Dr. Scott Kane (convener), Dr. Michael Hayden, Dr. Karen Almeida, Dr. Joanne Costello, Mr. Dominik Licygiewicz
Members Excused: Dr. Susan Clark, Matthew Boyden-Wilson (student)
- Welcome & Introductions – members introduced themselves. Two additional student positions – one graduate student and one residential undergraduate – are presently unfilled. Dr. Costello offered to recruit a graduate student and Mr. Licygiewicz offered to recruit a residential undergraduate student.
- Selection of Committee Chairperson – Dr. Almeida offered to serve as chair of the committee for the remainder of the year. She was approved by unanimous consent.
- Committee Duties & Responsibilities – the committee reviewed the Rhode Island College Council By-laws Article XXII, which specifies the duties and responsibilities for this committee.
- The powers and duties of the committee include developing and administering a regular process for monitoring the quality of Student Life. The committee agreed to review data collected by Student Community Government’s Town Meeting on November 22nd and their survey on conditions and services at the College to be administered during the Spring 2011 semester. The committee also agreed to review data collected by the College through the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Student Census and exit surveys completed when students permanently leave the college.
- Under Article XXII, the committee also is charged with recommending regulations concerning conduct of students. The committee agreed to review the policies governing students in the Student Handbook.
- Emergency Procedures Status Update – The committee requested information at a future meeting regarding College procedures to notify students in the case of an emergency.
- Vision 2015 (Strategic Plan) & Master Plan – The committee requested information at a future meeting regarding the College’s new strategic and master plans.
- Safety & Transportation Survey – The College and Student Government are working together to survey the student body to assess students’ willingness to establish a new fee to fund various safety initiatives and subsidize public transportation services for students.
- Meet adjourned at 3:05pm.
Members present: M. Anderson, T. Brown, S. Kane, D. Lavendier, G. Penfield, N. Sahba, M. Siskind
Meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m.
- We reviewed the annual report on campus security with Assistant Director of Security and Safety F. Ghio, including the frequency of different types of incidents, campus lighting for security purposes, and plans for emergency procedures.
- We discussed a number of facilities for students, including space for social interaction, aging computers, and the potential for a swipe-card system for the residence hall laundry facilities.
- We discussed ways of making Homecoming more appealing to students.
- We asked whether any students had complained about having to buy gowns for graduation ceremonies; there were no complaints we knew of.
- Adjourned at 12:10 p.m.
February 13, 2008
Members present: M. Anderson, R. Castiglione, S. Kane, D. Lavendier, G. Penfield, N. Sahba
Meeting was called to order at 12:40 p.m.
- We planned to review input from the SCG open house on Feb. 27 at our next meeting.
- Dean Kane reviewed the result of the National Survey of Student Engagement for 2007. While the College is competitive with comparable institutions in many areas, we discussed concern that we trail somewhat in high impact activities for seniors. We recommend that academic departments discuss the results of the survey in relation to their programs.
- We planned to hear from Security and Safety at our next meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 19.
- Adjourned at 1:50 p.m.
November 14, 2007
Members present: T. Brown, R. Castiglione, C. DeSimone, S. Kane, N. Sahba, M. Siskind
Meeting was called to order at 2:45 p.m.
- Mr. McGovern came to talk to the committee on the use of the free period in the scheduling of courses by certain departments.
- Ms. Brown gave the committee an informational talk on proposed learning communities within residence halls. These are not yet in place, but there is separate Freshman Housing now. Students are encouraged to initiate and propose new learning communities within the residences.
- Dean Kane spoke to the issue of learning communities. He referred to the National Survey of Student Engagement of which Rhode Island College is a participant.
- Topics proposed for the next meeting were student safety, security reports, and escort services.
October 9, 2007Members present: M. Anderson, T. Brown, S. Kane, G. Penfield, N. Sahba
Meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m.
- T. Brown reported that some work continues on the new residence hall after its opening. There have been few problems, despite some vandalism (stealing of furniture). The possibility of using security cameras in the hall was seen as against our philosophy.
- The committee discussed the crowding at Donovan Dining Center caused by the increase in residential students. There seems to be enough seating, and expanded hours have helped the situation, as should the yet to open Grab & Go service.
- Demand for services is also up at Health Services and (to a lesser degree) at the Counseling Center. There has been no apparent increase yet in demand for Student Activities, but we expect that there may be later.
- Next meeting: invite D. McGovern to speak about scheduling, especially reports of classes scheduled during the free period. What is College policy on this? T. Brown will discuss living-learning options.
- Adjourned at 1:50 p.m.