Working Groups Update: Research and Information-Gathering Continues, ‘Check-In’ April 10

| March 7, 2013
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Mark your calendars for the Working Groups Check-In April 10.

The seven Working Groups established by President Beth Stroble and Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster in Fall of 2012 have made great strides in the past few months as they gather information on areas of critical interest to Webster and begin to develop recommendations in each of those areas.

The Working Groups, each under the leadership of co-chairs, have tackled their topics and have begun to inventory Webster practices and conduct environmental scans of how external forces and other institutions are impacting the issues. Groups have sub-divided, with many members of the working groups stepping up to lead the subcommittees and move the initiative forward.

Working Groups Check-In

The Working Groups will share summaries of their preliminary findings and areas of recommendation with the Webster University community.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grant Gymnasium

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Central

The seven Working Groups will provide an update on their work and – importantly – invite additional feedback from the Webster community on focused areas. Following the Check-In, there will be opportunities to provide continued input electronically. The Working Groups will use the feedback to inform and shape their final recommendations, which will be submitted at the end of the academic year.

In preparation for the Check-In, the Working Group chairs invite you to review the groups’ charges:

STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medicine)

Thao Dang-Williams, Associate Dean & Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Ali Ovlia, Associate Professor, Math & Computer Science, Walker School of Business & Technology

Charge: The STEMM Working Group will serve to support Webster University in its commitment to promote and further existing STEMM initiatives and recommend new programs and projects. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Educate its members and the Webster community on the STEMM fields and skills, their importance to our nation’s competitiveness, and Webster’s current initiatives
  • Research successful STEMM practices and programs in other universities and organizations and compile a list of potential initiatives for Webster University
  • Research and recommend potential new educational, nonprofit, governmental and business partners, locally and globally, with whom Webster could develop STEMM initiatives
  • Recommend other specific steps Webster University can take to promote and further STEMM throughout our network.

External Outreach & Engagement

Lionel Cuille, Jane and Bruce Robert endowed chair of French & Francophone studies, College of Arts & Sciences
Nicole Roach, Director, Old Post Office

Charge: The External Outreach and Engagement Working Group will recommend ways in which Webster University can strengthen and increase its partnerships and collaborations with local and global external groups. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Educate its members and the Webster community on current external engagement and outreach activities; consider how current initiatives might be rethought for greater impact
  • Research successful external outreach and engagement practices and programs in other universities and organizations and compile a list of potential initiatives for Webster University
  • Identify and recommend potential new partnerships and collaborations with business, industry, communities, other higher education institutions, government and individuals which Webster could develop in Webster Groves and around our network
  • Recommend other specific steps Webster University can take to promote and further external outreach and engagement

Recruitment & Enrollment

Carla Colletti, Assistant Professor, Music Department, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
Karl Sterner, Senior Director, Academic Affairs

Charge: The Recruitment and Enrollment Working Group will develop recommendations to improve recruitment efforts promoting the pursuit of a higher education at Webster University. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Educate its members and the Webster community on enrollment trends in higher education generally, in our region, and at Webster
  • Educate its members and the Webster community on Webster’s recruitment efforts
  • Research successful recruitment practices and programs in other universities and compile a list of potential initiatives for Webster University
  • Recommend other strategies, programs and activities that facilitate, support and otherwise optimize recruitment of students at Webster University

Retention

DJ Kaiser, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Teaching English as a Second Language, School of Education
Kathy Corley, Professor, Film/Video, Electronic/Photographic Media, School of Communications

Charge: The Retention Working Group will develop recommendations to improve efforts promoting the pursuit of a higher education at Webster University and increase retention of current students. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Educate its members and the Webster community on Webster’s retention efforts
  • Research successful retention practices and programs in other universities and compile a list of potential initiatives for Webster University
  • Recommend other strategies, programs and activities that facilitate, support and otherwise optimize retention of students at Webster University

Policies & Procedures/Shared Governance

Dottie Englis, Professor & Chair, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
Katherine Krajcovic, Director of Operations, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Charge: The Policies and Procedures/Shared Governance Working Group will recommend an official policy development and approval process and will recommend ways to strengthen and expand opportunities for collaborative and inclusive participation in leadership and decision-making at Webster. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Recommend, as appropriate, new policy to address gaps or update existing policy
  • Recommend a framework for policies to be developed, reviewed, approved, communicated and enforced
  • Identify ways to strengthen collaboration and inclusiveness in planning and decision-making across the network of campuses and locations.

Diversity and Inclusion at Webster

Arnoldo Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Business, Walker School of Business & Technology
Nermina Sinanovic, Coordinator, User Services, Information Technology

Charge: The Diversity Working Group will serve to support Webster University in its commitment to recruit, hire, develop and retain diverse faculty and staff and to recruit and retain diverse students. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Educate its members and the Webster community on diversity issues and best practices in higher education and on Webster’s policies, practices and condition
  • Recommend diversity goals for faculty and staff; recommend steps Webster University can take to recruit and hire underrepresented minority faculty and staff
  • Recommend steps Webster University can take to recruit and retain a diverse student body
  • Develop recommendations to advance the diversity goals of the university as articulated in the Strategic Plan

Organizational Realignment

Jenny Broeder, Associate Professor & Chair, Nursing, College of Arts & Sciences
Anne Edmunds, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management

Charge: The Organizational Realignment Working Group will serve to recommend structures and organizations that will position Webster University to build on its existing strengths and develop new directions for the future. Specifically, the committee is charged to:

  • Review the current structure of programs in academic units to determine what realignments might provide opportunities to enhance programs and/or remove impediments to program growth
  • Recommend options for a new academic unit (or units) to house existing programs with a goal of providing these programs visibility, support, and connection to each other
  • Recommend options for new academic units to house new programs likely to develop in alignment with other strategic goals, such as increasing STEMM offerings and continuing to develop our global reach

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