Special Topic Discussion: First-Generation Students

December 2013 Board of Governors Discussion Agenda

  1. Introduction/Overview

    President Clif Smart

  2. West Plains

    Dennis Lancaster, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs

    • Summary of data
    • Philosophy of service
    • Sample services:
      • Integration of supplemental instruction in courses with high withdraw/failure rates
      • End of late registration policy change
      • Implementation of Education Guarantee Program
      • MapWorks intrusive advising software
      • Operation First Smile/"Ask Me" initiatives
    • Summary of major initiatives:
      • TRiO
      • First-Year Experience program (includes our revamped IDS 110 orientation course)
      • Redesign of Developmental Math and English courses
    • Financial aid opportunities
    • Plans for future
    • West Plains Student Presentations
      • Leah Harris, sophomore from Licking, Mo.
      • Mariah Gregg, Thayer, who started at MSU-West Plains and is now a senior philosophy major at MSU-Springfield
  3. Springfield Campus

    Don Simpson, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

    • Summary of data
    • Philosophy of service
    • College access programs:
      • Kauffman
      • College Bound
      • Wyman
      • Youth Empowerment Conference
      • Student Transition Education Program (STEP)
      • Upward Bound
    • Services for current students
      • TRiO – TaJuan Wilson, Director of TRiO Programs
      • Intrusive advising based on "at-risk" factors
    • Financial aid opportunities
    • Plans for future
    • Springfield Student Presentations
      • Monica Villa Mesa, first year undeclared student from Monet
      • Terry Walls, graduate student in criminology from Springfield
      • Whitney Butrum, junior from Kansas City majoring in kinesiology
      • Demetria Green, undeclared sophomore from Kansas City
  4. Summary

    President Clif Smart

  5. Board Discussion

    Led by Beverly Miller, Vice Chair

    Decision points for the Board’s discussion:

    • Are we collecting the most important information regarding first-generation students?
    • In addition to TRiO, what kind of additional programs, if any, should we consider developing to specifically serve first-generation students?
    • Should first-generation status be a factor in any of our institutional scholarship or financial aid programs? How does it relate to diversity or low-income status?
    • Should we be more assertive with interventions at key junctures (ie, mid-terms, after threshold of class absences, etc.)?

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