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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