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Campus Updates - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
CAMPUS SUCCESS
Student Satisfaction Inventory Provides Feedback to College

The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory was administered to EMCC students during the Spring 2013 semester. The inventory identifies a college's strengths and challenges in 12 categories. Students provide feedback on more than 100 items.  Each item describes an expectation about the student experience on campus; students then rate how important the item is for EMCC to meet the expectation and how satisfied the student is with EMCC fulfilling the expectation. EMCC received 400 valid responses and the college's results were compared to the national norms.

Overall, EMCC students rate their experience with the college as positive. Data for summary items, include:

  • "Has your college experience met your expectations?": EMCC scored 5.01, National Average is 4.82.
  • "Overall satisfaction with experience thus far?": EMCC = 5.52, National Average = 5.46
  • "Would you enroll here again?": EMCC = 5.77, National Average = 5.72

Ranked by importance, students indicated the following as EMCC strengths:

  1. Quality of instruction in most classes is excellent.
  2. Campus is safe and secure for students.
  3. Students can experience intellectual growth at the college.
  4. Computer labs are adequate and accessible.
  5. Program requirements are clear and reasonable.

EMCC exceeds the national mean on several items, including:

  • People on this campus respect and are supportive of each other.
  • Computer labs are adequate and accessible.
  • Campus is safe and secure for all students.
  • Amount of student parking space on campus is adequate.

Many of EMCC's strengths also exceeded the national mean - a positive aspect for the college. Our institutional challenges can likely be addressed by using the talents and skills that have contributed to our strengths, including EMCC employee innovation and proactive adoption of best practices. Read more.

SPOTLIGHTS
Students Organize Team for AIDS Walk

Sociology students in Olga Tsoudis' Human Sexuality course organized an EMCC Team to participate in Phoenix's 2013 AIDS Walk & 5K Run. The team had 50 walkers and raised over $1,000 for the fundraiser. Students, EMCC employees and community members joined together Sunday, October 20 to raise social awareness and support the community.


Assessment Recognized by CATS of the Month

Each month, the Student Academic Achievement Committee (SAAC) members recognize individuals who use student learning data to advance best teaching and learning practices. Awardees of the Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System (CATS) of the month include:

  • October: Christina Van Puymbroeck. Her CATS, I was supposed to get online?, evaluated students in hybrid courses and the unsatisfactory progress with online assignments. Read more.
  • September: Cecilia Maria Rosales. Dictation-Reflection illustrated how 'closing the loop' every class meeting can consistently measure student learning. Read more.
  • August: Pete Turner and Nikol Price. Collaborative efforts across disciplines/areas is demonstrated in Improve Research and Citation Skills Through Librarian Consultation. Read more.
ACROSS THE CAMPUS
Costume Contest at UW Main Event

Express your superhero spirit by attending EMCC's United Way Main Event Friday, October 25. The event theme, be a superhero, is celebrated by awarding prizes to the 1) best dressed and 2) most original costumes. The costume contest is one of many activities planned; a silent auction, live auction, and games will accompany the catered lunch. Some of the Main Event Auction items can be viewed online. If you are unable to participate, consider purchasing lunch tickets for students or your staff/peers/employees.


Online Magazine Highlights Student Perspectives

The second issue of the Lion's Perspective was recently published. Guided by faculty advisor Selina Schuh (Division of Arts and Composition) and Erin Blomstrand, the online magazine is written by students who tailor articles to EMCC's student population. Any EMCC student can write for the campus magazine and submit stories for publication. Submission guidelines are available online and student's can submit articles through the website.


Scholarship Applications Due October 31

Students can apply for scholarships through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation using one login. A variety of scholarships are available and awards can exceed $2,000. Available scholarships with detailed information are located in the "scholarships" tab. Deadline for all scholarship applications is October 31, 2013.

BEST PRACTICES
EMCC DRS Creates Awareness Event

Pam Grady, Manager of EMCC's Disability Resources Services (DRS), helped create the Campus Event "Empower All Individuals". During October 21-25, students and employees can learn about disabilities and about best practices for the institution/classroom. Activities occur throughout the week:

  • Videos: In the Student Union, videos about disabilities are shown at 9:00am, 12:00pm and 5:00pm.
  • Discussion Boards: In the Student Union, Estrella Hall, and the Campus Grill individuals can write on posters about what "disability" means. Employees and students are invited to share their thoughts in writing. Look for the yellow and blue posters; participate by reading and writing.
  • Survey: Share opinions by completing the survey distributed to campus.

  • Introductions
    • Jessie Leach, Coordinator - Student Life
    • Sean Forsythe, Client Support Analyst - IT
  • 2013-14 NISOD Awards
    • Randy McElroy - Laboratory Technician
    • Debra Sheldon - Admin Asst II for Learning Support Services
    • Laura Dulgar - Interim Dean of Student Services

  • UW Superhero Main Event
  • Enjoy lunch, costume contest, silent auction and games while socializing with your super colleagues. Purchase tickets from Fiscal Services or EMCC volunteers for $10.

    • Date: Friday, October 25
    • Time: 12:00-1:30pm
    • Location: Estrella Conference Center
  • Sustainability and Diversity Team Meetings
  • To support EMCC Core Values, the Sustainability and Diversity Teams meet to plan and discuss upcoming projects. All are welcome.

    • Date: Monday, October 28
    • Time: 2:00-3:00pm (Sustainability Team), 3:00-4:00pm (Diversity Team)
    • Location: Plaza Gallery 
  • Visiting Artist Lecture
  • Justyna Badach's Bachelor Portraits have been on display in EMCC's art cases. The artist will be on campus to discuss her work. All are welcome.

    • Date: Tuesday, October 29
    • Time: 1:00-2:30pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Talking with your Professors
  • Student success workshop focuses on the importance of communication between students and instructors. All are welcome.

    • Date: Wednesday, October 30
    • Time: 12:00-12:50 & 5:00-5:50pm
    • Location: CTL
  • STEMinar
  • Second Steminar at EMCC features Dr. Chad Johnson and Dr. Kimberly Kobojek from ASU West who will present about their work with, respectively, Black Widow spiders and the Forensics program.

    • Date: Wednesday, October 30
    • Time: 4:00-5:00pm
    • Location: North Community Room
  • Student Success Fair Planning Committee
  • Last year's Student Success Fair (SSF) brought the entire campus together for student success. Help plan this year's SSF by attending the first planning meeting.

    • Date: Thursday, October 31
    • Time: 2:00-3:00pm
    • Location: ACR
  • Coffee Talk Series
  • Informal Q&A between students and administration to promote students' learning journey and discuss issues related to their success. Clay Goodman and Bryan Tippett will be the featured guests.

    • Date: Friday, November 1
    • Time: 9:00-10:00am
    • Location: Student Union