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Ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community, encourages university-wide collaboration, and enhances lifelong learning.

  • Foster respect and appreciation of each individual and her/his unique talents
  • Enhance communication and collaboration
  • Promote lifelong learning

Suggested University-Level Action Items:

  • Engage students, staff, and the community in developing a welcoming and respectful environment.
  • Identify more effective communication methods that foster university-wide engagement.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of June 3, 2014

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Adrienne Jones
Rahji Nelson
Jan Moffett
Amy Kreul
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:

The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community
  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration
  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:

Jennifer deCoste, Executive Sponsor, discussed the following topics with the team:

  1. Senior team status report needs
    1. Fall open forum timeframe preferences
    2. Retention conversation across teams
    3. Combined meeting with Outstanding Education
    4. Forming action teams
      1. For next meeting, Jen will bring 10 year trends and benchmarking (graduation/retention) – Jen will follow up with Joanne
    5. COACHE survey
    6. Measurable objectives or general

Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place on June 17, 2014, 3 p.m., Ullsvik 2510.

Terminology definitions (completed October 2013):

Achievement - “A measurable accomplishment that is attained through exertion, skill, practice, perseverance, or great courage”

Respect – “Valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard”

Objectives (DRAFT)

Graduation

Increased graduation rates of underrepresented students

Decreased time to graduation

Establish accountability metrics at the division, college, department, and program levels to ensure progress toward graduation

Metrics we need

10-year trends

Benchmarking data for ideals

What is Outstanding Education tracking?

Offices: Career Center, Registrar, NSSE, Institutional Research, OMSA, Colleges, HLC

Retention

Increased retention rates from year one to year two of underrepresented students

Develop strategies for decreasing D/F/withdraws/incompletes (DFWIs)

Use Affirmative Action data to develop employee retention programs

Increase number of students engaged with High Impact Practices, with special emphasis on underrepresented populations

Develop financial literacy programs

Metrics we need

What is Outstanding Education tracking?

10-year trends on retention

Benchmarking for ideals

Affirmative Action data

10-year trends on DFWIs

Information on High Impact Practices and financial literacy programs

Offices: Residence Life, FYE, Affirmative Action, OMSA, Institutional Research, International Programs, Enrollment Services

Campus climate

Develop processes for measuring and responding to acts of bias

Develop a diversity and civility training series

Assess campus curricular integration with diversity

Work with campus partners to develop an accessibility plan that is forward thinking

Address NSSE diversity metrics

Metrics we need

Bias Response Team processes

Campus diversity requirements

NSSE data

Clery reports (trending)

Campus climate data

Offices: Facilities, Services for Students with Disabilities, NSSE, Institutional Research, Bias Response Team

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of May 20, 2014

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Joanne Wilson
Amy Kreul
Laurie Hamer


Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:
The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community
  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration
  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Jennifer deCoste, Executive Sponsor, discussed the following topics with the team:

Senior team status report needs

a. Objectives established at last meeting for review

   i. Graduation – overlaps with Outstanding Education
     1. Increased graduation rates of underrepresented students
     2. Decreased time to graduation
     3. Establish accountability metrics at the division, college, department, and    
        program levels to ensure progress toward graduation
     4. Metrics we need
         a. 10-year trends
         b. Benchmarking data for ideals
         c. What is Outstanding Education tracking?
         d. Offices: Career Center, Registrar, NSSE, Institutional Research, OMSA,  
            Colleges, HLC
ii. Retention – overlaps with Outstanding Education for students only
    1. Increased retention rates from year one to year two of underrepresented
        students
    2. Develop strategies for decreasing D/F/withdraws/incompletes (DFWIs)
    3. Use Affirmative Action data to develop employee retention programs
    4. Increase number of students engaged with High Impact Practices, with special
       emphasis on underrepresented populations
    5. Develop financial literacy programs
    6. Metrics we need
       a. What is Outstanding Education tracking?
       b. 10-year trends on retention
       c. Benchmarking for ideals
       d. Affirmative Action data
       e. 10-year trends on DFWIs
       f. Information on High Impact Practices and financial literacy programs
       g. Offices: Residence Life, FYE, Affirmative Action, OMSA, Institutional  
          Research, International Programs, Enrollment Services
iii. Campus climate
    1. Develop processes for measuring and responding to acts of bias
    2. Develop a diversity and civility training series
    3. Assess campus curricular integration with diversity
    4. Work with campus partners to develop an accessibility plan that is forward
       thinking
    5. Address NSSE diversity metrics
    6. Metrics we need
       a. Bias Response Team processes
       b. Campus diversity requirements
       c. NSSE data
       d. Clery reports (trending)
       e. Campus climate data
       f. Offices: Facilities, Services for Students with Disabilities, NSSE, Institutional
         Research, Bias Response Team

b. Define metrics to show progress on objectives (due by 7.14.14)

c. For the next meeting, we will be looking at some of this data.  Jen will gather it.

Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on June 3, 2014, 3 p.m., Ullsvik 2510.

Terminology Definitions (completed October 2013)
Achievement - “A measurable accomplishment that is attained through exertion, skill, practice, perseverance, or great courage”

Respect – “Valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard”

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of May 5, 2014

Members in attendance:
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Peggy Hines
Jan Moffett
Jennifer deCoste

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:
The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

- To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

- To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

- To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Jennifer deCoste, Executive Sponsor, discussed the following topics with the team:

Senior team status report needs
Define 3 general categories where priority teams will create strategic initiatives (completed 04.22.14)
1) Graduation
2) Retention
3) Campus Climate

Define 3-5 large objectives under each category (due by 5.15.14)

1. Graduation
a. Increased graduation rates of under-represented students
b. Decreased time to graduation
c. To be determined

2. Retention
a. Increase retention rates of under-represented students from Year One to Year Two
b. Develop strategies for decreasing fails/withdraws/incompletes
c. Use Affirmative Action data to develop employee retention programs
d. Increase number of students having global experiences
e. Develop financial literacy programs

3. Campus Climate
a. Develop processes for measuring and responding to acts of bias
b. develop a diversity and civility training series
c. Assess campus curricular integration with diversity
d. Proactive accessibility for future generations

Define metrics to show progress on objectives (due by 7.14.14)

Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on May 20, 2014, 3 p.m., Ullsvik 2510.

Terminology Definitions (completed October 2013)
Achievement - “A measurable accomplishment that is attained through exertion, skill, practice, perseverance, or great courage”

Respect – “Valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard”

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of April 15, 2014

Members in attendance:
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Adrienne Jones
Peggy Hines
Jan Moffett
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:

The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Linda Mulroy-Bowden, chair, reviewed the minutes then the team discussed the following topics:

Categories Selected as Measurable Ways to Show Improvement/Progress in Creating Climate of Achievement and Respect at UW-Platteville

1) Increased graduation rates of under-represented students.
2) Increased retention rates of under-represented students from Year One to Year Two.
3) Decrease in number of bias incidents on campus.

Lifelong Learning

Tricia Pothour, recruitment manager in the Admissions office, reported on the work and concepts regarding lifelong learning.

Strategic Planning Speaker Series Update

Steve Robbins will speak on Monday, September 8, 2014. Discussed the ways he will deliver his message.

Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on May 5, 2014, 3 p.m., Ullsvik 2510.

Terminology Definitions (completed October 2013)
Achievement - “A measurable accomplishment that is attained through exertion, skill, practice, perseverance, or great courage”

Respect – “Valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard”

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of March 4, 2014

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Peggy Hines
Jan Moffett
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Rahji Nelson
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:

The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Linda Mulroy-Bowden, chair, reviewed Champions’ meeting notes, then the team discussed the following topics:

Strategic Planning Speaker Series Update
We will try to bring in Steve Robbins this semester. Jen will contact him. Meagan Johnson is a second option.

Lived Experience
Described the lived experience of what these terms look like:

1. Inclusive community: completed 2/18/14
2. University-wide collaboration: discussed 3/4/14
3. Lifelong learning: Jen will ask Tricia if she can present to group

Will develop success metrics

Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on March 18, 2014, 3 p.m., Ullsvik 2510.

Terminology Definitions (completed October 2013)
Achievement - “A measurable accomplishment that is attained through exertion, skill, practice, perseverance, or great courage”

Respect – “Valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard”

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Feb. 18, 2014

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Peggy Hines
Jan Moffett
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Rahji Nelson
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:
The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

- To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Following a review of the previous meeting’s minutes and an announcement that Linda Mulroy-Bowden would be stepping in as chair, the team discussed the following topics:

Speaker Series Timeframe
The week of September 8, 2014, would be a good week to have a speaker. Residence halls open on August 29 and classes begin September 2. The week of September 8 will not conflict with MCIC (October 2 and 3).

We would like speaker to address the following topics:

1. Tone-setting (inclusion in curriculum) and
2. Identifying what a welcoming community looks/feels like

We would also like speaker to conduct the following activities:

1. keynote address
2. interactive activities
3. short, provocative conversations followed by dialogue
4. programs specific to students, faculty and classroom learning, student services.

Lived Experience
Described the lived experience of what these terms look like:

1. Inclusive community (everyone feels welcome, safe, and able to contribute)
2. University-wide collaboration (next meeting)
3. Lifelong learning (next meeting)

Terminology Definitions (completed October 2013)
Achievement - “A measurable accomplishment that is attained through exertion, skill, practice, perseverance, or great courage”
Respect – “Valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard”

Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on March 4, 2014, 3 p.m., Ullsvik 2510.
Will discuss university-wide collaboration, lifelong learning, and success metrics

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Dec. 4, 2013

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Peggy Hines
Bill Hudson
Adrienne Jones
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Rahji Nelson
Joanne Wilson
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:
The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Following a review of the previous meeting’s minutes, the team discussed the following topics:

Keynote speakers
Jen requested press kits and pricing from each of the speakers. She will find out if it is possible to do a speaker series. In a future meeting, the committee will discuss what it would like the chosen speaker to cover in more detail.

Branding Survey
Discussed what UW-Platteville should look like in 15 years. Some of the ideas identified included:

Ensure that the university offers a learning environment where all students feel safe and secure so they can reach their full potential. Ensure there is a process in place that catches things earlier.

Provide students with a world-class education.

Be a leader in technology. Ensure that faculty members have all of the cutting edge, technological resources they need to fully prepare students for the workforce.

University should be known for being global, innovative, a leader in technology, etc.

Discussed what we need to do over the next five years to make sure it looks that way. Ideas included:

Strategic plan, look at accountability, identify how to best use resources and identify how to be strategic without wasting resources.

-Identify how to build on existing resources to find other partners.

-Move from collaborative approach to synergistic approach.

Past diversity trainings revealed need for:

-Common rhetoric and language so people can discuss issues.

-Common, inclusive vocabulary.

-Note: Language issues create us/them feeling.

Identify how we can ensure that all people feel valued.

-Identify why some people/groups feel excluded and not valued.

Create culture of discourse based on respect, accurate information and the desire to always put students first.

-Always consider impact on students.

-Need for all members of campus community to learn how to communicate more effectively in order to serve the students more effectively.

Ensure communication pieces are in place to keep people informed.

- Ensure we are responsive to concerns people express.

- Identify how to evaluate what we hear from people about changes and how to celebrate successes.

Need for more immersive experiences instead of long-standing committees.

- Brainstorm and move forward.

Discussed how to communicate the strategic plan to students and connect with them. Ideas included:

-Student governance and groups
-Social media
-Need to identify reasons why a student should care about the strategic plan and how the plan could be tied into what happens in students’ everyday lives.

To do:
Jen will ask Dominic Barraclough to show NSSE data at future meeting.
The next meeting will take place on Monday, December 16, 2013.

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Nov. 22, 2013

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Peggy Hines
Adrienne Jones
Jan Moffett
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Rahji Nelson
Joanne Wilson
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:
The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:

Following a review of the previous meeting’s minutes, the team discussed the following topics:

Keynote speakers
Reviewed three keynote speaker choices. Also reviewed topics: civility and civil discourse, generational divide, and reframing inclusivity, etc. Jen will get a press kit and request pricing from each of the speakers. She will also find out if it is possible to do a speaker series. In a future meeting, the committee will discuss what it would like the chosen speaker to cover in more detail.

Branding Survey
Reviewed and discussed the results of the branding survey and how they relate to our priorities. In December, Regents will review the university mission. Until then, it is being used informally. It is anticipated that the mission statement will be passed. It was noted that three phrases in the mission statement relate directly to our priorities: broadening perspective, ethically responsible, and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community. Taking results of branding survey into consideration, discussed what UW-Platteville should look like in 15 years. We will continue discussion at next meeting and identify what we need to do over the next five years to make sure we get there as well as how we should communicate that strategy to students and connect with them.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 4.

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Nov. 14, 2013

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste

Bill Hudson
Janise Moffett
Rahji Nelson
Adrienne Jones

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:
The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:
Following a review of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect priorities, the team discussed the following topic:

Keynote speakers
Reviewed keynote speaker names and topics. Topics included civility and civil discourse, generational divide, and reframing inclusivity, etc. After reviewing all speakers, the list was narrowed to four. The names were sent to committee members for their votes. At future meetings, the committee will discuss what it would like the speaker to cover in more detail.

The next meeting will take place on Friday, November 22.
Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Oct. 23, 2013

Members in attendance:

Jennifer deCoste
Peggy Hines
Jan Moffett
Joanne Wilson
Laurie Hamer

Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Priorities:

The priorities of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community
  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration
  • To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Discussion Items:

Following a review of the Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect priorities, the team discussed the following topics:

Keynote speakers

Brainstormed keynote speaker names and topics. Possible topics include the generational divide, civil discourse, reframing inclusivity, etc. Possible speaker is Pier Forni on the topic of civility.

Importance of defining key terms “achievement” and “respect”

Discussed definitions of the term “achievement.” Brainstormed ideas for a working definition of “achievement,” as it relates to fostering a community of achievement and respect. One definition under consideration is “something accomplished successfully, especially by means of exertion, skill, practice or perseverance.”

Discussed definitions of the term “respect.” Brainstormed ideas for a working definition of “respect,” as it relates to fostering a community of achievement and respect. One definition under consideration is “valuing others and taking action to ensure that all voices are heard.” Discussed importance of valuing others’ points of view, encouraging civil discourse and making sure everyone has a chance to express thoughts and feelings.

Importance of identifying how to measure climate of achievement and respect

Discussed the need to establish a baseline in order to measure existing climate of achievement and respect. Once a baseline has been established, must determine how to measure climate of achievement and respect, recognizing that it varies from person to person. Considered using learning outcomes and personal inventories to measure climate. Discussed that the following is necessary for a culture of achievement and respect: a safe place to share thoughts and feelings and a climate that maximizes the success of all people.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, November 14.

Dr. Jennifer deCoste, Foster a Community of Achievement and Respect Champion and Chief Diversity Officer, UW-Platteville

If you have any questions for the champion or the group, please direct them to Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

Strategic Planning Team Meeting Notes of Sept. 11, 2013

Members in attendance:
Jennifer deCoste
Peggy Hines
Bill Hudson
Adrienne Jones
Jan Moffett
Linda Mulroy-Bowden
Rahji Nelson
Joanne Wilson
Laurie Hamer

The priorities of the Fostering a Community of Achievement and Respect strategic planning group are broken down into the following three focuses:

-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that builds an inclusive community
-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that encourages university-wide collaboration
-To ensure a respectful and appreciative environment that enhances lifelong learning

Following an overview of the UW-Platteville Strategic Plan 2013-18, the team discussed:

-General goals
-Tangible objectives
-How the university’s strategic plan is tied into the university’s mission
-The need for additional background information about the strategic plan
-The need for clarification of terminology of key words, such as “achievement” and “respect”
-The need to develop metrics to measure achievement and respect
-How to include online students
-How to ensure that faculty, staff and students are kept informed about the committee’s work

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
For questions, contact Laurie Hamer at hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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