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Chancellor’s Council on Inclusion

Chancellor’s Council on Inclusion
April 28, 2005
2:00 p.m. ? 4:00 p.m.

Council Members Present:

Joan Prince
Rita Cheng
Larry Martin
Guillermo Cuautle
Jasmine Alinder
Diane Amour
Kim Beck
Beverly Cross
Angela Ewing
Enrique Figueroa
Nadya Fouad
Nancy Frank
Anthony Hightower
Jim Hill
Gregory Jay
Sandra Jones
Phyllis King
Yves LaPierre
Marc Levine
Sally Lundeen
Mary McCoy
Twyla McGhee
Mary Roggeman
Ruth Russell
Erika Sander
Sarine Schmidt
Cathy Seasholes
Stan Stojkovic
William V?lez
Dev Venugopalan
Quinn Wilder
Gary Williams
Neil Young
Abdul-Hakeem Rashaad
Alicia Armstrong
Aledjandro Medellin, Jr.
Antonio Ramirez
Antwan Terrell Tolar
Angel Johnson

Present: Charu Malik (Amy Batiste), Ruth Williams

Members Not Present: Carlos Santiago, Amy Batiste, Simone Concei??o, Ester Johnson, Marc Levine

I. Welcome and Introductions

Joan Prince called the meeting to order at 2:04 PM.

II. Enrollment Management Report ? Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams provided an overview of the Enrollment Management Report. The entire report is on the Provost?s web site.

Highlights included:

Committee began in September 2003

?Committee is in phase with the Chancellor?s recommendation

Strategies for Retention

?looked at characteristics of student success
?main focus of report was retention measures

?Discussion regarding the 17 ACT
?Ways to encourage MATC students to consider to UWM ? point person, Ruth Russell

Blue ribbon committee

?University 101 ? every freshman take the same courses
?study skills and orientation
?freshman with a mentor
?supplemental instruction
?team teaching
?Early warning system; then provide advising (advisors)

Student Services advising ? how successful are we doing?

?accountability and assessments of how effective the programs are


Joan Prince opened the floor to questions/comments

The following represents a synopsis of questions and comments that were asked:

Q: Why was the report not geared towards the largest group (minority)? Staff and faculty were not represented in the report, feels that minorities are being set up for failure.

A. We have to address all students as well as students of color; though it may not seem to be addressed in the report, that does not mean it?s not being addressed.

Comment: One stop advising center is ideal; the right balance between freshman experience and advising is needed. The report is weak when it comes to this.

Q. How does this report address issues concerning LGBT students?

Q: It appears that the report was based on academic failure ? Why?

Q. There appears to be a discrepancy between high achieving students vs retention.

A: UWM is surveying students who are not returning back to UWM to determine their experience on campus and why they?re e not returning, Rita Cheng stated that data driven decision making in regards to both the enrollment mgmt and Milwaukee commitment are the beginning of this assessment.

Comment: Professors talk to the student vs an advisor. There seems to be a lot in the report in terms of assessment, but nothing when it comes to accountability.

A. There is a component built for instructors to engage the student who is having trouble academically; please see the summary of several sub-committee reports. Each committee did address this.

Comment: A brief discussion ensued regarding a holistic admissions approach. Bias in ACT test exams was discussed. It was stated that a holistic approach is discretionary, and that we currently do not have the resources to review each file

Enrique Figueroa - Referred to the sub-committee report on the Enrollment Plan diversity committee he chaired. Three things to look at

1) Diversity Impact & Statements ? tied together
2) Accountability among dept chairs, deans, hierarchy
3) Harmony/Balance tone & content; why students are failing may be due to entire institution failing

Alicia Armstrong suggested the following points regarding freshman retention

?there should be encouragement feedback
?At times students may be told that they are not college material, but with the help of programs/resources such as bridge programs, students can excel.
?Pre-college programs should be emphasized
?MPS system needs to be college prep like Rufus King HS; student organizations can help with making UWM more visible in the MPS system

III. Hot Topics/Month in Review since the last meeting

E-mail chain of events:

Mary Roggeman reported out that it is a police matter. Much discussion ensued around UWM Chapter 17 Conduct code. Guillerimo Cuautle ? indicated the Student Assn provided forums for students to express their concerns; suggestions were made to improving climate. He was asked about the role of the Student Association, and what they would do regarding this. He indicated that they are looking into upgrading office security. Antonio Ramirez indicated that a 7-point plan was submitted to the Student Association.

Enrique Figueroa ? Three points need to be asked.

1) Were there hate speech? if so, define it
2) Should we allow hate speech
3) if not, what are the penalties

Erika Sander – Discussion might focus on First amendment rights vs. academic freedoms

IV. Cultural Diversity Requirement

Currently, the cultural diversity requirement at UWM is 3 credits. Rita Cheng provided a document discussing the cultural diversity requirement. Gregory Jay inquired about the APCC agenda report. Rita Cheng indicated that no motion was made, and that it is currently on the agenda.

Joan Prince suggested that the next agenda include an update/discussion regarding the cultural diversity requirements, a discussion about approaches to climate issues (ombuds programs ? student and staff, race/ethnicity final recommendations..), a report back from the Provost regarding recruitment efforts for a diverse faculty, and a discussion regarding diversity education for campus (IDEAL). She will continue to add the Hot Topics item to each agenda.

Respectfully submitted,

Michelle Hamberlin
Partnerships and Innovation