Lubar Undergraduate

2004-2005 Differential Tuition Report
What is the DT committee make up and function?The Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business relies on its Black and Gold committee to provide advice on the Differential Tuition expenditure plan. The committee is made up of a majority of students, indeed, a majority of undergraduate students. In addition to advising the School on issues concerning Differential Tuition, the committee actively works to promote a more student-centered place of learning for all who are enrolled in the School of Business.

Describe the process of allocation proposals before the DT Committee?Students have been asked in a variety of venues (e.g., student groups, Black and Gold committee, individual meetings with the Dean, Associate Dean, and academic advisors) to provide input into areas where Differential Tuition could address their learning needs. Data the office of the Dean collects regarding enrollment, usage statistics, attendance, etc. are available and are provided to aid in the proposal generation process.

Describe the process and how a decision of the committee is made?The Dean and/or the Associate Dean meets with the Black & Gold committee to update the members on the current issues and to solicit input from the committee as to how they would like to see Differential Tuition funds applied to enhance the quality of their learning experience within the School of Business. In the past, in addition to the Black and Gold forum, students have also been invited to meet individually and in groups with the Dean to submit suggestions. He is also able to report on data collected from area employers and business leaders suggesting areas where they would like to see our students receive enhanced and high quality services. These forms of stakeholder feedback also contribute to plans that students develop for Differential Tuition. For example, there is substantial feedback from current students, as well as community members, requesting a Business Honors program to help train more high potential students for the job market. Some of the Differential Tuition funding will provide support for rigorous, advanced courses that will be available to students in more of a small-college setting, and that will also be part of the Business Honors offerings.

Committee MembersBesnik Abasovski, Junior, Finance
Leah Adeniji, Grad., MS
John Benzinger, Junior, Production & Operations Management
Nicholas Crawford, Grad., MBA
Kari Lallensack, Senior, Human Resources Management
Chad Paris, Senior, Global Management
Michelle Pfrang, Junior, Accounting
Devon Purcell, Senior, Finance
Amit Purohit, Grad., MBA
Irina Rosman, Senior, Finance
Olga Rusovsky, Junior, Finance
Phillip Sklar, Junior, Finance
Emily Straw, Junior, Marketing
Ranell Washington, Senior, Finance
Greg Krejci, Director, Career Services
Jeffrey Neuhauser, Graduate Student Advisor
Kris Raymond, Undergraduate Student Advisor
Paul Fischer, Faculty

Ex Officio MembersDawn Koerten, Academic Programs Coordinator
Nance Gusavac, Administrative Affairs Coordinator
Janice Miller, Associate Dean

How are meetings recorded? May we have a copy of minutes?Minutes are taken by hand, transcribed, and posted on the School of Business Black and Gold committee web site. Anyone may access Committee minutes.

What type of time frame is there on the actual acquiring of the items from the final decision of the committee?The time frame is dictated to a degree by the hiring cycles in the areas in which Differential Tuition will apply. For example, Differential Tuition funds three faculty searches that are currently in process. The hiring cycle for faculty begins in August and runs to approximately January-February of the same academic year. In the areas where the School is hiring, the process begins with recruitment interviews at the August (Marketing faculty and Statistics faculty) and October (Finance faculty) national meetings of the professional societies where faculty members formally seek academic positions. On-campus interviews typically occur in late Fall or early Winter. Since the Board of Regents passed Differential Tuition last February, the first hiring cycle the School of Business could participate in is the one that is ongoing now. Consequently, the new faculty who join the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business will be on campus in Fall, 2005.

In other areas, such as implementation of Supplemental Instruction, increasing the open hours for computer labs, and installing high technology student response systems into classrooms, the administrative work has occurred and these systems are in place. Computer labs, formerly only open until 10:00 p.m. on weeknights (including Sundays) and until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays are now open until midnight every night of the week.

Furthermore, two new academic advisors have joined the School of Business staff, and a search for an additional career advisor is expected to yield an additional staff member who will begin working in December. In the Student Services area, hiring of new advisors has changed the ratio of advisors to students from 790:1 to 569:1. This ratio is now quite close to the recommendations of the national University academic advising professional association and has allowed the Student Services advising staff to initiate some enhanced offerings to improve service to undergraduate students. An example of one of these services is “Focus on Freshmen,” a week this Fall that was devoted to intense advising of freshmen students only. During this week advisors had appointments with nearly 200 freshmen. This program is designed so that these students start and remain on-track to graduation during their years in the School of Business. The program would not have been possible without additional staff, funded by Differential Tuition.

The Fall schedule also includes additional sections of courses and laboratory sections, added to decrease class sizes. Differential Tuition made it possible to hire 6 additional Teaching Assistants to accomplish this goal. The average size of a discussion section during the 2003-2004 academic year was 45, and this year, following implementation of Differential Tuition, it is 37. Thanks to Differential Tuition, new internationally focused courses have been added in Marketing and in International Management and Negotiations. This is just a summary overview of activities. We also have information available on an array of supplemental instruction (intensive review and tutoring) sessions in several academic areas, a service the School was not able to provide on its own until the advent of Differential Tuition. (Please see the Appendix for a complete list of the services to students that Differential Tuition has funded.)

How are items brought up in the committee?This occurs in two ways. The Academic Affairs office may suggest items for student discussion, and student themselves may introduce items for the Committee’s agenda.

How much money has the Differential Tuition acquired for the given school?Preliminary indications are that Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Differential Tuition revenue for Fall is $240,000. Final and definitive data regarding Differential Tuition revenue totals will be available later in the semester.

How are students contacted to be on the committee?All enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in the School received several e-mail messages inviting them to become members of the Black and Gold committee. The Associate Dean also made personal appeals in all School of Business large lecture courses, discussing the work of the committee and inviting students to apply for membership.

Who is on the committee?See section (d) above for members’ names. The committee includes undergraduate and graduate students, and one individual each from: Undergraduate Student Services, Graduate Student Services, Career Services, and faculty. Administrative personnel serve the Committee in ex officio roles.

When does the committee meet (time, place, etc.)? How were priorities set in the decision of the DT Committee?
The committee meets monthly in N440 in the Lubar Hall. Meeting times are chosen based on student availability and class schedules. During the Fall semester, meetings occur on the second Tuesday of the month at 3:30.

To date, prioritization has not been an issue, as all suggestions students provided and agreed upon for spending Differential Tuition money have been implemented or are in process (see hiring sequence for faculty, above).

Appendix
Differential Tuition Actions Implemented in the School of Business

  1. Fall 2004: Split mass lectures of 300+ students in Management Statistics into two sections of approx. 150 each.
  2. Spring 2005: Split mass lectures of Quality and Productivity Improvement and Introduction to Marketing into two smaller sections. Added additional day lecture of Information Systems to accommodate student demand. Added an additional section of Management Analysis – our capstone course -- to increase availability and reduce overall course section size.
  3. Added Discussion sections tied to mass lecture courses to increase availability and reduce discussion section size.
  4. Implemented “Supplemental Instruction” to provide intensive tutoring in Introduction to Financial Statements, Management Statistics, and Introduction to Finance classes.
  5. Installed student response system software and hardware in two large lecture classes.
  6. Increased open hours of student computer labs so they are open until midnight, 7 days a week.
  7. New Courses: Fall 2004: Added new courses on Pricing and on the History of Management. Spring 2005: Added new courses in Product and International Brand Management, and course in Consumer Decision Making and Persuasion.
  8. Added courses on International Marketing, International Management, and Negotiations.
  9. Completed hiring of two new Academic Advisors, bringing the advisor-to-student ratio from 790:1 to 569:1
  10. Carried out first annual “Focus on Freshmen Week” of intensive academic advising for Freshmen students.
  11. Proceeding to hire one additional Career Service staff member.
  12. Proceeding to hire one new Finance faculty member, one new Marketing faculty member and one new Statistics Lecturer.