28 October 2003
Present: Thurston, Fahey, Driscoll, Mathis, Maynard, Hage, JPClark, Sparks, Moore, Rousseau, Landry, Bernier, Barry, Crangle. Absent: Davis, Tinnell, Staples.
The minutes of the September 9th and 23rd meetings were approved as written.
Nick talked about the US News survey comparison worksheet of America’s best colleges. Some key points:
- We are accepting a high percentage of applicants, yet only 35% of those accepted students actually come to PSU.
- Retention rates have been climbing into the low-mid 70’s from an all-time low of around 62%.
- The graduation rate is slightly above average for a 4-year public institution.
How do we use data like this? Discussion followed of how to use the data to best support the students we choose to accept – what students do we want to attract, what programs should we offer them and what programs should we no longer support? Info from the National Survey of Student Engagement is helpful. Nick suggested doing a case study of a school very similar to ours – Longwood University in Southern Virginia with a 62% grad rate. Ginny offered that we need to do more to support our second and third year students, not just concentrate on the first-years, to improve our graduation rate. There is also the constant challenge of our student mix.
Ginny asked for an endorsement from the CBC of the comparator list. Following that, it will go to various committees for their approval, and eventually to the president to take to the Board of Trustees. The committee unanimously agreed to endorse the list.
On the agenda for next time: Nick will present some “easily readable” numbers.
The next CBC meeting is Tuesday, November 25 at 8am in the Student Senate Room (HUB 119).