Current College-Wide Advising Open advising by academic advisors & faculty every semester Pre-candidacy advising by UCAC & MC academic advisors Faculty advisors assigned to students with candidacy “Walk-in Wednesdays” with no appointment needed for advising Interactive advising guidebook Advising orientation/workshops for new faculty Academic advisors meet with department faculty for updates/changes once a semester or as needed Open advising by academic advisors & faculty Pre- candidacy advising by UCAC & MC academic advisors Faculty advisors assigned to students with candidacy “Walk-in Wednesdays so students can see academic advisors without appointment Interactive advising guidebook Advising orientation/w orkshops for new faculty Academic advisors meet with department faculty for updates/chan ges once a semester or as need
Future Advising Initiatives Develop Student-Centered Culture Strengthen advising through faculty workshops, online access of candidacy applications & upper-division forms as well as infographic versions of curricular maps Hire college staff to coordinate advising & retention efforts; serve as graduation coach Create browse-able, user-friendly & compelling catalog Continuously evaluate tools/procedures/methods & implement changes such as one day processing policy on course substitution & designating program-specific candidacy codes Develop peer mentoring & tutoring system
College-Wide Initiatives Curriculum Development New program offerings that reflect industry changes & new accreditation standards Utilize online learning resources such as Lynda.com Increase online or hybrid courses, experiential learning, study abroad & capstone courses Strengthen or develop new graduate programs
College-Wide Initiatives Continued Raise Academic Standards Implement more rigorous candidacy requirements Revise major field test Examine alternative path for students not achieving candidacy Identify parallel path to candidacy for transfer students Attract better prepared students through strategic marketing & student recruitment campaign Provide showcase for students’ best work
Improve Culture of Engagement Increase student involvement in student organizations & co-curricular opportunities in Center for Innovation in Media, Seigenthaler Chair, MT Poll … Develop community relationships & partnerships Strengthen industry relations through advisory boards, guest speakers, visiting artists & scholars Establish new program-specific student organizations to develop community within specializations Alumni outreach College-Wide Initiatives Continued
Enhance Student Access to Technology & Facilities Regular upgrade of software & hardware in labs & studios Course or lab fee needed to enable college to meet maintenance & currency requirements & reduce reliance on TAF funding Provide technical support staff in all academic units College-Wide Initiatives Continued
Electronic Media Communication A strategic analysis of the department was conducted in 2011-12. – Student interviews – Alumni interviews (emphasis on recent grads) – Department-wide participation – Use of available studies – SWOT analysis – Market analysis
Electronic Media Communication Primary issues identified in the strategic analysis : – Graduate success and satisfaction – Lack of depth in the major (accreditation issue) – Gaps in curriculum – Challenges of staying current (curriculum & faculty) – Advising issues due to catalog discrepancies & delays with student records – Community relations (internal & external) – Weak marketing, communications, & culture
Electronic Media Communication Cleaned up advising issues – Numerous errors have been corrected in the catalog, upper division forms, and on Banner. – Turnaround of student academic record updates has been expedited. (transfer credits and course substitutions)
Electronic Media Communication Improving advising – Advisor training each semester – Promoting Open Advising – Using new channels to help students understand our curriculum, our programs, opportunities, etc. Better, more helpful descriptions – More active communication & coordination between advisors
Electronic Media Communication Improving advising: next steps – Info-graphic versions of academic maps – Design a new approach to student records in Banner: Student profile pages – Build a user-centric browse-able online catalog – Engage a research company to study the student experience at MTSU
Electronic Media Communication Lack of depth in the major – Pursuing a change of accreditation body – Added 8 hours to the major – Adding hands-on lower division courses
Electronic Media Communication Evolving our curriculum – Updates across the department – MFA program in conjunction with Recording Industry – Raise the bar for candidacy – Provide programs for University Studies majors – Better programs for minors and Gen Ed students – Better integration with TN Transfer Pathway
Electronic Media Communication Provide better support to students – Establish annual funding for software and hardware updates – Budget for supporting student activities such as remote productions, sets, materials and supplies, competition and festival fees, travel to events, etc.
Electronic Media Communication Starting new student organizations – New Media Club – Photography Society – National Broadcasting Society Supporting existing student organizations – MT10 – WMTS – Film Guild
Electronic Media Communication Communications & cultural issues – Creating more shared experiences – Elevating EMC Productions to “varsity team” – Embracing social media: blog, Facebook, etc. – Weekly Friday Forum – Showcasing exemplary student work First Look festival Competitions & festivals – Baldwin Photo Gallery in Mass Comm
Electronic Media Communication Attracting qualified students – Changing program names to vernacular terms – Participation at events such as career fairs and Nashville High School Academy Awards – Marketing-oriented website – Brochure-in-a-business-card – TEDx Conference (proposed Spring 2014) – Blue Spark Awards (next page)
Electronic Media Communication Partner with private sector – Capitol Records Street Party, DWP Live, CT Touring, etc. – Internships – Advisory board – Classroom visits
Department of Recording Industry In keeping with the University Master Plan, the Department of Recording Industry’s retention plan takes a student centered approach to better serve, inform, and educate students. The plan is focused on six key areas for initiatives: – Technology and Facilities – Advising – Program & Curriculum – Student Life – Enrollment – Administrative Systems
Retention Goal: Improve and enhance student access to technology and facilities Department of Recording Industry Technology and Facilities Increase the student to computer ratio in RI Labs to a 1:1 ratio. Require a basic technology package for all students: Laptop and select software. Provide students with subscriptions to lynda.com.
Department of Recording Industry Technology and Facilities Continued Institute a technology fee for all Recording Industry students to fund regular technology updates, lynda.com subscriptions, and continual facility improvements. Increase the number of production facilities so that students are not required to work overnight. Relocate studios and classrooms that are in condemned buildings and isolated locations to a centralized secure facility and improve all classrooms to create environments more conducive to learning
Department of Recording Industry Curriculum and Program Retention Goal: Enhance and improve the program offerings to stay current with industry and serve student demand. Modernize the curriculum to better reflect the current state of the industry. Focus on live event production. Build more partnerships with programs across campus to create more collaborative and interdisciplinary student work environments. Build stronger ties with industry through advisory committees, guest speakers, and visiting artists. Bring more industry professionals to campus as adjuncts to teach specialized, cutting edge classes
Department of Recording Industry Advising Retention Goal: Increase student and faculty awareness of department programs, policies, and degree requirements. Continue having two full weeks of open advising before and during registration. Hold “Infofest”, a comprehensive department orientation event, each semester for new students. Improve the Department website with advising and degree information a central piece Publish a printed detailed department information guide each year containing all department policies and curriculum requirements. Continue the faculty advising committee to exchange ideas and best practices. Hold semi regular student/faculty forums
Department of Recording Industry Student Life Retention Goal: Enhance student lifestyle to increase every student’s “time on task” and “time on campus” Increase student involvement in student organizations. Bring students into the major earlier in their academic career. Offer peer tutoring for core courses in the curriculum. Continue growing the student record label by producing more special events and building partnerships with major labels and publishers.
Department of Recording Industry Enrollment and Recruitment Retention Goal: Increase the percentage of pre-candidacy students who receive candidacy without increasing the total number of students accepted into candidacy. Award candidacy upon admission to the university. Enhance recruitment efforts to attract more students from technical and creative backgrounds. Examine alternate path to candidacy for transfer students.
Department of Recording Industry Administrative Systems and Customer Service Retention Goal: Improve the departmental administrative systems to better serve students. Put candidacy applications online to streamline and improve the process. Create an online system for Upper Division forms. Examine course offerings each semester to ensure that course offerings are focused on facilitating student progression toward graduation. Better facilitate students in their final year before graduation by offering a wider range of upper division courses online, in Nashville, and in “Weekend College” format. Hold regular brain-storming meetings among front line personnel to identify solutions to administrative problems.
School of Journalism Offer Media Studies concentration Faculty review of candidacy process: improve writing competencies, create writing proficiency exam New major orientation Enhance TN Transfer Pathways to expedite smooth transition Excellence in faculty advising award Increase student-generated content on school website
School of Journalism Continued Update brochure & other marketing materials Increase visits to area high schools & junior colleges Dual enrollment/credit opportunities Student Ambassadors program Sponsor events such as Scripps National Spelling Bee as part of recruitment of talented students Participate in advertising & similar student competitions Increase faculty-student research/creative project collaboration
School of Journalism Continued Promote excellence by continuing support of such organizations as Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society Establish Student Persistence Award ($500) Student portfolio reviews by professionals Enhanced use of exit interviews including Graduating Student Survey to strengthen existing programs