Dr. Scott’s Townhall Discussion, presented by Gayle Greene

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At 10:30am on 4/13/2017, I attended Dr. Scott’s Town Hall , presented by Dr. Gayle Greene at the 2017 Spring Faculty Professional Development conference in Raleigh, NC.

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RTP Campus Update

Rita Germain highlighted the following: WE would be innovative, flexible, and adaptive to the new generation.

Phase I. We are looking at 1 building with physical plant. 3 floors, 110,000 sqft, 28 instructional spaces, 720 surface parking space and 1000-1500 student capacity. There are several

Phase II. we will include a parking deck. We will have a full complement of services, library, ILC, etc.

We are on the corner of Watkins and chapel hill rd. Watkins will be paved at the time the campus is over. Linovo campus is right above us. There are some concerns since Linovo is so close, but Wake Tech will be paying for a turning lane on Chapel Hill rd.

There is a great deal of glass here. The reason for this is that in this location, IT will be on display, instead of a basement. We will reverse the bottleneck by having a large open area and long counter for personal help. One side of the building is the corporate solutions end. It will be training for external clients. it looks out from the courtyard from the “Catchers mitt”.

There will be numerous wireless access points in this campus. Students should be able to get wireless access as soon as they step out of their cars.

In the server and instructor spaces, glass rooms have all the servers and network equipment, security, wireless, etc. Over the last 2 years we’ve had 100% hiring rate for graduates of the program. The class rooms will demystify and open up the realities of the situation to make learning and performance accessible and visible goals. They can see it, imagine themselves, and then achieve that.

Students in the IT program will work with IT partners, doing real-life on-the-job training, and make relationships in the industry. We’ve got new cyber security, digital forensics, and other programs to allow a wide host of networking and IT to assist law enforcement

We will have a full complement available for students in Fall 2018, but completion in Fall 2017 should be a reality. We have just enough students to fill 60% of the current job openings and needs in IT.

We need to expose the materials that we teach. By opening up the teaching and learning process, the more students will be excited and interested in our programs.

How is the money being used for tech and online infrastructure

Instead of giving us $48M for a new building, we’ve asked for ongoing $8m a year for adding IT infrastructure increases. We’re almost always running at capacity. We serve more students online than we do at North Campus.

Four-Year Status in Community Colleges

While other states like Florida are offering 4-year degrees, what is our possibility? Not right now, unfortunately. Dr. Scott has put his neck out to make this a reality in the past, but was not able to gain purchase. Ther is not a lot of university agreements. For the taxpayer it makes more sense, but the colleges in the area are against it. There is not a political will for this. Some other colleges cannot do this, and therefor would never support it.

To change their minds, we’d need to really push the governmental structure but it would be a very hard sell.

Are we doing anything special to keep or encourage women in STEM programs?

Its worse than you think. They cluster in GRD and WEB programs rather than STEM. Discussion with those students from our program (advertising campaign to encourage women in those courses!). We need to change those ideas, and get them in middle school to change their minds and capture them early. WOmen have made big gains, and graduates are employed instantly. While STEM seems a difficult draw, if we can get them in the door

With full FTE funding for the summer, how is that affecting Wake Tech?

We had a 7% increase in students with FTE over the last summer. There were faculty who could not get full funding over the summer, but now we can! A big thank you to everyone who worked over the summer. WE expect to do better this summer.

A concern faculty have had is the week during the summer/fall in which faculty are not paid?

The extent of an extended contract is payment for time teaching. Extra pay contracts are paid for teaching but not time off. If you’re not teaching a class, you will not earn the payment. We certainly don’t want to go over-budget, and we need the full 2-month extension.

How will we be paid?

Adjunct pay is for part-time facutly based on hours.

How many classes will be open?

Department heads will determine the class structure. We don’t want to undermine the fall sequence. We have some grandfathered 12-month faculty, and there are issues with seniority, etc. In the summer, you may teach less courses but more intense contact hours.

Shared governance?

We’ve invited a shared governance subcommittee to investigate this idea. COuld we have a tradition or event in which we can focus on Shared Governance. The faculty association would love assistnace if you’re interesed. Please see Lloyd Dunn.

Can we connect employers and students earlier

Clear cohorts exist in the school, but not so much in college transfer side.
We’re interested in anything which makes a stronger connection with our students. We would love for more seamless opportunities. If there is anyone here that has ideas, we’d love to hear them.

Students have spoken up in the futurist club that they’d like the opportunity to shadow faculty of other professionals. We’d like to give more guidance to our transfer students. What ROI will transfer students get vs. jumping to the job market. Mock interviews are a great way to give insight into the work needed on the job.

While Health sciences do not allow students to go to hospitals (rights violations), but we do mock interviews and service learning at both the beginning and the end of the degree path.

conclusion

As always, the town hall is a great way to keep a finger on the pulse of the organization and see where the ideas of the administration are heading. They do a good job of sheltering us faculty. Hearing their concerns allow us to better understand the leadership side of the organization while being on the faculty side.

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