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Changes in management and staffing • • • • • • • • • • • The Trades Division hired two new welding and fabrication faculty and one shop aide to meet the needs of the expanded welding program. A new director of Lifelong Learning began working in September 2015. The two high school career coach positions were consolidated into one college pathways advisor. This position is now overseen by the director of admissions instead of the registrar. The college pathways advisor spends two days a week in each of the two local high schools and one day at GFC MSU. The student activities coordinator is now primarily funded through a student fee making this a permanent position. GFC MSU decreased the number of advisors from five to four in the Advising and Career Center. Two additional full-time nursing faculty were hired for fall 2015 to develop and deliver the ASN curriculum. Four new nursing clinical adjuncts joined the team in January 2016. The dental hygiene faculty team underwent a complete transformation during the past year. During fall 2015, the college hired a new dental hygiene program director, two new full-time faculty, a new dental clinic front desk coordinator, and two new dental hygiene clinical adjuncts. Dr. Donald Blevins remains as the supervising dentist. Program directors and faculty are now overseeing the simulation hospital, rather than the half- time coordinator who previously had those duties. The program director for the Health Information Technology program resigned effective December 15, 2015. An interim program director has been appointed until a search can be conducted. The web master was moved from Information Technology into the Communications and Marketing Department. A new marketing specialist position was created to oversee the college’s social media presence and assist with internal and external communications. What have you done today to help a student return tomorrow? From staff member: Yesterday I saw a lost student in the hallway and asked her if I could help her. She couldn’t find her classroom so I walked her to the room and visited with her all the way down there. This morning she found me and asked me to help her find her Tuesday classes. Glad she feels comfortable! Brief description of other institutional changes: • • • • • • The Academic Success Center expanded into an adjacent classroom in order to offer a separate area for math tutoring and quiet study area. The center’s hours were also increased in response to student requests, and online options were added so distance students can receive tutoring. New students now participate in an online orientation, rather than the previous face-to-face model, and advising is now done individually instead of group advising. GFC MSU began waiving the graduation fee starting summer 2015. GFC MSU convened a working group to discuss ways to enhance student retention, maximize student learning, advance institutional assessment, accountability and quality, and build a campus community by bridging the historical gap that can exist between academic affairs and student affairs. GFC MSU convened an Electronic Information and Technology working group led by the director of Disability Services to address campus-wide accessibility. All new and new transfer students are now required to take the AlcoholEdu and Haven Sexual Assault prevention and education modules if they have not completed previously before enrolling Great Falls College Montana State University 14
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