Welcome to the new academic year and to our celebration of GRCC’s 100th Anniversary! I am looking forward to us marking this important milestone in many ways through this year, which we began with our formal convocation at Fountain Street Church to open the academic year. I also want to remind you the President and Mrs. Carter will be speaking here on September 22. I encourage you to incorporate this opportunity into your classes and to reserve tickets for you and your students soon. (They are going fast!)
I want to extend special thanks to all of you for our highly successful check-up visit from the HLC last Spring. This summer, we received a very complimentary feedback report from our visitors. This is due in large part to all your skillful work teaching and advising students, as well as developing curriculum and assessing learning. One of the high points of the visit for me was the afternoon in which all the program directors and department heads shared the work they and their faculty members were doing on student learning assessment. It was very impressive! I am ever grateful to be part of our college community which is so completely dedicated to student learning.
The summer has been busy. As a result of all the hiring work that occurred through last year, we have 52 new faculty members this fall. I am grateful to all of you who helped in these many search teams. It has also been a summer of construction and I thank you for your flexibility. The remodeled spaces are beautiful and will convey to our students how much we value them and their academic work. Finally, the work of hiring the Provost began this summer. The committee, led by Jennifer Batten and Nikki Banks, met with the people from the search firm we have engaged, and the process is underway.
This year, we are launching the college’s new strategic plan. The revised ends are Student Success Pathways, Workforce Pathways, and Transfer Pathways. As your Interim Provost, I am responsible to help create the conditions to ensure we meet our mission. Please let me know how I can help you help your students to succeed and do share your ideas, questions and concerns with me. You can do this by phone, email or stopping in to see me. Debbie, Art and I will be in the Data Center for the next month or so prior to moving to the Administration Building at the DeVos Campus. I look forward to working with you this semester. Have a great beginning of the semester.
Fall 2014 Start-Up Info:
Summer 2014 Academic Standing Results
Good academic standing (GOOD) – 5,093
First time probation (PRB1) – 196
Probation continued (PRBC) – 87
Suspended (SUSP) – 135*
*of those suspended, 25 were enrolled in Fall 2014 classes and removed from them
Here are the results from Summer 2013:
Good academic standing (GOOD) – 5,571
First time probation (PRB1) – 223
Probation continued (PRBC) – 83
Suspended (SUSP) – 108*
*of those suspended, 34 were enrolled in Fall 2013 classes and have been removed from them
Click on the link directly above to access the Student Success & Retention workshop schedule. These workshops provide students with information regarding academic, career development, and personal development. Please share this information with your students and encourage them to attend.
Faculty Pay Date
Faculty Information Forms (FIFs) must be signed and returned to the appropriate academic associate dean. All required credentials (official college transcripts, degree status information, current certification, licensure, etc…) must be on file in Human Resources in order to ensure your correct pay rate. The first overload pay date is set for Friday, September 26, 2014.