Monday, April 11, 2011
Update from the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Annual Conference, which I attended in Chicago over the weekend, is always an opportunity to explore the important issues that are impacting our industry. One issue is the growing movement toward "federalizing” accreditation. Federalizing, as defined by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), references the growth of requirements in federal law that accreditors must meet, especially in the academic area. There are far too many proposals or concerns to adequately share in this communication, but I will elaborate on a few:
· There is little doubt Congress is concerned about return on its rapidly growing investment in higher education. Just five years ago, the Pell Grant program amounted to $12.7 billion; today the number exceeds $34 billion.
· Another Congressional concern is in the relationship between the regional accrediting bodies and its member institutions. Accrediting bodies like HLC are charged with oversight of colleges and universities. Member institutions support HLC through annual payment of dues and auxiliary fees. Congress is concerned about a potential conflict of interest given the perception that the HLC receives its funding from the institutions it must oversee. There is no proposal in place to remedy this perception.
· The Department of Education has proposed a definition for a credit hour. Those who oppose this legislation do so not because the definition is in error, but because it is being imposed without cause or need. Much of the weekend conversation centered on the Department of Education’s move to micro-manage and homogenize campus academic programs and limit innovation.
· New legislation will require institutions that participate in federal funding programs and those who are offering distance education programs to meet any state requirements necessary to legally offer distance education in impacted states. In general, this places the federal government in the role of enforcing state statutes, one that is felt by many to be inappropriate and unnecessary. One example of an unfortunate consequence of this proposed policy was from a university that offers online courses in the summer to its own students. In their case, they would have to seek authorization from every state in which their students reside, even though they have no intention of marketing to anyone else within those states.
The changes in regulation referenced above are scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2011. CHEA and other organizations have requested that the Department of Education remove the provisions for credit hour and state authorization from the final legislation. Equally important are the changes being made to the accreditation process. Rockford College has traditionally participated in the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ). That program is being discontinued and the College will soon need to select between the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), created early in the last decade, and the Open Pathway Program, which is currently in development.
Have a great week!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Next Forum Event Wednesday April 13: Impact of the Mexican Revolution on the United States
To honor the centennial of the Mexican Revolution (1910), Dr. Antonio Delgado will examine some of the major effects the Revolution had on the United States including Mexican immigration to the U.S., the invasion of New Mexico by General "Pancho” Villa, and Mexican expropriation of U.S. oil company properties in the early 20th century. The presentation includes pictures and recorded music. The presentation will start at 7:00 p.m. in Fisher Memorial Chapel.
To order tickets or for more information, call the Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100.
All College email accounts are being moved to new servers. This is an extensive process so everyone’s patience is greatly appreciated. Please stay tuned to updates from IT Director Bonnie Johnson for the latest information on our email improvements.
Congratulations to Employees’ of the Month: Kristyn King and Justin Krueger!
The CARE Committee is pleased to announce the College’s most recent recipients of Employee of the
Month. January’s winner is Interim Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach Kristyn King. February’s winner is Justin Krueger, accounting manager. Congratulations to Kristyn and Justin for being recognized by their peers for going above and beyond . To read more about these two exceptional RC employees, visit the Community page on my.rockford.edu.
How to nominate an Employee of the Month: The CARE committee needs your help in nominations. A form is emailed out monthly to nominate a staff or faculty member that you feel has been going above and beyond. The deadline to submit your nomination is on the 15th of each month. There is a mailbox for CARE; simply put your form in an interoffice envelope (marked CARE) or drop it off at the mail desk.
Time is running out if you have failed Forums to make up
If you have any failed Forum semesters, the deadline for make-up essay submission is TODAY, Monday, April 11, 2011 by 5 p.m. Essays must be turned in to the Box Office in Clark Arts Center.
For essay guidelines see: http://www.rockford.edu/?page=ForumSeriesFAQ (info is in the answer to the last question). It is not possible to graduate with any failed Forum semesters. Next submission date will be in November 2011.
April Weekend 2011: "Welcome to the Jungle" April 14-17
Be sure to check your campus mailboxes this week for a special gift and check out flyers posted around campus for a complete listing of events. Some highlights are included below:
Wednesday, April 13
Grace Roper Lounge (1st floor of Burpee)
Come build your own jungle animal!
Take a trip to the Madison Zoo
Saturday, April 16
Sign up by Thursday, April 14
*Open for all students/faculty/staff
Cookout and Games
Sunday, April 17
Wall-Ball, Bags, Sand Volleyball, Tug-of-War, Outdoor dinner in the Lion's Den circle. Non meal plan students will have their meal paid for by CAB!
Contact CActivitiesBoard@Rockford.edu to sign up for games/sports you will be participating in and for more information.
Are you interested in Washington, D.C. internships for summer or fall of 2011?
These opportunities provide professional experience and access to exciting learning and sharing environments in our nation's vibrant capital city. The Washington Center (TWC) is still accepting applications for the upcoming year, so please read on if you are interested and contact Dr. Catherine Forslund or TWC with any questions.
TWC extended the official summer deadline and will continue accepting materials. Since many students are already registering for fall classes and securing space in on-campus dorms or apartments, it's important to start thinking about spending a semester in D.C. very soon (unless you'll be attending as a postgraduate). Apply by our fall 2011 competitive deadline of May 2, 2011!
Ready to apply? Get started online at: www.twc.edu/internships/learn-more/application. Don't forget that in addition to our Washington-based offerings, our D.C.-London Program is also available during the fall semester. You should apply to be considered for that program by May 13. www.twc.edu/abroad.
Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 202-238-7900, Toll free: 800-486-8921
Website: www.twc.edu (click on Live Chat to speak with a TWC staff member!)
Psi Chi Hosts 2nd Annual Professor-Staff Bake-Off
Psi Chi is a Psychology student honor society at Rockford College and is planning to host the 2nd Annual Professor-Staff Bake-Off as a fundraiser. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 27 from noon to 2 p.m. on the patio outside Colman Library. We are seeking feedback from faculty and staff interested in participating by donating baked goods.
On April 27, students, faculty, and staff of RC will be encouraged to sample the donated baked goods and vote for their favorite. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund student research-related activities such as travel to undergraduate psychology research conferences as well as costs associated with students presenting research at these conferences.
For those interested in participating, please let us know before APRIL 22 by contacting Nathaniel Branch at email@example.com. Please indicate what baked good(s) you will be submitting for the bake-off. You are free to make ANY dessert that can be individually distributed in sample size portions. Thanks so much and we look forward to another successful Professor-Staff Bake-Off!
Webinars Presentations: 9 Career Authors & Experts Share Proven Job Search Techniques!
Come to the Rockford College webinars presented by TalentMarks to learn the latest information on how to organize your job search, plan your career, build a network, interview and use Linkedin and Twitter to get a job! Attend one presentation or all. All presentations take place in the Faculty Dining Room, Burpee 2nd Floor, from 2 – 3 p.m.
Presenters are the top career authors and experts in the nation! Participate in one or ALL 9! No registration is required. All students, alumni and community members are welcome to attend.
Mark your calendar for these Wednesday events!
April 13 Scott Zimmerman & Carl Rakich Interviewing
April 20 Susan Whitcomb Twitter
April 27 Mark Goulston Listening
May 4 Devora Zack Networking
May 11 Peter Weddle Career Strategy
May 18 Martin Yate Job Search
Clubs/Meetings for the Week
Looking RC Intramurals:
Volleyball will be held in Seaver Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 6:00pm! Teams are CO-ED and teams are made up of 5 Players on the floor per team at one time. Normal volleyball rules apply. If you are interested in playing, email your team name and members by April 11, 2011 at 3:00pm to RIntramural@Rockford.edu!
Look forward to seeing you there!
"SENIOR SAIL OUT” Navy Pier Dinner Cruise, Saturday, April 30
Dinner, DJ, Dancing, Cash Bar
Ticket Sale Dates/Times: Bring your school ID and a form of identification showing your birthday.
When: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time: Load the bus at A-Lot at 5:45PM, Return by 2:30AM
Tickets: $20 each for RC seniors, $30 for guests
Must be a Rockford College student of senior standing to purchase a ticket! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
T.E.A.C.H. Meetings - Tomorrow Educators Achieving Challenging Heights
All Future Educators Welcome! Please come if you can.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This will be a great week on Rockford College Radio! In addition to our regular programming, we will be broadcasting live at Casino Night this Saturday night for April Weekend.
Also, this Sunday from 5-10PM, Murphy's Pub & Grill will be doing a "Feed the College Kids" night. Anyone with a Rockford College ID, including faculty and staff, that goes to Murphy's and shows their ID will get a FREE HAMBURGER!
Make sure to listen all week and go to Murphy's on Sunday. Murphy's is located at 510 S. Perryville Road Rockford, IL.
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz
Classic Rock Hour
2-3PM – Polish Bear Sports Radio
6-7PM - Faculty Focus
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz
Classic Rock Hour
3-4PM - The Buzz with Bec and Beth
6-7PM - Faculty Focus
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz
Classic Rock Hour
2-3PM – Broadway Beat with Mark & Andrew
3:30-4PM – Travel Jamz
6-7:30PM – The Madhouse Comedy/Talk Show
http://www.live365.com/stations/musicclub10?site=pro, Station Phone Number - 815-394-5280
Each week, we give you a glimpse of the important events on Dr. Head’s calendar. Here’s what’s on tap for this week.
HLC Annual Meetings, Chicago
Connect The Dots (Alumni/Student Networking event)
Hosting School Administrators & Principal from China
RC in the news
· Professor Rezazadeh, economics, was interviewed in the Rockford Register Star about the economic health of the Rockford region.
· The hard work of our head football coach, Vic Wallace, was the subject of an article in the RRS.
· Our football team’s spring practice activities were carried in the photo gallery section of the RRS.