Meaningful lives

The personal, social and intellectual maturity of NMU students is the ultimate benchmark of the achievement of the university's mission. A high-quality university education creates lifelong learners, contributing citizens and thoughtful neighbors. NMU will develop those programs and employ those practices that maximize the opportunity for all students to succeed in their university experience and to lead a productive, meaningful life.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Quality Champs Life Skills Programs for Student-Athletes, offering life and career enrichment programs, were conducted this year. These demonstrate our commitment to the NCAA D-II "Life in Balance" initiatives emphasizing balance in athletics and academic priorities.

  • Sent two recreational fitness program employees to the MAHPERD (Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Convention.

  • Provided internship experiences for students allowing relevant work experiences in athletic game promotions, sports information and game management so they can put theory into practice.

  • Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports continued to be the second largest university student employer offering them relevant work learning experiences while they earned much needed wages to help pay for their education. Positions include - facility supervisors, graphics artists, ticket sellers and takers, lifeguards, sports officials, fitness instructors, personal trainers, concessions food service, and events coordinators.

  • Athletics and Recreational Sports staff participated in "Skill Builders" programs to enhance NMU student skills and awareness.

 

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Athletics and Recreational Sports staff participated in "Skill Builders" program to enhance NMU student skills and awareness. The department also initiated these programs:

  • Champs Life Skills Program for Student-Athletes, offering different enrichment programs to better prepare them for life's challenges.
  • NCAA Leadership Academy participants--One male and one female participated in this leadership program this spring.
  • Provided internship experience for approximately 16 students allowing relevant work experience so they can put theory into practice.
  • Employment experiences for students to learn relevant work skills.  Positions include--facility supervisors, graphic artists, ticket sellers and takers, lifeguards, sports officials, event coordinators, etc.

 

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The new Charge It program allows students to charge up to $500 of textbook costs to their NMU student account. 

The Dozing Discounts program offers discounts to NMU students at a variety of hotels across Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.  The goal of the program is to encourage students to stop and rest if they encounter unsafe driving conditions. 

The Wildcat Wallet Program offers student discounts at local businesses around Marquette.  This program is mutually beneficial to help businesses attract students and connect to the university while allowing students lower rates at local businesses. 

 

A. Goal: A Liberal Studies Program that provides students with the abilities and knowledge necessary for lifelong learning and effective citizenship in a challenging and rapidly changing world.

 

Priorities:

  1. Complete the process of creating a Liberal Studies Program that aligns with the mission, goals, skills and abilities approved for the program by the Academic Senate (2007).
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In winter, 2007, the NMU Academic Senate approved a set of "abilities" and "understandings" meant to form the basis for the Liberal Studies Program. The Liberal Studies Committee continues to discuss various models for the Liberal Studies Program that will effectively reflect those fundamental goals.

  1. Provide professional development opportunities for faculty that will assist in the implementation and effectiveness of the new Liberal Studies Program.
  2. Create an infrastructure that integrates the Liberal Studies Program with the First Year Experience and other student support services that improve retention.

B. Goal: Develop a new academic advising system that integrates the advising assets of academic departments and student services to contribute to a new, effective retention management network--similar to our enrollment management network.

 

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Web for Advisors


Modified the Web for Advisors system to provide deans and department heads with the capability of emailing and managing holds for their faculty's advisees.  

 

Priorities:

  1. Develop and implement a quality advising system in each college that will meet the needs of students, enhance retention and lead to increased graduation rates.
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  • Academic and Career Advisement Center and Career Services staff have developed a plan to more fully integrate career planning into undeclared advisement activities. The plan will be implemented in fall 2010. (Apr. 2010)

  • The All-Campus Tutoring Center has adapted to the needs of current students by offering more group tutoring opportunities. The participation counts at the end of March have already eclipsed the total amount of participation for the entire 2008-2009 academic year. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Criminal Justice Department has created a two-year program advisor for all Criminal Justice associate degree students. It is expected that this will increase the connection between the student and their degree program as well as increase retention and graduation rates since students now have one faculty member to advise them throughout their program. (Apr. 2010)

  • Military Science has conducted periodic sensing sessions with Cadets from each cohort to better understand what attracts them to NMU ROTC and why they desire to stay or leave the program. These sessions are helping to shape future training and advising activities to better meet the needs of all the Cadets. (Apr. 2010)

 

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The Student Services and Enrollment division has implemented the Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) degree evaluation tool. CAPP is an advising tool that allows students and their advisors to produce a degree audit on demand to assist in academic planning and enhance progress toward graduation.

 

The Academic and Career Advising Center collaborated with AdIT to provide ‘advising tools' for academic deans and department heads, enhanced ‘adviser tools' for faculty advisers (e.g., Adviser Tab on MyNMU) and underwent review of career planning activities and process for undeclared students.

  1. Establish articulation agreements with community colleges that effectively evaluate and improve the transferability of liberal studies and other courses and credits and that will be attractive to transfer students.
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  • The NMU Military Science program has developed a partnership with Gogebic Community College that provides the Basic ROTC Course at GCC and then offers transfer into the Advanced Course at NMU. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of ROTC students who transfer from GCC to NMU. (July 2009)

  • Student Services initiated changes to transfer policy language to represent NMU more positively to transfer counselors and potential transfer students. (Dec. 2009)

  • The School of Education has established agreements and relationships with Gogebic and Bay Community Colleges. The Director of Teacher Education Student Service visits these campuses to meet with advisors and students to assist them in planning successfully for transferring to NMU's teacher education programs. (Apr. 2010)

  • Military Science continues to evaluate effectiveness of the recent opening of the ROTC program at Gogebic Community College in order to allow students to take ROTC basic courses at GCC then facilitate the transfer into the advance course at NMU thereby bringing new transfer students to NMU and Cadets to ROTC. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Registrar's Office worked with Admissions and the Enrollment Management Network to adapt language regarding the MACRAO agreement and how transfer credits will be applied. The new language is clearer and presented in a more positive light, so transfer students will better understand how their credits will be applied to their degree requirements at NMU. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Registrar has successfully proposed to the Academic and Admissions Policy Committee and the Academic Senate a change to the requirements for obtaining a second degree from NMU. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited university will now be considered to have met our Liberal Studies and graduation requirements. (Apr. 2010)

  • Admissions Counselor Jessica Jones assisted with focus groups of current transfer students and with developing a spring marketing campaign targeted at transfer students at specific community colleges. Related to that, she, Associate Director Kevin Stulz and Assistant Director Cary Vajda developed a new transfer landing page, along with community college-specific landing pages designed to track the marketing targeted at those colleges. See www.nmu.edu/transfer for new transfer web page. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Registrar worked with International Programs and the College of Business to create an articulation agreement with Capital University of Economics and Business Overseas Chinese College. The agreement is targeted at business majors who take their first one to two years of coursework in China and their final two to three years at NMU. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Registrar worked with Clinical Sciences to create an articulation agreement with North Central Technical College for NMU's Clinical Laboratory Science and Clinical Health Science programs. (Sept. 2010)

  • The CAPS department has re-crafted an articulation agreement concerning the transfer of courses from Delta College's Electronic Media Broadcasting program into the Media Production and New Technology major at NMU and it is now in the process of being finalized at the two institutions. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Clinical Sciences department has finalized articulation agreements with Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI. Graduates from the NTC Radiography and Clinical Laboratory Technician associate degree programs will seamlessly transfer to the Clinical Health Science and Clinical Laboratory Science B.S. degree programs. These career ladder programs will provide health professionals in the region with needed advanced education. (Sept. 2010)

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    Office of General Counsel provided legal support and contract review of certain affiliation agreements.

     

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    With the leadership of Associate Provost Bill Bernard, a template and procedures for developing articulation agreements with community colleges have been developed and discussed with deans and department Heads.  The College of Professional Studies has established two new articulation agreements to date -- one in Criminal Justice with Alpena Community College and one in Engineering Technology with Northeast Technical College (Wisconsin).

     

    As academic departments complete articulation agreements, The Admissions Office has created Web content within NMU's transfer site to note articulation agreements, so when prospective transfer students and community college staff look at their school from www.nmu.edu/transfer, if there ARE articulation agreements in place, they will be apparent.

     

    The Admissions Office was a key participant in developing and updating information in the Michigan Transfer Network (www.michigantransfernetwork.org)

     

    The Admissions Office created a new transfer brochure to better reflect transfer-friendliness and scholarships.

     

    With the leadership of Colonel Todd Gile, department head in Military Science, a partnership with Gogebic Community College has been developed that provides the Basic ROTC Course at GCC and then offers transfer into the Advanced Course at NMU.  The purpose of the program is to increase the number of ROTC students who transfer from GCC to NMU. 

     

    The provost and Academic Cabinet hosted a one-day NMU campus visit in fall 2008 for the new Bay Community College Vice President for Instruction and Student Learning Edward Ogle and Dean of Instruction Chris Holmes.  The purpose of the visit was to initiate a more collaborative relationship between NMU and Bay Community College and to accelerate the establishment of new major-specific articulation agreements.

     

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    Public Safety and Police Services now has agreements with Lake State, Bay, Finlandia and Gogebic that recognize and honor the 12 credits from the Regional Police Academy.

    1. Identify and utilize quality assessment measures to improve the effectiveness of academic advising.
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  • Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Duby, Institutional Research, a new ad hoc committee, the Developmental Education Advisory Group, has been formed to advise the Provost on issues such as placement testing and the use of supplemental academic and student support services in order to enhance academic performance and retention of new freshmen who are admitted at academic risk. (Dec. 2009)

  • The ACAC staff, along with AdIT, have developed and instituted a means for academic deans and department heads to have complete detail on college and department advisees, by adviser. (Apr. 2010)

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    The Academic and Career Advising Center has developed outcomes assessment measures to improve the advisement of undeclared, and academic probation students.

    1. Utilize the Center for Native American Studies, the Multicultural Education and Resource Center and the Office of International Programs to recruit, retain and grant degrees to students.
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    Communication and Marketing worked with the Center for Native American studies to help secure a grant to publish an anthology about the lives and ways of 21st century Michigan Native Americans, which will be published by the NMU Press. C&M will edit, design, market and create a special interactive website for the anthology, which will be out in summer 2011.

     

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    Office of General Counsel provided advice related to international student recruitment, including contract review.

     

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    The NMU Admissions Office, with cooperation of the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC) initiated a new collaboration during 2008-09 with Admissions Promise, an organization whose goal is to increase the number of students of color who attend college.  The project brought high school juniors from Minneapolis and Milwaukee for a multi-day visit to the NMU campus.

     

    With the support of a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant, April Lindala, Director of the Native American Studies Program, is implementing the "College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy," a project to encourage Native American students to explore and enroll in professional preparation programs in nursing and other health professions.          

     

    The Office of International Programs has implemented a business plan aimed to increase the number of international students enrolled at NMU.  Representatives of NMU participated in student recruitment trips to Canada and Latin America during 2008-09 in an effort to recruit international students from those regions.  With support from a Wildcat Innovation Fund grant, Z Z Lehmberg, Department of English, is providing leadership for "The Asian Initiative," a project to increase enrollment of international students from China.

     

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    Office of General Counsel provided advice related to international student recruitment.

    1. Implement recommendations for the improvement and expansion of the NMU Honors Program.
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  • With the leadership of Honors Program Director, Dr. Michael Broadway, applications for the Honors Program have increased by 10% compared to last year at this time. In collaboration with Dr. David Wood, Department of English, Dr. Broadway will conduct a Canadian Studies and Shakespeare course this summer in Canada for Honors students. The Canadian study abroad experience is funded in part by a gift from a retired NMU faculty member. (July 2009)

  • A new provision in the Master agreement provides the Honors Board the means for developing and assessing the Honors Program. Regarding the latter, the Honors Board now has the ability to directly assess the student learning experience in honors classes as recommended by the Honors Task Force. (Dec. 2009)

  • Based on task force and consultant recommendations, the Honors Board has revised the Honors curriculum. The curriculum changes have been approved and will be implemented in fall, 2010. (Apr. 2010)

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    During the 2007-08 academic year, a provost-appointed Honors Program Task Force examined all aspects of the Honors Program. With the leadership of Dean Terry Seethoff, the task force made numerous recommendations for program improvement. A consultant from the National Collegiate Honors Council visited campus in April,2009 and also submitted a report and recommendations. Michael Broadway, associate dean of Arts and Sciences, was appointed honors director and has moved forward, in collaboration with the Honors Advisory Board, to implement recommendations from the Task Force and the consultant. 

    With Broadway's leadership, applications for the Honors Program have increased by 10 percent compared to last year at this time. 

     

    In collaboration with David Wood, Department of English, Broadway will conduct a Canadian Studies and Shakespeare course in Summer 2009 in Canada for honors students.  The Canadian study abroad experience is funded in part by a gift from a retired NMU faculty member.

     

    The Admissions Office worked with the Honors Program in developing new recruitment initiatives.

     

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    The Foundation began the process of securing a major gift to implement an "Honors Program" type of scholarship in the College of Business

    1. Increase access to and understanding of financial aid by creating new online interactive tools that simplify the financial aid process for prospective students, parents and others.
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    The NMU Financial Aid Toolbox, a set of interactive web-based tools to help students, parents and guidance counselors better understand the financial aid process, continues to be enhanced and is now being promoted on a national scale. It is used regularly by NMU Financial Aid Office and Admissions Office personnel in presentations they make about the NMU Experience.

     

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  • The Financial Aid Office hosted U.P. high school counselors for the High School Guidance Counselor Workshop. At the workshop, NMU rolled out the NMU Pathfinder: http://webb.nmu.edu/FinancialAid/Pathfinder/ - an interactive tool to help assist families and counselors to better understand the financial aid process. (Dec. 2009)

  • NMU Director of Admissions, Gerri Daniels, is serving as a resource to the NACAC Director of Public Policy and Research, who is serving as a primary, non-federal negotiator by the U.S. Department of Education for a negotiated rulemaking process that will result in new regulations for a number of issues related to the integrity of Title IV student aid programs. Ms. Daniels has also been serving as a consultant to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) for a podcast reflecting on the recent Department of Education's Projections of Education Statistics to 2018. (Dec. 2009)

  • The Financial Aid Interactive Toolbox is now formally in place. Included in the Toolbox are four tools - a cost calculator (interactive tool that allows families to enter high school GPA, ACT and FAFSA information to determine an estimated award), financial aid pathfinder (step-by-step tutorial for families completing the financial aid process for the first time), financial aid video stream presentation, and a glossary of terms (financial aid terms and acronyms). Three additional tools are in the development stage - SAP standards and appeal process videos being developed by a CAPS class, scholarship search, and cost comparison calculator. (Apr. 2010)

  • Admissions counselors provided input during the development of the financial aid toolbox, and once live, provided the link to prospective students and used the tool during conversion events (Spring 2010). (Sept. 2010)

  • Director of Admissions Gerri Daniels presented information to high school guidance counselors at the annual Promoting the Publics events regarding the Financial Aid Toolbox, the electronic Career Pathways field trips, the personalized links tool (www.nmu.edu/myadventure) and the ability for counselors to request online information about their students attending NMU and to request NMU materials. (Dec. 2010)

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    The Financial Aid Office and Communications and Marketing have collaborated on a project to create an interactive tool that guides students and parents through the financial aid process in a step-by-step fashion.

     

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    A new financial aid toolbox has been built and is expected to be live on the NMU Web site in time for the start of the prime high school recruiting period, which begins in late September (and may be live for the start of the NMU fall semester).  The toolbox includes: an interactive cost comparison for up to 5 schools, which demonstrates "out of pocket" cost differences; an NMU step-by-step financial aid process guide; the cost calculator (which has been on the Admissions site); an audio/visual tool for filling out the FAFSA; and some video presentation by financial aid staff.  To be added in the fall is a video piece on satisfactory academic progress.

    C. Goal: Integrate the highest possible level of information technology skills and competencies throughout the university.

     

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    Dining Services Staff Training


    Dining Services has launched a web based food service training module (Food Handler) that will be rolled out to all full time staff  August 2009,  Student employees of dining services will be trained with the online module beginning December 1, 2009 and all student workers will complete by February 28, 2010.


    Plant Operations

    • Researched systems that will provide a technology-driven monitoring system for stateside custodial operations.
    • Worked with Information Technology Services to produce a dashboard report for staff overtime monitoring.

    Golf Course

    Point-of-Sale (POS) register system software upgrades with new on-campus host server providing remote access to the golf course for daily operations, including processing credit card transactions, network access, and IP phone.


    WiMAX Network Coverage

    NMU has extended the Campus Network throughout the entire cities of Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer, Marquette Township, Chocolay Township (within a 2 mile radius of the Golf Course), and recently the city of Big Bay. The WiMAX network provides high speed broadband internet access to students, faculty, and staff living in these areas of Marquette County.


    Bookstore - Student Charges

    The Bookstore Advisory Committee recommends continuation of the program citing the trend of higher charges at the beginning of the semester as an indication that students are able to obtain their books earlier in the semester rather than waiting until they can accumulate the cash to purchase.  We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the program at the end of fiscal year 2011.


    Monsoon - Online Marketplace

    This will provide improved inventory efficiencies with interactive software that allows the Bookstore to sell obsolete books through the internet marketplace using sellers such as Amazon.com and Half.com. This program will be implemented by fall 2010.


    Conference and Catering

    • Web module added in March 2009 - ManageMyID.com is a website where students can view and/or manage their campus card account. It provides valuable information about account balances and spending history.  It allows the student or their guest the ability to add deposits to their campus card account using a credit card. Turning off a campus card that has been lost is also a very important feature of ManageMyID.com
    • Continue expansion of CBORD modules with Conference and Catering Services, vending machines, and PEIF memberships
    • Completed the merger of Conference and Catering into the Dining Services operation, creating a “one stop shop” as recommended by the consultants.

    Information Technology Skills and Competencies

    • HireRight is being used as a seamless part of the PeopleAdmin hiring process. HireRight provides 1- to 3-day turn-around on criminal and sexual offender background checks across the United States. This process was successfully launched with staff positions one year ago, and is now being expanded to include faculty hires.
    • Human Resources is overhauling the current hourly timekeeping system, which will permit more options for time reporting, improve accuracy, and seamlessly flow with the Banner IS system. Ms. Flack’s team is working on developing a web application to load current ISOs into Ultratime, in real time, for new and lost Ids produced at the Wildcat Express Center.

    Security Improvements for Credit Card Processing

    An internal review team worked with external and internal contacts to bring the University into compliance with International Payment Card Industry Standards. This project involved collaboration between information technology staff, sales staff, and faculty and staff professionals to increase documentation, develop network topographies, and institute an annual review process to ensure compliance. The Bookstore received a certificate of compliance form the internal review team this past summer when upgrading its processing software, and received subsequent approval from the University’s processor to begin web-based sales.


    Data Security

    • A new password policy was implemented requiring that passwords be changed on an annual basis and that they conform to complex (at least one character, one number, one special character) standards.
    • Data systems were analyzed for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and changes were made accordingly.
    • A new privacy agreement was developed for use whenever an outside vendor requires access to university data.

    Door Access/Security System Replacement Project

    In 2009, a new door access/security system was installed in all the residence halls and Woodland Park Apartments. The design is being completed to expand this security system to all Stateside buildings and replace the existing obsolete door access/security systems. The new system will provide Public Safety with the ability to remotely lock down all buildings on the system.


    Information Technology Skills and Competencies

    • Leveraging technology through HR practices: PeopleAdmin, Banner optimization, HireRight, E-verify, etc.
    • In addition to the technology-related training noted above, PeopleAdmin was launched for both the Position Management and Recruiting modules across all employee groups (this was quite ambitious, as compared to a typical roll-out, which might introduce one module at staggered times to various groups). Uptake, particularly on the faculty search process, has been much better than expected. As we reach conclusion on the first academic year’s searches, we will be conducting post-user focus groups to assess additional needs for guidance materials, on-line instruction, or system operation.
    • HireRight is being used as a seamless part of the PeopleAdmin hiring process. HireRight provides 1- to 3-day turn-around on criminal and sexual offender background checks across the United States. At this time, the tool is being used exclusively for staff hires.

    Moodle / EduCat

    A new course management system was implemented to replace WebCT. For the fall semester, approximately two thirds of all courses using the course management system were on EduCat. For winter semester, all courses will be on EduCat.

     

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    Focus group testing for the PeopleAdmin software program for Human Resources has been completed (4 sessions total, plus numerous staff and academic updates).  Due to turnover in PeopleAdmin, HR is currently having to make some revisions of the workflows and re-verify the change log item completion.  A  go-live date is planned on August 1st or 8th.

     

    Banner EPAF and HireRight are dependent on the PeopleAdmin implementation, and are continuing according to the constraints of the PeopleAdmin launch.                   

    The Human Resources department has launched a leadership development program designed for establishing a model of leadership across campus and the framework for targeted leadership development at multiple levels.

     

    Technical Services has worked with the Athletics Department to acquire and implement a new digital video replay system.  This system allows teams to have greater ability for analysis of game films and practice films in a digital format that can be marked up to facilitate game film editing.  It also meets new conference requirements for an updated format of game films for sharing with other teams.  The project was implemented utilizing existing university infrastructure which lowered the project acquisition and implementation costs by over 50 percent from original pricing.

     

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    Designed and implemented an electronic Board of Trustees Book which generated a savings of over $5,000.  Trained Board members on use of this Web-based technology.

     

    Priorities:

    1. Provide a wide variety of professional development opportunities to expand the information technology skills of faculty, staff and students.
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  • With the leadership of Darlene Walch, Dean of AIS, Eric Smith, Director of Broadcasting and Audiovisual Services and Matt Smock, Instructional Technologist; the Course Technology Innovation Program (CTIP), funded by the Wildcat Innovation Fund, has been implemented. The program will involve 14 faculty in a year-long series of activities with the goal being to support participants in successfully integrating new instructional technologies in their teaching. (July 2009)

  • The Course Technology Innovation Program (CTIP), funded by the Wildcat Innovation Fund, continues with participants recently meeting to share technology innovations they've developed and implemented in courses during the first half of the year-long program. Participants shared technology applications including the use of clickers to promote test success among Nursing students, live web class visits with experts from other states, and use of pre-class or in-class recordings to enhance student access to class material. (Dec. 2009)

  • AIS is currently seeking participants for CTIP-II (2010-11), which will focus on online course development. Members of this faculty cohort will develop at least one new online course or significantly redesign and improve a course previously taught online. Each course developed in CTIP-II will meet guidelines specified by "Quality Matters," a nationally recognized quality assurance process for online learning. The CTIP project is a Wildcat Innovation Fund program.

  • Counseling and Consultation Services is implementing new software, Titanium, that will improve capabilities to identify and use best practices, benchmarking data and reporting, fostering research methodology, identifying outcomes, and promoting efficiency by shortening the time needed for scheduling, documentation, and care coordination for Counseling and Consultation Services. This includes the use of speech recognition software. In addition, the staff of Counseling and Consultation Services received Qualtrics training to provide the tools needed for survey research. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Director of Admissions participated in a webinar by World Education Services regarding verifying and authenticating foreign educational documents and also researched and enrolled to receive NMU applicants' credential evaluation reports and transcripts electronically. (Apr. 2010)

  • In keeping with the goals of professional development, the School of Nursing supported a successful application of Nancy Maas, RN, MSN who was awarded a scholarship to attend a Simulation Conference that focuses on development of education leaders in simulation through the National League for Nursing (NLN). (Sept. 2010)

  • The Seaborg Center held numerous mathematics/science/technology professional development opportunities for K-12 educators in 2010. Technologies instruction occurred for educators using the following technologies: graphing calculators, Apple's iTouch, flip video technologies, document cameras, and computer projection devices. (Sept. 2010)

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    Office of General Counsel participated in on-site technology training.

     

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    With the leadership of Darlene Walch, dean of AIS, Eric Smith, director of Broadcasting and Audiovisual Services and Matt Smock, director of Instructional Design, Technology and Media; the Course Technology Innovation Program (CTIP), funded by the Wildcat Innovation Fund, has been implemented. The program involves 15 faculty in a yearlong series of activities with the goal being to support participants in successfully integrating new instructional technologies in their teaching.  A one-week workshop was conducted in June 2009 to initiate the project.

     

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    Banner optimization is continuing as a result of participation in the Banner user group meeting.  Seniority reporting, life insurance administration, EPAF, and several screen process improvements will be implemented over the next several months.

    1. Provide new opportunities for faculty and staff to develop and implement high-quality online academic programs.
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    The Office of Instructional Design, Technology, and Media (IDTM) in Academic Information Services, with the leadership of director Matt Smock, is providing individualized consulting, support, and resources to enable faculty to successfully implement best practices in online instruction.   With this support and with the enthusiastic leadership of many faculty  the number of courses and programs being offered either entirely or partly online and opportunities for online learning for both on-campus and off-campus students continue to steadily increase.

     

    Broadcasting and A/V Services completed an upgrade to MediaSite Live this year and promoted it to individual departments as a way to aid in the delivery of course content (audio, video and graphics) to off-campus students.  System adoption became more universal and to-date over 2,000 programs have been recorded and stored on MSL servers.  Currently over 49,000 individual users access content within the system.  This work was coordinated through the Course Technology Alliance (CTA) which is comprised of members from AIS and LRD. 

     

    Additionally, a cooperative LRD/AIS project is underway to create a technology corridor in the LRC.  The corridor includes Broadcasting, A/V, Media Services, CITE and Academic Computing services in a way  that facilitates "one-stop-shopping" for students and faculty who need assistance with technology and streaming media for course work.  In May of 2009, AIS and LRD received Wildcat Incentive Funds to assist and train a faculty cohort group in using advanced course related technology.  This year long project is providing year-long intensive training and assistance to 15 faculty who have committed to using significant (and appropriate) technology applications in their on-campus or on-line courses.

    1. Establish a "think tank" to encourage new ideas and pedagogies that will leverage the university's technical expertise and high-tech corporate partners in order to bring external resources to the university.
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    With the leadership of Dean Terry Seethoff, this priority is in development.

    1. Establish benchmarks for technology literacy for all NMU graduates and develop a plan to achieve them.
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    The AIS Ad-Hoc Committee on Information Literacy and Technical Competency has reviewed technology literacy standards from the State of Michigan and from the Association of College and Research Libraries.   The committee is also reviewing the ETS Skills Assessment Tool to assess its compatibility with NMU's environment.  

    1. Create an enhanced infrastructure that will continually expand the availability and variety of new technological tools and services for NMU students, faculty and staff.
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    The Foundation Scholarship Application developed by the NMU Foundation, ADIT Department, and the Financial Aid Department was deemed as an excellent model of efficiency by Business Magazine and will be featured in the December issue.

     

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    Communications and Marketing is working with the NMU Academic and Career Advisement Center to develop an interactive online time management training tool that will replace the paper model currently used by ACAC and First-Year Experience instructors.

     

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  • Academic Computing programmers configured a podcasting site, making it easier for faculty to capture lectures and make them available to students. NMU now has enough educational content for us to have a presence on iTunes U; the application has been approved and we should appear on the iTunes U site in a few weeks. (Dec. 2009)

  • During the 2009-2010 academic year, 863 students were able to take advantage of the new Perkins Master Promissory Note electronic process. (Apr. 2010)

  • The Financial Aid Office has revised the summer awarding process from a manual paper-driven process to incorporate automatic eligibility calculations based on integrating banner and excel worksheets. (Apr. 2010)

  • AIS and Information Technology have tested three course management systems as possible replacements for Blackboard WebCT, NMU's course management system. Two informational forums have been conducted to inform faculty of a recommendation to migrate to "Moodle". Once a decision is reached, a process will begin to migrate the nearly 2,500 classes within the current system. As an open source system, Moodle will allow for expansion of system functions (e.g. self-defined user groups to support international guest students; portfolio module; university forum/discussion content). (Apr. 2010)

  • Special web landing pages were created for Admissions to engage prospective transfer students and track responses to ads placed in targeted community college newspapers. (Sept. 2010)

  • NMU is implementing the new course management system, EduCat, which is powered by Moodle software. The migration plan calls for a transition from WebCT to Moodle over the coming academic year. As of the first week of classes, there were 1,011 requests for class uses of the course management systems, with over 700 of those being requests to use EduCat. Before the start of the fall semester, nearly half of the teaching faculty had participated in workshops conducted by CITE staff as an introduction to EduCat. (Sept. 2010)

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    Office of General Counsel worked on agreements with Marquette County, the City of Negaunee, and Forsyth and Powell townships to expand NMU's wireless WiMAX reach in the county.

     

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    The Registrar's Office, with the leadership of Registrar Kim Rotundo, is implementing an electronic transcript service for students that will allow the University to send transcripts as an attachment through a secure network. 

     

    The Registrar's office worked with AdIT to create an automatic download of academic information regarding student athlete performance from BANNER to CAi software, which is what is used by NMU and the NCAA for athletic eligibility.  In the past, this information was entered by hand. 

     

    The Registrar's Office worked with AdIT to develop a new system on Banner to allow students to select which directory information they want to be confidential instead of the all-or-nothing method that was used in the past.  This is being implemented in August with our annual FERPA announcement.

     

    The Financial Aid Office implemented a new electronic system of issuing Perkins Loan Master Promisary Notes to students eliminating paperwork and streamlining the process for students.

     

    The Career Services Office has developed an online resume service to assist students in posting their resume online to all prospective employers.

     

    With the assistance of College of Business Professor Sandra Poindexter and Communications and Marketing, the Provost's Office completed the development of a new Provost's Office/Academic Affairs Web site in summer 2009. A needs analysis was conducted with goals established to include:  the presentation of a quality image to internal and external viewers, the reflection of the mission statements of the division and the university as well as Road Map themes, the provision of a resource-rich site for the campus community and the creation of a transparent communication of the roles and responsibilities of personnel in the Academic Affairs Division.  The website will become live approximately August 1.

     

    Significant progress has been achieved in implementation of WNMU-TV and WNMU-FM digital conversion projects including needs assessment, timelines, legal and regulatory considerations, funding and fundraising, grant submittals and supervision of a three-phase, $4 million project construction. New digital technologies developed under this goal will increase program quality and channel capacity that aid in facilitating additional programming opportunities and experiences for students.Funding for this initiative was secured through federal grants. On June 12, 2009 WNMU launched new DTV transmission capabilities and added two additional broadcast channels capable of serving NMU's public and instructional missions.  The final phase of the WNMU's DTV transition includes updating studio production facilities to digital.  This digital conversion also includes WNMU-FM's IBOC digital transmitter replacement providing improved signal reliability and multi-channel capacity for serving future instructional and programming needs. 

     

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    Developed the ability for students to securely enter banking information online that gives the university the ability to deposit overage checks of financial aid directly to bank accounts.  Reduces the lines in student services during rush periods and allows for quicker access to funds by students.  We have also been encouraging greater participation by students in electronic payroll deposits.

     

    Expanded confidentiality options for students by providing five different options for confidentiality on the Banner system.  This benefits students in that they will be able to allow service learning and academic information to be released but still restrict physical contact information.

     

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    Office of General Counsel assisted with contracts with the City of Marquette and Marquette Township to expand NMU's wireless reach.

     

    The Internal Auditor worked on several projects to support this priority, including a new ReportNet program that identifies unsubmitted purchasing policy expenses; new microprocessors and support software (CBORD) for transactions; and selection of a new purchasing card vendor. 

     

    Recreation participants can now sign up for different program offerings online, making it much more customer convenient.

    1. Develop a "virtual" campus that provides reliable, convenient access to online courses and other essential student services.
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  • The Registrar's Office now provides all students with electronic degree evaluations. Approximately 90% of evaluations are on-line, using the CAPP program, which can be accessed through my.nmu. The remaining 10% are now sent electronically as e-mail attachments. (Apr. 2010)

  • Housing and Residence Life is upgrading on-line services to students living on-campus as well as prospective students, beginning with a new on-line residence hall application. In addition, with the shift from CBORD's CS Housing to their Odyssey housing management system, we expect to minimize system problems and enhance room assignments with the on-line roommate selection component on the new web application process (Odyssey). (Apr. 2010)

  • The Test Request Form for students with disabilities is now available on-line. Students can submit their request electronically or print the form and bring it in to Disability Services. (Apr. 2010)

  • The number of employers utilizing Career Services' Online Resume System has increased from 38 to 54 (42%) and the number of students utilizing the system has increased from 45 to 106 (135.5%) since June 2010. (Sept. 2010)

  • The CAPS department increased its 2010 summer on-line courses by fifty percent. (Sept. 2010)

  • The Seaborg Center successfully initiated a new student database supported by NMU for communications to student, parents and the community at large. The Seaborg Center worked together with NMU's Administrative Information Technology /Consulting and Support Services Department staff to improve access for NMU staff to College for Kids information. The database will be used to update and maintain Seaborg Center's College for Kids student, parent and community contact information. It will be useful for assessment of the program as well as streamlining staff /stakeholder communications and efficiency. (Sept. 2010)

  • All NMU Military Science classes are now available online to participating students. (Sept. 2010)

  • All 20 of the School of Education graduate courses will be available online for winter 2011 to better serve the professional and career needs of educators in the region and throughout the world. (Dec. 2010)

  • The Registrar's Office is working with the National Student Clearinghouse to implement an online degree and enrollment verification process. Students will be able to go to a web site and print an enrollment certificate. Employers will be able to use this site to verify that students have earned a degree. (Dec. 2010)

  • Financial Aid and Communications and Marketing collaborated with Communication and Performance Studies during the winter 2010 semester to develop student-created videos describing the Satisfactory Academic Progress policies and appeals process using student athletes. The videos may be viewed at:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Sq4SaDxhc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=098z-77Zp-A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GPl4SnkCRM
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    Improved Service for Students

    • A new web application has been created for students who have applied to the University. The new system provides applicants with information about the status of their application, guides them to register for orientation, allows them to update their email address, and gives them a direct link to their admissions counselor. In the past, applicants either called the Admissions Office to check the status of their application or received information that was mailed to them. Since going live in September 2009, more than 2,200 students have logged into the system more than 8,000 times.
    Completed programming to tie the course registration system to the course bulletin providing students with course information they need when planning their schedule

     

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    The Registrar's Office is working on the development of several online services including electronic submission for incomplete ("I") grades and automated communication to both students and faculty regarding the terms of those "I" grades.

     

    The Student Services and Enrollment division has developed an Online Orientation program, virtual advising system, and an online student services Web site to assist online students.

     

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    AdIT developed an automated process for incomplete grades.  The automated process provides automatic electronic notification and alerts that pertain to due dates for students, registrar, and faculty, to better monitor completion of coursework after the semester ends.

    -Superior Edge System – interactive system that allows students to record time for work that qualifies towards the "edges" and alerts for timing of project due dates.

     

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    Public Safety and Police Services has made the on-line transition with several training programs for faculty/staff and will expand offerings in the future.