SUMMER NOTES AND LOOKING AHEAD . . . IN BRIEF
The first week of June will bring scores of guests to campus for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities' 2015 Commission on Technology Conference. Topics will explore the tension between academic tradition and technological innovation, digital fluency, information security, and "reappraising general education amidst the technological wipeout." Reed Sheard, Debra Quast, and Troy Harris will be among the presenters. I have been asked to host panels on two of the most thought provoking and innovative recent films about technology and human relationships: "Her" and "WALL-E."
Despite reducing our price per unit, Mayterm saw another decline in enrollment. The 1024 student credit hours ran 60 hours lower than last year—and 600 lower than our peak year in 2012. We will be taking a close look next fall at incentives, marketing and offerings to see if we can reverse that trend.
June and July will see the final revisions of our institutional report for WASC, which is due in late August. Our evaluation team will hold an off-site discussion in the fall and identify some further questions or themes that they want us to address, and then the team will conduct its site visit on campus on March 1-3, 2016.
The annual Gaede Institute "Conversation on the Liberal Arts" in the spring will focus on social entrepreneurship—a theme that highlights the opening of our downtown center and the Student Life Department's year-long focus on "Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement." The conversation will address the ways in which a liberal arts education equips students for positive social impact locally and globally through social entrepreneurship, political engagement and work in non-profit organizations. The title of the conference will be "From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning." Faculty who would like their fall or spring courses to connect with the theme and activities of the conference should get in touch with Chris Hoeckley.