Union notes from Union / Management Meeting

Present – Michael Abraham, Dennis Cecere, Peggy Codding, Marti Epstein, Helen Lewis, Margaret McAllister, Jeff Perry, Denise Pons-Leone,Stephanie Reich, Wendy Rolfe, Jackson Schultz, David Scott, Elizabeth Seitz, Andrew Shryock, and Jeri Sykes.

Management – Larry Simpson, Jay Kennedy, Joe Bennett, Matthew Nicholl, Scott Trach, Ron Savage, Lori Johnson, Bill Whitney, Darla Hanley, Jeff Klug

Jackson opened the meeting.

Scott Trach is here to present about the Early Alert System. The system has been in place since 2009, fall of 2011 Roger brown went public encouraging faculty to use the system, 2015 Office of Student Success. SAP standards, etc. in Scott’s presentation.

Faculty have very rarely received a closure letter saying that the issue has been resolved.

Scott: some cases don’t get resolved … but I would like to follow through with any specific cases, some students leave the college without resolving the issue.

What about first semester students?

Scott: we reach out through mentors and the LENS class to connect with the student to try and resolve the issue.

Lori: we have recently revamped the system of academic advising and we now have 7 advisors with a case load to reach out and create a relationship with the student. Any follow-up via email for faculty is success@berklee.edu

If there are specifics questions on specific cases, feel free to contact us.

Larry: do you have info on specific classes or areas in which Early alerts have been filed?

Scott: I haven’t done that much focused research but I can.

What are your goals for the programs and where are you going from here?

Lori: we want to drive usership, we want to support more, and be more proactive when possible – but we need information. When multiple faculty file an alert on one student, this really helps bring that student in the forefront. We really want to work on retention and student success.

Do you have any numbers on the students that don’t succeed and why?

Scott: we are working on pulling those numbers together but there are many different reasons for students leaving: financial, death in family, poor students, it’s all over the place.