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AAC&U Booklet on Curriculum Change

September 30th, 2014

Kyle and Adrienresizene have both recommended the following book as an useful guide to curriculum revision. Based on many years experience in workshops on curriculum change and research into curriculum revision efforts, the authors describe 50 potholes many institutions hit on the road to curriculum reform. Here’s the link:


Revising General Education and Avoiding the Potholes: A Guide for Curricular Change

It’s an interesting read, if you’re so inclined. An excerpt of the book, including some of the potholes, is here:

Gen Ed Potholes Excerpt

Learning Spaces: Faculty Development Workshops

September 25th, 2014

Today’s faculty development workshop was the first of a two-part series on designing learning spaces. The guest speaker was from Steelcase, who have done some interesting research on innovative classroom and education space design. They’ve also advised Hege Library during its strategic redesign process, some of which is already implemented and in place.

If you couldn’t make the presentation, or if you want to see more, please visit the library’s Learning Space page, in particular the Resources section. Also, please stop by the library to see what’s new, and look for the next faculty development session on learning spaces.

Clerk’s Committee Minutes, Friday September 12, 2014

September 24th, 2014

Full minutes are in the document here:

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes 9-12 Approved

A summary is below:

  1. The meeting opens with a moment of silence.
  2. CC approved edited Minutes from September 5, 2014.
  3. Assignment of Clerk’s liaisons to standing and ad hoc committees:
  4. CC approved the revision to Sec. 1.402 of Faculty Handbook (Assessment Committee)
  5. CC postponed approval the revision to Sec. 1.415 of Faculty Handbook (Nominating Committee)
  6. CC members discussed the charge for January Term Assessment Committee and made suggested edits and observations. The Clerk will revise the document using the suggestions offered.
  7. CC discussed strategies and importance of garnering faculty support undertaking a significant revision or replacement of our general education curriculum.
  8. Spontaneous questions arose about the holding of searches for faculty.
  9. The meeting closed with a moment of silence.

President’s reporting sessions on the college budget and financial planning

September 22nd, 2014

Jane asked me to inform the community that, following the October trustee meetings, she will present budget information and strategies to the community at two sessions on Wednesday, October 22. One session will be at 8:30 a.m. in Bryan Auditorium in Frank, and the other will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Moon Room in Dana. The presentations are scheduled for one hour, and they will cover the same information, so you only need to attend one of the two.

If you wish to attend, and neither of these times work for you, please let me know. Jane said she is willing to schedule an additional session as needed.

Information Sheet for Sexual Misconduct Reporting

September 18th, 2014

This is an information sheet for resources and reporting procedures for sexual misconduct. It would be useful for anyone at Guilford to read.

In addition to their other responsibilities in handling an incident, Guilford employees should provide a copy of this sheet to people who report an incident to them.

Sexual Misconduct Incident Resources and Procedures

More information is available on the Guilford Intranet at

(Information provided by Jen Agor)

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda, September 19, 2014

September 18th, 2014

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda                                                               Friday September 19, 2014 2:30 pm

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence 3 minutes
  2. Approval of Minutes from September 12, 2014 2 minutes
  3. For review: Faculty Meeting Minutes, September 3 2014 5 minutes
  4. For approval: Revision to Sec. 1.415 of Faculty Handbook (Nominating Committee) 10 minutes

(Document carried forward from 2013-14; revised with ideas from last week)

  1. For approval: Charge for January Term Assessment Committee 10 minutes

(Revised document with edits from last week)

  1. For discussion: Agenda for Faculty Meeting on 10/1 20 minutes
  2. For discussion: Charge for General Education Curriculum Revision Committee 15 minutes

(See draft prepared by Dave; same as last week)

  1. For discussion: Possible survey on faculty preference for salary information 5 minutes
  2. Meeting assessment and closing silence 5 minutes



  • Friday 9/26 meeting may need to be canceled or rescheduled – Dave cannot attend
  • Next faculty meeting agenda needs to be ready by Monday 9/29

Recent history of traditional student enrollment and tuition revenue

September 17th, 2014

During a recent Budget Committee meeting, we discussed the delicate balance between enrollment, institutional financial aid, and net revenue. Inspired by this discussion, I explored the data in our Guilford Factbook put out by the Institutional Research department, and I came up with the following graph which might be helpful in understanding some of our current financial issues. The data I used are the reported tuition and fees, total enrollment (not just entering class size), and the discount rate, or the average amount of tuition we provide as institutional financial aid. From these source data, I derived our average tuition paid per student and our total tuition revenue from all students combined. To make these five variables comparable, I indexed everything to the 2007-08 year, so we’re seeing trends in each variable since that year.



Some observations:

Enrollment (blue line) was stable for the first four years but has dropped in the past three years by about 15%.

Discount rate (red line) has grown with Tuition (orange line). It’s a little tricky to compare these, because the discount rate is a percentage based on the tuition rate, and the tuition rate is a dollar amount, but you can see the trends.

Given the high sticker price of college tuition, ours included, it is unrealistic to think that our discount rate could stay constant with rising tuition, as family incomes are not increasing as fast as tuition has.  So, part of the increase in the discount rate is a natural result of tuition increases.

Average Tuition Paid (green line) – this is the combination of the tuition rate and the discount rate, and it reflects how much students pay out of pocket (or borrow in loans). In the fist five years of this graph, the discount rate was growing more slowly than tuition, which meant that the average tuition paid per student rose – students were paying more out of their own pockets year over year. Towards the end of the graph, this falls off, and increases in tuition were more than offset by increases in the discount rate, reducing the amount students paid out of pocket.

Total Tuition (thick purple line) is the result of all the others combined – that is, enrollment times average tuition paid, and average tuition paid is the tuition times one minus the discount rate. We’re off nearly 10% since 2007-08, and we’re down 20% from our high point in 2010-11.

For reference, this Total Tuition value represents about $20 million in revenue out of our total budget of about $50 million, but if you remove the institutional financial aid from the budget (reasonable here because those are circular payments from us to us), it’s more like $20 million out of $30 million. Traditional student tuition and fees fund about 2/3 of the real money we spend.

So what’s the story here?

From 2007/8 to 2010/11, enrollment remained more or less constant. Our tuition rose, and our discount didn’t rise enough to compensate, so students paid us more net tuition each year. That was a good place to be in terms of budgeting.

From 2010/11 to 2013/14, enrollment dropped pretty precipitously, driven by incoming class sizes that didn’t keep pace with graduating class sizes. At the same time, our discount rate picked up significantly, growing from 44% in 2010-11 to 53% last year. This made our income per student drop a lot (although not down to 2007-2008 levels).  The combination of these two factors caused our net traditional tuition revenue to drop significantly from 2010/11 to 2013/14.

Note that this is traditional students only and tuition/fees only and doesn’t include CCE or room and board.

Post questions or comments below. If you need a non-color-coded version because of colorblindness, let me know and I can redraft it.

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