April 8, 2013
Participants: Marvin Dodge, Melanie Jenkins, Kari Arnoldsen, Craig Mathie, Rick Wheeler, Joseph
Papenfuss, Mel Jacobsen, Clinton King, Gregory Wright, Adam Larsen, Richard Squire, Beckie Hermansen
and Danni Larsen.
Adam motion, Richard seconded that we approve the minutes of April 1, 2013. Unanimous vote.
Members of the Strategic Planning Committee met with members of the General Education Committee to discuss their “hopes and aspirations for Snow College five years from now.” Various suggestions and discussion topics are listed below.
Snow should become a “real” liberal arts college that includes science
What will be the role of liberal arts in the future 5, 10, 15 years out?
Have more 4-year baccalaureate degrees
Maintain CTE programs as has been done at UVU
Focus on nursing program – health sciences
Expand Snow’s efforts to attract students from outside the 6-county area as well as out-of-state
Continue Snow’s focus on attracting international students
Offering in-state tuition to out-of-state students in select areas only
Consider marketing Snow’s 4-year liberal arts programs as is now being done by SUU, Weber and Westminster
4-year institution would allow increased tuition in second two-years as is the case in our music program
Identify the competitive advantage of Ephraim location
Snow should become a “destination” not just a “pass through” location
Need more diversity in student population
Focus on the fact that Snow is affordable (this will be impacted as we move toward more 4 year programs)
Expand the Julliard connection as a reason to come to Snow
Unique size school (should we maintain or grow enrollment?)
Focus on more than students just gaining the GE experience
Suggest radical integrated general education
Identify and develop matriculation agreements for transferring GE credits to other colleges/universities
Cohort majors (GE)
Determine how to offer credit for life experiences such as military or mission. No clear policy in place for doing this now
Snow should not be considered as a GE mill; need to focus on other degrees/areas and majors
Transfer scholarships are difficult to obtain – is there something Snow can do to help our students? Easier to obtain a 4 year scholarship out of high school than 2 years at Snow.
Disadvantage for our students?
Develop 2+2, 3+1 arrangements with other institutions
Concurrent enrollment should bring more students to Snow following high school graduation – use it as more of a recruiting tool (like Weber)
Programs such as nursing could have online courses followed by intensive on campus study in preparation for board examination, etc.
How important is the degree in a graduate’s ability to obtain employment
Snow still needs to focus on STEM programs
Phase out the LPN and focus on RN degree program (including Bachelors)
Consider more public/private partnerships i.e., trucking/diesel mechanics
Contract employees/faculty members vs. full-time faculty members (new trend toward higher paid faculty without benefits – faculty may teach at several institutions and provide for their own benefits
After considerable discussion of the above topics, a conversation ensued about top priorities. The following were mentioned as possibilities:
More 4-year programs
Diversity in student population – both who and where
Focus on 2+2, 3+1 type programs
In-state vs. out-of-state tuition as a way to attract more students