Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is fully engaged in forming the teams needed to implement the campus-based projects specified in the CTF work plan.

HTC’s CTF committee that is responsible for leading the campus based-work outlined in the plan includes Drs. Merrill Irving, Jr. and Lisa Larson as well as Annette Roth, Kristine Sladek (AFSCME representative), Ravi Gupta (MAPE Representative), Jenessa Gerling (MSCF representative), and Gretchen Long (MnSCU’s CTF Coordinating Committee representative).   HTC’s student representatives are Jon Norling and Gloria Watkins.

HTC will engage in action for the 2015-2016 goals and priorities of CTF, including participating in the following specific initiatives:

              Dr. Lisa Larson is engaging in:

1.1.2      Convene campus-based advising work group that researches advising best practices and develops specific recommendations for strengthening advising.

December Update:

An Advising Taskforce has been created to review best practices as well as alignment of practices and standards with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)


Dr. Merrill Irving together with Chief Diversity Officer Jean Maierhofer is engaging in:

1.1.2 and 1.3.1   Complete a college diversity plan that is in sync with HTC’s student success plan.

December Updates:

1.1.2: CDO will be conducting a needs assessment for diversity and inclusion with the Enrollment Advisors at the December Enrollment Services meeting.  The assessment is part of the “Inclusive Excellence” Diversity & Equity Planning toolkit developed by the MnSCU Diversity Planning Workgroup.  The data will be shared with the Dean of Enrollment and Advising Taskforce.  Additional needs assessment for diversity and inclusion is in the works for TRiO Advisors, and faculty advisors in spring 2016.

1.3.1:  CDO and Diversity Committee is working with the VP of Academic & Student Affairs, Dean of Enrollment, and Dean of Students to ensure the HTC Diversity Plan is in sync with the HTC Academic & Student Affairs Plan.  The VP of Academic & Student Affairs met with the Diversity Committee in November to discuss where the plans can intersect.  Areas of intersection include:  high impact practices for student success, student completion rates, Universal Design for learning and instruction, and strategic enrollment management.  The discussion will continue at the December meeting. 


Jenessa Gerling together with Dean Kristine Ramos-Walker and the E-Learning Committee is engaging in:

1.1.6      Complete an evaluation of existing online resources and services to meet needs of future and current students.

December Update: 

The Student Affairs department in collaboration with Institutional Research has conducted a student survey to better understand IT, specifically website resources students would like to have to improve their success.

The Student Affairs division is working with the Information Technology department to revise the student email log in process (use student STARID username and password) to improve ease and efficiency.

The Webmaster is in the early phases of developing an internal Instant Message communication tool to improve communication with students.


Kris Sladek and the Technology Committee is engaging in:

1.2.2      Conduct a campus technology assessment to better understand academic program/discipline needs, current and future student needs and access, and institutional capacity to meet needs of current and future students and faculty.

December Update:

Based on the Technology Committee recommendations, the IT Department underwent a campus-wide assessment within the previous academic year. Some of the findings of that assessment included:

Starting with a vision of an education-focused IT for HTC:

  • Most labs could use lower-cost but up-to-date technology (i.e. chrome books);
  • Provide learning materials & applications via an HTC-provided cloud services;
  • HTC could acknowledge personal tablet & smart phones into the learning experience;
  • Classrooms could be set up for instant media configuration;
  • Classrooms presentations and audio could be able to be automatically webcast;
  • Classrooms could be set up to support call-in and IM questions;
  • Administrative data could flow seamlessly with processes;
  • Learning materials could be available on mobile devices that students have;
  • Training and support could be provided online.

The assessment also recognized the following future needs:

  • Action S1: Lab and teaching technology capacity re-assessment
  • Action S2: Cloud virtualization of IT and classroom services
  • Action S3: Consolidation of data services between campuses (one only)
  • Action S4: Move access to applications to web browser technology
  • Action S5: Marketing campaign management – support technology project
  • Action S6: Expand use of video, webcasting and phone services for distance learning
  • Action S7: Re-define ACD (automated in-bound call handling) to capture and retain students
  • Action S8: Integrate computer learning with institutions IT needs
  • Action S9: Create custom HTC phone Apps to provide HTC information
  • Action S10: Deploy full scale remote access to applications
  • Action S11: Use "data Analytics" to predict students behavior to provide preemptive help and remediation
  • Action S12: Create (and acquire) more online content and materials for on and off campus
  • Action S13: Improve access to data – via better fine organization and search

The HTC Technology Committee is currently trying to define what, if not all, of the above recommendations have been addressed. Additionally, the Committee will be looking at where we are in respect to updated technology and what yet needs to be done when they meet again in December. An ongoing standing item on the Committee’s agenda has been created to keep the Charting the Future goal a priority for the upcoming year.


Annette Roth and the Foundation is engaging in:

3.1.1      Establish stretch goals and prepare for the statewide scholarship campaign to raise $150M over two (2) years (FY17 and FY18).


December Update

The Foundation Board Investment Committee will be meeting 12/2/15 to finalize three year fundraising goals to meet the Scholarship fundraising challenge.


Dr. Lisa Larson together with Kristina Ramos-Walker and Dara Hagen is engaging in:

3.1.1      Continue to deploy financial literacy programs for students as well as family financial planning and education.


December Update:

HTC’s current 3 year cohort default rate is 14.8%; a 2.7% reduction since the 2011 report.  This is in part a result of HTC’s pilot program with Great Lakes.  Great Lakes partners with HTC to send communications to students to inform them of the loan and repayment process.  This has helped to reduce delinquencies and improve the College’s default rate. 


Currently, HTC is not participating in one or more of the CTF pilots.  However, Jenessa Gerling will be looking into the possibility and opportunity for HTC to become engaged in:

3.1.2      Develop a comprehensive strategy to increase awareness and development of e-textbooks and open educational resources.  

Last updated by lopem : 2016-01-06 15:33:12