As of May 26, 2011
Arts & Sciences
We are interested in putting our lecture events into the USC Connect system so students will be able to integrate them into their program. Can you please post the specific dates when we can begin to submit events to be included in USC connect and also the procedures and deadlines for submission.
School of Education
If students choose to participate in these integrative opportunities, how will this participation be captured on their transcripts, if at all?
Dr. Carmela Gottesman
At the regional campuses, we have a need for an infrastructure to organize student internships but we have no resources to allocate to it. I would like to express the hope that as part of USC connect the university would reach out to possible institutions not just in the Columbia area but also in our region. I would like to see an established network of links to possible internship sites which our students could then connect to without the need for the preliminary foundation work on our campuses behalf. For example, if a mental institution in our area was in the network, it would be aware of what USC connect is and what would be expected from them and from the student in an internship. We could then just call them (knowing exactly which individual we need to talk to) and discuss a specific interested student. We, at the regional campuses, would know what institutions in our area are interested in such programs and which are not and could direct students accordingly. As you are doubtless aware, the regional campuses are here to serve place bound students, so asking them to work in Columbia would not be feasible in many cases. In addition, connecting local institutions to the network would enhance the ties the university has in the local communities and hopefully benefit the communities as well as the individual students.
Arts & Sciences
Good ideas! I recommend that QEP, where appropriate, add a nod in the direction of the importance of student writing or writing up, essays, reports, accounts of experiences. And I don't mean in 40-character squibs. Writing (and with it critical thinking) skills will continue to diminish the more young people rely on their seductive IT/social-networking opportunities. Remember Writing Across the Curriculum? That was a good idea - once
Arts & Sciences
Today’s presentation on USC Connect WTC and BTC appears to exhibit a redundancy to what departments have already implemented and provided for their majors. The best aspect of USC Connect would be the sharing of events and information on the system-wide calendar. Exs. Who knew that the Career Center located internships for students or matched funds for approved internships? Why isn’t this information knowledgeable to all departments and majors? If the Career Center has implemented this process,why is there a need for the Office of Research? According to our majors, the Office of Research refers them (students) back to our office for information on research opportunities. Also, the ACM program is long overdue for our out-of-state majors. Is this program only known at the Deans’ levels or by the Orientation Office? Again, who is responsible for sharing this information with Advisors? Finally, why would the University advertise a premature project that can only be talked about but not ready to be activated into its system?
Employers are very “keen” on seeing students integrate WTC and BTC experiences. Whether those experiences be a study abroad or a service learning experience, employers are asking the “So what?” question. I believe it will be important to incorporate employer feedback on USC Connect, we could achieve that through a coordinated survey of employers…..baseline and over time.
Will the calendar for matching students' engagement interests with real activities and events be for all USC campuses or just Columbia's campus?
Keep up the good work on QEP. Just a few concerns to share: I am concerned that we are careful not to set up an expectation of an internship. The University would not be able to keep up with the potential demand. There must be a clear understanding that “for credit” internships may require prerequisites so that the learning experience is truly “integrative.” An example would be an interesting internship dealing with Finance on Wall Street—a student seeking credit should have a number of prerequisites (such as accounting, stats and intro to Finance). On the other hand,non-credit internships are available in both the non-profit and for profit sector and should be encouraged. If the QEP is mentioned to Parents during Summer Orientation and if Parents get the impression that all students will be helped to find internships then we may set up an expectation that we can’t meet. However, I think encouraging selection of one of the many experiences available to students will balance the various options. Finally, might we consider some ways to build incentives for students and faculty to select one or more of the QEP experiences? Perhaps, recognition of an especially meaningful experience—classroom or beyond classroom? Or, a Student Board could select “winning” experiences beyond the classroom? We invite several of our students each year to present in the fall at an Internationalization Forum (based on their study abroad experience(s). I think a student forum at the college level for QEP experiences could begin to change the culture in a meaningful way.
USC Sumter has long had a "Student Development Transcript" system which should tie right in with this. Has this been done yet?
This whole process seems designed for "traditional" students. How is it expected that "non-traditional" students, especially older ones with jobs, families, children, and other things that tie them in place and time, can participate in this?
This whole process seems to be based on the assumption that every -- or nearly every -- USC student is a typical student at a small, highly-selective liberal arts college: intelligent, highly-motivated, self-aware, already reasonably sure of what he or she wants from education. Is there data to support this assumption? Or are we expecting a much more intrusive advisement system?
Division of Student Affairs
Thank you Dr. Van Scoy for presenting information on USCConnect to us at a recent meeting. You really helped me to better understand how I fit into the university's new quality enhancement efforts.