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MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE ON
THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE

OCTOBER 6, 2000



COMMITTEE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF

VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE

Friday, October 6, 2000

11:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.

Board Room, The Rotunda

Committee Members:

William G. Crutchfield, Chair Joseph E. Wolfe

Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. John P. Ackerly, III, Ex Officio

AGENDA

  • REPORT BY THE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF

VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE (Mr. Lemons)

    1. Chancellor's Remarks 1
    2. Admissions, Development & College
    3. Relations: Reorganization & Improved

      Services 2

    4. WISE-FM Radio Station 3
    5. Introduction of the Dean of Faculty 4

and Comments


UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

BOARD OF VISITORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY


BOARD MEETING: October 6, 2000

COMMITTEE: The University of Virginia's

College at Wise

AGENDA ITEM: A. Chancellor's Remarks

BACKGROUND: The Chancellor will report on items of interest to the Committee.

DISCUSSION: The Chancellor will provide a brief summary of issues at The University of Virginia's College at Wise of which the Board should be aware, but which do not require Board action.

ACTION REQUIRED: None

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

BOARD OF VISITORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY

BOARD MEETING: October 6, 2000

COMMITTEE: The University of Virginia's College at Wise

AGENDA ITEM: B. Admissions, Development & College

Relations: Reorganization & Improved

Services

BACKGROUND: The 2000 Virginia General Assembly passed a budget amendment of $325,000 per year and approved new staff positions to improve the College’s efforts in marketing, student recruitment, fund development, and communication to targeted constituencies. In addition, the College has received private funds to assist in this effort.

DISCUSSION: The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid and the Office of Development & College Relations have targeted the following strategies to make optimal use of the increased funding:

  • Engage an external firm to complete a rigorous enrollment opportunity analysis (private funds).
  • Create internal capacity to upgrade all communications and marketing efforts.
  • Increase recruitment efforts in the growth areas of Northern Virginia and the Tidewater region, as well as targeted out-of-state markets.
  • Enhance open house programs and implement an alumni volunteer program for the recruitment process.
  • Strengthen web-based marketing efforts, including an on-line application process.
  • Create a donor stewardship program and a viable annual fund office.
  • Improve gift accounting and record keeping by going on-line with the University’s system.
  • Increase support to the Alumni Office to expand outreach to alumni across the state, provide new opportunities for alumni involvement, and increase alumni giving.
  • Improve athletics program support and community volunteerism by re-organizing and staffing the Highland Cavalier Club and recruiting corporate partners.

ACTION REQUIRED: None



UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

BOARD OF VISITORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY

BOARD MEETING: October 6, 2000

COMMITTEE: The University of Virginia's

College at Wise

AGENDA ITEM: C. WISE-FM Radio Station

BACKGROUND: After fifteen years of discussion, five years of planning, and a year of construction, the first public radio station in far Southwest Virginia became a reality on September 3, 1999. With a construction grant provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and a generous local match provided by the Slemp Foundation, WISE-FM took to the airwaves with an ambitious schedule of National Public Radio (NPR) programming like "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," complete with Virginia news updates and local announcements, plus a wide variety of entertainment programs like "Car Talk," and "A Prairie Home Companion."

DISCUSSION: Immediately after signing on, WISE-FM began working to improve its signal and expand its unique service to other unserved areas. Work began in December 1999 on three translator stations located in Norton, Big Stone Gap, and the Washington/Russell County region. All began broadcasting in late spring 2000.

WISE-FM held an informal on-air fundraiser in November 1999, followed by a full-fledged fundraiser in June 2000. From July 1, 1998 through August 23, 2000, cash and pledges to WISE-FM for construction and on-going support total $275,571.14. This support is enabling WISE-FM to finish its first year of operation in a healthy financial condition.

The station is now venturing into locally produced serial programs, the first of which is Jazz@Wise, a weekly classic jazz program hosted by Norton surgeon Lance Dozier which has been warmly received by listeners.

WISE-FM may be one of the smallest NPR-affiliated stations in the country and yet, in less than 12 months, it has firmly established itself as one of only seven NPR stations in Virginia, and the only one west of Roanoke.

ACTION REQUIRED: None


UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

BOARD OF VISITORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY

BOARD MEETING: October 6, 2000

COMMITTEE: The University of Virginia's

College at Wise

AGENDA ITEM: D. Introduction of the Dean of Faculty and

Comments

BACKGROUND: Ms. Amelia Harris became Dean of the Faculty on May 25, 2000, although she has been a full-time member of the faculty since 1992. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Prior to her appointment as dean she served as the chair of the Department of Language and Literature.

The Dean of the Faculty has broad-ranging responsibility for the academic program. All academic department chairs report to the dean and the dean is charged with providing the academic leadership necessary to realize the College's commitment to the highest standards of excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity and service.

DISCUSSION: This item will provide the Board with an opportunity to meet Ms. Harris and for her to brief the Board regarding an important academic planning discussion that the Chancellor and Provost have asked her to lead with the faculty.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise is a "public liberal arts college." In its philosophy, in its broad-ranging general education core, and in the values espoused by the faculty, the College is firmly based in the liberal arts. However, it does not offer, in more than a limited sense, the co-curricular programs, which make liberal arts colleges distinctive. Dean Harris has been charged with leading faculty discussion to develop and implement strategies, which encourage student engagement, provide students with opportunities for experiential learning, for making connections with the immediate and larger communities, and for gaining the perspective necessary to be leaders and life-long learners.

ACTION REQUIRED: None

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