Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly



Volume 5, Issue 16 – December 5, 2017


This semester has been a time of looking forward as we embark on Comprehensive Enrollment Planning, a presidential search, and accreditation preparation. We are being asked to think in different ways as we keep both the short and long term success of the College in mind. I am grateful to all of you for balancing these important initiatives with the central work of the College, serving our students. As we count down the days to break I’m sure you are all looking forward to the holidays as much as we are in Academic Affairs.

This is our last issue of the Academic Affairs Weekly until Tuesday, January 30. That is a long eight weeks away, during which time we will still be working on Linfield’s 2018-19 budgets, implement Courseleaf for 2018 fall course building, and offer another Jan Term Experience. Faculty searches continue in Education, English, History and Nursing, as well as the Dean of Nursing search.

It is an exciting, transitional time, and therefore not without stress. We hope the winter holidays prove to be restorative for you and your families.


Comprehensive Enrollment Planning Survey Results

Last Friday, results from the Comprehensive Enrollment Planning (CEP) faculty survey were emailed, in addition to results from our CEP administrative survey.

The two surveys are collectively intended to serve as a snapshot of the priorities of Linfield’s campus community, and to garner a sense of which ideas have the broadest interest.

Thank you to those who included your contact information. We will be following up with you.

Faculty Survey (40% response rate)

  1. Expand recruitment efforts at community colleges.
  2. Design some majors to be “pre” majors, “pre” occupational therapy, or “pre” physical therapy, etc. to be of interest to students who want to continue studies after their undergraduate years.
  3. Undergraduate Programs: Computer Science (grow program beyond current configuration)
  4. Undergraduate Programs: Global/Public Health
  5. Graduate Programs: MS Nursing

Administrator/LEA Survey (19% response rate)

  1. Undergraduate Programs: Engineering
  2. Graduate Programs: MS Nursing
  3. Explore the enrollment impact that the existing fitness center facilities have on student interest in the college.
  4. Undergraduate Programs: Computer Science (grow program beyond current configuration)
  5. Expand recruitment efforts at community colleges.

Curriculum Cost Analysis

As reported at yesterday’s Faculty Assembly meeting, the next steps for sharing the CEP cost analysis data will be as follows:

  1. Provide the reports to department chairs to share and review with their department colleagues.
  2. Form a taskforce with elected faculty reps from FEC and FPBC to: a) review the reports; b) determine opportunities presented by the data; c) make recommendations based on the data to the faculty and administration; and d) advise departments on ways that they can increase their demand and yield and possibly lower their costs.
  3. Convene this new taskforce and begin reviewing and discussing the report.
  4. Determine how the taskforce recommendations will dovetail with the CEP idea generation and review process.


The Accreditation Steering Committee has identified “Area Leaders” for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Standards. These individuals, who are all current members of the Accreditation Steering Committee, will lead efforts to collect data and craft initial drafts of designated sections in Linfield’s Year Seven self-study report. Linfield’s Area Leaders are as follows:

  • Standard 1—Mission and Core Themes:  Shaik Ismail, Jen Nordstrom
  • Standard 2—Resources & Capacity:  Laura Brener, Susan Barnes Whyte
  • Standard 3—Planning & Implementation:  Charlotte Goddard, Chris Keaveney
  • Standard 4—Effectiveness & Improvement:  Jeff Mackay, Michael Huntsberger, Aaron Tabacco
  • Standard 5—Mission Fulfillment & Sustainability:  Michael Hampton, Jackson Miller, Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Susan Hopp (with contributions from the entire Steering Committee)
  • Eligibility Requirements—Fundamental Elements for all Institutions Applying for NWCCU Accreditation:  Tom Mertes

The Area Leaders may be contacting faculty and staff with requests for information to be included in their reports. If you have any questions about the Year Seven self-study or the overall accreditation process, please contact Jackson Miller at

Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Forums

Faculty Representatives of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) will be hosting Diversity and Inclusion Forums by division. Nursing took the lead and hosted a productive and insightful forum on the Portland Campus this month. Science will convene in February, Social Sciences in March, Humanities in April, and an all-faculty forum will be scheduled in May. Exact dates and times will be forthcoming. Discussions are intended to be informal and will be guided by aggregate survey results.

If you have not had a chance to complete the survey, you may still complete the survey here:  

Questions may be submitted to the DAC co-chairs Dawn Graff-Haight at or Gerardo Ochoa at

Help Engage Students in Jan Term

Last year, when we asked students about the most positive aspect of Jan Term, we got answers like this: “The experience to try something new with others who are in the same position. It makes one feel like we are not alone, but together as a family.”

What sets Jan Term apart is the ability to focus on one class while engaging in co- and extra-curricular events. Next week, we begin communicating to first-year students about their first Jan Term.

Linfield’s Event Calendar is up-to-date with all Jan Term events. We know that student attendance is strongly influenced by faculty or coach recommendations. If you are teaching in Jan Term, please take a few moments to scan the calendar and select events that resonates with your course. Consider encouraging participation by including an event in your syllabus, offering extra credit for event attendance, or accompanying your students to the event.

Please contact Amy Scholer at with questions.

Syllabus Information

As you prepare your Jan Term and spring semester syllabi, please make sure to use the current information provided on the Academic Affairs webpage. 

The Faculty Retreat is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2018. As you prepare your syllabi, please plan an alternative learning activity for that day.

There are no classes on Friday, May 18, 2018, as Symposium Day is scheduled on that date.

Department chairs, please inform any adjuncts or visitors in your department of these requirements.

Course Evaluations

Course evaluations opened yesterday and close on Friday, December 15 at 11:59 p.m. You can log into CoursEval at any time to check the number of respondents. To encourage student participation, please use email or your Blackboard announcement tool to remind your students to evaluate the course. You will receive an email with a link to your evaluation reports on Saturday, December 23.

If you have any questions regarding CoursEval, please contact:

McMinnville: Amy Scholer at
OCE: Brett Hardee at 

Please Remind Students…

Students must upload this semester's LC exemplars to Taskstream
Friday, December 15

Important Deadlines

Last Day of Classes
Friday, December 8 

Reading Day
McMinnville & Portland: Monday, December 11 

Final Grades Due
Portland graduating seniors: Friday, December 15 before noon
All campuses, all students other than listed above: Friday, December 22 before noon 

Upcoming Events

Holiday Social and Employee Recognition Ceremonies
Thursday, December 14
3:30-5:00 p.m. in Riley Hall Fred Meyer Lounge 

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Thinking Toward a Linfield College Honors Program”
Presented by Nick Buccola and Joe Wilkins
Tuesday, December 5
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here 

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, December 11
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW 

Winter Break
Monday, December 25 – Monday, January 1, 2018

Jan Term First Day of Classes (all campuses)
Wednesday, January 3

Jan Term Faculty Writing Retreat
Faculty are encouraged to attend all three days, but are welcome to come only to those parts of the retreat their schedules allow.
Coffee and tea will be available in the morning, and lunch at noon.
Friday, January 5, Friday, January 12, and Friday, January 19
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Nicholson Library Conference Room
RSVP here 

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Series
“Who Moved My Cheese?”
Friday, January 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Riley 201
Both sessions are identical, only sign up for one
Session 1: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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