Linfield College

Academic Affairs Weekly


Volume 5, Issue 9 – October 10, 2017


We know that your students are always your top priority. Have you gotten to know your new students? Do any students seem to be struggling? Is a commuting student unaware of the student lounge in Riley 208? Faculty are the first line of support and we ask you to utilize the Care Report, Learning Support Services, Academic Alerts (WebAdvisor), and the Counseling Center to assist our students.

We are also at that strange point during the year when we must think about three different time periods: Fall classes are underway, Jan Term and Spring classes are being finalized and book orders are due, and soon, academic planning and budgeting will begin for 2018-19.

We hope that Linfield’s Fall Break is proving to be productive and restorative, whether you are on- or off-campus.


Comprehensive Enrollment Planning: Generation and Review of New Ideas

One of the two major objectives of the Comprehensive Enrollment Planning (CEP) process is to propose and evaluate new programmatic opportunities that fit our mission and have the potential to increase enrollment and improve retention. The overall goal of this part of the CEP process is to identify programs or ideas that can be additional points of distinction for Linfield. New initiatives should be guided by several assumptions, including congruence with Linfield’s core themes and Strategic Plan, a clear potential to strengthen the financial base of the college, and a focus on diversity and inclusion.

In the coming weeks, CEP will move forward with several opportunities to share new ideas. The process for submitting initial proposals for new programmatic opportunities will be described at open CEP meetings on October 17 and October 25. Please refer to the October 3 Academic Affairs Weekly and “Upcoming Events,” below, for detailed information.

About Linfield’s Students

Institutional Research compiles a comprehensive enrollment report each term after the census date has passed. This information is summarized here and can be found in detail on the Institutional Research webpage.

New Students
This year we have a total of 466 new degree-seeking students in McMinnville. The number of transfer students has remained about the same, however, our first-year class (400) was smaller than anticipated. These new McMinnville students are 38% US students of color (up from 31% last year). 24% of these new students are first generation and 29% are Pell-eligible.

There are 72 students in the new fall cohort on the Portland campus in Nursing, including one who is new to Linfield/direct transfer to Portland and 71 students who completed their first two years in McMinnville. Of that group of 71 students, 60 started as first-year students in McMinnville and 11 began as transfers in McMinnville.

We also have 75 new students in OCE (up from 69 last year). 73 of these students are new to Linfield, and two previously enrolled at another Linfield location.

Overall Enrollment
We have 1,535 students in McMinnville (-5.9% from last year, 40% male, 35% US Students of Color, 1,453 enrollment FTE). Our retention (first fall to the second fall) was lower than expected at 81.4%. We have about 5% fewer students at the College, 11% fewer than 2 years ago. 59% of all McMinnville students are “new majority” students (either US students of color, first-generation, Pell-eligible, or transfer students), about the same as last year.

We have 344 students in Portland (approximately same as last year, 13% male, 33% US Students of Color, 313 enrollment FTE).

There are 280 students in OCE (-8.8% from last year, 23% male, 17% US Students of Color, 121 enrollment FTE). Note that these numbers do not include McMinnville or Portland students taking OCE courses.

Get to Know Your Faculty Program

This fall we continue with our successful Get to Know Your Faculty program, in which each new student invites a faculty member out for lunch or a cup of coffee. The purpose of this activity is to nurture out-of-class student and faculty interaction and to promote faculty mentorship. Research has shown that students are more likely to stay at an institution when they feel that at least one person really cares about them.

If you are invited, please accept!

McMinnville: First-year and transfer students are provided vouchers through Colloquium to pay for meals at Dillin or coffee at Starbucks. Students are not permitted to invite their Colloquium advisor.

Portland: Academic Affairs and Student Life provide students with $5 to the Legacy Café for coffee.

October Faculty Lecture

The Faculty Lecture Series continues with a presentation by John Sagers, on “From Farmer to Financial Giant: Shibusawa Ei'ichi’s Blend of Confucianism and Capitalism in the Industrialization of Japan.”

Sagers will discuss Shibusawa Ei’ichi (1840-1931), one of the most important financiers and industrialists in Japan's modern economic transformation. This lecture investigates why Shibusawa would continue to promote Confucian ideas while working to dismantle the samurai-dominated feudal social hierarchy which Japanese Confucian elites had long supported.

The lecture will be on Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall and will be livestreamed on Linfield Live! For more information about the Faculty Lecture Series, please contact Meridith Symons at

The Critical Language Scholarship for Students

The Critical Language Scholarship is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Languages offered:

The deadline for applications for Summer Scholarships is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Please encourage students who meet these criteria for their language of interest to contact Competitive Scholarships Advisor Tom Mertes at

Explore Linfield

Our first Explore Linfield event is scheduled for Monday, October 16. This year, the Office of Admission is personalizing student visits in a new way. If a prospective student expresses interest in having lunch with faculty in a particular discipline, the department chair has been contacted by the Office of Admission. We hope that this new model will make the best use of your time with students.

Pre-Nursing Advising Support

As the advising season approaches, please refer your Pre-Nursing advisees to the following resources:

  1. Advising Appointment Preparation Sessions
    Encourage your Pre-Nursing advisees to attend an advising appointment prep session with Academic Advising prior to registration. These sessions provide information about prerequisites, course sequence, and transition into the nursing major. Students who attend these sessions will have a proposed course schedule for the coming semester(s), and be prepared to meet with their faculty advisor. Sessions dates and RSVP process are on the Pre-Nursing advising webpage.
  1. Drop-In Advising
    School of Nursing faculty are available for drop-in advising on Wednesdays from 3:00–4:00 p.m. in Melrose 010 to answer questions about the Nursing curriculum, clinical experiences, and life on the Portland campus.
  1. Individual advising appointments are always available with Pre-Nursing Peer Advisors during drop-in hours and by appointment.

Conflict of Interest Forms

Linfield College Board of Trustees adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy in 2005 to comply with the IRS requirement that we perform due diligence to ensure that all employees are free from personal or conflicting interest when they act on behalf of the college. The annual Conflict of Interest questionnaire was sent to Linfield trustees, administrators, faculty and staff who:

  • Have a Linfield College credit card
  • Have signing authority
  • Receive external grant funds
  • Have spending authority
  • Have supervisory authority

If you received the Conflict of Interest e-mail, you meet one or more of these criteria. Please take time to click on the link to the questionnaire and answer the six questions.

Please Remind Students…

Path to Scholarships Personal Statement Writing Workshop
Students register in CatConnect or email
Friday, October 13
12:30-2:30 p.m. in TJ Day 219

Important Deadlines

2018 Jan Term/ Spring Course Schedules Published
Friday, October 13 

Submit 2018 Jan Term/ Spring Book Orders
Please refer to Chad Cottrill’s September 21 email for details.
ISBN and costs for all materials must be posted prior to student registration.
Submit orders to FacultyEnlight.
Due Sunday, October 15

Submit Spring 2016 Faculty Development Grant Post-Grant Reports
Email to
Due Friday, October 20

Submit Spring 2017 Post-Sabbatical Reports
Email to
Due Friday, October 20

Upcoming Events

Campus Visit from Cheryl Harris and Jonathan Rauch
Please see Nick Buccola’s October 3 email for detailed information.
Thursday, October 12

  • Meeting with Faculty
    11:45 a.m. in Riley 201
  • Meeting with Students
    1:05 p.m. in Riley 201
  • A Conversation about Equality & Speech
    4:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium
    Reception to follow in Jonasson Hall

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
"The Nuts and Bolts of Planning, Proposing and Teaching a Jan Term Course”
Presented by Kaarina Beam and Shaik Ismail
Friday, October 13
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Faculty Assembly
Monday, October 16
4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ videoconference to Peterson Hall Conference Room in Portland

Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch
“Academic Advising”
Presented by Ellen Crabtree
Tuesday, October 17
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
RSVP here

Comprehensive Enrollment Planning Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 17
    12:15 p.m. in Riley 201/ streamed to Loveridge Hall HSSR
  • Wednesday, October 25
    4:00 p.m. in Riley 201/ streamed to Loveridge Hall HSSR

Pubs & Profs: Alumni Event
“Mathematics beyond the Conventional Classroom”
Presented by Chuck Dunn
Wednesday, October 18
6:00 p.m. at Lucky Labrador Hawthorne, 915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

IRB Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 19
4:00-5:00 p.m.
RSVP to Tanya Tompkins at by Monday, October 16 if you wish to attend.

Second-Year Faculty Lunch: Academic Advising
Friday, October 20
12:15 p.m. in Dillin NW

Department Chairs’ Meeting
Monday, October 23
3:00 p.m. in Dillin NW

Division Meetings
Monday, October 23
4:00 p.m.
Locations will be announced by each division chair.

PLACE events
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