enhance student services. A referral process was developed to determine eligibility. Research shows that basic needs support increases student persistence, which was clear in CWU’s case with the pilot grant program: • 31 students met with a resource coordinator. • 24 were eligible and awarded funds. • 90% completed the quarter (28 students) • 87% registered for winter quarter 2023 (26 students) and one student graduated. Guaranteed funding would allow for continued service and expanded outreach. Wildcat Pantry Jaeda Nelson, from CWU’s Wildcat Pantry, gave the group an update on the pantry. The Wildcat Pantry (also known as PUSH) is in the Brooks Library, room 101C, and is a free resource for CWU students, faculty, and staff to access food, hygiene, and household products. Historically, the pantry has been powered by students. PUSH began in 2015 and in October 2021, student leaders opened the pantry. The President’s Office hired the first full-time staff member to manage the pantry in July 2022, which launched the Wildcat Pantry into an official university program, which continues to be a collective effort. Ms. Nelson summarized some important numbers for 2022-2023: • 1148 visits were made to the pantry. • 9304 items were distributed. • 2123 pounds in donations were received. • 87 students, faculty and staff received Wildcat Pantry & Basic Need Advocacy training. The Wildcat Pantry is funded by donations. The future financial goal is to create reliable sources of funding, possibly through a student fee and then receive campus funding in the next few years. New Degree Program Provost DenBeste explained that a new BA degree in Art History will be coming to the board for approval in the future. A new faculty member is developing the major and making it more diverse. There will be courses from several areas, not just art. Provost DenBeste added that Academic Affairs is working on a new process for new programs. The new plan will start with departments adding their new programs to a list. Then pre-planning, mapping, assessment, timeline, and asking intentional questions about why the program is needed will occur. Board members agreed that relevant study of a program ahead of time would be great. They added that thinking of philanthropic possibilities of programs and what industry needs is important, as well as the need, cost, and long-term sustainability. High Impact Practices Presentation Provost DenBeste introduced the guests and the topic. Dr. Anne Egger and Dr. Bre MacInnes, Co-Chairs of the Department of Geology, presented “Developing skills, confidence, and community in a sophomore-level field methods course.” They were joined by three students: Marcus Ashton, Kathryn Josten, and Carley Preator. Dr. Eggers explained that the primary goal of Geology 210/Introduction to Field Methods is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply skills that are fundamental to the discipline. By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Collect and record data using common geologic field methods and tools.
5 Board of Trustees Minutes February 16-17, 2023
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