GA Tech Summer Sessions Inititative
Thank you for applying for the position of Director of Summer Session Initiatives (Academic Professional) at Georgia Tech. We have reviewed your application and would like to learn more about your professional experiences. To that end, please answer the following eight questions, limiting your responses to 250 words maximum for each question (brief answers are appreciated):
The overarching responsibility of this position will be to establish a successful summer session at Georgia Tech. Currently, at GT, there is no such central coordination of summer session. How does your professional experience fit with this goal?
One immediate goal for the director will be to increase summer enrollment among continuing (degree seeking) GT students. What types of strategies would you employ to increase enrollment during summer session, particularly at a STEM-focused, public research university such as Georgia Tech?
Beyond continuing students, successful summer sessions may involve other target populations. What other potential groups would you consider in developing a summer session initiative?
As a leader of this newly-established area, you will need to build support for goals and projects from people who do not report to you and over whom you have no authority. Tell us about a situation in which you demonstrated that you can build the needed support and describe what the outcomes were.
Developing more robust summer programming will involve the collection and analyses of quantitative and qualitative data. Tell us about a specific program or project in which you identified and evaluated relevant data to decide your course of action.
This position requires a leader who can increase visibility, interest, and enrollment in summer sessions at Georgia Tech. Please describe your experience marketing or promoting a program to a wide variety of students (as well as faculty).
What are salary expectations for this positon?
If offered a position, when would you be able to begin employment?
1.The overarching responsibility of this position will be to establish a successful summer session at Georgia Tech. Currently, at GT, there is no such central coordination of summer session. How does your professional experience fit with this goal?
I. Making connecions, building relationships, promoting service and interest, and identifying needs and opportunities.
II. Getting data access to information sharing.
III. Students interest and communication
IV Other coordinating expereince
2.One immediate goal for the director will be to increase summer enrollment among continuing (degree seeking) GT students. What types of strategies would you employ to increase enrollment during summer session, particularly at a STEM-focused, public research university such as Georgia Tech?
3.Beyond continuing students, successful summer sessions may involve other target populations. What other potential groups would you consider in developing a summer session initiative?
Lastly, An initiative can also be created for potential tranfer students attending a GA tech school or GA College that would offer students an opportunity to take courses with current GA faculty and gain an clear understanding about the academic expectations to assist the students in their preparation for GA Tech.
4.As a leader of this newly-established area, you will need to build support for goals and projects from people who do not report to you and over whom you have no authority. Tell us about a situation in which you demonstrated that you can build the needed support and describe what the outcomes were.
5.Developing more robust summer programming will involve the collection and analyses of quantitative and qualitative data. Tell us about a specific program or project in which you identified and evaluated relevant data to decide your course of action.
6.This position requires a leader who can increase visibility, interest, and enrollment in summer sessions at Georgia Tech. Please describe your experience marketing or promoting a program to a wide variety of students (as well as faculty).
7.What are salary expectations for this positon?
8.If offered a position, when would you be able to begin employment?
Throughout my professional career, I have held leadership positions overseeing projects and programs for private and nonprofit enterprises. I have a breadth of experience in cultivating relationships to create partnerships, collaborations and coalitions among a variety of individuals, groups and organization to achieve a goal, complete a project or launch an initiative. These experiences coupled with my work as graduate research assistant for the Office of Summer Sessions at Clemson University have equipped me with the knowledge and skills to be successful in providing greater coordination for the Summer Session Initiatives at Georgia Tech.
Clemson’s summer school programming also functioned in a decentralized manner. I worked closely with the Director to managed the planning, promotion and assessment of Clemson’s seven summer terms, which included courses and programs offered by five colleges. This involved multiple rounds of meetings with each college Dean to learn about their interests, and concerns about summer sessions as well as to arrange information sharing procedures. We also needed to established data sharing protocol with key administrative offices such as the Registrar, Bursar, Institutional Research, Computing Services and Financial Aid offices to generate status updates and annual report.
Through these relationship building efforts the Office of Summer Sessions became the central source for providing information to students, parents, faculty, departments and colleges for summer session information.
for enrollment and particpating in the ongoing outreach and communication to the Deans of the five colleges, department chairs and faculty members. To create a one-stop source for information about summer enrollment, course offering and
I participated in the day to day activities of communication, working, educatoning the colleges, meeting and speaking with students, faculty and administrators about summer sessions’ role, services and interests.
(Observed and participated.) I helped develop, implement and manage the marketing and promotion strategies. I attended information meetings, collaborative planning sessions and relationship building meetings with colleges Deans and Department Chairs. I also created, collected and analyzed student survey data about summer school and met with parents and new freshman to inform them about summer opportunities.
There are three strategies that I would explore to increase summer session enrollment, which include stimulating student interest, course modality, and costs.
To stimulate student interest in summer sessions, I would look at strategies that may address the various academic needs of four types of students. The first group includes students seeking to gain hands-on or practical expereince to enhance their skills, making them more marketable for employment upon graduaton. Courses will include opportunities for experintal learning opportunites or conduction actual research.
A second group consists of students desiring to stay on schedule for completing their degree on-time and students that are interested in getting ahead, completing their degrees early. This would require offering essential courses that would advance the student in their program.
Students interested in graduate school represent a third segment that may be interested in courses that will enhance their application as well as prepare them for rigors of graduate study.
A final segment to target include students who may perform better in a difficult course during summer because of having more time to focus with less distractions of college life or academic demands.
In addition to strategies focused on student interest, course modality - on-campus, off-site, or online - that aligns with students’ interest can also increase summer school enrollment.
Lastly, fee discounts or scholarships to subsidize the expense of summer session may incentivize greater participation in summer school.
There are several student groups that I would explore creating summer session initiatives to attract them to Georgia Tech. These include potential transient students, local professionals and international students.
Students who are permanent Georgia residents living in or near the Atlanta Metropolitan area represent a potential market. These students may be in need of a course or have interests in a unique course/program offered at Georgia Tech.
A second group of students include early to mid-career professionals that seeking to enhance their skill or could benefit from a certificate program. Certificate programs could be designed for participants to complete within one - two summer sessions or a combination of summer session and an additional semester.
Lastly, initiatives that would appeal to international students could be developed. These initiatives may include programs, courses or special offerings of Georgia Tech that leverage resources and opportunities unique to the Metro-Atalanta, Georgia, or Southeast Region areas.
This informed how I would develop my initiatives and activities.
As the Coordinator of the Internship Cooperative Education Program at California Polytechnic University Pomona, I was charged with launching a new intiative to increase the expereintial learning opportunties and career preparation for students majoring in environmental design fields. I developed relationships and support from each of the four departments in the college, working with the department chairs, faculty and academic advisors. I also reached out to the campus career service department as well as the alumni groups for the college. Lastly, I met with various students groups within each major to share my role and gain an understanding of their interests. These outreach efforts informed how I would develop and implement the internship and cooperative education initiative.
Gaining the support of faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Career Center resulted in increased internship opportunities and placements; an increase in the students use of the career center services; and creating a reliable network of alumni and industry professionals and participate in career preparation events and hosting students.
I gained support form each of the departrments, career center, students and college alumni network. I built relationships by an information seeking tour to learn about the needs, concerns, expectations, and resources availabel. These meetings also allowed me to introduce myself, approach and vision of providing a service to support thier efforts. (needs and opportunities)
The outcomes included cultivating strong working relationships with department charirs and faculty throughout the college; close working relatiship with career center; a firm neteork of alumni and businesses that supported the program. I placed stiudnets that grew to _ placement. The event that I am most proud of were the quarterly portfloio reviews and resume critues that invplved participatom of alumin and industry professionals who met with the students in groups to provide feed back and advice on their resumes and porfolios. The career center also saw an increase in the usage of their serivces by the students in the college.
As the national program manager for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. one of my responsibilties involved overseeing the dispersement of programmatic funds to the chapters to implement in their communities. I observed that a select group of chapters were consistenly being awarded the grants each year. I looked at the awards for the previous four years and found that the same chapters recieved the awards. I also looked at the data for the number of chapters that applied for funding and found that there was low participation. This led me to surving the chapter presidents to inquire about their interest in grants, issues, and challenges. I found that there was string interest in the majority of the chanpters but theu were not confident in putting the proposals together. For the next round of funding. I offered several grantmaking workshops. Increased in the number of proposals recieved, increased scores and resulted and new chapter receiving funding for the programs
A number of chapters also indicated that the workshops and their successdul awards encouraged them to pusure other funding opportunities within their communities.
Working with the Office of Summer Sessions at Clemson University, I worked with the Director and student interns in developing the marketing plan. The Director created the overall message and along with the student interns, we refined the slogans used to promote summer. I coordinated the development of the images and graphics with the campus Creative Serices Department (Graphic) that would be used for all print media, including poster, mailer and handouts as well as social media.
I oversaw the development and implementation of the social media campaign and promotion activities that included contests, tabling and give-aways.
Messaging to students, timing and methods were informed by utilizing an student advisory group, student surveys, and undergraduate student internes and academic advisors.
Reaching out to faculty was accomplished through the academic senate and department chairs. A faculty advisory committee with representatives from each college were also important for guiding outreach decsisions to faculty.
October 15, 2016