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Deans and Directors Council

The Deans and Directors Council changed their membership and structure beginning in the 2018 academic year. The group became smaller and solutions based. Each fall the Council chooses problems to address during the year. The Council invites other members of the campus community with expertise in understanding or finding solutions to the problem under review for a particular meeting. The Deans and Directors implement solutions that are within their purview and make recommendations to Leadership when appropriate.

Topics and Outcomes for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Disability Resource Center

  • Increase awareness of DRC training modules in Canvas
  • Service letters to be shared with Department Chairs

Off Hours Crisis Management

  • Document produced and distributed with information about who to contact after hours and on satellite campus locations in case of common needs (locked out, IT issue, etc.)

Part Time Students

The Deans and Directors developed a pilot project in the Technical Sciences Division that involved contacting part time students with credits concentrated in Technical Sciences Division courses to see what support they needed to complete. The project revealed good information from students about some challenges with course scheduling and provided an opportunity to connect students to advising and other resources. The results of the pilot project will be reviewed in the October 2019 Deans and Directors Meeting.

Institutional Research conducted a non-returning Part Time student survey. Results found that students did not return for the following reasons:

  • Family and/or work issues 41%
  • Couldn’t pass my courses 7%
  • Can’t afford to return 30%
  • Not worth my time/money 7%

The opportunity to apply for a scholarship specifically for part-time students was presented to the students indicating financial hardship. No students completed the application process.

Textbooks Costs

A plan is in place to ensure all general education textbooks are on reserve in the library.

Our agreement with the bookstore allows TMCC students to access a feature called “Inclusive Access.” Students have online access to many textbooks for a two-week period at the beginning of the semester.

Faculty have been given resources and encouragement to develop and use Open Educational Resources rather than having students by textbooks.

Topics for 2019-2020

Follow up on Part-Time Students Pilot Project in Technical Sciences, determine if there is value in continuing and/or expanding the project to other divisions

Discuss the feasibility of a pilot project offering a specific credential or degree with courses scheduled in non-traditional formats (such as hybrid classes with class meetings on Friday afternoon/Saturday a few times through the semester to better serve part-time/non traditional students)

Inventory what we are already doing and how we can strengthen our community connections through student learning opportunities: Internships, student research, service learning.

Discuss strategies to maximize faculty use of canvas for all courses.

Each meeting will include time to review progress of and problem-solve around the implementation of the co-requisite model for math and English.


  • Paul Allen, Dean of Liberal Arts
  • Natalie Brown, Academic Advisement Director
  • Melissa Deadmond, Assessment and Planning Associate Dean
  • Julie Ellsworth, Dean of Sciences
  • Andy Hughes, Admissions and Records Director
  • Leslie Jia, Financial Aid Director
  • Brandy Scarnati, WebCollege Program Director
  • Cheryl Scott, Institutional Research Director
  • Amy Williams,  Dean of Business and Social Sciences,  (Council Co-Chair)
  • Joan Steinman, Executive Director, Retention and Support Programs (Council Co-Chair)
  • Barbara Walden, Dean of Technical Sciences