AGENDA | November 12, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

PRIORITIES

 
  1. Enrollment Growth

  2. Strengthen the Academy

  3. Increase Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate to at Least 70%

  4. Improve Graduation Rate 

  5. Exhibit Fiscal Control and Achieve Annual Clean Audits

  6. Improve Fund Development and Friend-Raising

  7. Develop and Strengthen Relationships 

1. ENROLLMENT GROWTH
Destination 2023 Area of Focus: Manage Enrollment

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COMPLETED

STRATEGIES DEPLOYED

STATUS OF COMPLETION

01

Develop pipelines for recruitment

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COMPLETED

02

Establish timelines for processing applications

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COMPLETED

03

Establish a dual enrollment
pipeline within SCPS 

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COMPLETED

04

Increase scholarships awarded

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COMPLETED

05

Host Spotlight Days for specific school systems, organizations, or community colleges

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COMPLETED

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ITEMS IN PROGRESS
ENROLLMENT GROWTH

01

HFP/Stax relationship-building

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STATUS: ONGOING

02

HFP/Stax scholarships/tuition discount

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2022

03

Deploy CRM

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2021

04


Offer dual enrollment opportunities to SCPS and seek donors to fund 

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2022

05

Increase applications received by 100%

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2022

 

2. STRENGTHEN THE ACADEMY
Destination 2023 Area of Focus: Faculty and Academic Programming

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COMPLETED

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Hire more full-time faculty

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10 New faculty have been hired

STATUS OF COMPLETION

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Identify and Grow a Program Of Excellence (POE)

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Cyber Security

STATUS OF COMPLETION

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Member of the Council of
Independent Colleges
 

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Establish MOUs in support of the Cyber Security program

STATUS OF COMPLETION

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Accredit new programs

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Pursuing NASM accreditation

STATUS OF COMPLETION

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ITEMS IN PROGRESS
STRENGTHEN THE ACADEMY

STRATEGIES DEPLOYED

STATUS OF COMPLETION

01

Identify online degree programs

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2022

02

Establish an International Studies Program

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2022

03

Revitalize the Center for African and African American Studies

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2022

04

Improve US News and World Report national ranking

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2024 

 

3. INCREASE FALL-TO-FALL RETENTION RATE TO 70%
Destination 2023 Area of Focus: Improve Retention Rate & Increase Graduation Rate

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ITEMS IN PROGRESS
INCREASE FALL-TO-FALL RETENTION RATE TO 70%

STRATEGIES DEPLOYED

STATUS OF COMPLETION

01

Track each fall cohort

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2021

02

Identify student support systems based upon LOC student needs and not general trends

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2021

03

Ensure students have their textbooks by the first day of class

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2022

04

Develop early alert systems

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2021

05

Strengthen the advising operation

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2021

06

Offer a summer bridge program

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SUMMER 2022

 

4. IMPROVE GRADUATION RATE
Destination 2023 Area of Focus: Increase Graduation Rate & Improve Retention Rate

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    TARGET:  Track cohorts, identify intentional support systems, and intrusive advising

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ITEMS IN PROGRESS
IMPROVE GRADUATION RATE

STRATEGIES DEPLOYED

STATUS OF COMPLETION

01

Deploy all retention strategies throughout the student’s matriculation

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2025

02

Track each fall cohort

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2021

03

Offer a summer bridge program

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PROJECTED COMPLETION:SUMMER 2022

04

Join a course-sharing consortium

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COMPLETE

 

5. EXHIBIT FISCAL CONTROL AND ACHIEVE ANNUAL CLEAN AUDITS

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ITEMS IN PROGRESS
EXHIBIT FISCAL CONTROL AND ACHIEVE ANNUAL CLEAN AUDITS

STRATEGIES DEPLOYED

STATUS OF COMPLETION

01

Hire and retain staff with Finance expertise

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

02

Meet annual, federal and institutional regulations and protocols

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

03

Perform monthly reconciliations

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

04

Complete year-end processes in a timely manner

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PROJECTED COMPLETION: SPRING 2022

05

Secure alternative collateral for debt

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

 

6. IMPROVE FUND DEVELOPMENT AND FRIEND-RAISING
Destination 2023 Area of Focus: Increase Endowment

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Identify and cultivate relationships with potential major donors

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Pyramid Peak, AutoZone, Bob Fockler
 

STATUS OF COMPLETION

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Engage more alumni in fundraising efforts
 

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Alumni giving prior to 8/07/21 = 8.2%
Alumni donated 41% of monies raised for “807 Day”

STATUS OF COMPLETION

 

7. DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS ON AND OFF CAMPUS

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TARGET: Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and the Community

STRATEGIES DEPLOYED

STATUS OF COMPLETION

01

LOC Days (Loving Our Community) 

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

02

Weekly one-on-ones with faculty

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

03

Magic Spotlight of the Month

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

04

Develop relationships with superintendents, principals, SCPS, community colleges, City and State officials and government, and potential corporate and private donors

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

 

8. EXPAND THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES' OFFERINGS
Destination 2023 Area of Focus: Improve Post-Graduate Placement
 

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TARGET:  Make the Office of Career Services a stand-alone unit and foster career connections beginning with the freshman year

01

Identify Professional Mentorships

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

02

Foster FYE Collaborations

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PROJECT STATUS: ONGOING

03

Use a Senior Exit Survey to inform future unit offerings and determine graduate success

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PROJECTED COMPLETION:SPRING 2022

04

Bring industry and faculty together to ensure curriculum requirements reflect industry standards and needs

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PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETE & ONGOING

05

Identify part-time student employment opportunities with Fortune 500  companies

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PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETE & ONGOING

06

Identify grant funding to support career preparatory training and programming

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PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETE & ONGOING

 

THE FOUR RS | REVENUE, RELATIONSHIPS, RECRUITMENT, RETENTION

 
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RELATIONSHIPS | THE FOUR RS 

LOC Day project #2 (Loving Our Community) 

LOC’s Thanksgiving Pop Up Pantry – Groceries for Thanksgiving meals will be provided to Boys and Girls Club families on November 19 in the Bruce-Johnson Hall.  LOC is partnering with Kroger for this project.

 

  • Magic Spotlight of the Month

  • Faculty One-On-Ones

  • Faculty and Staff Holi-DAY Party

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REVENUE | THE FOUR RS 

Alumni giving was greatly improved during the 807 Day fundraiser. 

    • Alumni accounted for 41% of all monies raised

  • 807 Day funds raised to date, $125,369.48

  • Scheduled potential large donor meetings: AutoZone CFO, Charlie Pleas

  • Associate Vice President for the Advancement and External Relations position has been filled

Next>> The Four Rs----Relationships

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RECRUITMENT | THE FOUR R

PROGRESS UPDATE
The new Office of Admissions lead has recruitment connections that we are capitalizing on for spring 2022 and fall 2022 recruitment. Last month, I met with commissioners, superintendents, principals, counselors, and high school seniors in Long Island and Amityville, New York. In two days, we received 90 senior applications. 

I also made the most of the east coast trip and met with the provost, dean and faculty from the New York Institute for Technology to discuss an articulation agreement that will provide a seamless transition for our Cyber Security students to their Masters program.  That agreement will be finalized this month.

We have become more intentional in the recruitment of Hollis F. Price (HFP) and Staxx Academy (SA) students.  HFP brought their seniors to our Homecoming Spotlight Day and several have made verbal commitments to LOC.  I will be submitting a proposal for tuition discounts for HFP and SA students.  We will also award one full scholarship to a senior from each school annually beginning Fall, 2022.

The first Shelby County Public Schools LOC Spotlight Day is scheduled for November 16.
The first LOC Spotlight Day held at Southwest Community College is scheduled for February 24
 
 

 

RETENTION | THE FOUR R'S 

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  • A summer bridge program is being developed and will be offered Summer 2022

  • The advising process has been strengthened

  • The Fall 2021 freshman cohort is being tracked semester to semester

 

LONG-TERM GOALS

A new Health and Wellness facility that will house a new gymnasium, a Nursing program, the Physical Education program, a fitness center, classrooms, a band hall, a pool, and an indoor walking track is sorely needed if we are to grow the campus’ enrollment and academic and athletic programs.  The current athletic facility was built in 1954.  It is outdated and ill-equipped for recruitment and providing adequate facilities for students and student athletes.

Strategies:

  • Capitalize on the athletic star power we have with a former NBA player and an All-American Olympian on our coaching staff

  • Consider naming rights for large donors

  • Consider Jerry C. Johnson naming rights that would draw many donors

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PRESIDENTIAL ENGAGEMENT

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Featured Speaker – UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon, Cincinnati

Featured Speaker - Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church

Featured Soloist – Memphis Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert, December 2021

Memphis Business Journal’s Women Who Lead, November, 2021

Bank of America's Executive Leaders Community Round Table, November, 2021

 

NEW PARTNERSHIPS

  • STRADA - NEW!

  • New York Institute for Technology - NEW!

  • FedEx Logistics - NEW !

  • Barnes & Noble

  • Tennesee State University and Apple (Coding Center)

  • Hattiloo Theatre

  • Tougaloo College (Modern Day Slavery/Trafficking)

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (The Beacon Project, Internships, Guest Lecturers)

  • The Council of Independent Colleges (Consortium)

  • Whattaburger (Food pantry, scholarships)

  • The American Heart Association (Food pantry support)

  • 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. (Collegiate 100)

  • Project Success (Online tutorial services, emergency funds)

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SNAPSHOT OF PROGRESS/GOALS