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Office of the Provost

May 2013 Minutes

Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes

May 2, 2013


Provost Rivera called the meeting to order at 4:10 pm.


Pastor Larson gave the invocation.

Approval of Minutes of April 4, 2013

Minutes were approved.


President Woodward thanked everyone for participating in the inaugural weekend activities. He suggested that the faculty have a retreat in the fall. As of May 1, enrollment is around 696 deposits for the fall, instead of the 730-740 targeted. The enrollment might be closer to 720 by the end of the week. There has been a low percentage of deposit withdrawals. Incoming transfers are also higher than they have been in the past. Retention for next year will be around 82%, much higher than last year (73%).

The President discussed matters related to construction and enrollment in response to faculty questions. The science building is a priority, and in the future there will be a welcome center. The discount rate has increased 2 points. There might be new faculty lines available, depending on the financial situation.


Dana Garrigan presented on the 2020-2025 strategic planning process. The process will be broad-based and faculty are encouraged to participate. One of the goals is to take Carthage from its current position to among the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. There will also be some attention to branding the College. There is a timeline for the process that ends in May 2015, when the Board of Trustees will vote on the strategic plan.

President Woodward stated that the strategic plan will come out of the College, be voted on by the faculty, and then presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

President Woodward also noted that a new arrangement has been made with the Kenosha public transit agency for regular buses from campus to local spots, which would eliminate the need for Carthage shuttles. Students will receive unlimited-ride passes. There will also be a full-time school nurse and another health counselor available to students.


Academic Senate
There was a quorum call. The count fell short.

Elections for Senate and Committees
This portion of the meeting did not take place, due to the lack of quorum.

Dennis Munk announced that Tuesday, August 27 will be the Teaching and Learning Conference Day. July 22-24 will be the Lutheran education conference at Augsburg.

Dana Garrigan gave an assessment update. Departmental assessment reports are due at the end of the semester.

Greg Baer stated that the accreditation self-study drafting process is underway. For that reason, assessment reports and answered questions from department and division chairs are important. The liaison from the Higher Learning Commission will be on campus next week. CADRE will again offer the post-semester course design workshop.








Herschel Kruger announced current shows from the theater program.

Provost Rivera announced three retirements.

Provost Rivera adjourned the meeting at 5:11.


Dan Choffnes
Acting Faculty Secretary

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …