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Subject: Annual Evaluation Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:27:20 PM Central Daylight Time From: To: CC: Shirvani, Hamid Gary Hagen Espegard, Duaine
Dr. Gary Hagen, In accordance with SBHE Policy 604.1, below is my evaluation of your progress for the goals that you submitted for July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. Goal One - Raise $380,000 this year to complete the Northwest Hall Campaign by March 30, 2013 and begin construction by September 30, 2013. I am pleased to see that you more than doubled your goal and that construction has already begun with completion sometime in September. Clearly this is a notable accomplishment for you and the campus. I am sure employee morale is strong and productivity solid among your faculty and staff. I hope that you are in the process of developing three to five-year plans for fundraising that are linked with your most competitive programs. Goal Two - Complete academic assessment learning outcomes for all academic majors and minors by June 30, 2013. MaSU must prepare for the upcoming NCA and NCATE accreditation visits and ensure that the general education courses meet the new LEAP goals. In that academic assessment of learning outcomes was a concern in your last NCATE visit, I was gratified to learn that the April 2013 return of the NCATE accreditation team concluded that learning outcomes was no longer an issue. This should obviously place you in good preparation for the NCA accreditation visit next year. This is good news and is a positive reflection on the hard work and dedication of the faculty Goal Three - Develop a sophisticated new campus web site and web-based system based primarily on the Google Analytics System. This system would utilize internet-based tools to help students explore educational opportunities at MaSU by optimizing search engines, marketing techniques, and the Internet. Again, I am pleased that your new website, including the automatic collection of information from those visiting your site, is up and running. The NDUS looks forward to learning how you are using these analytics to improve your marketing efforts. Goal Four - Meet the Implementation deadlines of the Pathways to Student Success Plan You seem to be on target for meeting the requirements to provide a successful Pathways experience for students. As you and others have learned, Pathways is an evolving concept that promises significant improvement in college readiness, vertical alignment between K-12 and the college curricula, and ultimately effective preparation for upcoming performance-based accountability and funding. Goal Five - Work with the high schools to ensure that all dual credit courses meet the established criteria. Here again, I am gratified to know that this goal has been accomplished. Actually, I knew well in advance through my academic affairs staff that MaSU had a good history of qualitative dual credit
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advance through my academic affairs staff that MaSU had a good history of qualitative dual credit courses. In that the quality of the courses and their faculty is necessary for students’ success once they transfer into a college or university, due diligence should keep this issue front and center for years to come. We do intend, however, to launch a longitudinal study of the dual credit courses to assess their overall effectiveness. I remain convinced that these courses can be strengthened even further. In my opinion their quality should be no less than an AP courses which, because of their rigor, seem destined to be replaced by dual credit courses. Overall: In my judgment, Gary, you have had a very successful year fulfilling your responsibilities as president of MaSU. You have focused your energies on campus matters, built a strong faculty supported by a well-managed staff and leadership team, and launched a successful fundraising program with strong alliances within the area’s business community. My sense is that you are a highly competent and conscientious administrator whose skill sets are sometimes hidden by your quiet demeanor. I encourage you to be more outgoing in the future and more vocal is representing your institution’s academic aspirations. Give what I recognize and appreciate as your many leadership strengths, I am recommending to the Board a 4% salary increase for the coming fiscal year and continuing appointment. Thank you. H. A. Shirvani, Ph.D. Chancellor North Dakota University System 600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept 215 Bismarck ND 58505-0230 Ph: 701.328.2974 Fax: 701.328.2961 Email: email@example.com Web: ndus.edu
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