TitleEnhanced Professional Development for Off-Campus Faculty/Staff Request Date2012-11-27
DepartmentCollege of Nursing
RequestorIan Godwin Phone994-2671
Campuses Bozeman Billings Havre Great Falls FSTS Extension MAES
Cross Depts College of Nursing Center for Faculty Excellence Strand Union Building
Proposed Dates Start: 3/1/13 End: 4/30/13
The College of Nursing, with the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) and the Strand Union Building (SUB), proposes to purchase and install a videoconference system in the SUB, room 233. The CFE generally schedules their programs to occur in one of two rooms on campus due to their size/capacity and flexible layouts. One of those rooms is 233 in the SUB. The majority of the faculty in the College of Nursing (82, or 72%, by headcount)are unable to attend CFE programming because they work on our distant campuses. Having videoconference capabilities in SUB 233 will allow us to increase participation in CFE professional development programs.
This proposal supports Objective S.1: Human Resources. Attract, develop and retain the best faculty and staff to achieve our MSU mission. Metric S.1.3 states that by 2019, faculty and staff participation in professional development opportunities will increase by 20%.
If funded, this proposal will allow College of Nursing faculty on our Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula campuses to participate in those Center for Faculty Excellence professional development programs/presentations that are suitable to be delivered in a synchronous videoconference format.
I would also note that faculty from throughout the MSU System would similarly be able to participate in those CFE opportunities if they have access to videoconference resources on their own campuses.
Funding Type: One-Time Only Funding Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding
  FY13 FY14 FY15 Base ($) OTO Startup ($)   FTE;
Materials & Supplies 2000             
Contracted Services 2000             
Capital 21000             
Other Operations            
TOTAL 25000     
Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.

We estimate that a two camera (instructor and audience cameras) system, with overhead microphones, and service agreement will cost approximately $21,000. An additional $2,000 is budgetted for a large screen TV/monitor for the back of the room (so the instructor can see the remote sites without turning her/his back to the local audience), a monitor mount, wiring and wireing raceway. The other $2,000 for contracted services is to fund the physical installation (mounting the cameras, microphone(s), the rear TV/monitor, and routing the wiring) of the system in SUB 233 by facilities services and ITC.

Describe the Proposal

The College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) and the Strand Union Building (SUB), proposes to purchase and install a videoconference system in the SUB, room 233 in order to increase the participation of College of Nursing faculty and staff in professional development activities in support of Objective S.1 of the MSU Strategic Plan.

The College of Nursing is a distributed program with faculty, staff and students spread across the state on our campuses in Billings, Bozeman (of course), Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula. Our faculty, staff and student in Billings are located on the MSU-Billings campus. In Great Falls they occupy space leased from Benefis Healthcare on their West Campus (not contiguous with the MSU - Great Falls College campus). In Kalispell, our “campus” is located on the Kalispell Regional Medical Center campus, and in Missoula, our faculty, staff, and students engage in their teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement on the University of Montana campus. What ties these disparate locations together (aside from the MSU students and faculty/staff there) and facilitates interactive communication between these sites is a videoconference system composed of 16 endpoints (class or conference rooms), a scheduling server, and content server, and other supporting infrastructure.

Of our 967 students (fall 2012 Registrar’s Report G, Part A), approximately ½ reside on one of our distant (not Bozeman) campuses. Of our 114 faculty, 82 (72%; headcount, not FTE) work on distant campuses. And, eight of the College’s 15 staff also work at our various distant campuses.

Over the past few years, as the Center for Faculty Excellence has increased its professional development offerings (hosting 70+ presentations/workshops and 1,346 participations in AY 11-12), College of Nursing administrators on the Bozeman campus have been encouraging all College faculty and staff including those at distant sites to take advantage of those professional development offerings when possible. Unfortunately, we have frequently encountered the problem that many CFE programs have been unavailable for our distant faculty/staff to actively participate. While the CFE has been gracious enough to provide programming specifically for College of Nursing faculty using College videoconference resources, they generally schedules their broader MSU faculty/staff programs to occur in one of two rooms on campus due to their size/capacity and flexible layouts. Neither of those rooms has videoconferencing equipment installed, and it is impractical to have nursing faculty drive between four and 10 hours round trip to attend the programs in Bozeman. One of those rooms is 233 in the SUB.

In order to increase faculty and staff (in the College of Nursing and elsewhere within the MSU system) access to the myriad professional development activities hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence, which will both directly and indirectly support the academic and future professional success of our students, we request funding to purchase and install a two camera videoconference endpoint, and associated equipment in room 233 of the SUB.

Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal

If this proposal is funded it will provide MSU with another campus videoconferencing resource that could be made available to the general MSU community. Not only will it provide an additional videoconference room for general use, but a room in a size and configuration in which that the campus does not currently have videoconferencing installed. While room scheduling will still be managed by the SUB, the College of Nusing would provide the videoconference scheduling/connection support.

Implementation Plan

If funded, we anticipate it taking approximately six to eight weeks to get a cost quote through ITC, make the purchase, and receive the equipment. We would hope to be able to have the installation done within two weeks after that (depending on Facilities Services and ITC availability).

Assessment Plan

The Center for Faculty Excellence collects and maintains rosters of the participants in their programs/presentations. A formative assessment of the off campus participants will occur at he conclusion of the fall 2013 semester. This will be followed up by a summative assessment at the conclusion of the Spring 2014 semester to determine if having the videoconference endpoint available has increased overall participation and specifically participation by MSU and MSU System faculty/staff distant from the Bozeman campus.

If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?

Should it be determined that there is little or no increase in the participation of off campus faculty/staff in campus based professional development activities as a result of the installation of the videoconference endpoint, consideration will be given to whether the sytem should be retasked or relocated within the University to support other objectives.

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