Recruitment and Retention Committee
Ge Chen, assistant dean of students
Alan Constant, director of learning center, ex officio
Augustine Garza, deputy director of admissions
Darlene Grant, associate dean, graduate school
Desmond Lawler, professor, civil engineering
Gwen Webb-Johnson, assistant professor, special education
Dana Cloud, associate professor, communication studies
Tom Garza, associate professor, Slavic languages and literature
Zena Moore, associate professor, curriculum and instruction
Student Government representatives
Administrative Advisors, ex officio
Susana Aleman, representative Hispanic alumni
Brenda Burt, representative, Black alumni association
James Hill, vice president for community and school relations
At the first standing committee meeting on September 7, 2004, Dr. Zena Moore
was selected as chair for the period 2004-06. Dr. Moore, asked the members
to set a fixed monthly meeting date. The group decided to have its meetings on
the first Monday of every month, from 11am-noon in MAIN 120.
The group also decided that the fall semester should be devoted to collecting
information relevant to the task of the committee. Members agreed to seek information
on the application process, recruitment efforts to attract minority students
and minority faculty, financial and academic support for students and faculty,
and on enrollment figures in general. In the fall semester four meetings were
On November 29, Augustine Garza addressed the group to inform them on matters
related to the enrollment figures, applications and acceptance of students based
Ge Chen from Academic Enrichment Services (formerly Retention Services) in the
Office of the Dean of Students provided information on the recruitment, support,
and services the seven AES programs. The seven programs are open to
all students particularly to students of color and under-represented students
including first generation college students and students from disadvantaged social
and economic backgrounds.
Zena Moore collected information from the Director of the Center for African
and African American Studies on African American student enrollment and graduation
rates. The information collected revealed that the numbers of in-coming freshmen
African American and Hispanic students have been increasing over the years and
reached a record high in 2004. The number of Asian students has been fairly constant
at slightly over 1000.
Gwen Webb-Johnson made a strong and passionate appeal to the committee to urge
the new incoming vice provost in charge of inclusiveness and cross-cultural effectiveness
to examine the reasons for minority faculty not being tenured. The committee
also agreed that the chair, Zena Moore, request representation on the search
committee for the new vice provost position.
The committee also looked at the recommendations for the composition of the University
standing committees submitted by the Faculty Committee on Committees. We agreed
that the all committees should have representation from faculty, staff, and students.
Zena Moore sent the decision to the chair of Faculty Committee on Committees.
In the spring semester four meetings were held. The spring semester focused on
activities dealing with the search for the new vice provost. Zena Moore relayed
relevant information about the progress of the search committee. Five final candidates
were invited for campus visits. Only four actually visited. Members of Recruitment
and Retention Committee attended the open forums and met with the candidates
Having set monthly meetings proved very successful with one problem, those members
who could not make the time and days were not able to be present for the entire
semester. However, regular email communication facilitated interaction among
committee members. Overall, it was a productive year.
Zena Moore, chair