Message from the Chair
The New College Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors met on September 28th for our annual board retreat and installation of new board members and officers. For the next two years, I will be proudly serving you as board chair, Thomas Knight will serve as chair-elect and chair the Special Events committee, and Maia Hinkle will serve as Treasurer and chair the Fundraising and Finance Committee. For the next year, Hazel Bradford will serve as chair of the Communications committee, and Cindy Hill will serve as chair of the Governance Committee. Contact information for all officers and chairs can be found here: ncf.edu/board-of-directors
Immediately following the retreat, we held the first official meeting of the Board with the dynamic new board directors who were appointed this spring: Michael Dexter, Jordan Clark and Frazier Carraway. Our new directors were joined by an amazing group of current board members who were reappointed to another term: Colin Boyle, Carla Eastis, Stu Levitan, Robert Lincoln and Mitch Silverman. All members of the Board are extremely motivated, and each person brings their own set of pertinent and diverse experiences to the table. The members’ time at New College spans four decades, and their experiences since then come from the government, private, NGO, and academic sectors. I am tremendously excited about the board’s enthusiasm and commitment to achieving the goals set forth this coming year in support of the association!
During our retreat, we learned that the Florida Board of Governors, in its push towards performance based funding, has created a list of 10 metrics by which it will evaluate each school in the State University System and allocate funding in the next year. During their annual meeting hosted on New College’s campus September 12, the board discussed its allocation of $20 million in performance funding that was written into this year’s budget. Universities were evaluated on three metrics prioritized by Gov. Rick Scott: average salaries of graduates, percentage of graduates who are employed or continuing education, and cost-per-degree. Based on those, each university received a portion of the $20 million total.
The Board of Governors has now expanded that model, adding student success metrics such as graduation rates, retention rates and the number of degrees awarded in areas of strategic emphasis in anticipation of additional performance funding next year for a total of 10 metrics.
Because of New College’s unique nature and structure, providing quantifiable information to the State University System presents us with some unique challenges. The College, Foundation and Alumnae/i Association are all working in conjunction to address those issues and enhance our ability to compete for limited public resources. There are some metrics that the alumnae/i community is best suited to address and with which we request your immediate assistance.
First, one basis for funding is the number of alums who are either in graduate school or employed in the first year after graduation and, if employed, what your income is. The Alumnae/i Association is making a push to gather this data from all our alums, but in particular from classes that graduated in 2012 and 2013. We are not doing this to be “nosy” and will not share this information with anyone (except, of course, the State University System Board of Governors). Further, your information will not be shared directly, but rather will be factored in to the overall average that the college reports. We hope that you will provide this information as it is vital funding for our current students! If you did not update your information during the recent alum survey, you can help us now by updating your information here: ncf.edu/alum-update
The second basis on which we can make a tremendous impact on the schools evaluation and ultimate funding is with metric 9 - national ranking for institutional and program achievements – which was chosen by the BOG.
The percentage of our alums that make a gift to the New College Foundation is a factor of the equation in determining New College’s national rankings. If you have not yet contributed, please consider donating. No amount is too small! A contribution of any size from each of us can translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more for New College!! If you have not made your gift to The New College Fund for this fiscal year (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) you can do so here: ncf.edu/the-new-college-fund
There is a November 6 reporting deadline, so time is of the essence!! Please help New College shine in front of the State of Florida.
Outside of the collective effort to help the college with the critical needs related to metrics, the NCAA has set goals for enhancing the communication between alums and the Alumnae/i Association, revitalizing and expanding our local chapters, and rethinking reunions.
Special Events, Reunions and Local Chapters:
Regardless of when reunions occur, the Alumnae/i Association wants to host other events on campus though out the year for those who cannot make the reunion. We understand that it isn’t convenient for all alums to travel back to the Center of Universe at the same time each year, and want to make certain that we offer varied opportunities at different times during the year. To accomplish that goal, we are looking to build around other events planned on campus: Family Weekend in September, Halloween PCP in October, Clambake in November, Valentine’s PCP in February, Commencement and the New College vs. Ringling flag football games. We encourage alums to let us know what time of year is best for them to return to campus and what sorts of events will bring them back!
We are extremely excited about revitalizing and expanding our local chapters and are encouraging all chapters to meet at least 4 times per year. If you are interested in helping with a chapter in your area—welcoming new alums to your area, posting on the FB page about upcoming events and news of interest to your local alum cohort or maybe even meeting with prospective students and their families, please let us know. If you would like to participate in an upcoming event in your chapter area, please visit our chapter site here: ncf.edu/chapters
I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible and working with you and our board to make us the most responsive and active the association has ever been. Thank you for your commitment and support of the NCAA and New College!
Susan “Spozy” Sapoznikoff '83