V.P. for Planning and Dean of the College

Fall 2011 End-of-the-Semester Update

The following are selected highlights from the 2011 fall semester. For more detailed information about each office please visit their website to learn about their programs and resources.

Academic Internships

  • During the fall 2011 semester, a total of 30 students from both Arts & Sciences and the Holt School registered to earn general elective and major/Florida Hospital internsminor credit (non-INB credit) for an internship. Fall 2011 was the first semester that Rollins has combined the Holt internship reflection course with the Academic Internship Program, with a total of six Holt students enrolled in the course. The Holt School and the Offices of Career Services and Academic Internships have collaborated to align the course registration process for all students.
  • This fall students participated at internships that span both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, such as: Bridges of Light Foundation, Florida Film Festival at Enzian Theatre, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, and UBS Financial Services.
  • During Winter Intersession 2012, five pre-med students will shadow physicians at Florida Hospital’s Residency Training Departments (i.e., Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and Osteopathic Family Medicine). In collaboration with Pre-Health Advising Faculty, students will observe physicians and residents during grand rounds, conferences, and other didactic activities from January 9-13, 2012. The Pre-Health Shadowing program was also awarded a $2500 grant sponsored by the Winter Park Health Foundation in support of community programming.


  • More than 400 student-athletes will participate in 22 sports this academic year.
  • Rollins’ water ski team finished sixth at the Division I National Championships.
  • Men’s tennis player Lucas Jovita won the ITA South Region Championship, the ITA Division II National Championship and became the first Rollins player to win the ITA Small College Super Bowl.
  • Volleyball earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round for the second time in school history. Sophomore Megan Hodges was named All-America–the second player to do so in school history. The team was ranked as high as 23rd in the nation.
  • This season, the women’s soccer team ranked as high as 10th in the nation–they finished 14-3-2, second in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) and earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament. Michelle Dillingham was named the SSC player of the year; Alicia Milyak was named South Region Coach of the Year; Charlotte Murrell was named Second Team All-America on the field and Third Team Academic All-American in the classroom.
  • Men’s soccer ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation, the first time in school history. They finished 15-4 on the year and also earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament, which Rollins hosted. Justin Clark was named the SSC Player of the Year; Jack Clifford was named Third Team Academic All-American.
  • The men's and women's swim teams are 1-3 on the year heading into the Nova Invitational in December.
  • Women’s basketball is ranked No. 13 in the nation having won seven straight games. They were the preseason favorite to win the conference.
  • Men’s basketball is ranked 10th, has won the first six games of the season, and were the preseason favorite to win the SSC.

Community Engagement

  • The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) received the 2010 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Presidential Award. OCE also received proclamations from Mayors Ken Bradley (City of Winter Park) and Buddy Dyer (City of Orlando) both designating Saturday, August 20th, as “Rollins Community Service Day” in Central Florida.
  • In August, more than 800 faculty members, students, staff and alumni participated in Service, Philanthropy, Activism Rollins College (SPARC) Day partnering with two dozen non-profit agencies across Central Florida. Additionally, through SPARC continuation, Rollins College Conference (RCC) courses continued to engage in academic service-learning throughout the semester.
  • In October, OCE celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Rollins’ campus. Also in October, Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) recognized Assistant Director of Community Engagement Meredith Hein and Associate Professor of History Julian Chambliss, Ph.D., with awards. This marks the fifth consecutive year that a Rollins faculty or staff member received such recognition. FL|CC also recognized Rollins for its exemplary commitment to engagement by awarding the College with a special 20th Anniversary Engaged Campus Award.
  • This year OCE participated in indirect assessments of LEAP learning outcomes related to community engagement courses. Nearly nine out of ten students reported that participation in service learning: a) broadened their knowledge of human cultures and the natural and physical world; b) enhanced their intellectual and practical skills; c) increased their recognition of personal and social responsibility; and d) offered valuable integrative and applied learning opportunities between their courses and service-learning projects.

External and Competitive Scholarships

  • This fall, the office worked with 20 students on Fulbright applications. In addition, applications were submitted to the following scholarships and fellowships: Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Morris K. Udall Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Truman Scholarship, and David L. Boren Scholarship.
  • The office worked collaboratively this fall offering workshops with the Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Career Services and Academic Internships, as well as International Programs.
  • In November, an additional workshop was held with a David L. Boren Scholarship representative who visited Rollins. 

Grants & Contracts

  • Rollins' Pre-Collegiate Programs, under the leadership of Carrie Glatting, has been refunded for five years from the U.S. Department of Education/TRIO Programs to continue the Rollins College Talent Search Program. Talent Search provides academic support services and assistance to 700 middle and high school students annually in Central Florida who are low-income and will be first-generation college students. The program's direct services are fully funded by the Federal government in the amount of $313,212 annually. 
  • Luis Martinez (Chemistry) was awarded a new subcontract agreement with the Florida Institute of Technology for a grant project titled "Physics and Chemistry of Astrobiology," funded through the Florida Space Research Program. 
  • Steven St. John (Psychology) received a research contract from Amgen, Inc. The title of his project is "Evaluation of Drugs to Reduce Oral Trigeminal Sensation."
  • Since this office’s inception in 2008, more than $5 million in proposals have been submitted with over $2.3 million awarded.


International Programs

  • The Office of International Programs developed an expanded partnership with the School for International Training (SIT) in order to allow Rollins students the opportunity to participate in any SIT programs which are focused on globally relevant themes like human rights, global health, and sustainable development.
  • International Programs has also launched a new partnership with International Studies Abroad (ISA) at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which will offer outstanding programs in Latin American Studies.
  • International Programs received a record number of applications for winter and spring break field study courses, and will be sending more than 130 students out on programs to diverse locations including China, Germany, Thailand, Cuba, and Italy to study environment, culture, language, art, and politics to name a few.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

  • Orientations were held in August for 89 new international students and scholars in A&S, CPS, Holt, and Crummer.  Rollins has 179 current international students.  Statistics are available here.  ISSS expects to welcome about 20 new international students and scholars in spring 2012 through a series of orientations.
  • Programming provided for international students and scholars included: Thursday Lunch Days, First Fridays (monthly social and cultural programming), Employment Workshops, a Career Planning Seminar, and Thanksgiving Hosting. Similar programming will continue in the spring term, but will also include a Tax Workshop.
  • ISSS collaborated with various offices and students across campus for our annual celebration of International Education Week. The week’s events included: the Annual Photo Contest; IEW CultureFest; information sessions on teaching, studying, and volunteering abroad; the annual Rollins World Cup; and a film viewing of Ma Vie en Rose, to honor International Transgender Awareness week.
  • ISSS will be sponsoring four international students to participate in the annual Florida International Leadership Conference in February. This conference is a statewide conference for international students and study abroad participants to provide them the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, see themselves as global leaders, and recognize the differing styles of leadership across cultures. Dawn Wharram (International Programs) is FILC chair and Jenifer Ruby is FILC past-chair.

Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship

  • This year, the Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship program is celebrating its 12th year offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in high-level scholarly research and scholarship.
  • The 2011 program included 21 students and 11 faculty working on 18 independent projects from eight different academic departments.
  • Program participants took part in the "Celebration of Scholarship" annual event as part of Family Weekend held on campus in November.

TJ's Professional Advising Services & Tutoring/Writing Center

  • Professional academic advisors provided supplementary academic planning and consultation through personal, phone, e-mail, Skype, or Facebook encounters to nearly 1,000 students during the schedule change and pre-registration periods in fall 2011. 
  • Advisors saw, on average, anywhere from six to upwards of 30 (or more) students a day in TJs Advising Services. The advising staff also counseled 65 students through the Appeal of Academic Policy process, served eight Rollins Plan students, completed nearly 200 Accelerated Management Program academic planning sessions, advised more than 120 student athletes, provided assistance with six self-designed majors/minors, and provided critical student success guidance to more than 60 students on academic probation or warning.
  • Professional advisors taught three sections of the Rollins Transition Seminar for new transfer students (RCC 200), two sections of the Learning Strategies Seminar (INT 100), a section of Academic & Career Planning (INT 150), and provided weekly accountability group and individual sessions to enhance the success of students.
  • An interactive Advising Toolkit and Advising 101 BlackBoard class site including an explanation of advising at Rollins, appreciative advising, instructions for writing academic vision statements (the “dream” step of the appreciative advising model), a template for academic vision statements, and four-year degree planners were developed and distributed to all RCC faculty, peer mentors, and first-year students. Professional advisors presented Dr. Bloom’s appreciative advising model to nearly half of this fall’s RCC students through class presentations and personal consultations. Academic coaching services associated with the appreciative advising project were provided through collaboration with the College’s Graduate Counseling program and Cornell Counseling Center. Evaluation of the appreciative advising pilot will begin in spring 2012.
  • The Tutoring/Writing Center offered nearly two dozen Avoiding Plagiarism: An Introduction to Sources workshops during the semester at faculty request. This workshop proved so informative that the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences has requested it be offered in all RCC sections during fall 2012.
  • During the fall, 70 peer tutors and writing consultants also provided more than 2,000 hours of peer-to-peer, individual consultations to 828 students through more than 2,700 consulting appointments (1,191 hours of tutoring during 1,555 appointments and 960 hours of writing consulting in 1,165 appointments).

Student Affairs

Career Services

  • In partnership with the Offices of Community Engagement, Crummer Career Development Center, and Academic Internships, the Office of Career Services Students by lakeco-presented a workshop for Central Florida non-profit organizations titled, “Designing a Non-Profit Internship Program.”  Representatives from 14 organizations attended this event. The Office of Career Services currently promotes 91 internship opportunities at Central Florida non-profit organizations through the Jobs for Tars website.
  • This year, the office once again co-taught a Careers in Biology course as well as the Academic and Career Planning course. A new course was offered this year, co-taught by the career center staff and faculty members from the International Business and Philosophy departments, titled Meaningful Life and Productive Career. The course exposed students to the different facets related to finding happiness and meaning in one’s life, inside and outside of work, while also gaining practical career exploration and job search skills.  Two sections were offered with 40 students total enrolling for the course.
  • In late September, in partnership with the Athletics Department, the Office of Career Services hosted an etiquette dinner for 65 student athletes from men’s and women’s crew teams and six alumni/employer table hosts. Students learned about interview, business, and dining etiquette while networking with alumni and employers.
  • In October, the office administered a practice graduate school admission test session for 67 students/alumni who took practice versions of the LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, and GRE.
 Community Standards & Responsibility
  • Rollins’ Responsible Action Protocol which allows students who seek assistance for an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency amnesty from the College’s hearing process was featured in the September 25 issue of the Orlando Sentinel
  • This fall, Rollins has seen a 34% increase in the number of alleged Code of Community Standards violations.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • The number of appointments for the CAPS office has increased steadily over the last three years.  During academic year 2010-11, appointments increased by 28 percent. CAPS provided 1,582 individual, couples, or group appointments. Due to increases in the number of appointments, students waited up to two weeks for an appointment although every effort was made to accommodate students scheduling new appointments within the week. To accomplish this, CAPS eliminated walk-in hours.  In the event of a crisis or emergency, staff moved or rescheduled other appointments to respond. 
  • CAPS received a generous donation for drug/alcohol treatment.  This money will fund necessary assessment, education, outreach, and therapy in addition to a staff member and/or subcontractor(s) to implement such programs.
  • CAPS delivered 46 outreach programs addressing such topics as safer sex, sexual assault, stress management, personality typing, dream interpretations, disordered eating, alcohol and other drugs, bystander interventions, and teamwork.

Disability Services

  • In 2011, the Rollins College Office of Disability Services received an external review by Jane Jarrow, Ph.D., who described the disabilities service office as a “well-organized, well-run, effective office because of cross training and adequate use of graduate assistants and college work-study students." In addition, a newly appointed assistive technology specialist is working to insure total inclusion for students with disabilities on the campus. Almost 13 percent of the campus population has been served in some way by this office.
  • The Office of Disability Services prides itself on providing equal access to all students with disabilities in every aspect of academic life on the Rollins College campus. For more information click here.
Health Services
  • This fall, multiple seminars and activities regarding health issues with fraternities, sororities, and residential hall organizations were provided by the Health Services team.
  • Through promotion, the Health Services team increased the student readership of e-health newsletters. In an effort to continue to improve communication, a campus correspondent internship will begin in January 2012.
Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
  • Beginning January 16-January 21, 2012, OMA is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, for the full schedule of events visit http://www.rollins.edu/multiculturalaffairs/
  • The Lucy Cross Center for Women (LCC) has implemented a signature event “Drop In Discussions.” Topics so far this semester have been Shock Humor, Women and Immigration, Female Rock Stars, and Sexuality and Date Rape. Evaluation form responses were overwhelmingly positive, and the programs were found relevant to attendees’ lives.
  • As part of the Winter Park Institute (WPI) for the Veterans Feminists Conference and Women’s Forum held in October, the LCC coordinated and presented a dinner and panel discussion with the Guerrilla Girls On Tour! on “Combating Sexual Violence and Promoting Gender Equality.”
  • A half-day forum on the Status of Women at Rollins took place in November which included breakout discussions focusing on Women and Race and Men’s Role in Feminism, and a give-back activity titled "Beads for Life" benefiting women in Uganda was sponsored by the sorority NCM.
Office of Student Involvement & Leadership (OSIL)
  • This fall, OSIL created four new weekly programs including Movie on the Lawn, Unplugged (open mic), Wingo (Wednesday bingo), DJ at the Pool, and continues to run a weekly Winter Park Village Shuttle free on Friday nights. OSIL is also helping lead the campus-wide conversation of the Cornell Campus Center renovation. Additionally, OSIL introduced a new website to the Rollins community for student organizations and events getinvolved.rollins.edu. More than 1,200 users have logged in.
  • ACE is in the process of reorganization, rebranding, and being renamed. In the spring, ACE will return as REP: Rollins Entertainment Programs. Campus media is also beginning to coordinate an external review of Student Media at Rollins.
  • There are currently 100 active and registered student organizations on campus. A committee of eight students allocates funds to student organizations. The committee meets weekly and has allocated $23,630 of $70,000 for the year.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life engaged over 130 students in educational opportunities within the first six weeks – including Peers, Allies, Seniors, Leadership Institute, educational roundtables, and retreats.
  • As part of Fraternity and Sorority life, two new programs, Peers for Personal & Social Responsibility and Fraternity & Sorority Allies have been developed. Peer educators advocate for healthy lifestyle choices, personal safety, and personal well-being within the fraternity and sorority community. By providing engaging, inclusive, and informative workshops and discussions, peers are committed to empowering students to make informed decisions. Fraternity & Sorority Allies is a means for individuals to support people who are LGBT, and is designed to provide educational conversations to help reflect upon personal beliefs, language, and behaviors concerning this topic.
Residential Life
  • This fall, the residence halls opened with a 102 percent occupancy in first-year halls, in part due to one of the largest incoming classes in Rollins’ history. Overall, fall residence hall occupancy was at 98 percent.
  • In October, Res Life collaborated with several other offices to present “Rollins Underground” —a program that addresses privilege and social justice issues.  Nearly 200 students went through this interactive experience and 97 percent of those surveyed said this type of program is needed.
  • The LLC program was expanded to include all first year buildings this year—ensuring a common first year experience for all incoming students.  While formal assessment has yet to be done, it appears the program was well received.  RCC faculty have been busy programming in the halls creating a meaningful living/learning experience for all.
  • Res Life and OSIL have been working hard to ensure the success of our Residential Organizations, specifically with the groups that were placed on probation last year. We have seen good progress from many of the groups and expect many to move back to good standing following the upcoming annual review process.  

Student SuccessOrientation

On September 30 and October 6, the Dean of the College office held campus-wide meetings updating the Rollins community on the past year's Student Success and Retention efforts. As has been discussed in multiple settings, while we have much to celebrate in terms of Rollins’ national rankings, areas where our performance can be strengthened include our traditional undergraduate student retention and six-year graduation rates. With that, the Student Success & Retention Task Force was created last fall and was composed of seven work groups charged to review national best practices and literature, gain input from faculty, staff, and students, as well as evaluate internal and external data related to student success and retention. The work groups were led by 21 faculty and staff co-chairs who were focused on the following areas: Academic Advising, Healthy Behaviors/Campus Culture, High Impact Practices, Instructional Excellence and Student/Faculty Connections, Research and Discovery, Student Recruitment/Enrollment/Financial Aid and Student Success after Graduation. Close to 60 additional campus community members comprised the work group membership and met during the spring 2011 semester. In May, each work group presented final recommendations that were prioritized into short term/high impact/low cost items that are serving as the foundation of the Student Success & Retention Strategic Agenda for Rollins. To review the year one campus presentation on student success and retention, click here.

Office of Student Success and First-Year Learning

  • As the academic year began, Rollins welcomed 556 students to campus. In preparing to welcome the Class of 2015 to Rollins, 77 peer mentors took part in over 80 hours of training leading into fall orientation.
  • This year 30 RCC classes were led by 34 different faculty members. Each class was assigned two peer mentors who served as academic and social role models. 
  • More than 250 student interventions have taken place this fall as part of CARE, Red, and Yellow team efforts. 
  • A&S/CPS started the academic year with 1,824 students. To date, 44 students have withdrawn or taken medical or leaves of absence this fall.
  • Since the creation of the Office of Student Success last spring, data has been gathered on 67 students who have withdrawn from Rollins in an effort to identify reasons cited for leaving the College.
  • The MAP-Works™ program was launched this fall with the Class of 2015. MAP-Works™ is a system that helps identify at-risk students early in the term allowing for immediate support as well as improved management of outreach efforts to these students. This system was launched by the Office of Student Success in collaboration with the Dean of Student Affairs, interim Dean of the Faculty, residential life, TJs advising services, counseling and psychological services, and referral offices such as multicultural affairs, Athletics, international student and scholar services, and tutoring and writing consulting.
  • In early spring 2012, the Office of Student Success will conduct a 360° review with MAP-Works™ users.

Institutional Planning

Rollins’ institutional planning process is intended to encourage broad participation and informed dialogue, while clearly linking planning, budgeting, and assessment. Overarching principles of the process include ongoing involvement of the College’s "constellation of constituencies," an approach that initially focuses on short-and mid-term concerns (through 2014-2015), and a commitment to conclude cycle one of the planning process in summer 2012. Selected principles guiding the process will include commitments to:

  • a broad-based liberal arts foundation for all undergraduates,
  • highly competitive master's programs in areas of excellence with accreditation where appropriate,
  • an applied (pragmatic) liberal arts education,
  • pedagogical innovation and instructional excellence,
  • a high level of faculty-student interaction,
  • co-curricular innovation and use of high-impact practices, and
  • service excellence in all we do (respectfulness, responsiveness, collaboration, and competence).

In December, members of the College’s Planning and Budget Committee (P&BC) reviewed and affirmed the College’s vision and mission statements. Strategic issues arising from discussions in a variety of campus settings during the last 18 months were also compiled by staff, thematically clustered, and presented to the P&BC for discussion. These themes were rank-ordered by P&BC members to develop four strategic priorities for the College, which have been affirmed by the President’s Cabinet. The four priorities are in bold below and are followed by examples of the types of topics that may emerge in individual planning work groups.

  • Improve student success: student-centeredness, campus culture, high-impact practices, internationalization, advising/coaching, student support services, career services, athletics
  • Enhance academic excellence: program review and/or enhancement, general education renewal, creation of high demand majors, instructional excellence to aid recruitment and retention, student-centeredness, internationalization, leveraging technology, clear paths to graduation, course rigor, faculty load, faculty course release, reallocation of resources
  • Create a sustainable business model: pricing, alternative revenue streams (Maymester, Alfond Inn at Rollins, property acquisition), technology, public-private partnerships, strategic marketing, alumni/donor relations, fundraising
  • Cultivate areas of distinction: Global Education, Civic and Community Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise, Career Excellence

Work groups comprised of faculty, staff, students, and individuals who may serve as resources to the process are being formed. Committee chair appointments have been made and these leaders will be working through faculty, student, and staff governance bodies, academic deans, and the President's Cabinet to determine committee membership for each area of focus. Work groups will examine each of the four strategic priorities in more depth, complete internal and external scanning, engage key stakeholders, and establish priorities, action plans, and timelines for three to five major goals in each area. These work groups will also be asked to determine key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to measure the progress of all initiatives.

In addition to this BlackBoard resource site, an institutional planning website has been established athttp://www.rollins.edu/vp-dean-of-college/planning/index.html. Regular reports from the work groups to the P&BC, governance groups, and the campus community are planned throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2012. It is anticipated that the work of the planning process will begin to inform budget processes and advancement efforts effective with the 2012-13 academic year.