But I Don’t Know How to Read a Map! : Navigating “MAP Support” on The Library Learning Commons Webpage
If you have been on campus the last three years you have undoubtedly heard about “The MAP.” It’s been MAP this and MAP that. You might have even taken a look at the MAP display in the library’s atrium. With the upcoming HLC visit, the MAP has gotten even more important.
The MAP, or Master Academic Plan, is an integral part of the Chadron State 2020 initiative, as it sets the main priorities for Academics at Chadron State College. Over the course of the last ten years, the College has done a lot of reflection and refined our goals. If you look back to Vision 2011 (a strategic plan for 2008-2011) there were 34 priorities. The 2011-2014 Strategic Plan contained 20 intentional initiatives while the MAP contains six priorities. The six priorities are:
- Continue to implement and improve the Essential Studies Program (ESP)
- Define, develop, and promote co-curricular experiences that foster undergraduate and graduate student engagement
- Create and implement a strategic vision(s) for teaching and learning technologies, teaching and learning center (TLC) and the library learning commons (LLC)
- Evaluate campus-wide processes for student recruitment, advising, and retention; recommend a plan for continuous improvement
- Study, create, and implement a strategic vision for the graduate studies program
- Evaluate campus-wide processes for faculty and staff recruitment and retention; recommend a plan for continuous improvement.
As you can see, the MAP is the centerpiece for alignment of campus-wide efforts. The Library Learning Commons webpage is the designated repository for detailed MAP information. You can find a link on the left side navigation menu of the library’s webpage – third from the bottom, just above the LLC Blog. Or, access it directly at http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc
This article will provide tips on how to navigate the MAP Support webpage, by describing what information is found on each page. The page is divided into six sections:
- Roles & Responsibilities
About – As you can guess, this page gives an overview of CSC’s Master Academic Plan (MAP). It outlines the main goals and gives a brief overview of the creation of the MAP. For more history about this project and past initiatives, check out the President’s Chadron State 2020 page – https://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
Priorities – This page gives details about the six MAP Priorities. Each MAP Priority is helmed by an Academic Dean or other administrator. These Priority Managers are tasked with implementing projects for each priority and providing assistance to project leads (for more information about priority managers and project leads, see the roles and responsibilities page).
In order to provide focus, each of the six MAP Priorities are split into sub-priorities. These are notated by the priority #, followed by the sub-priority #. As an example, let’s look at Priority # 1 – Continue to implement and improve the Essential Studies Program (ESP). The first sub-priority is Develop a sufficient number of ESP courses in the appropriate formats to accommodate student need. Projects that fall under this priority are notated as 1.1.
We can drill down even further and look at specific projects for each Priority. Looking at Priority 1.1, we can find 3 projects which help support this goal. These projects are numbered by the priority, sub-priority, and then assigned a unique number. Here is an example of the projects that fall under Priority 1.1
- 1.1 – Develop sufficient number of Capstone (CAP) courses to accommodate approximately 650 students.
- 1.2 – Develop and maintain an ESP pathway to meet the needs of fully online students.
- 1.3 – Develop a low cost/no cost text ESP pathway utilizing the Instructional Design process of the Teaching and Learning Center
Roles & Responsibilities – In order to keep moving forward, the MAP requires cooperation from various groups – priority managers, project managers, and project leads. The roles and responsibilities page outlines the expectations for each of these groups. Priority managers are tasked with creating, supervising, and facilitating project plans, which support the overall priority. The project managers provide assistance to project lead(s) and ensure documentation is submitted and/or recorded. Project leads are the people responsible for implementing and ensuring a project is completed.
Planning – In order to be considered a project, it is required that the proposal be MAP aligned. Before beginning a MAP project, the person proposing the project should get approval from the Priority Manager. This section provides information about how to define a project. For our MAP purposes, projects have a very specific definition. This section also provides a downloadable version of the MAP Project Plan Template. This template is used for all MAP projects. This template should be filled out completely by the project lead before being sent to the priority manager for approval. Once approved, the project is added to SharePoint by the project manager. It is crucial that the project lead does not make any changes to the template, as even errant spaces can cause problems for the person adding the project to SharePoint.
Tracking – As mentioned in the Planning description, MAP projects are tracked in SharePoint. This allows both the CSC Community and accreditors to keep track of the time and financial investments spent on each MAP priority. SharePoint allows the priority managers, project managers, and project leads an easy way to check in on the status of their projects.
Inquiries – This page describes who you should contact with MAP project planning and SharePoint site questions.
The LLC is excited to play an important role in the MAP. In fact, everyone in the CSC Community plays an important role in the MAP, because we are all involved in making Chadron State College great.