Dear Faculty and Staff:
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of
Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
• Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
• MAP Purpose — http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/#tab2
• MAP Priorities & Sub-Priorities – click on “Priorities”
• Visit the VPAA Update archive versions on the VPAA website:
• Faculty 2016-17 Calendar revision attached
Open Forum with VPAA
I will be in the proximity of the LLC Book Ends coffee shop on Wednesday, 23 November 2016,
10:00-11:00 am to discuss any of the items within this update. You are invited to voice concerns
and/or discuss other topics of interest
10 November 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting
Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations, published a summary of the board meeting —
NSSE/FSSE Review of Evidence: Reflecting on Our Practices
18 November 2016, faculty, staff and student leadership conducted a work session to review the materials gathered from 5 October 2016 Executive Council, 13 October 2016 All-Campus faculty and staff, and 25 October 2016 student leadership work sessions. The 25 October 2016 student leadership work session included approximately 55 students. A 1 November 2016 follow-up session with student leaders reviewed the results. The results from each work session
illustrate that observations and future directions to proceed were very similar. The results also reveal the six Master Academic Plan (MAP) Priorities continue to be the important initiatives to the majority of faculty, staff and students.
The 28 October 2016 VPAA Update furnishes further information on the October work sessions. Executive Council and the Interim Director of Assessment, Dr. Nesheim, have led these efforts. Such leadership initiative is highly valued.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: two Business, one Science, two Math, one English and one Music. Academic staff searches: Office Assistant II (3rd floor Old Admin); Director of Assessment; Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies.
NASM Accreditation Achieved
CSC is one of five institutions out of 143 applicants to be awarded first-time accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) this year. As noted in the 14 January 2016 VPAA Update, NASM reviewers commended the institution in a November 2015 letter for its continued diligence in seeking accreditation, while at the same time asking for clarification or additional information on three remaining issues. During 2016, under the leadership of Dr. Una Taylor, who spearheaded the effort from the beginning, a response report
was prepared. Dr. Taylor worked together with Dean Powell, Dean Margetts, and others to submit the response by the 1 October 2016 deadline.
CSC becomes one of 650 schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities across the United States to hold NASM accreditation. The 11 February 2015 VPAA Update provides a brief overview of specialized accreditation. As of September 2016, NASM is a programmatic accreditor that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).
The achievement of this award is another illustration of grit, as caring for something that is meaningful and challenging (see 26 September 2016 VPAA Update). To achieve this award, it required overcoming obstacles and challenges that are typical in organizations. An easier road is giving up and/or blaming others. Collaborating, listening, and rethinking assumptions is part and
parcel of the process.
CSC has earned specialized accreditation in business, social work, and education programs:
• Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP
emphasizes teaching excellence. Such accreditation matches our central purpose as a learner-centered institution.
• Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE accreditation is required for CSC graduates if they intend to be certified in the State of Nebraska and wish to practice as social workers.
• NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accredited moving toward CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). This accreditation is required of programs in most states in order to teach in the United States public schools.
The updated list of Presidential Committees is available at this link:
The update includes the importance of the committee efforts to the Master Academic Plan(MAP), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Criteria for Accreditation (i.e. Assurance Argument), Assumed Practices, Quality Initiative, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and, Federal Compliance. The 28 October VPAA Update furnished the same information for CSC Campus-Wide Committees/Task Teams.
The purpose of this is for each committee/task team to understand the importance of their efforts to the MAP or reports required by external entities. Second, this is one avenue to assist with improving the process to prepare for 2021 HLC review. Thus, please ensure within minutes and/or final reports the inclusion of action items, reviews of process or outcomes, and evidence that directly relate to MAP, HLC Criteria for Accreditation, Assumed Practices, Quality Initiative, SARA, and Federal Compliance. Clarity, brevity, and closing the loop are of utmost importance. This will save us all time. The third purpose, during the April 2016 HLC Peer Review visit, this provides a talking point for you. Sharing that you know that committee/task teams relate to the larger picture is important. This will help CSC demonstrate alignment of efforts. Alignment is one of our major strengths.
As you develop your individual goals for 2016, please keep the same process in mind. Utilization of existing reports or processes to advance the MAP and meet external requirements will diminish additional reports and demonstrate a model of how a small college may work efficiently and effectively as well as achieve common goals as a community of learners.
Summer Session Registration
Registration for 2017 summer courses opens 5 December 2016. Various channels to market the 2017 Summer courses have and will continue to be pursued. Encouragement of early enrollment, especially prior to the Winter Break, would be appreciated.
CSC 2014-2015 Factbook
CSC Institutional Research has completed and published the CSC 2014-15 Factbook and is available at the following link http://csc.edu/ir/factbook.csc. The purpose of the Factbook is to provide an overview of the College, serve as a reference document, and assist with planning and decision-making. Topics include general information, credit hour production, enrollment numbers, transfer rates, degrees conferred, campus activities, facilities, alumni, financial aid, and
other pertinent information. Institutional Research, headed by Director Malinda Linegar, has started the CSC 2015-16 Factbook.
Initial feedback suggests the decision to utilize MBS has been fruitful. While there remains some areas to improve, the first semester with MBS is significantly improved for students and faculty compared to the previous year. I very much appreciate the CSC faculty and staff who have diligently worked with learning a new system under limited time constraints.
Sesquicentennial Commission Service
Nebraska became a state March 1, 1867, and will commemorate its Sesquicentennial throughout 2017. Two CSC alumni, Dr. Marty Ramirez and Dr. Dora Olivares, are serving on the Sesquicentennial Commission. For more information, contact Executive Director Regan Anson at email@example.com.
These are exciting times for Chadron State College with various advancements in educational technologies available to use in the classroom, both face-to-face and online. CSC instructors are developing courses that provide a variety of ways for students to interact with each other, with their instructors, and with the content of courses. Teaching and learning can be enhanced with technologies such as the web conferencing system of the Sakai Meetings Tool, a GoPro camera for facilitating a flipped classroom approach, and interactive large format touchscreens on campus.
This is the first in a series of articles that will share educational technologies or teaching and learning strategies that are working well (and in some cases, not so well) for CSC instructors in the classroom or online courses. Whether you are a senior faculty member or a new one, the TLC invites you to share your experiences with your colleagues. Please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with a story to share regarding what works well (or not so well) in your teaching and learning efforts.
What Works Well? Phil Cary Shares his Experience Using Touchscreens in his Classroom
I recently asked Phil Cary to share his perspective on using the new large interactive touchscreens for teaching his math classes. Following are his responses regarding how these technologies are transforming his classroom teaching as well as how they may be useful for teaching and learning in other disciplines.
How are you using this technology to enhance your teaching?
I prepare digital notes ahead of class, using a digital tablet (the Sympodium from Smart products). Then during class discussion, I show the prepared notes on the touch screen, but also write on the touch surface to record additions and modifications to the notes during discussion. After class, I convert the completed notes reflecting class discussion into pdf files that I then post for the students (both on and off campus). I can also use a web-based graphing calculator (Desmos) that is so useful in discussing concepts with students in my class. I can annotate the graphs we produce and capture the graphs into my notes for the day.
Are you using the screen with or without the computer?
I am currently using the screen with the desktop PC in the classroom, which is running the Smart Notebook software.
Do you use the whiteboard technology and save files for each class session?
Yes, every class period, as described above. I can work additional math problems and answer questions by writing on the touch screen.
Do you see other departments using this technology?
Absolutely! The ability to create notes, as well as write directly on web pages and other documents, then save the modifications digitally, would be very useful in all classes.
Have you run into any problems?
So far, I am very pleased with the touch screen as a useful classroom tool. Just this morning a student told me that he could see the touch screen better and more clearly than the previously used projected image from the projector located in the ceiling. The only issue (that is a temporary one) is that it takes a while to get used to the sensitivity of the touch screen, so it is not quite as simple as writing on a whiteboard. However, I am confident this issue can be overcome with practice and experience.
Do you have any plans for using this technology differently from how you are currently using it?
Yes, one of my top priorities is to learn how to use the screen with a webcam to conference with others using Vidyo. Since many of our math students (in the math major) are located at a distance from campus, this could be very useful in communicating with groups or individuals off campus.
The Teaching and Learning Center staff has been actively following trends in large format touchscreens in education. These interactive touchscreen monitors are becoming more affordable and increasingly popular in classrooms.
Over the last couple years, several departments at Chadron State College have implemented models from InFocus and Qomo. The most notable installation is the display of three, side by side, 65” InFocus touchscreens in the faculty multiuse room located in Old Admin 030. These touchscreens offer digital note-taking capabilities as well as the ability to operate a 3-screen computer system simply by touching the screen with a stylus or a finger.
Qomo has built on the touchscreen trend by incorporating an Android operating system into their Qomo Journey model. The integrated Android operating system enables screen use without a separate computer connection to view and annotate documents and images; to browse the web; to take notes digitally on the whiteboard; and even to participate in basic web conferencing (with the addition of a camera).
The touchscreens are appealing in the classroom for several reasons:
- an interactive touchscreen provides new ways to engage students
- use of interactive touchscreens streamlines classroom technology by eliminating the need for a separate projector, whiteboard, screen, and/or a dedicated classroom computer system
- interactive flat screens have a significantly longer lifespan than a projector
- newer model versions of interactive flat screen monitors are not prone to creating shadows and glare.
Interested in finding out more about using this technology from the perspective of a fellow faculty member? Read What Works Well for Phil Cary to see how he uses touchscreens to enhance teaching in his classes.
Increasingly, the TLC will focus its efforts on reporting emerging technologies that enhance teaching and learning. As we review technologies within the TLC, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. To discuss and/or suggest “new arrival” gadgets, please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (email@example.com or 309.432.6234).