Dear Faculty and Staff:
A year of snow, a year of plenty says a French proverb. Regardless of the amount of snow, there are many good things happening at CSC.
- 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: http://csc.edu/vpaa/snaresreleases/index.csc
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Evaluation: Important Dates
6-15 February 2017: HLC Student Opinion Survey
24 February 2017: Submission of Federal Compliance Report
24 March 2017: Submission of HLC Assurance Argument (Criteria for Accreditation) and Evidence Materials
24-25 April 2017: On-Site Visit of the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation
CSC 2017 Teaching Excellence Award
The CSC 2017 Teaching Excellence Award has been conferred upon Dr. Nathaniel Gallegos. Students, alumni, academic administrators, and faculty members (other than the nominee) may make nominations. The CSC Awards and Recognition Committee and VPAA review nominations and make a recommendation to the President. Dr. Rhine has submitted Dr. Gallegos’s name and materials to the Academic and Personnel Committee in the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Office; the Academic and Personnel Committee provides a recommendation to the Board of Trustees from the three nominees at each state college. The NSCS level award recipient is recognized during the spring commencement ceremony.
Spring 2017 Student Surveys
CSC utilizes a variety of student surveys to gather information for continuous improvement. A brief description of the surveys and the response window was provided to the Campus Activities Board (CAB) 7 February 2017. During the past couple of years, we have worked with the Student Senate leaders to collaborate efforts especially those related to the Master Academic Plan (MAP). There are five student surveys this semester:
- 6 – 15 February 2017: The HLC Student Opinion Survey is conducted by HLC and consists of 15 questions regarding student experience. Contact Alex Helmbrecht (email@example.com) for information.
- 9 February – 15 March 2017: The National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) is administered annually across the United States to first-year and senior students, with 560 colleges and universities participating in 2016. The NSSE asks questions about students’ engagement with their studies and other educational purposeful activities, including student support services, along with how the institution supports the curriculum and other learning opportunities, including high-impact practices and co-curricular activities. Students who complete the survey will be eligible for one of six $30 Amazon gift cards provided by Student Senate. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. David Nesheim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-7078.
- 13 February — 31 March 2017: The Educause Study of Undergraduate Students and Technology explores technology ownership, use patterns, and expectations as they relate to the student experience. Concurrent to the student survey is the complementary Faculty Study. Contact Ann Burk (email@example.com) for information.
- 20 February — 27 February 2017: The Student Campus Climate, Safety & Sexual Assault Assessment addresses important issues such as sexual assault, campus response to incidents, student perceptions and interactions, and opportunities for student learning. At the same time, it maintains important topic areas from the previous assessment, such as peer relationships, co-curricular environment, and campus accessibility. Contact Pat Beu (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- 27 March — 6 April 2017: The ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that can assist the school in collecting precise data about their students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. Results will be used to enhance campus-wide health promotion and prevention services. Contact Dr. Mary Jo Carnot (email@example.com).
Tenth Street Miscellany
Tenth Street Miscellany, CSC’s student run journal of creative and critical writing, has recently released its biannual print issue. Free copies are available by contacting Dr. Steve Coughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please encourage students across campus to submit their writing to email@example.com. The deadline to submit to Tenth Street Miscellany’s annual online issue is April 3. All online publications will appear in the next biannual print issue.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: one Business, one Science, one English & Humanities, and one Music.
Academic staff searches: Office Assistant II Liberal Arts (3rd floor Old Admin), Associate Vice
President for Teaching and Learning Technologies, and Electronic Resource Librarian.
Business faculty: Lonnie Hosman and Cassie Ritzen
Math faculty: Dr. Gregory Moses and Detsinh Sayaloune
12 January 2017 All-Faculty Meeting
As a follow-up to the fall 2016 faculty discussion, 33 participants met to discuss the following:
What does it mean to be a CSC graduate in the future? I provided a few examples, to spur discussion, from Jeffrey Selingo’s book There is Life After College, 2016. Such discussions like this, especially with the new administration in Washington DC, heightens the potential for institutions to rethink many assumptions. Eight different discussion groups provided ideas. 81% of the participants indicated an interest in continuing this discussion.
7 February 2017 Faculty Senate Meeting
Faculty Senate approved By-Law revisions. In addition, support for a consistent template for the CSC Undergraduate Articulation and Transfer Agreement was recommended. For information contact Faculty Senate President Hunn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9 February 2017 Annual Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon
On 9 February 2016, the Annual Information Fair Luncheon was conducted. Since the Information Fair inception, the number of attendees and survey respondents was on the lower end. 42 faculty and staff responded to survey questions with the following results
- Benefit of Information Fair: 44% highly beneficial; 46% somewhat beneficial
- The few improvement suggestions included more advanced notice, more professional staff tables, and more activity based events
- The Appropriate Number of All-Campus Meetings: 80% on as-needed basis, the current practice; 20% monthly meeting
If you have any suggestions please send to Paula Perlinski (email@example.com), VPAA Office.
Faculty, Student, Staff review of 2016 NSSE/FSSE Evidence
Results from the 2016 NSSE survey served as a springboard for campus-wide conversations as a follow-up to CSC’s HLC Quality initiative (see 22 November 2016 VPAA Update). Participants found the discussions about (1) interactions among students, faculty, staff, and administrators and (2) the quality of student support services useful overall. Most participants agreed that the low CSC response rates for the 2016 NSSE should temper any plans to act decisively on the results. Please help us spread the word about the NSSE so that our future conversations can be based on more solid data.
Events Prior to the First Week of 2017-18: Feedback Requested
Attached are documents for events prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year. Please send changes, additions, or deletions to Paula Perlinski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the following date: 22 February 2017.
WNCC/CSC Collaboration Session
During fall 2016, CSC met with Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) in Scottsbluff to further student success. Follow-up conversations transpired 3 February 2017 via a conference call. A tentative collaborative session is arranged for 29 September 2017 on the CSC campus.
Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)
The NBDC at CSC helps good businesses become better with professional consulting services. The NBDC services are part of the outreach of CSC to Northwest Nebraska; and they are, for the most part, free to the client. Two stories illustrate NBDC contributions to the region:
- White River Feed Success: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/about/success.cfm?title=whiteriver
- Engravers Success: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/about/success.cfm?title=engravers
For more information about the NBDC at CSC: http://www.csc.edu/business/nbdc/.
This morning, the TLC launched the first iteration of improvements to the Sakai workspace and gateway. The changes were applied to the Workspace for all users and the gateway for logged out visitors. Course sites are not affected.
- Message of the Day — The old announcements banner has been replaced with a text-based announcements system. This was a critical change to ensure CSC Online was friendly for users with disabilities. This area will continue to contain campus-wide announcements, which are requested by individual departments.
- Important Links and Web Content — A consolidated list of campus
resources and links for students and instructors. The external links
originally in a left-hand menu have been moved to this new list.
- Account Messages — A new tool developed by the TLC which allows system alerts and messages to be posted for individual accounts and groups of users. This will be used to notify faculty of system changes, shell creation schedules, and other alerts. Students will see student-only messages and alerts, such as survey links, in this area.
Please contact the TLC with any suggestions or feedback that will help improve the Sakai Workspace and/or Gateway for all students and faculty.