Dear Faculty and Staff:
By mid-April students are restless and ready to be finished. For faculty and staff, what we do requires constant dedication and hard work. Such work is exhausting and the challenges seem never ending. Thank you for going the extra mile, for working in a collaborative manner, and for living who we are. The essence of Chadron State College is people, purpose and place.
- Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
- MAP Purpose & Priorities — 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
- Presidential Committees — http://www.csc.edu/president/index.csc
- Campus-Wide Committees — http://www.csc.edu/president/index.csc
Searches in Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs searches in progress for 2018-19: Music, English and Humanities, Education, CMAT, Science (2), and Business (2) faculty.
CSC New Website
The Chadron State College website will unveil its new look Monday, 16 April 2018. A 9 April 2018 memo to campus provided information on the website’s redesign. A team consisting of Andrew Schmid, Daniel Binkard and Alex Helmbrecht began working on a website redesign in the summer of 2017, the first comprehensive redesign since 2012. The website, csc.edu, is the front door to our institution and it is the most important marketing and communication asset the college possesses. The new website features a responsive design, meaning it adapts to the device it is viewed through. The website is also mobile friendly, ADA compliant, easier for Information Technology personnel to update, and has a modern aesthetic.
The existing content remains available on the website. The links may not be in the same place; to find the information utilize “resources” menu at the top right of the homepage. This menu provides quick access to many important items, such as online learning, MyCSC and email logins. If that doesn’t work, please utilize the search bar at the top of each web page.
The second phase of the website redesign will commence in the fall of 2018. Led by Joby Collins and Alex Helmbrecht, this phase will audit the current written material on the website. The goal is to determine if pages are more suitable to an internal audience located on an intranet as well as provide a more user-friendly tool for parents and students. If you would like to be involved with this task team, please contact Joby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alex (email@example.com).
Goucher College recently revised their general education program. It is an integrative interdisciplinary program that is “build around inquiry-based learning” (http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/28/report-shows-private-colleges-are-adaptingand-aims-encourage-more-change). CSC is once again a step ahead.
Twenty states allow Community Colleges to confer baccalaureate degrees (http://www.accbd.org/resources/baccalaureate-conferring-locations/). A conference presentation (Should Community Colleges Confer Baccalaureate Degrees: Overview of Arguments For and Against by Anahid Petrosian) outlines a succinct summary. As we continue our outreach to community colleges and develop MAP 2019-2023, understanding the larger context is prudent and useful (http://www.accbd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Should-Community-CollegeConfer-Bachelor-Degrees.pdf).
Congress funded a $5 million open educational resources pilot program (28 March 2018, Inside Higher Ed, Fed Come Around to OER – Slowly, http://www.insidehighered.com/digitallearning/article/2018/03/28/oer-gains-momentum-federal-push-2018-budget.
People and Place: Chadron State College
- Rural America: Rural America includes 46 million individuals and consists of 72% of USA’s land area. The United States Department of Agriculture released the November 2017 edition of Rural America at a Glance (https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pubdetails/?pubid=85739)
- Great Plains: While 10 states within the USA are part of the Great Plains, the entirety of four states is encompassed within the Great Plains: ND, SD, NE, and KS (Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska Lincoln, https://www.unl.edu/plains/about/map.shtml
- Cultural and Historical: Nebraska is one of the top 10 states (NE; ND; SD; MT; OK; CO; WY; NM; KS; AR) in which a high percentage of land within the state was claimed by homesteaders (Richard Edwards & colleagues, 2017, Homesteading the Plains):
NE & ND = 45% of state SD = 41%
MT = 34% CO = 33%
WY = ~28% KS = ~25%
29 March 2018: All-Campus Workshop
An all-campus workshop focused on engagement, recruitment, and retention was conducted to provide an update on the efforts of the Strategic Enrollment Management team. In addition, actionable activities were furnished to illustrate various avenues for engaging students. Since 2014 the annual Gallup-Purdue Index Report has surveyed college graduates across the country. Some of the findings include: (1) it is not where students attend rather it is the high-impact activities that students experience; (2) mentors may be anyone from a professor, staff member, advisor, coach, family member, and/or friend (3) students that were engaged in college are more engaged in their work life after college. It is not merely recruitment and retention of students; it is engaging students so as to make a positive difference in the lives of students and nurture the betterment of communities in the future.