Dear Faculty and Staff:
Welcome back for another fruitful year. During 2017-2018 the Strategic Enrollment Management Team began planning and implementing efforts to advance student engagement (recruitment and retention). The 2018-19 Academic Year is the Year of Doing to engage students within a learner-centered environment.
Please contact Sherry Douglas, Jim Margetts, Jim Powell or Malinda Linegar for questions/contributions.
- Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
- MAP Priorities & Sub-Priorities – http://csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc
- MAP Overview and Purpose: click on overview within About CSC’s Master Academic Plan (MAP) — http://csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc
- 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: click on Campus-Wide Committee in left column — http://csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
Activities Prior to the First Week of Fall 2018 Classes
Within the email are nine attachments that provide the following documents: Opening Day Events 17 August 2018, Academic Affairs Events Prior to the First Day of Classes (8-17 August 2018), Student Affairs/Services Events Prior to the First Day of Classes (13-17 August 2018), 2018-19 Academic Affairs Who to Contact, Guidelines for Effective Online Teaching, 2030 CSC Accreditation Planning Schedule, Daily Schedule, Workload Instructions, & Final Culminating Experience Week Schedule. The Syllabus Template is available CSC Syllabus Template https://academic.csc.edu/nfo/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/CSC_syllabus_template.pdf.
Sakai Upgrade Postponed until after Fall Semester
The scheduled 1 August 2018 upgrade of the Sakai learning management system has been postponed until the close of the Fall 2018 semester. This will provide faculty additional time to archive all content contained in the Modules tool and transition all online courses to Lessons. Thank you for the feedback furnished regarding the 1 August date.
After the Fall semester, any content which was authored using the Modules tool will no longer be available unless migrated to Lessons. Files located in Resources or other Sakai tools will not be affected. As part of the Online Engagement Initiative, the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) is providing support for all faculty in using the Lessons tool to support student learning. Contact the TLC at email@example.com or ext. 7068.
The ADD/DROP Deadline Has Changed – Effective This Semester
Effective with the Fall 2018 semester, the add/drop deadline will be the same for 8-week and 16week courses: Friday of the first week of the term, at midnight (MDT). The rationale behind the change is related to decreasing student confusion. Previously, students had to keep track of three separate deadlines—1st 8-week add/drop, 16-week add/drop, and the payment deadline. With the change, students will only need to track two dates. These new dates have been reflected on the Academic Calendar since CSC opened enrollment in February; students will receive a series of notifications online, on-campus and in the mail as reminders of these important deadlines.
You can help by mentioning this deadline to students throughout the first week. START advisors will be available for registration assistance, either in person or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, through the end of business on Friday, 24 August 2018 (4:30 p.m. MDT). Students may continue to add/drop courses on their own via MyCSC until midnight MDT. Any ADD requests received at email@example.com between 4:30 p.m. and midnight MDT on Friday will be processed over the weekend to ensure students are able to access the courses in CSC Online by Monday. For 2nd 8week Fall 2018 courses, the add/drop deadline will be Friday, 26 October 2018.
Scholastic Day is scheduled for Friday, 12 April 2019. The Scholastic Day Committee, a Presidential Committee (http://csc.edu/president/committees/index.csc), worked with area high schools and various CSC constituencies to identify a viable date, as the traditional date is now in annual conflict with high-profile statewide high school academic conferences (FFA, FBLA).
Social Hour Hosted for Faculty and Staff
During the Fall 2018 semester, the Executive Council is hosting a social hour to meet and/or discuss matters with Executive Council members as well as provide an opportunity to interact with your colleagues across campus. The two dates are Thursday 20 September 2018, 8:15-9:30 am and Monday 5 November 2018, 2:30-3:45 pm in the Library Learning Commons (LLC).
Essential Studies Program Leadership Update
Dr. Kathleen Kirsch and Dr. Mary Jo Carnot have accepted a joint appointment as co-Faculty Coordinators for the Essential Studies Program beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Many thanks to Dr. Matt Evertson for his four years of dedicated service in this role.
2018-19 Department Chairs
- School of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences o Professional Studies: Education; Counseling; Psychological Sciences; & Social Work – Don King, Chair
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER); Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS); Agriculture and Rangeland Management; & Military Science and Leadership (MSL) – Scott Ritzen, Chair
- School of Business, Mathematics, and Science
- Business – Wendy Waugh, Chair
- Mathematical and Natural Sciences – Wendy Jamison, Chair
- School of Liberal Arts
- Justice Studies, Social Sciences, & English (JSSSE) – David Nesheim, Chair
- Communication; Music; Art; & Theatre (CMAT, “see-matt”) – Shaunda French-Collins, Chair
New Coordinator and New Name for Disability Services
Due to a recent change, Deena Kennell is now coordinating academic accommodations for CSC students from within the Office of Academic Success, with the assistance of Tom Tylee and Janet Hartman (see below). The name for this resource has also changed from “Disability Services” to “Equal Access Services” to reflect current practice. Thank you to Jerry Cassiday for his many years of service in this role and for sharing his expertise during the transition, which became effective on July 1st.
Faculty members, please be sure to include the following updated language in your course syllabi beginning with the Fall 2018 semester:
Chadron State College works to ensure that all programs, activities, and services, including electronic and remote services, are accessible to people with disabilities. Upon request, CSC will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that students have equal access to programs, activities, and services. For assistance, contact the Equal Access Coordinator, Deena Kennell, at 308.432.6467 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The official syllabus template has been updated to reflect this change as of today (1 August).
Office of Academic Success
The Office of Academic Success (OAS), located on the main floor of the Library Learning Commons (LLC), was created to consolidate a number of student success and retention initiatives under one office. Within the OAS, you will find the Learning Lab (formerly the Learning Center), which provides tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing assistance. The Learning Lab also hosts study halls for athletic teams and other groups. Career and Academic Planning Services (CAPS) is also now part of the OAS, providing career services, internship services, career and major exploration, and more. The newest addition to the OAS is Equal Access Services (see above), which helps to provide accommodations to students with disabilities.
Some of the most exciting recent additions to the OAS include a quiet test-proctoring room for students with disabilities, an online tutoring station for remote and real-time tutoring, and a group collaborative workstation in the Learning Lab that allows students and tutors to access the latest online resources together. We are also building a Writer’s Corner with dedicated resources for writing assistance, and the Richards’ Media Lab is bringing virtual reality to the Learning Lab so students and tutors can explore music, math, science, and games in fully immersive 3D.
The staff of the OAS encourages anyone interested to visit with us, try out some of the resources yourselves, and help us find innovative ways to work together in supporting the CSC students.