Dear Faculty and Staff:
We have received wonderful news. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 7 August 2017 letter to CSC indicated the Institutional Action Committee (IAC) concurred with the evaluation of the HLC Peer Review Team report. Thus CSC has continued accreditation.
Attached is the HLC Peer Review Team report. This report will be a key component of the All-Campus faculty and staff meeting, 18 August, 8:00 am. Please review the report to see the results of your splendid efforts. I look forward to working with you this year to continue to take CSC to the next level.
- 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
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Visit
The journey to the 2017 HLC Comprehensive Visit began more than four years ago in the Summer 2013. The constant and relentless effort has paid dividends evident to the HLC Peer Review Team and stated in the report: “Chadron has good reason to be proud of its success in meeting the difficult task of making what is often thought of as a sterile planning a thing of the past and in its ability to make a plan implementation a responsibility that is enthusiastically embraced by all on campus.”
Beginning 30 August 2016 CSC submitted the Quality Initiative (QI). As stated in the 26 September 2016 VPAA Update, the HLC Peer Panel Review concluded the following: “Although all three [goals] did not succeed to the same degree, Chadron State College is an exemplary model of how faculty, staff, and administration can collaborate to successfully tackle a major quality improvement initiative.”
In addition, the HLC Peer Review Team highlighted the point that the CSC QI was initially built on the 2006-2010 HLC Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning; CSC was also recognized as an “exemplary model” in the HLC Academy.
In late February 2017, the Federal Compliance Report was submitted. As outlined in the 2 March 2017 Update, this report is evaluated in a pass or do not pass system. CSC achieved a thumbs-up on this effort. This along with the Assurance Argument are two pivotal reports submitted that entail a significant amount of effort.
Prior to the 24-25 April 2017 On-Site Visit, CSC prepared two other documents: Assumed Practices and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). While these documents were not submitted, if evidence was requested, CSC had to be prepared to submit the necessary evidence. A Virtual Document Room was created to prepare for requests from the HLC Peer Review Team for any additional evidence.
On 24 March 2017 the Assurance Argument was submitted. From that point on the Visiting Team and a Federal Compliance reviewer requested additional information and/or evidence. In all cases CSC responded within 24 hours. This illustrates one aspect of the benefits to planning. During the On-Site Visit, the HLC Peer Review Team met with approximately over 110 different faculty and staff and over 20 students face-to-face. Over 200 CSC students had provided feedback via the Student Opinion Survey conducted by HLC. The HLC Third Party Comments feedback mechanism yielded two responses.
Early morning of 24 April 2017 I sent an itinerary of the HLC Peer Review Team On-Site agenda to the campus community. Within that document the following was expressed: This is an opportunity to share our many accomplishments, illustrate our collaborative atmosphere, and demonstrate our understanding of areas/practices we need to improve. Be yourself, be honest, and be active in the Open Forum Discussions.
Thank you for embracing the On-Site opportunity to illuminate who we are and what we value. Over 30 different faculty members (~33% of total full-time faculty) participated in the On-Site Visit; faculty representatives from all 12 departments provided feedback to the Visiting Team. Six of the faculty members were Department Chairs (or 50% of the Departments). IT, Student Services, Student Affairs, CSC Foundation, HR, Institutional Research, Athletics, and Finance staff engaged in the sessions. Such campus wide involvement and passion was impressive to the HLC Peer Review Visiting Team.
The HLC Peer Review Team recognized CSC had checked every corner to identify the areas to improve and had taken concrete steps to address these issues. The collaborative spirit, pursuit of continuous improvement, and dedication to a common purpose was evident. In a country that is thirsting for community (e.g. Richard Florida, The New Urban Crisis, 2017), CSC offers a community environment that is dedicated to learning. According to Tyler Cowen (The Complacent Class, 2017) too many Americans are postponing or avoiding change. CSC offers a community of learners who have embraced change. I am very grateful for your efforts to demonstrate the “best of higher education.” Thank you.
HLC Peer Corp
Dr. Nathaniel Gallegos has been selected to become a member of the HLC Peer Corps as a reviewer. This is an important professional development opportunity, supports the peer review process, and assists CSC in informing the campus and preparing for reaffirmation visits. Intensive training is involved as well as commitment to the higher education professional standards. Dr. Joyce Hardy and Dr. Bill Roweton are also HLC Peer Reviewers.