Dear Faculty and Staff:
Engagement is a central component in CSC’s efforts for recruitment and retention. Concurrently, with the numerous political, economic, cultural, geographic, demographic, and organizational divides across the country the fostering of engagement is a critical element for a functional and fruitful community, region, and country. CSC possesses more than a century of making a difference in the lives of students who began at CSC and have gone anywhere and everywhere. Your continued commitment to the engagement of students is highly valued and appreciated.
Attached to this VPAA Update are the Faculty 2018-19 Calendar and CSC Co-curricular outcomes. See the 1 August 2018 Update for additional information.
- 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
- All-Campus Meetings for Fall 2018
- 30 August 2018
- 11 October 2018
- 8 November 2018
1 August 2018 VPAA Update
Various information items and materials were sent with the 1 August VPAA Update: 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.
New Faculty and Staff in Academic Affairs Faculty hires for 2018-19
- Business: Comfort Akuh
- CMAT: Adam Hughes
- Education: Joan Carraher
- Education: Eric Rapp
- English & Humanities: Allison Fritz
- Music: John Wojcik
- Science: Mary Keithly
- Science: Jen Balmat
New staff hires include office assistants Stephanie Alfred, Jessica Humphrey, Angelica Bixby, and Roxann McCusker and Director of Office of Academic Success Thomas Tylee. Three faculty and two staff positions in Academic Affairs were not filled for the 2018-19 AY.
Educause Recognizes CSC
Educause Review (https://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization) blog (25 June 2018) featured Chadron State College’s 360-degree cameras pilot program to promote engagement. (See https://er.educause.edu/blogs/sponsored/2018/6/how-innovative-universitiesmake-distance-learning-accessible-and-engaging). The Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) group, consisting of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and Library Learning Commons (LLC), spearheaded this program. Augmenting engagement experiences impacts retention and advances the Master Academic Plan (MAP).
Master Academic Plan (MAP), Committees, and Goals
MAP 2014-18 consists of six priorities: Improve Essential Studies Program, develop and promote co-curricular experiences, foster student engagement, advance the TLT, improve student recruitment/retention, and improve faculty and staff recruitment/retention. Each of these underpin the advancement of a community of learners and orchestration of learner-centered environments such as high-impact practices. This is illustrated on a day-to-day basis with faculty and staff goals. During 2018 93% of full-time faculty and 96% of Academic Affairs professional staff have pursued a MAP priority. Cabinet has consistently supported the MAP priorities. With respect to committees, 86% of CSC committees and 62% of CSC Presidential committees identify a MAP priority as part of the committee work. We do what we say we are.
The MAP 2014-18 will conclude in December of 2018. January through May 2019 is focused upon reflection. The MAP 2019-2023 will begin August 2019. The Master Academic Plan (MAP) 2019-2023 Steering team was initiated in January 2018 and will continue through the 2018-19 academic year.
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
HLC is revising the Criteria for Accreditation (https://www.hlcommission.org/Policies/criteriaand-core-components.html). In July 2018 HLC invited member institutions to complete an online survey on the alpha version of the Criteria revisions. I want to thank the Faculty Senate Leadership (Joyce Hardy, Matt Brust, and Mary Jo Carnot) for providing feedback within the limited timeframe. CSC comments were provided to HLC staff on 6 August 2018.
The HLC staff will utilize the suggestions to draft the beta version of the Criteria revisions. The beta version is to be presented for review to the HLC Board of Trustees in November 2018. The expected effective date of the revised Criteria may be as soon as September 2019 or no later than September 2020. The Criteria were first adopted in August 1992 and have continued to evolve with the changing higher education landscape.
HLC is one of six regional accreditors in the USA of higher education institutions. HLC is the gatekeeper of Title IV funds. The top five questions HLC receives from the public is provided at this site: https://www.hlcommission.org/Publications/leaflet-hlcs-top-five-public-questions-may2018.html?utm_source=HLC+Programs+and+Events+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=73e4c75828-Leaflet+March+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7de2210d1d-73e4c7582890940149.
The US Department of Education recognizes accrediting bodies (https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/agencies.aspx). Some frequently asked questions with responses are provided at the following site: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/FAQAccr.aspx.
Mission, Vision, and Values Task Team
The Mission, Vision, and Values Task Team began meeting last Fall. Its purpose is to examine the previous work and recommendations regarding the mission, vision, and values of Chadron State College, look at other materials, and make a final recommendation to Cabinet. It is cochaired by Joel Hyer and Melissa Mitchell and includes the following members: Mike Bogner, Lisa Stein, Wendy Jamison, John Ritzen, and Anne DeMersseman.
Sandoz High Plains (SHP) Center
During 2017-18 the SHP Re-imagination Task Team (Terrie Wood, Jim Margetts, Pam Newberg, David Nesheim, and Charles Snare) conducted discussions with center/museum directors and experts, visited similar centers, obtained feedback from various CSC stakeholders (faculty focus groups, department chairs, cabinet), gathered comments from Sandoz Society and Coffee Gallery members, and reviewed evidence/research on centers/museums. During the Summer 2018 the Task Team presented its findings with various options to the Cabinet. The Cabinet is reviewing the options and will likely determine a direction during the Fall 2018.
I want to thank the 18 faculty and staff members that have assisted in keeping the doors open. Terrie, Jim, Pam and David did the work with gathering, analyzing, and formulating three alternatives. I appreciate Joel Hyer’s willingness to oversee the daily operations of the Center. Laure Sinn has provided enthusiastic support in numerous ways including gathering evidence on the facility usage by visitors.
The SHP Center will continue to operate as provided in the 17 October 2017 VPAA Update. Laure Sinn, Rangeland Program Coordinator, will continue assisting with the SHP Center. She will not be serving in an interim director capacity. Instead, she will continue with her current duties associated with her position as Rangeland Program Coordinator and will be physically located in the SHP Center.