Dear Faculty and Staff:
With approximately 200 attendees the 30 August 2018 All-Campus Work Session illustrated some of the best of CSC. As expressed in the Great Jobs Great Lives: The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report a paltry 30% of USA college graduates indicated engagement in their job (https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=3dqGW5_oEu6wtgXn1augCw&q=great+jobs+great+live+2014+g allup-purdue+index+report&oq=great+jobs+great+live+2014&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.33i22i29i30k1.1883.13008.0.15622.214.171.124.0.0.0.117.3226.36j2.38.0….0…1.1.64.psyab..0.50.3264…0j0i131k1j0i10k1j0i22i30k1j0i22i10i30k1j33i160k1j33i21k1.0.DV3AE-RIHK4). I am very fortunate to work within a community of learners who seek to be engaged.
Also within this report of college graduates the following is a notable finding: “where graduates went to college – public or private, small or large, very selective or not selective – hardly matters at all to their current well-being and their work lives in comparison to their experiences in college … it’s not ‘where you go,’ it’s ‘how you do it’ that makes all the difference in higher education … the answers may lie in what students are doing in college and how they are experiencing it.”
One key facet of “How you do it” is about high-impact practices – see attachment of HighImpact Educational Practices. George Kuh and his associates summarize this in the short 5 minute video — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i9xHt5erAc. The Great Jobs Great Lives report adds elements that support high-impact practices such as extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations or mentors who furnish encouragement. The report also provides some evidence of the influence of deep learning practices and supporting elements to workplace engagement after students graduate college.
While the report identifies six vital elements of the college experience, there may be subtle components within each that make a significant difference. For instance mentoring has some beneficial results with student attitudes but minimal, if any, on student achievement; feedback is one of the most important factors with student achievement (Richard DiMillo, 2015 Revolution in Higher Education – citing John Hattie). Student engagement and learning involve numerous aspects that will require retesting assumptions and a passion for “solving puzzles.”
The research puzzle also involves the intentional alignment of practices and supporting elements. “On many campuses, assessment of student involvement in active learning practices such as these [high-impact practices] has made it possible to assess the practices’ contribution to students’ cumulative learning. Educational research suggests that the high-impact practices mentioned here increase rates of student retention and student engagement. However, on almost all campuses, utilization of active learning practices is unsystematic, to the detriment of student learning” (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices).
The 2014-18 Master Academic Plan (MAP) took many positive steps with high-impact practices and supporting elements. An important goal for the 2019-2023 MAP will be to orchestrate a learner-centered environment to the next level. As an organization such learning may be uncomfortable. I have seen time and again the willingness of many CSC faculty and staff to jump into the arena of uncomfortableness to help CSC become a better place. As Kuh mentions in the video organizational learning provides students a role model. Thank you for contributing to a workplace that continues to challenge our assumptions and strives for continuous improvement toward a learner-centered environment within a community of learners.
- 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
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).
Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Board of Trustees Meetings
CSC College Relations provides a summary of each of the Board meetings. Usually there are five NSCS Board meetings each year. This September the Board meeting will be held at CSC.
Meeting minutes are available at this location: https://www.nscs.edu/downloads/24/board_materials. Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations, began this service a few years ago. If you find this service useful please thank College Relations.
- September 16, 2017 – “CSC Planetarium named after former administrator”- http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11643
- November 17, 2017 – “Two former faculty earn emeritus status” – http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11709
- January 21, 2018 – “Bookstore contract, Study Abroad approved by Board of Trustees” – http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11736
- April 30, 2018 – “Board of Trustees approves several items during recent meeting” – http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11832
- June 22, 2018 – “Board of Trustees approve two academic options, one minor at recent meeting” – http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11862
CSC Leadership Collaboration
Last week Student Leadership, Faculty Senate Leadership, Strategic Enrollment Management Leadership, Cabinet members and I met in a couple of meetings to discuss issues and collaborate. Student 2018-19 initiatives include recruitment of student leadership, go green, and engagement of students in a variety of activities. These collaboration sessions have transpired for several years.
The attachments include the Presidential, Faculty Senate and CSC Campus-Wide Committees for 2018-19. Questions regarding the committees should be directed to the committee chairs. With respect to the Presidential and CSC Campus-Wide Committees, Executive Council feedback on committee membership and purpose is appreciated. Student Leadership (Dawson Brunswick, Student Trustee; Lukas Klueber, Student Senate President; Konery Klueber, Student Senate Vice President) has identified a set of students to serve. Student Leadership is still working on student representation with some of the committees. Committee chairs may need to contact Student Leadership to confirm the remaining student membership.
Strategic Enrollment Management Committee Update
The Strategic Enrollment Management Committee would like to thank everyone for their participation in the 30 August 2018 All-Campus work session. The lively discussions regarding potential projects and initial work on creating project plans is critical to the success of the overall strategic enrollment plan. 21 September 2018 is the first round due date for submission of plans to the designated leader of the recruitment, on-boarding, retention, and completion groups. A project worksheet document (see SEMP Project Plan Template document) is attached to the VPAA Update as well as the documents provided at the All-Campus session. Please use the Project Plan Template as your units/programs/departments continue to develop new ideas.
New Early Alert Reporting Process in MyCSC
The Office of Academic Success (http://www.csc.edu/oas/index.csc) facilitates the Early Alert process. We invite all CSC faculty and staff to submit an Early Alert. Some typical signs that a student is struggling academically include poor attendance, missing assignments, low grades, no involvement in extra-curricular activities, etc. Early Alert submission provides the Office of Academic Success the just-in-time outreach that may benefit the student. It conveys to the student that we care about their well-being.
Access to the Early Alert form has been relocated to the MyCSC home page under “Links” and the process itself has been updated to provide more timely intervention and to improve communication among the parties involved. Although this process may be employed at any point during a semester, intervention at the earliest sign of student academic struggle is much more likely to encourage students to follow a track toward successful course completion. A brief instruction sheet is attached to the VPAA Update. Please note: The process for reporting noshows to the financial aid office has not changed. No-shows will continue to be reported using the corrections roster.