Dear Faculty and Staff:
During the fall 2017 semester your constant and consistent work is very much appreciated. I wish you the best of holidays.
- 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 staff searches and number of positions: Office Assistant II (3); Director of Assessment (1)
Academic Affairs faculty searches and number of positions for 2018-19: School of Liberal Arts (4); School of Business, Mathematics, and Science (2); and School of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences (1)
Office of Academic Success
Since August 2017, the Learning Center has operated without a full-time coordinator while the position has been restructured. Many thanks to Deena Kennell and graduate assistant Henry Jackson for taking the lead in maintaining the Center while a search was conducted for a Director. The Director will lead the newly rebranded Office of Academic Success.
Mr. Thomas Tylee has accepted this new position and will begin work at CSC on January 2, 2018. The position is now aligned organizationally within Academic Affairs and will report directly to Dean Jim Margetts. Among his new duties, Mr. Tylee will be responsible for the Early Alert program.
13-14 November 2017 Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Policy Forum
MHEC is one of four nonprofit regional organizations serving 12 states (including Nebraska) to engage in collaborative efforts so as to capitalize on the collective expertise and influence various stakeholders. Further information is available at http://www.mhec.org/about-us. Participants in the policy forum included state legislators, state higher education commissioners, regents and trustees, business leaders, advisors to state governors, higher education institutional representatives (two–year to university and public and non-profit), MHEC staff, faculty presenters, and higher education staff involved in subcommittees.
During this Commission Meeting and Policy Forum table sessions were conducted with the four themes of the MHEC 2017-2021 Strategic Plan:
- SHIFTING DEMOGRAPHICS – CHANGING COMPOSITION OF THE STUDENT BODY
- Increasing racial, ethnic, and economic diversity
- Lack of population growth resulting in excess capacity
- Persistent achievement gap for socioeconomically challenged students
- Amplified need to serve students with some college but no credential
- EVOLVING MODES OF PACKAGING AND DELIVERING EDUCATION
- Challenge to deliver better outcomes through technology
- Increased focus on competencies
- Demand for flexibility in higher education from early college to post-graduate studies – credit transfer, degree options, stackable credentials, and unbundling learning
- Diversification of credentials – licensures, badges, certificates, and certifications
- DECLINING SHARE OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
- Students paying a larger share of the cost of education resulting in greater student debt
- Increased expectations for return on investment and postsecondary education as practical career preparation to address workforce goals
- Heightened discussion about the value of liberal arts education
- DESIRE FOR COLLABORATION BEYOND THE INSTITUTION
- Push for higher education to build capacity to better collaborate with other institutions, K12, accreditors, Federal government, legislatures, and employers
- Drive to leverage increasingly complex data and link longitudinal data systems together
11 January 2018 All-Campus Faculty and Staff Luncheon
The first all-campus gathering of 2018 will focus on discussing the MHEC themes. This will include describing ways in which CSC is currently engaged in the four themes and if these themes are important to the Frontier and Rural and High Plains regions. This information will be used in our own planning for the Academic Strategic Planning committee. Equally important the feedback will be shared with MHEC staff. There is an intense interest in Frontier and Rural (FAR) and Rural institutions within the MHEC states. This will furnish CSC one avenue to helping shape the regional higher education discussion.
I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in the 11 January 2018 All-Campus meeting. Your feedback is important.
Strategic Enrollment Management Committee
The Strategic Enrollment Management Committee was created during the fall 2017 semester and has been able to accomplish the following:
- Identified enrolled probation students and notified advisors of their current academic status. Advisors reached out to their advisees. A total of 66 students enrolled for Fall 2017 were on probation. At semester mid-term, 26 probation students were at risk of being suspended based on their midterm grades that were submitted. Semester midterm grades: 455 F’s, 481 D’s, 1199 C’s, 2146 B’s, & 3397 A’s.
- Implemented 8-week midterm grades beginning Fall 2017 2nd 8-weeks. Of those who submitted 2nd 8-week grades, 88 F’s, 59 D’s, 108 C’s, 271 B’s, & 604 A’s. 7 courses for the 2nd 8-weeks did not have midterm grades reported. Advisors were notified of their advisees who received a D or F.
- Five subcommittees have been formed: 1) Advising 2) Student Engagement 3) First Year Experience 4) Community College Relations 5) Summer School. Input from various stakeholders and sources was gathered to focus our efforts in these five areas. This feedback encompassed a variety of methods such as the September 2017 student/faculty/staff leadership luncheon, CSC All-Campus Work Session in October 2017, Executive Council, evidence from Institutional Research, Student Services, and efforts by subcommittee members. Each committee has been tasked to develop plans by end of Spring 2018. Membership make up of these committees also includes other CSC faculty/staff outside of the SEMT.
- Established a mechanism for departments to monitor their retention rates. Met with the Chairs 6 December 2017 as an introductory meeting. Follow up needs to take place to discuss the departments’ retention initiatives.
The efforts of the subcommittees seek to achieve MAP #4 as well as MAP #1, 2 & 5. The College campus, Executive Council, Faculty Senate Leadership, Student Leadership, and others have provided support and cooperation. Collaboration is one of our strengths and will continue to assist CSC in navigating the highly complex and rapidly changing environment.