Dear Faculty and Staff: As provided in the important dates, the HLC On-Site Visit is just around the corner. More than 35 individuals and nine committees/task teams have been diligently working on this for almost four years. Faculty and staff have participated in these groups. Other CSC committees have reviewed materials and provided evidence. As we complete the final mile of the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation, the efforts are focused on preparing for potential questions, responding to questions posed by the Federal Compliance Reviewer and HLC Peer Review Team, arranging the logistics for the visit to meet the Peer Review Team needs, and other similar items. If you have any questions, please let me know.
- Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
- MAP Purpose — 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 Evaluation: Important Dates
20 April 2017 (11:00 am): All-Faculty Luncheon Work Session – Preparation for HLC Team
24-25 April 2017: On-Site Visit of the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation
28 April 2017 (11:00 am-1:00 pm): All-Campus Appreciation and Celebration
CSC Recognized as Expert in Professional Faculty Development
Chadron State College was identified as one of six US institutions to present and participate in The 2nd US-China Smart Learning Conference, 18-20 March 2017. Conference participants included government officials, university/college presidents, professors, researchers, and media from all over China. For the participants from the American institutions, the expenses were completely paid. Thus, there was no financial cost to CSC.
The New Media Consortium or NMC (https://www.nmc.org/about/) and Beijing Normal University (BNU) sought out a diverse set of US institutions. Some of the reasons for choosing CSC were the following: your library incorporates innovative strategies … It was important to both the NMC and BNU that the selected institutions be able to demonstrate a forward-thinking mindset with effective programs in place that Chinese universities can learn from.
CSC’s presentation was titled: Professional Development of University Teachers in a Digital Age. The presentation was a collaborative effort with Teaching and Learning Technologies Staff. It is an honor for CSC to be recognized. The feedback I obtained from the other presenters from American institutions was that they were “envious” of what CSC does with professional faculty development. The merging of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and Library Learning Commons (LLC) illustrates one innovative component of a comprehensive approach; another component relates to thinking about the future of faculty professional development in a world that is in the midst of significant change.
President Rhine’s Report to the NSCS Board of Trustees (March 2015 and March 2014) outlines various Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) accomplishments (https://www.nscs.edu/downloads/24/board_materials). A forthcoming article by CSC College Relations will describe other aspects of this as it relates to the presentation at the US-China Learning Conference.
Higher Education Accreditation Environment
Earlier this year, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) annual conference and meetings occurred. At these CHEA sessions, President Eaton opened up the meeting by stating higher education was in the midst of an “earthquake”. The attached CHEA Policy Brief – only two pages – describes the implications of the disruption by the earthquake to higher education accreditation. CSC has been and will continue to adjust to the new higher education environment by aligning resources, remaining focused on the MAP, and rethinking fundamental assumptions (as was the case for the TLT and the Essential Studies Program).
Submission of HLC Documents
Two more documents have been submitted: Assurance Argument on 24 March and the Institutional Update on 30 March 2017. The Assurance Argument is the third major document submitted. Previous submissions were the Federal Compliance Report and Quality Initiative. The Institutional Update is an annual report.
9 March 2017 All-Staff Luncheon Works Session
Approximately 100 staff members gathered for a luncheon work session to assist with better understanding the upcoming HLC 24-25 April 2017 On-Site Visit. Questions and concerns about the process were discussed. The President’s Executive Council members were table facilitators. Interim Assessment Director, Dr. David Nesheim provided a brief review. For those staff members who were unable to attend, a 24 March work session was conducted.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: one Business, one English & Humanities, and one Music.
Interim Director of Assessment for 2017-18: Dr. David Nesheim Science: Dr. Johnica Morrow Project Coordinator for RLOP/Study Abroad (previously OA II): Kate Pope
Course/lab fees for 2017-18
Student course/lab fees for the 2017-18 are located at the following website: http://csc.edu/businessoffice/tuition.csc.