Faculty and Staff:
February is generally a fleeting month and full of diversions (Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, Black History Month and days commemorating presidents, St. Valentine, and a ground hog).
However, there’s so much going on at the College at the moment that February merits two updates this month.
- MAP Priorities and Projects on Chadron State 2020
- Visit the VPAA Update archive versions on the VPAA website: http://csc.edu/vpaa/snaresreleases/index.csc.
- New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition outlines the key trends, challenges and developments — http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2016-higher- education-edition/
- High-Impact Practices (HIPs): This link provides a brief explanation of HIPs — http://www.aacu.org/leap/hips.
Faculty searches in progress: 3 Business; 1 Science; 1 Art; 2 ESP (HPER & Rangeland); 2 Graduate (Counseling & Education).
Planning for Fall 2016
There are two attachments accompanying this VPAA UPDATE: Academic Events Prior to First Day of Classes and Opening Day, 19 August 2016. These draft versions may assist you in planning. Please send any feedback to Paula Perlinksi (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Master Academic Plan
The Master Academic Plan (MAP) pocket is attached to this email. This was provided at the 11 February 2016 Annual Faculty and Staff Information Luncheon Fair.
Student Ratings in TK20
On 21 February, student ratings for the First 8-Week Term will be rolled out in TK20 instead of Sakai. Students and faculty will receive emails from the TK20 Transition Team, providing students (and faculty) information on taking the survey and providing faculty (and deans) with information about how to view the survey results. For more information, visit: http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/blog/?p=1284.
Sakai 10 Upgrade Presentations
Teaching & Learning Center staff will hold two Sakai 10 Upgrade presentations in early March. IT and ID Specialists will explain the benefits of the upgrade, point out a few nomenclature changes, and discuss some of the new features. Presentations will be held in the Library Learning Commons, Room 111 from 3:30 to 4 pm on Tuesday, 1 March, and Wednesday, 2 March. CSC faculty and staff are invited. Please be reminded, CSC Online-Sakai will be down for a scheduled outage to upgrade the system on Monday, 7 March. For more information, visit: http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/blog/?p=1295.
Seminars and Workshops and Institutes, Oh My!
It’s not a yellow-brick road, but it does provide folks with faculty development pathway. If you have an interest in improving your teaching or technology skills or working with your school and/or department in fulfilling MAP priorities, register for one (or two) of the many Teaching & Learning Center offerings this semester: http://csc.edu/tlc/workshops. In addition to the seminars, workshops, and institutes, the TLC also assists with Quality Matters training and provides free online, asynchronous tutorials via Lynda.com. This year, the TLC has expanded its array of services, from consultations to technology analyses, from book and equipment loans to web space and blog support. To find out more, visit: http://csc.edu/tlc/services.
Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs: Plan and Preparation Timeline
In 2013 a committee reviewed the process for preparing the college catalogs because numerous concerns were raised from academic affairs, student services, and faculty. As shown at the end of this document a plan and preparation timeline was presented to Academic Review in April 2014. While multiple stakeholders with different perspectives participated in the plan, this is an illustration of CSC working toward a consensus to reduce errors, gain greater consistency within and across documents, and delineate a timeline to provide sufficient review by Chairs, Deans, Student Services, Student Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and others.
Essential Studies Program
In March 2010 a team of faculty attended the High-Impact Practices conference conducted by Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). In October 2011 at the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies Conference, the CSC faculty team brought back to campus insights on interdisciplinary and integrative learning. In June 2010 a team of faculty participated in the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Institute that provided assistance with utilizing FLC. Building on the knowledge gained at these professional development conferences/workshops as well as in-depth research by CSC faculty members, a proposal to replace the CSC General Education Program with the Essential Studies Program was developed and submitted to Academic Review. Beginning August 2012 CSC instituted ESP. A national higher education trend is providing student learning experiences that incorporate HIPs and an interdisciplinary focus supported across the institution.
Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs: Plan and Preparation Timeline
10 April 2014
Undergraduate and graduate plan
- 2011-2013: two-year catalog
- 2013-2014: one-year catalog
- 2014-2015: one-year catalog
- 2015-2017: two-year catalog
- 2017-2019: two-year catalog
Preparation Timeline for 2015-17 catalogs:
- December 2014: Last date of approval for any curriculum changes
- January-March (beginning of semester to midterm break) 2015: Make Policy changes
- March-May (midterm break to end of semester) 2015: Departments, schools, units proofread and submit
- May 2015: Catalog review committee conducts final proofreading
Preparation Timeline for 2017-19 catalogs:
- Fall 2015 and spring 2016: Curriculum changes
- August-October 2016 (prior to midterm break): Approval of any policy changes
- October-December 2016 (midterm break to end of semester): Departments, schools, units proofread and submit
- Spring 2017: HLC reaffirmation visit
- May 2017: Catalog review committee conducts final proofreading
Preparation Timeline for 2019-21 catalogs:
- Fall 2017, spring 2018 and fall 2018: Curriculum changes
- January-March (beginning of semester to midterm break) 2019: Make Policy changes
- March-May (midterm break to end of semester) 2019: Departments, schools, units proofread and submit
- May 2019: Catalog review committee conducts final proofreading
WINTER 2016 IPEDS REPORTING
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for collecting and submitting the data for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS system is designed to collect institutional-level data from more than 7,500 postsecondary institutions that participate in Title IV federal student financial aid programs or are applicants for participation in any federal financial assistance programs.
All participating schools are required to report twelve interrelated data elements: Institutional characteristics, Completions, 12-month Enrollment, Student Financial Aid, Graduation Rates, 200% Graduation Rates, Admissions, Outcome Measures, Fall Enrollment, Finance, Human Resource, and Academic Libraries to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through IPEDS. Data are collected over three collection periods (Fall, Winter, and Spring). The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) makes IPEDS data available to prospective students and their parents to guide them in making informed college choices.
Listed below are some highlights of the 2016 winter IPEDS reporting:
- $4,260: In-state or in-district tuition rate for full academic year (FY 2015).
- 14: Total number of recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits.
- $29,517: Total dollar amount of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits awarded.
- 87: Percent of first-time, full-time (FTFT) students who received grant aid.
- $5, 303: Average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduate students.
- 42%: Six-year graduation rate of 2009 FTFT cohort.
- 34%: Transfer-out rate among 2009 FTFT degree seeking cohort.
- 36%: Transfer-out rate for women, versus 33% for men (2009 cohort).