Faculty and Staff:
As expressed by the poet Kathleen Norris, “There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year.” Even as another storm is upon us, the daylight is steadily becoming longer and CSC faculty and staff continue to do great work day in and day out — as portrayed in this update.
- MAP Priorities and Projects on Chadron State 2020
- Visit the VPAA Update archive versions on the TLC Blog: http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/blog/?cat=28.
Faculty searches in progress: 3 Business; 1 Science; 1 Art; 2 ESP (HPER & Rangeland); 2 Graduate (Counseling & Education).
Promotion and Tenure
This year (AY 2015-16), seven faculty members have applied for promotion and tenure. The application process begins when the faculty member prepares and submits a portfolio of evidence. Then the school Dean reviews the materials and provides a recommendation. Next, the Promotion and Tenure committee (a faculty committee of peers) reviews and makes a recommendation to the VPAA. The VPAA reviews and submits a recommendation to the President. Last year the Promotion and Tenure committee reviewed and modified the process; the changes were informed by evidence gathered from multiple sources.
Annual Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon
On 11 February 2016 (Thursday), we will be having our Annual Information Fair Luncheon from 11:00am to 12:45pm in the Student Center, Ballroom. This is a fruitful opportunity to ask questions, gain a better understanding of department/unit duties, obtain assistance, and/or meet with colleagues.
Chadron State College Reclassified
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is delighted to announce that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in January 2016 reclassified Chadron State College to a master’s level institution. Such a classification is more appropriate to the CSC instructional priorities than the previous grouping. By the State of Nebraska Statute (85-951), the top two priorities of the state colleges are baccalaureate instruction and authorized master’s programs. The third priority of the state colleges is applied research and service activities.
According to the 2016 Carnegie classifications, CSC is branded as a four-year, full-time, small, primarily nonresidential college, and highly undergraduate (HU)—more than 10 percent but fewer than 50 percent of students are graduate students. The Carnegie classifications are based on data submitted by postsecondary institutions across the country to the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Board. The web site, http://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/, permits anyone to examine lists of institutions within the various classifications, consult the technical information, and download the data upon which the classifications are based.
Spring Break Upgrade: Sakai Turns 10
CSC Online-Sakai will be offline for approximately four hours on the first day of Spring Break, Monday, 7 March 2016. During this time, our hosted solution, Longsight, will upgrade CSC’s learning management system to the latest Sakai community release, Sakai 10 (for more information about the latest version, visit: https://sakaiproject.org/sakai-10). The upgrade will remedy problems that stem from an outdated codebase which was developed by our previous host (ANI). The Teaching & Learning Center is working with IT and Longsight to assure a smooth transition. CSC Online-Sakai will look much the same, but there will a few nomenclature changes. The impact on faculty and students should be minimal. Look for TLC announcements this month and mark the Monday, 7 March outage date on your calendars.
New Spaces, Resources, and Technologies
Over the holiday break, the staff of the Library Learning Commons combined forces with the Teaching & Learning Center staff to shift a substantial portion of CSC’s print collection and to move the Law Library from the LLC’s lower level to its upper level. The transition was necessary to make way for the Frances Richards Media Lab. The Lab will be developed with funds donated to the Library by the late Frances Richards, a former CSC librarian. Mrs. Richards was also a musician, so the Lab will feature equipment and applications to support music and audio development as well as equipment and applications that support the development of other media, including still images, animation, video, augmented and virtual realities. For more information about the print collection move, read Pam Newberg’s blog post: “Where Did the Books Go?” at: http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/?p=1574.
Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
During the December 2015 meeting, the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) approved the following existing CSC programs: Educational Administration – MEd and Special Education – BSE. One of the duties of the CCPE (https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/) is to approve or disapprove academic programs. The efforts of Chairs, Deans, faculty and staff are very much appreciated to ensure extant CSC programs are granted approval. Existing CSC
programs submitting CCPE program review this year are the following: Business Administration, Justice Studies, Mathematics, Organizational Management, Social Science, Technical Occupations.
On 6 January 2016, Legislative Bill 755 was introduced to appropriate funding to initiate renovation of and construction of an addition the CSC Math Science building. Our diligent and collaborative efforts continue to move CSC in a positive and productive direction.
This Program is in Which Department?
In Spring 2013 Faculty Senate recommended courses/programs that were informally linked to or not directly part of a department to be formally part of a department. This connection was achieved, as discussed in the 3 September 2013 Faculty Senate meeting. The following is a current listing with some slight modifications:
- Military science – Health, Physical Education and Recreation
- Museum studies – Visual & Performing Arts
- Transitional studies – English & Humanities
- MSOM – Applied Science
- Interdisciplinary Studies, BA (pathways such as interdisciplinary humanities) – Applied Science
- Bachelor of Applied Science – Applied Science
- WLANG (Foreign language) – Communication Arts and Social Sciences
- Library Information Management minor – Education
- COLG courses
- COLG 100: now HPER 50, Adult Recreation
- COLG 121: now EDUC 121, Academic Life
- COLG 131, Portfolio Development: course has been eliminated
- COLG 191: now EDUC 100, Information
12 January 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting
Board Policy 4140, Academic Programs and Degree Requirements, changes were approved. A request initiated by the CSC faculty included the elimination of the 50% upper division requirement for subject major and comprehensive major. The 4140 policy adds language that provides examples of culminating experiences such as thesis, nationally normed instruments, simulations, action projects, practicums, comprehensive exam, or other valid experiences within graduate programs. Within Board Policy 4100, New Program Approval, approval of new focus areas and certificates along with degrees, majors, options/concentrations, endorsements within majors, and minors is now required.
Profile of the Fall 2015 Entering Class
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides a synopsis of the entering 2015 students. This is provided at the end of this document. OIE includes Dr. Bob Adebayo, Terie Dawson, Malinda Linegar, and Joy Omelanuk.
- Numbers can’t tell you the accurate picture of CSC students, but they can at least shed some insight into the type of students you might be sitting close to at the next Eagles game. The College welcomed 428 entering first-year students to the campus in fall 2015. The class of 2019 is a diverse cohort from across the nation and around the globe.
- Consistent with the national trends 54 percent of the entering class are female while the remaining 46 percent are male. The average age of the cohort is 18 (range is 16 to 45. Most incoming students (75 percent) are Caucasian. The number of newly enrolled African American is twenty-nine (29) and represent 7 percent of the entering class. There are also thirty-four (8 percent) Hispanic students in the class.
- The incoming class of 2015 is a diverse group of students from across the nation and around the globe. Fifty-four percent of the fall 2015 incoming freshmen are from Nebraska, with the remaining 46 percent coming to CSC from out-of-state.
- The percentage of entering freshmen from Nebraska remained at 51 percent in fall 2015. The 219 entering first-year students from Nebraska come from 56 of the 93 counties in the state. Scottsbluff County is the largest feeder county, followed by Box Butte, Dawes, and Sheridan County.
- The 209 entering freshmen from out-of-state hail from 24 states and ten countries (including the USA). Next to Nebraska, the state with the highest number of entering first-year student is South Dakota, followed by Colorado, and Wyoming. International students come from the following countries: China, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, Nepal, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Zimbabwe.
- Twenty-eight percent of the incoming class of fall 2015 ranked in the top quarter of their high school class. Another 9 percent ranked in the top tenth of their class. There are twenty-eight (28) Valedictorians and Salutatorians in the class.
- The average composite ACT score of the 382 students who took the standardized test is 21.6. There were 111 students with ACT scores of 25 or higher, which equals 26 percent of the class. The highest ACT score was 34.
- The top intended majors of the entering first-year students are Elementary/Secondary Education (108), Physical/Life Science (86), Undeclared (50), Business (48), Range Management (33), Justice Studies (25), and Psychology (21).
Prepared by Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE)