Faculty and Staff:
As Willa Cather writes in My Ántonia, “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.” So, here is my attempt to brighten your day with some lively updates.
- MAP Priorities and Projects on Chadron State 2020 o Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
- MAP Support — http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc
- The hyperlink to prior electronic VPAA Update versions is available 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).
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. If you have a committee or a group that would like to have a table please email Paula Perlinski at email@example.com by January 29th.
Influential Books in Higher Education
National higher education associations, state and national legislatures, and business leaders refer to the following books:
- Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, 2011, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
- William Baumol (and contributors), 2013, The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t, New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Erik Brynjofsson and Andrew McAfee, 2014, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
These books have had a significant impact on shaping the higher education agenda and discussion.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree of Commissioners responded favorably to the Quality Assurance (QA) Report submitted by CSC in September 2015. All three notes were removed. The next QA Report is due 15 September 2017.
Music continues to work on gaining national accreditation and recently received a Commission Action Report on the last revision of their application. The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) commended the institution for its continued diligence in seeking accreditation and developing new programs and noted that the degree Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies appears to meet NASM standards and may be granted Plan Approval if the institution is successful in gaining accreditation. The Report asked for clarification or additional information on three issues. Accreditation is viewed by many as a one and done process, when in reality it is the engagement in reporting and responding that helps to build strong, effective programing. The next Response Report is due to NASM by 1 May 2016.
The 11 February 2015 Update briefly describes specialized accreditation.
Student Ratings Transition – From TLC/Sakai to OIE/TK20
This semester CSC will transition the responsibility of student ratings from the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE). While students will still be able to access the surveys via Sakai (and via their student email accounts), the OIE will conduct student ratings using TK20. Moving forward, CSC will use TK20 to store, compile and aggregate student ratings. To demonstrate the improvements we reap by using TK20 for the purpose of student ratings data collection and reporting, the TLC will provide two presentations for faculty on Tuesday, 26 January, from 3 to 3:45 pm and, again, on Thursday, 28 January, from 3 to 3:45 pm. Both presentations will be delivered in LLC 111.
Library Learning Commons
This semester the Graves Lecture Series will highlight the skills and interests of some of CSC’s newest faculty members. McKay Tebbs will kick off the series with a musical presentation: “The Making of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’”; John Buttiglieri will discuss “Gifted Education and the Underrepresentation of Minorities”; Terrie Wood asks the question: “Business Success: Pain or Pleasure?”; and Janice Haynes examines “Romance and Marriage Plots: Restoration for Family in Narratives of Single Mothers.” For more information about dates, times and venues, visit: http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/?page_id=50.
Teaching & Learning Center
The TLC offers a compelling line-up of seminars and workshops this spring. Ann Buchmann, Joyce Hardy, and Wendy Jamison will offer a number of pedagogical insights in their presentation “Using Active Learning to Engage (Almost) Every Student,” and Beth Wentworth, Jesse Sealey, Josh Ellis, and Susan Schaeffer will discuss ways to change student thinking about education in “Reshaping Student Mindsets to Support Academic Success.” An additional seminar (TBA) will be given by two of the inaugural TLC Fellowship awardees, Hank McCallum and Lori Entzminger. The workshops this spring should prove equally compelling.
Jereme Patterson will provide hands-on instruction: “Enhancing Instruction with Screencasts” in February; Sarah Polak will show folks how to utilize the Sandoz Center in March with “Object-Based Learning; Or, Can We Really Touch That?”; and Sam Ballard will help folks develop their blog skills in April with “Untangling the Web: Blogging for Academic Success.” For more information and to register for these seminars and workshops, visit: http://csc.edu/tlc/workshops/.
Open Forum with VPAA
I will be in the LLC coffee shop on Thursday, 21 January 2016, 8:30-9:30 am to discuss any of the items within this update; you are invited to voice concerns, or discuss other topics of interest, such as any notable holiday readings. I had the opportunity to read A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design by Frank Wilczek, (New York: Penguin Press, 2015); it is a book that has changed the way I understand the world.