Dear Faculty and Staff:
With midterm break upon us, we may have a few moments to catch up on our long “to do” list. Often it is easy to forget the many accomplishments we have made. Listed below are a few of the accomplishments, including an awareness of a problem. Many more accomplishments are enumerated in the HLC Assurance Argument. I hope you will join us in the Luncheon work sessions to prepare for the On-Site Visit so we may continue to add to our achievements.
- 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
Open Forums with VPAA
There will be a faculty Open Forum with the VPAA on 3 March 2017, Friday 1:30-2:30 pm, LLC, near Book Ends. A staff Open Forum with the VPAA is 3 March 2017, Friday 2:30-3:30, near Book Ends. If you have any concerns or questions, please meet with me. If this time is not a workable time, let me know and I will arrange another time to meet with you.
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Evaluation: Important Dates
9 March 2017 (11:00 am): All-Staff Campus Luncheon Work Session – Preparation for HLC
24 March 2017: Submission of HLC Assurance Argument (Criteria for Accreditation) and
30 March 2017: Submission of HLC Institutional Update 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
Submission of Federal Compliance Report
22 February 2017 CSC submitted the Federal Compliance Report. This is a major document to prepare and submit. Over 20 faculty and staff have dedicated time to collecting, organizing, and reviewing materials. The participating individuals are listed at the following location: Campus- wide Committees/Task Force (left column) — http://www.csc.edu/president/index.csc. Executive Council and Cabinet assisted through the review of materials. Sherry Douglas spearheaded this effort.
This is another example of a variety of individuals stepping forward to take on leadership roles within this one endeavor. As with this report as well as in other areas, leadership at multiple points is necessary for CSC. I feel very fortunate to work with so many individuals who demonstrate what Bellah and colleagues articulated in their book Habits of the Heart. Too often in the context of higher education faculty and staff, similar to Joe Gorman in the book, believe “getting involved” is sufficient. As noted in the book, we belong to overlapping and cross cutting communities. Each of us belongs to department or unit communities within the CSC community. What was essential for completion of the Federal Compliance Report was campus citizenship.
As provided in earlier VPAA Updates the following has been completed for the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation. 30 August 2016 CSC submitted the Quality Initiative Report. A stellar evaluation was earned with this effort. Third Party Comment notices have been posted since November 2016. The HLC Student Opinion Survey has been implemented during the time allotted in early February 2017.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: one Business, one Science, one English & Humanities and one Music. Academic staff searches: Office Assistant II Liberal Arts (3rd floor Old Admin) and Electronic Resource Librarian.
Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies: Dr. David Kendrick.
Growth of the Rangeland Management Program
Based on IPEDS final release data, CSC’s Rangeland Management Program is one of the largest in the United States. Between 2012 and 2015, and depending on the year, CSC’s Rangeland Management Program was ranked first, second, or third, based on the total number of annual graduates in the program. This places CSC’s Rangeland Management Program in company with other institutions, such as the University of Wyoming, Oregon State University, and Colorado State University. IPEDS 2016 data is not available from IPEDS at this time for comparison.
Interdisciplinary BA and the Bachelors of Applied Science Programs
In preparing for the HLC Comprehensive Evaluation, it is sometime easy to forget the benefits that may be attained. As a case in point, the interdisciplinary BA and the Bachelors of Applied Science programs were last reviewed in 2013, and at that time they were formally placed within the Applied Sciences Department. In examining program assessment reports in preparation for the upcoming HLC visit, it became clear that it was time to reevaluate both programs. The Campus Wide Assessment Committee has taken on the charge of reviewing the Interdisciplinary BA and the Bachelors in Applied Science degrees for the 2017-18 AY. The committee will begin by collecting data on current majors and graduates to create a baseline of information concerning the programs. They will then review program mission statements, stated student outcomes, evaluation processes, assessments for measuring those outcomes, and appropriate department oversight of the programs. Based on what the committee finds, it will make recommendations to the appropriate committees such as Academic Review Committee, Faculty Senate and Executive Council.