Dear Faculty and Staff:
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of
Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
• 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:
• Faculty 2016-17 Calendar revision attached
Open Forum with VPAA
I will be in the proximity of the LLC Book Ends coffee shop on Wednesday, 23 November 2016,
10:00-11:00 am to discuss any of the items within this update. You are invited to voice concerns
and/or discuss other topics of interest
10 November 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting
Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations, published a summary of the board meeting —
NSSE/FSSE Review of Evidence: Reflecting on Our Practices
18 November 2016, faculty, staff and student leadership conducted a work session to review the materials gathered from 5 October 2016 Executive Council, 13 October 2016 All-Campus faculty and staff, and 25 October 2016 student leadership work sessions. The 25 October 2016 student leadership work session included approximately 55 students. A 1 November 2016 follow-up session with student leaders reviewed the results. The results from each work session
illustrate that observations and future directions to proceed were very similar. The results also reveal the six Master Academic Plan (MAP) Priorities continue to be the important initiatives to the majority of faculty, staff and students.
The 28 October 2016 VPAA Update furnishes further information on the October work sessions. Executive Council and the Interim Director of Assessment, Dr. Nesheim, have led these efforts. Such leadership initiative is highly valued.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: two Business, one Science, two Math, one English and one Music. Academic staff searches: Office Assistant II (3rd floor Old Admin); Director of Assessment; Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies.
NASM Accreditation Achieved
CSC is one of five institutions out of 143 applicants to be awarded first-time accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) this year. As noted in the 14 January 2016 VPAA Update, NASM reviewers commended the institution in a November 2015 letter for its continued diligence in seeking accreditation, while at the same time asking for clarification or additional information on three remaining issues. During 2016, under the leadership of Dr. Una Taylor, who spearheaded the effort from the beginning, a response report
was prepared. Dr. Taylor worked together with Dean Powell, Dean Margetts, and others to submit the response by the 1 October 2016 deadline.
CSC becomes one of 650 schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities across the United States to hold NASM accreditation. The 11 February 2015 VPAA Update provides a brief overview of specialized accreditation. As of September 2016, NASM is a programmatic accreditor that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).
The achievement of this award is another illustration of grit, as caring for something that is meaningful and challenging (see 26 September 2016 VPAA Update). To achieve this award, it required overcoming obstacles and challenges that are typical in organizations. An easier road is giving up and/or blaming others. Collaborating, listening, and rethinking assumptions is part and
parcel of the process.
CSC has earned specialized accreditation in business, social work, and education programs:
• Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP
emphasizes teaching excellence. Such accreditation matches our central purpose as a learner-centered institution.
• Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE accreditation is required for CSC graduates if they intend to be certified in the State of Nebraska and wish to practice as social workers.
• NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accredited moving toward CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). This accreditation is required of programs in most states in order to teach in the United States public schools.
The updated list of Presidential Committees is available at this link:
The update includes the importance of the committee efforts to the Master Academic Plan(MAP), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Criteria for Accreditation (i.e. Assurance Argument), Assumed Practices, Quality Initiative, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and, Federal Compliance. The 28 October VPAA Update furnished the same information for CSC Campus-Wide Committees/Task Teams.
The purpose of this is for each committee/task team to understand the importance of their efforts to the MAP or reports required by external entities. Second, this is one avenue to assist with improving the process to prepare for 2021 HLC review. Thus, please ensure within minutes and/or final reports the inclusion of action items, reviews of process or outcomes, and evidence that directly relate to MAP, HLC Criteria for Accreditation, Assumed Practices, Quality Initiative, SARA, and Federal Compliance. Clarity, brevity, and closing the loop are of utmost importance. This will save us all time. The third purpose, during the April 2016 HLC Peer Review visit, this provides a talking point for you. Sharing that you know that committee/task teams relate to the larger picture is important. This will help CSC demonstrate alignment of efforts. Alignment is one of our major strengths.
As you develop your individual goals for 2016, please keep the same process in mind. Utilization of existing reports or processes to advance the MAP and meet external requirements will diminish additional reports and demonstrate a model of how a small college may work efficiently and effectively as well as achieve common goals as a community of learners.
Summer Session Registration
Registration for 2017 summer courses opens 5 December 2016. Various channels to market the 2017 Summer courses have and will continue to be pursued. Encouragement of early enrollment, especially prior to the Winter Break, would be appreciated.
CSC 2014-2015 Factbook
CSC Institutional Research has completed and published the CSC 2014-15 Factbook and is available at the following link http://csc.edu/ir/factbook.csc. The purpose of the Factbook is to provide an overview of the College, serve as a reference document, and assist with planning and decision-making. Topics include general information, credit hour production, enrollment numbers, transfer rates, degrees conferred, campus activities, facilities, alumni, financial aid, and
other pertinent information. Institutional Research, headed by Director Malinda Linegar, has started the CSC 2015-16 Factbook.
Initial feedback suggests the decision to utilize MBS has been fruitful. While there remains some areas to improve, the first semester with MBS is significantly improved for students and faculty compared to the previous year. I very much appreciate the CSC faculty and staff who have diligently worked with learning a new system under limited time constraints.
Sesquicentennial Commission Service
Nebraska became a state March 1, 1867, and will commemorate its Sesquicentennial throughout 2017. Two CSC alumni, Dr. Marty Ramirez and Dr. Dora Olivares, are serving on the Sesquicentennial Commission. For more information, contact Executive Director Regan Anson at firstname.lastname@example.org.