Dear Faculty and Staff:
Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. This statement by Bill Bradley sums up Chadron State College faculty and staff, as was demonstrated at the 13 October All-Campus work session: Reflecting on Our Practices – NSSE/FSSE. It is such a pleasure to work with a community of learners.
- 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
- An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief (Volume 3, October 2016) is available at http://www.nmc.org/publication/digital-literacy-an-nmc-horizon-project-strategic-brief/
- CSC Campus-Wide Committees/Tasks Force: updated This new version is in response to the feedback you provided.
13 October All-Campus Assessment Work Session: Reflecting on Our Practices
This was the first all-campus work session devoted to a discussion among faculty and staff regarding selected items within the 2016 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) — http://nsse.indiana.edu/html/about.cfm. This work session served multiple purposes. Supportive campus climate and student engagement survey results were utilized to identify ways to retain students or questions to ask regarding student retention. Priority 4 of the MAP includes a sub-priority to improve student retention rates. In addition, one purpose of the MAP is to improve communication through a shared understanding of academic priorities; such discussions among faculty and staff are one step in that direction. The work session contributed to evidence for the HLC Reaffirmation process.
During the October 19, 2016 President’s Executive Council meeting, the feedback from the table sessions was reviewed. One action item determined by the Council related to student participation in a work session of the selected NSSE/FSSE data. Working with student leadership, President of Student Senate Katrina Hurley and Student Trustee Coy Clark, Executive Council conducted a similar session with student campus leaders on 25 October. A follow-up student work session is arranged for 1 November to discuss the results. Review of the combined evidence from all the work sessions (October 5 Executive Council, October 13 All- Campus, & October 25 student leaders) is planned for a November work session with faculty, staff, and student leaders.
Also, on 19 October 2016, the President’s Executive Council identified two avenues to share with the campus the process and information gathered from the All-Campus work session.
These included a follow-up article published by CSC Public Relations Office and information in the VPAA Update. The Deans will incorporate advising information within the New Faculty Orientation. The Campus-wide Assessment committee will consider avenues to include staff voice, campus climate and why we do NSSE. An annual October All-Campus work session to reflect on our practices will be conducted in 2017. The latter is based upon the feedback provided in the continuous improvement survey.
A continuous improvement survey of faculty, staff, and student participants was completed to better understand the usefulness of the work session. The following indicate the percentage that agreed and strongly agreed.
I am interested in learning more about CSC’s NSSE/FSSE results and comparative data
- 78% of staff
- 76% of faculty
- 51% of students
This assessment work session to review NSSE/FSSE data was informative
- 98% of staff
- 84% of faculty
- 92% of students
A table discussion with members from different units/departments were productive
- 96% of staff
- 93% of faculty
- 90% of students (the question replaced different units/departments with student leaders) This assessment work session to review NSSE/FSSE data was a valuable use of my time
- 90% of staff
- 76% of faculty
- 55% of students
For additional information about the 13 October 2016 All-Campus Work Session of Reflecting on Our Practices via the NSSE/FSSE, see the 24 October 2016 article by Alex Hembrecht, Director of Public Relations — http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11418.
Faculty searches for 2017-18 AY: two Business, one Science, two Math, and one English position will be advertised early during Fall 2016 Semester
Current academic staff searches: Office Assistant II (3rd floor Old Admin); Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies; Director of Assessment (forthcoming)
Office of Assessment
The following link to the Office of Assessment home page summarizes the roles and responsibilities of campus-wide assessment at http://www.csc.edu/assessment/index.csc. The
Office of Assessment home page may also be accessed through the VPAA home page that highlights the location of the Office of Assessment & Tk20 Information at http://www.csc.edu/vpaa/index.csc. Dr. David Nesheim, Interim Assessment Director is located in 124 Miller — http://www.csc.edu/assessment/contact/index.csc.
Nebraska Higher Education News – CCPE Report
Within the past 25 years the at-a-distance delivery format of Nebraska public higher education courses has changed. In the early 1990s face-to-face classes offered at a location off campus (such as North Platte) was the primary means of delivery. In 2004-2005 synchronous delivery surpassed the face-to-face distance format. Based upon 2014-15 data, synchronous is the least used with approximately 33,700 duplicated headcount (i.e. a student is counted every time that student takes a course) whereas asynchronous is the most used with over 152,000 duplicated headcount. As of 2014-15, the largest users of synchronous delivery are the community colleges.
In September 2016, the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) issued a report with a focus on courses not offered on-campus. The report distinguishes between three types at-a-distance modalities or delivery formats for all the public institutions (community colleges, state colleges & University) in Nebraska:
- Traditional – face-to-face class in a different location other than the campus
- Synchronous – instructor and students interact during the same time but not same physical location such as two-way interactive video
- Asynchronous – instructor and students interact during a different time and place such as an online course.
- From 2012-13 to 2014-15, the number of courses at-a-distance have increased by 10.9%. CCC had the largest increase with 30.1% and WNCC with the largest decline of 18.3%.
Annual Faculty and Staff Information Fair Luncheon
Plan ahead. On 9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSC Financial Information
The Standard and Poor’s rating for the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) is “A Stable”. The NSCS consists of Wayne State, Peru State, and Chadron State colleges. Approximately, 39% of the revenue to cover general expenditures and faculty and staff salaries comes from student tuition and fees. This does not include federal, revenue bond, or trust funds.