Dear Faculty and Staff:
“Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures …” has been the case for Chadron State College. Henry David Thoreau’s quote is timely for CSC with the very positive evaluation from the HLC Quality Initiative Report Panel Review. The review provides a moment to bask in the September sun for an important accomplishment.
- 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
- Website Update and Freeze Period – see my email to campus 23 September 2016
Quality Initiative Report Panel Review
CSC Quality Initiative Report (QI) has been evaluated and accepted by HLC. This is the first report of a series of report submissions, evidence documents and activity requirements of the HLC Reaffirmation process. The QI is the first leg of the marathon.
I want to reemphasize the statement by the HLC Peer Panel Review: “Although all three [goals] did not succeed to the same degree, Chadron State College is an exemplary model of how faculty, staff, and administration can collaborate to successfully tackle a major quality improvement initiative.” In addition, the HLC Peer Panel Review highlighted the point that the CSC QI was initially built on the 2006-2010 HLC Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning; CSC was also recognized as an “exemplary model” in the HLC Academy. Within 2011-14 strategic plan, CSC persisted to evolve the General Studies Program into the Essential Studies Program (ESP). Implementation and improvement of ESP is one of the six priorities of the 2014-18 Master Academic Plan (MAP). Progress has been achieved. As ESP is an ambitious student learning experience, there is much to be done.
In the terms of Angela Duckworth (Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, 2016), CSC demonstrates grit. Duckworth defines grit as resilience but caring for something that is meaningful and challenging. Over the past decade despite the numerous obstacles and setbacks, CSC has been relentless. I remember one individual, who no longer is at CSC, stated the TLC will never happen. It seldom pays to underestimate CSC. It should not surprise anyone: that is who we are – gritty and restlessly relentless.
Faculty initiated two of the three goals within the CSC QI: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and support of adjunct instructors. As for the third goal of improving communication between Academic Affairs and Student Services, leadership within student services/affairs and the Academic Deans recognized a problem that inhibited student learning. Within each of the three goals the following occurred: individual faculty and staff raised the level of awareness to identify a problem; committed groups of individuals that bridged departments/units, such as Faculty Learning Communities (FLC), played a pivotal role at critical points; CSC considers problems as a “puzzle’ to solve.
Within the QI and other endeavors that CSC has pursued in the last few years, we have made significant progress in aligning our efforts to optimize our resources – both time and money. It is rewarding that external evaluators recognize the collaborative gem that we have nurtured.
I want to thank the many faculty and staff who have been involved in the implementation of the three goals described in the CSC QI effort. I want to impart a special thanks to Dean Joel Hyer; he piloted the CSC QI from the initial submission to completion as well as was the responsible lead writer. His leadership, dedication, and commitment were invaluable. We are fortunate to have the services of such an individual. Please congratulate Joel.
Board of Trustees September Meeting
Alex Helmbrecht, Director of Public Relations, posted the highlights of 9 September 2016 Board Meeting — http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11379.
Academic Searches in Progress
Faculty searches: two Business, one Science, two Math, and one English
Staff searches: Office Assistant II (3rd floor Old Admin), Director of Assessment, Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies
Master Academic Plan (MAP)
Within the LLC website, information is available regarding MAP – http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc. Priorities, sub-priorities, and projects are delineated. A MAP Project Plan Template and an example of an actual project plan are provided. The roles and responsibilities, MAP tracking, and inquiries are explained.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The purpose of this committee is to review and approve research involving human and animal participants to ensure standards of practice are met. During the 2015-16 academic year, 13 applications were reviewed and approved including two projects that were partnerships between CSC students and CSC faculty. For more information contact the tri-chairs of the committee: Dean Margetts, Dr. Mary Jo Carnot, and Dr. Shafiq Rahman.