I hope your holidays were filled with joy and time with loved ones.
Quality Matters (QM)
CSC became involved with QM almost five years ago through a faculty-driven initiative of one department. As of December 2014, CSC is very active with utilization of QM: 64 faculty/staff members have QM Accounts; 52 have taken a professional development workshop; ten are peer reviewers; and one is a master reviewer. Two courses have been submitted for review and CSC reviewers have served on 11 course reviews. For more information on QM (https://www.qualitymatters.org/higher-education-program) contact Dr. Mary Jo Carnot, Director of Teaching and Learning Center.
Turnitin will be made available to faculty this semester. In response to faculty interest and inquiries, the Library Learning Commons (LLC) will provide funding and support for the tool, which will be integrated with CSC’s LMS (Sakai). Turnitin is more than a plagiarism-detection tool; it is a unified grading system that can improve the quality of feedback on student papers while reducing a faculty member’s workload. The LLC will provide knowledge sessions and hands-on workshops. For more information about Turnitin on campus and to sign up for a session or workshop, visit: http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/?p=377.
Significantly, The LLC was able to make Turnitin more affordable through collaboration with the Wayne State College Library. This collaboration resulted in a $1,500 cost savings for each college; more importantly, both schools signed on with a per-user cost of $2.55; Turnitin’s rate goes up to $4.90 in January 2015. The total cost to CSC for 2015 was $6,801.25; the price includes the annual subscription fee ($5,801.25) plus a one-time “higher-ed campus fee.” CSC is “grandfathered in” at a $2.55 per-user rate and can expect a four percent increase annually. While the LLC hopes to make Turnitin a regular database purchase, sufficient utilization of the database will determine whether or not the subscription is renewed. Part of the Turnitin project plan is to check, analyze, and report on utilization rates quarterly throughout 2015.
With the growth of the graduate program, staff support has been modified to a three-person team, which includes Marianne Mowry, Melissa Mitchell, and Deb Smith. Dean Hyer continues to oversee the graduate program. For questions regarding graduate admissions, please contact Deb Smith at 432-6117. For questions regarding graduate course substitutions, Plans of Study, or related matters, please contact Marianne Mowry at 432-6289.
Kristal Kuhnel, as Special Projects Director, will focus on coordinating and working with all units/departments to ensure consistent, accurate, and up-to-date materials of campus-wide electronic resources.
A student-created MAP with a nautical theme can be viewed at the entrance of Library Learning Commons (LLC). Ashley Young, a senior who graduated in December 2014, is seeking a graphic design job http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10877.
Residency Programs – Fall 2014
A six-week campus residency to tap into the talents of D. Kevin Williams, a professional actor from Omaha, was a collaborative effort by Nebraska Arts Council and Chadron State College Galaxy. Williams played Jim in six performances of “Big River.” In addition to rehearsing with CSC students, sharing theatrical career advice, teaching stage combat and Shakespeare sessions for the college and local schools, he led an acting workshop for regional high school students during the annual CSC Theatre Day.
An eight-week pilot “Practitioner-in Residence” program with Tim Slessor (see 24 September 2014 VPAA Update) was hosted by the Sandoz Center and was funded by private donors. Slessor participated in various activities on the CSC campus. His outreach to other campuses and organizations, including public schools, libraries, and bookstores in Nebraska and Wyoming, spurred positive feedback.
With the success of such programs the College hopes that other collaborative efforts will follow and donors may be willing to support residency programs.
Accreditation and Oversight
As described in the 14 November 2014 VPAA Update, within the USA there are three broad kinds of accreditation: Regional — accredits degree-granting institutions; Specialized — accredits programs in specific disciplines within the institution; National — accredits institutions and programs that are not-for-profit religious or career-focused for-profit.
In addition to the three broad kinds of accreditation, all of the states within the USA maintain some degree of higher education oversight. Within the state of Nebraska, two important oversight entities are Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). The NDE approves teacher education programs. The CCPE authorizes academic programs and a review of programs is conducted once every seven years as long as the criteria are met. Board Policy 4200 Program Review Procedure delineates the criteria. For more information, follow this link: (http://www.nscs.edu/Policy%20Manual/Policy%20Manual%20Master/Policy%204200.pdf).
Information Fair Luncheon
Our third annual faculty and staff information fair will occur 12 February 2015 (Thursday) from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm. The Information Fair Luncheon provides the opportunity to ask questions about programs and units across campus. If you desire a table please contact Wendy Mahr (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Academic Office Assistants – Academic Affairs has added the following staff:
Elsa Taylor-Cless: OA II for Transitional Studies Program, Justice Studies Department, campus-wide adjunct contact, and study abroad/away, 3rd floor Old Admin (replaces Jeri Neuharth).
Clarisa Bratcher: OA II for Dean Hyer, 2nd floor Burkhiser (replaces Marianne Mowry).