Dear Faculty and Staff:
As President Rhine conveyed at the 11 January 2018 All-Campus Meeting the budget challenges are formidable. The budget challenges are intertwined with increased higher education competition, changed student and parent expectations of higher education, stagnated incomes, and accelerated technology transformations.
The impact on Nebraska University system, state college system, and community colleges is summarized in 12 January 2018 World-Herald article — http://www.omaha.com/news/education/nebraska-higher-ed-leaders-cringe-over-new-proposedcuts/article_38ac556a-f72a-11e7-87c1-7ba120ef4e9f.html. However, public funding for higher education in Nebraska is above regional and national levels, according to the Nebraska Higher Education in Focus 2017 (biennial Midwestern Higher Education Compact report ) http://www.mhec.org/documents/category/annual-state-reports-policy-reports/2017-highereducation-in-focus). Nevertheless, attendance at public Nebraska four-year institutions requires 47% of family income for Nebraska families in the lowest income quintile. This compares with 19% of family income for families with median incomes. While in both cases this is a lower percentage than the regional and national averages, it has implications for our recruitment and retention endeavors.
CSC is focused and therefore efforts across campus have made substantial progress in coordinating activities and fostering synergies to achieve MAP priorities. For instance, the Enrollment Management Committee is leading the student engagement/retention and recruitment effort. Student Affairs/Services and Academic Affairs lead this committee as a team. The Academic Strategic Planning Committee is engaged in systematic and integrated planning that is aligned throughout the campus. The MAP 2019-2023 Steering Team is working on the development of the next Master Academic Plan (MAP). The President’s Executive Council Committee identifies troublesome points and creates plans to understand the issue/problem, solve the issue/problem, and/or find avenues to minimize the obstacle(s) due to competing demands/requirements.
In this Age of Distraction, attention and focus are resources. It is difficult to pay attention to the shared world; in addition, numerous higher education stakeholders and compliance demands create an environment of distractibility. During the past four years we have sought to align and focus efforts to assist with deciding what is worth paying attention to and what to value. Ensuring a shared world is more vital than ever. Your contributions have made the difference in pursuing this goal.
With each challenge and obstacle, CSC has consistently collaborated, assisted others, and been open to alternative approaches. The higher education environment requires persistence, patience, and passion. You do this on a day-to-day basis. This is why I am confident the challenges will be met.
- Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
- MAP Purpose & Priorities — 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
- Presidential Committees — http://www.csc.edu/president/index.csc
- Campus-Wide Committees — http://www.csc.edu/president/index.csc
Searches in Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs searches in progress for 2017-18: Director for the Office of Academic Success; Office Assistant II (Memorial Hall)
Academic Affairs searches in progress for 2018-19: Music (2), Science, Education, and Business (Accounting and Finance/Economics) faculty; Director of Assessment
MAP 2019-2023 Steering Task Force
Six faculty members (from each new department), six professional staff (IT, College Relations, Student Services, Teaching and Learning Technologies, & Assessment), and a student representative will coordinate the development of the 2019-2023 Master Academic Plan (MAP). The MAP is the centerpiece of the CSC Strategic Plan.
The purpose of the task force is the facilitation of the development of the 2019-2023 MAP priorities and initial projects, to identify and ensure stakeholders have provided input, and communication of the process. The implementation of the 2019-2023 MAP begins August 2019. Access to materials is available through SharePoint within “all campus” section.
Communication of Student Financial Aid Availability for Summer 2018
In the upcoming weeks and all through the month of February, Student Services is asking students to focus on the services offered to them. Students will be encouraged to visit with their advisors, enroll for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 courses, and complete 2018-19 FAFSA applications, as well as any outstanding items on their MyCSC To Dos.
If you advise students, please make sure to include the Summer 2018 courses in your conversations about enrollment. New Pell Grant opportunities are available for Summer 2018 classes. Summer financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Student Services’ goal is to focus the efforts of everyone on campus to help students get enrolled and finalize their financial aid before the midterm break in March.
Starting in 2018, Pell eligible students can receive a year-round Pell Grant for fall, spring and summer. One caveat for the summer is that Pell recipients must be enrolled in at least six hours. This initiative by the U.S. Department of Education supports the idea of students graduating early or speeding up their graduation plans. Other financial aid is still available to those who qualify. Student Services will be reaching out to Pell eligible students to let them know they qualify and encourage them to visit the START Office about their enrollment options.
New Faculty Orientation Facilitator
For the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Lorie Hunn will serve as the New Faculty Orientation (NFO)
Facilitator. She will work closely with Elizabeth Ledbetter of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and serve a period of two years (with an option for a third). The TLC would like to express its appreciation to the current NFO Facilitator, Dr. Tracy Nobiling, who, for the past three years has produced an exemplary, sustainable program to the benefit of many faculty. Contact David Kendrick (email@example.com), Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies, if you have questions.