Dear Faculty and Staff:
The United States Department of Agriculture released the November 2017 edition of Rural America at a Glance (https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=85739). Rural (non-metro) areas are defined as county populations with less than 50,000 inhabitants (https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/rural-economy-population/rural-classifications/). The 2017 report outlines the challenges of the shrinking population, regional variation, and the wage lag in rural areas. Rural America includes 46 million individuals (Rural America at a Glance).
A slice of Rural America is Frontier and Remote (FAR) communities that is defined along the dimensions of population size and distance from large urban areas. FAR areas are divided into four levels with level #4 the most remote and sparsely populated (https://www.ers.usda.gov/dataproducts/frontier-and-remote-area-codes/documentation.aspx). Chadron is part of FAR level #3: more than 60 minutes from an urban area of 10,000 or more individuals. Respectively, about 8 million and 4.7 million residents live in level #3 and level #4 (https://www.ers.usda.gov/amberwaves/2012/december/data-feature-mapping-frontier-and-remote-areas-in-the-us/). The majority of people residing in FAR areas are in the Great Plains, Intermountain West, and Alaska.
Vermont, Mississippi, and New Mexico have notable FAR areas as well (https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2012/december/data-feature-mapping-frontier-andremote-areas-in-the-us/). See also 4 April 2016 VPAA Update for information on FAR.
A report for the National Center for Frontier Communities focused on water, energy and climate in remote communities within Frontier and Remote (FAR) level #2 (http://frontierus.org/thefuture-of-the-frontier-water-energy-climate-change-in-americas-most-remote-communities/). Level #2 is somewhat less remote than Level #3. The effects of remoteness on service provision, job creation and population retention are not fully understood (Ben Rasmussen, Who Are Frontier Americans? The National Center for Frontier Communities, (http://frontierus.org/frontier-partners-a-big-success/). There is much to be learned about FAR areas. This includes the similarities and differences of FAR and Rural areas.
Recently, much attention has been given to Rural high school graduates that are absent from college campuses (https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/02/15/581895659/whos-missing-fromamerica-s-colleges-rural-high-school-graduates; https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/education/edlife/colleges-discover-rural-student.html). Forty-eight percent of people between the ages of 18-24 from cities are enrolled in higher education institutions whereas only 29% of rural residents in this age group are enrolled. Cost, culture shock, hopelessness, poverty, lack of high speed internet, and drug/mental health issues are considered factors.
CSC is the only four-year Nebraska institution that serves the FAR or Frontier Rural communities. We also serve the High Plains region and Western Nebraska. CSC plays a significant role in giving meaning to people, purpose, and place. Thus, an important goal of retaining students is engaging students by providing students the opportunity to develop, grow, and thrive; our part is the never-ending quest to orchestrate a learner-centered environment. Without your diligent efforts many students are less likely to attend college and/or complete a degree; they are also less likely to meet the challenges in this era of transformation and/or become a healthy and constructive citizen.
- 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
Faculty Searches in Academic Affairs
New faculty for 2018-19: Dr. Joan Carraher, Education
Academic Affairs faculty searches in progress for 2018-19: Music (2), English & Humanities, Science (2), Communication, Education, and Business (2)
Social Hour with President’s Executive Council
22 February 2018 (10:00-11:00 am) the Executive Council Committee hosted an All-Campus Social Hour in the Library Learning Commons (LLC). Executive Council initiated the Social Hour in response to suggestions gathered during the last year from department/unit meetings. The idea is to foster conversation across campus and provide faculty and staff an opportunity to meet with Executive Council members. Approximately 50 faculty and staff participated in informal conversations with campus colleagues. The next All-Campus Social Hour is 26 April 2018 (Thursday) 10:00-11:00 am in the LLC.
If you found this gathering to be worth your time, please convey this to an Executive Council member: Pat Beu, Joby Collins, Anne DeMersseman, Sherry Douglas, Joyce Hardy, Mary Jo Carnot, Matt Brust, Alex Helmbrecht, Melany Hughes, Joel Hyer, David Kendrick, Malinda Linegar, James Margetts, Melissa Mitchell, Jim Powell, Jacob Rissler, Deena Kennell, Lisa Stein, Danielle Lecher, Pam Anderson, and Charles Snare.
CSC and WNCC Connections Meeting
Faculty members (business, criminal justice, education, physical education, sciences, social work & psychology) and staff (registrar, transfer advisor, veterans, & admissions) from Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) and CSC engaged in discussions to advance student success. The Strategic Enrollment Management Committee spearheaded this effort; outreach to the community colleges is a focus of one of the mini-teams of the committee. This endeavor supports Priority #4 of the Master Academic Plan (MAP). The tentative date for the next meeting with WNCC faculty and staff is 22 February 2019. If you have an interest in participating, please contact Sherry Douglas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Discussion with the President on Budgets
16 February 2018, Faculty Senate committee members met with Dr. Rhine for a conversation on CSC budgets. An All-Campus Staff meeting was conducted 8 March 2018 to engage in a similar conversation. All faculty and staff were invited to the 8 March 2018 All-Campus Staff meeting. Please let me know if there are other avenues that would be beneficial to keep faculty and staff apprised as well as offer a forum for questions and discussion.
Student Engagement: Enrollment & Retention for Summer and Fall 2018
Enrollment and retention trends over the last three weeks are encouraging and reflect the efforts of everyone across the Chadron State College community. The trend lines for both summer and fall 2018 are heading in a positive direction. Please continue your efforts. You are making a difference and the efforts are appreciated. If you do not know how to assist, the 29 March All Campus Workshop will provide avenues as well as assist with focusing our efforts for the greatest impact.
New Eagle Registration & Orientation Events
Outlined in this VPAA Update is the new process for student registration and scheduled freshmen and transfer event dates for April, May, June and July. If you have questions please contact Danielle Lecher (email@example.com), Director of Market Development & Start. Items to note:
- All new, main-campus freshman and transfer students are expected to attend a New Eagle Registration & Orientation event (dates below) o Formerly known as “Signing Days”—re-named to better describe the nature of the event
- Students register as a part of the “Ready to Register” form
- Faculty advisors are needed at each event—including summer dates; advising for all the events is scheduled at 10:00 a.m.
New Eagle Registration & Orientation Events: 2018
|FRESHMAN EVENTS 2018:||TRANSFER EVENTS 2018:|
|Friday, April 20
Monday, April 30
Friday, May 18
Monday, June 4
Monday, June 11
Friday, June 22
Friday, June 29
|Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16
Friday, July 20