Dear Faculty and Staff:
The loss of Dr. Janice Haynes this past week provides a moment for reflection. David Hume expressed the following: Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
As a small organization, many of us become life-long friends. Please take a moment and let your friends know how much you value them. Our sympathies go out to Dr. Haynes’ family and to her close colleagues in Old Admin.
- 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), Education, and Business (Accounting and Finance/Economics) faculty; Director of Assessment
Minor revisions have been made to the Presidential and Campus-Wide Committees.
12 October 2017 All-Campus Work Session
Advising @ CSC: A Campus-Wide Discussion was the focus of the All-Campus work session. The discussion was organized by the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee and the President’s Executive Council assisted as table facilitators. An all-campus approach for advising is necessary to move the needle on this complex challenge. Thanks for your participation.
The focus on advising is one feature of the student engagement, retention, and recruitment efforts. The 18 and 29 September VPAA Updates provide more details. Advising is a key component within priority #4 of the Master Academic Plan (MAP). At the implementation level, the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee has initiated the action item to provide advisors with a list of advisees who have more than one grade of ‘D” or “F.”
Community College Connection
One aspect of the Strategic Enrollment Management efforts is enhancing, re-establishing, or reenvisioning CSC’s relationships with the community colleges of the region. Faculty and staff have arranged visits to Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, Casper College, Laramie CCC, Mid-Plains Community College, and WNCC. In some cases, faculty members within programs have reached out. This year CSC has pursued an intentional community college focus with the goal of increasing student transfers to CSC. Nationally, transfer students perform very well at four-year institutions.
During early October, I met with department chairs to discuss collaboration with community colleges. There was strong consensus among the department chairs regarding the importance of community college transfer students; students with AA degrees perform well academically and are successful. Other notable points were reformulating marketing, incentives for transfer students, and use of technology to connect to community college faculty, staff and students. The feedback provided will assist the Enrollment Management Committee.
All-Campus Information Fair
For the 2017-18 AY the Information Fair is scheduled for 9 November 2017. Previously, the Information Fair has been held in February. This change is based upon feedback provided by the February 2017 participants. Please contact Paula Perlinski (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your table.
Sandoz High Plains Center
The 29 September 2017 VPAA update furnished information on the Center. Laure Sinn, Rangeland Program Coordinator, will begin assisting with the Sandoz High Plains Center, starting on 20 October. She will not be serving in an interim director capacity. Instead, she will continue with many of her current duties associated with her position as Rangeland Program Coordinator and will be physically located in the Sandoz High Plains Center. Within the Center Laure will perform the following tasks:
- Coordinate volunteer and other staffing of the Sandoz High Plains Center
- Collect visitor and other building use data
- Monitor the Center’s email and contracts
- Communicate and promote events taking place in the Center
- Begin to document processes related to the Center.
This effort represents the next step in keeping the Center open during normal business hours and obtaining necessary data and information regarding the Center’s processes, so that CSC and others can begin to reimagine the Center for the future.
The next call for Research Institute proposals is 10 January 2018. Send proposals to Paula Perlinski (email@example.com). Approximately $3000 of the $25,000 allocated amount remains available. If IRB approval is needed contact Shafiq Rahman, Mary Jo Carnot, or Jim Margetts.
Sakai Learning Management System Upgrade
From 11:00 am to 3 pm (MST), 20 December 2017, CSC Online will be upgraded to bring necessary updates and enhancements to the Sakai learning management system. The Teaching and Learning Center’s (TLC) IT specialist will implement the upgrade that offers greater performance and stability, including…
- A revamped user interface with a modern look and feel
- Learning on the go: A mobile-friendly user experience where students and faculty can access, prepare, and submit coursework using any major mobile browser without installing an app
- A new gradebook (the old gradebook will still be available) Improvements to the Lessons tool for enhanced teaching and learning
- Quick migration of content from Modules (old lessons) to Lessons.
Learn of the new changes from the comfort of your own work area or device. TLC’s Sam Ballard will offer live informational webinars for all faculty, adjuncts, and staff during the month of November. Feel free to participate and ask questions or log in to the recorded sessions at any time. In addition to the overview webinars, Elizabeth Ledbetter will conduct hands-on workshops on how to effectively use the Lessons tool in Sakai. Please sign up for the Lessons workshops as they become available and direct questions to the TLC at x6273 or TLCtech@CSC.edu.
Examity proctoring tool
CSC is currently piloting the proctoring tool, Examity, throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Examity is tightly integrated with CSC Online-Sakai and offers a user-friendly platform for proctoring online assessments. Authentication of student users and the academic honesty in assessment through exams, particularly in the online environment, are being addressed at numerous institutions in higher education. CSC’s faculty who are test piloting the product will implement the tool in select courses and determine its value in the institution’s pursuit of academic integrity. For questions and concerns, contact David Kendrick at x6494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.