Dear Faculty and Staff:
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (Campus Life: Undergraduate Cultures from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the Present, 1987) describes the history and development of student cultures. The reshaping and changing of student attitudes and expectations about higher education is a constant theme. Various publications suggest the way student attitudes and expectations are altering (e.g. Jean M. Twenge, 2017, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us, Atria Books).
The 31 August 2018 VPAA Update focused on High Impact Practices (HIPs). HIPs are important features of student experiences that shape student development as well as seek to resonate with the current student culture. The 12 September 2018 President’s Executive Council meeting discussed student HIPs and is gathering information from each department and unit on the following:
- One example/practice of HIP Collaboration with another unit/dept
- Evidence on impact of one HIP within unit/or across units
This information will assist the development of the 2019-2023 Master Academic Plan (MAP), implementation of the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan (SEMP), and the development of the CSC Mission, Vision and Values.
- Chadron State 2020 — http://www.csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
- MAP Priorities & Sub-Priorities – http://csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc
- MAP Overview and Purpose: click on overview within About CSC’s Master Academic Plan (MAP) — http://csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc
- 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: click on Campus-Wide Committee in left column — http://csc.edu/president/2020/index.csc
September 2018 Committee and Board Meetings
College Relations published a summary of the 15 September 2018 Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Board of Trustees Meeting: Dedication Ceremony Highlights Recent Meeting, http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11895.
The Board of Trustees consists of seven members with six appointed by the Governor; the Commissioner of Education is a member ex-officio. There are also three student trustees, one from each of the state colleges. The current Board Chair is Gary Bieganski who is a Chadron State College graduate. A list of the members is provided at the following link: https://www.nscs.edu/info/2/about_us/4/board_members.
There are three committees of the Board: Academic and Personnel; Student Affairs, Marketing, and Enrollment; Fiscal, Facilities, and Audit. The Vice Presidents at each college participate in these committees. Prior to the committee meetings the campus Vice Presidents provide input, advocate, and discuss future endeavors and plans with the Council of Business Officers, Council of Student Affairs Officers, and Council of Academic Officers.
Administrative Level Rights to Computers Procedure Change
In compliance with the December 2017 Information Security Risk Assessment Report that was based on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council standards, the Nebraska State College Systems (NSCS) campuses and specifically the CSC Department of Information Technology (IT) have proactively revised the procedure for granting and applying administrative rights to CSC owned computers. The recommendation, identified as critical and high priority, and based on NIST 800-53; CM-11 states; “Remove user local Admin Rights from PC’s and implement controls to provide temporary admin rights when needed.”
To request temporary admin access to the assigned primary office computer, log into SharePoint, click on CSC SharePoint and the Forms tile, and complete the Administrative Request Form. The request will be reviewed, logged and responded to by CSC IT. A preferred alternative, CSC IT is committed to providing responsive service to employees who request admin level rights service through the IT Help Desk. Help desk requests for installation of software by IT are designated as high priority and are to be responded to within one business day by the IT Client Services team. Requests may be submitted to the IT Help Desk via the self-service portal (navigate to www.csc.edu, Resources, IT Help Desk), by phoning 308-432-6311 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the third year in a row, Information Security tops the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues list. An informative EDUCAUSE Review article regarding this persistent topic can be found at the following link: The Third Time’s the Charm?
Sandoz High Plains (SHP) Center Hours
After examining the visitation trends at the Sandoz Center over the past year and in discussing the data with others, the Center is to be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until noon, and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Thus, the Sandoz Center would be open for 22 hours per week. This would be a change from current business hours, which are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., which is 35 hours per week. These schedule changes began Saturday, 22 September 2018.
With regard to staffing during the past year, CSC has relied on volunteers, part-time employees, office assistants, professional staff, and Deans to ensure the SHP Center was open. This reduction in hours will more effectively utilize CSC’s limited resources and ensure CSC employees have the necessary time to conduct and complete their job-related duties throughout campus. The 17 August 2018 VPAA Update provides further information on the SHP Center.
Based on the aforementioned visitation data, it has also been recommended to have the SHP Center open on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Keeping the Center open on these Saturdays would accommodate summer patrons. Previously, the SHP Center was open on Saturdays throughout the year from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
|Calendar Dates||Hours of Operation|
|Sept. 22, 2018 – May 26, 2019||Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday, from 10
a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Friday, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
|May 28, 2019 to Aug. 31st, 2019 – Travel Season||Normal Hours, plus Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.|
|Sept. 3, 2019 to May 25, 2020||Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday, from 10
a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Friday, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
The SHP Center is available for special events. This schedule would then repeat based on the holidays in the future.
Teaching Excellence Award Nominations
Attached is the 2019 Teaching Excellence Award Nomination form. All full-time faculty members with a minimum of four years of continuous employment are eligible. Previous NSCS Teaching Award recipients would be eligible after 7 years from the year they last received the award. Criteria for the award include: 1) An active and positive record of service to students as an academic, professional, or personal advisor. Inherent in this role is the assumption that the nominee is readily and willingly available to students for advice and guidance. 2) Active involvement in faculty development programs (such as research, continuing study, self-initiated study, academic short courses, etc.), and successful application of the knowledge and skills in his/her teaching. 3) Development of innovative course offerings or programs of study providing enhanced educational opportunities for students within or outside of the classroom. These courses or programs should be of a high level of professional quality. 4) Development of innovative teaching techniques and regular application of these techniques in the classroom. 5) Development of strategies to enhance, strengthen and encourage student engagement in the learning process. 6) Demonstration of sensitivity to and respect for student inquiry and discussion, both in and out of the classroom. 7) Presentation of course materials in an interesting, stimulating, and scholarly manner. 8) Presentation of pertinent, timely, and reliable knowledge relative to the coursework, as well as the relationships between and across related areas of study.
To nominate a full-time faculty member for this award electronically submit a nomination form to the VPAA Office at email@example.com by Monday, 1 October 2018.
Student Voters and Education Resources
Only 18% of college/university students voted in the 2014 mid-term elections. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has provided the following sources.
The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University (https://idhe.tufts.edu/) created countless resources to support campuses: 1) The National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSVLE) is free to join and provides campus-specific voting data (https://idhe.tufts.edu/nslve). IDHE also provides suggestions on how to leverage the NSVLE report to promote civic learning on our campuses (https://idhe.tufts.edu/resource/idhereport–using–your–nslve–reports). 2) The Elections Imperatives Report (https://idhe.tufts.edu/electionimperatives) provides 10 recommendations to increase college student voting and improve political learning and engagement in democracy. This document focuses on voting and elections and cultivating campus climates for political learning and democratic engagement.
National Voter Registration Day will be on 25 September 2018, as a holiday celebrating our democracy (https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/about/). The Campus Vote Project (http://campusvoteproject.org/) is part of the Fair Elections Center and works with colleges and universities to reduce barriers to student voting. They created state-specific guides to support student voting (http://campusvoteproject.org/studentguides/).
The Students Learn Students Vote Coalition (https://www.studentslearnstudentsvote.org/) is a network of organizations dedicated to improving democratic engagement among college students. Resources range from a simple checklist to support efforts (https://www.studentslearnstudentsvote.org/the–checklist) and as a more significant guide for campuses developing action plans to increase voting rates and political engagement (http://younginvincibles.org/wp–content/uploads/2017/10/Strengthening–AmericanDemocracy_smaller–1.pdf).
Modeled after the successful HE-SL (Higher Education-Service Learning) listserv, ALL IN created the HE-SVE (Higher Education-Student Voter Engagement) Forum to make it easy for individuals to connect with others. Ask questions, share resources, and learn from your peers by actively communicating with those working to improve voter engagement on college campuses.
The HE-SVE is a Google Group and can be joined:
Elizabeth Bennion (Indiana University South Bend) and Melissa Michelson (Menlo College) published a Washington Post article outlining lessons from political science research on getting more college students to vote: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkeycage/wp/2018/09/18/how–to–get–more–young–people–tovote/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fcab79978767.
The ALL IN Challenge has also created a set of online tools at www.allintovote.org that guide students through a series of steps to pledge to vote, register to vote, access what’s on their ballot, and find their polling location. The site partners with TurboVote, the Campus Vote Project, and BallotReady for resources as well as linking directly to state elections websites.
Campus Showcase: Get to know CSC
Since February 2013 CSC has held a campus Information Fair each year. With feedback from faculty and staff, the focus has been modified. This year’s event on 8 November 2018 (11:00 am) in the student center will be an opportunity to get to know your campus colleagues and learn about some of the great things happening on campus. As this is the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan (SEMP) “Year of Doing” departments, units, and organizations (including student organizations) are invited to showcase their accomplishments. To assist with event planning submit your interest in participating by 1 November 2018 to Deena Kennell (firstname.lastname@example.org).