Dear Faculty and Staff:
The 2017-18 academic year is off to a whirlwind start. I appreciate the steadfast efforts, commitment to student and organizational learning, and civil interactions. In times of high stress this is difficult to maintain. Thanks for making CSC a great place to work.
CSC Committees & Task Teams
Attached to this VPAA Update is the 2017-18 CSC Committees. The CSC Committees are available at http://www.csc.edu/president/committees/index.csc. The Presidential Committees list was distributed with the 8 September 2017 VPAA Update.
One change for the upcoming year is CSC committees/task teams will be accountable to the President’s Executive Council. Presidential committees are accountable to the President whereas Faculty Senate sub-committees are accountable to Faculty Senate.
Student Services Personnel Changes
These positions are not new positions. Vacancies were filled or a position was reallocated to another role.
Melissa Mitchell title change from Director of Records to Registrar
Director of Records position has been reallocated to Project Coordinator — search in progress START Office
Jackie Smith joined the team
Danielle Lecher’s responsibilities include overseeing START team
Sara Smith has re-joined CSC as an Admissions Representative
Heidi McClintock has joined CSC as an Admissions Representative
Sabrina Fox is new Assistant Director of Admissions
Interim Director Search Sandoz High Plains Center
The following correspondence was sent 25 September 2017 to Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Stakeholders:
This correspondence is an update on the Interim Director search. In June 2017 CSC pursued hiring an Interim Director. This was one component of re-imagining the Center for 2030 and beyond. As we have progressed through this search, there have been two notable changes.
- Since June 2017, the changes within the higher education context have accelerated at a faster pace than anticipated. CSC has been preparing for these changes through the Master Academic Plan (MAP). Nationwide student enrollment is on the decline; this has had an impact on CSC’s fall semester 2017 enrollment numbers. In addition, state funding has declined again this year. This greater degree of budgetary uncertainty results in a conservative fiscal approach; this includes placing some positions on hold for the 2017-18 year.
- Without a common vision and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, expending precious resources will add little value. While an interim may have been helpful in some instances, attaining the collaborative support of all stakeholders who are focused on a re-imagined future of the Center is the essential first step to prepare the Center for 2030.
Therefore, I have decided the following for the 2017-18 year:
- One year hold on the Center Director position
- No interim Center Director
- Utilization of CSC staff to maintain open hours, ensure exhibits arrive/depart on schedule, track activities throughout the year, monitor Center emails, document identified operational activities, and carry on with other basic day-to-day activities
- CSC Core Re-Imagination Task Team (Jim Margetts, David Nesheim, Terrie Wood, Pam Newberg, and Charles Snare) will coordinate avenues to obtain feedback, explore options, make the most of assistance from stakeholders, and utilize external consultants as needed.
This decision may be viewed as a disappointment. It would be incorrect to infer this is a prologue to jettison the Center; that is not the case with this decision. The landscape of higher education, museums, and nonprofits is in the midst of a paradigm shift. These areas will be significantly reshaped by 2030. Our task is to position the Center for the future during the turbulent shift. I am asking for your assistance to make that possible.
Strategic Enrollment Management Committee
During the summer 2016 preparation for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Evaluation, CSC identified recruitment and retention as areas to improve. While Priority #4 of the Master Academic Plan (MAP) focuses on recruitment and retention, the challenges in these areas have accelerated. We are not the only institution experiencing a renewed focus on attracting and keeping students.
The kick off meeting for the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, co-chaired by Sherry Douglas and Jim Margetts, transpired 13 September 2017. The goal of the committee is campuswide involvement/input in four key areas: recruitment, retention, market development, and assessment. In addition, this committee has identified two areas of immediate concern for the 2017-18 academic year: students on probation and those participating in transitional studies.
Contact Sherry Douglas or Jim Margetts to obtain additional information. As I outlined in the 8 September 2017 VPAA Update, this committee is an example of pursuing avenues to gain students’ attention and enhance their engagement. Recruiting students that can thrive at CSC and helping them to achieve success is a challenging puzzle and is similar to a research project. In addition, this collaborative approach offers another instance of Academic Affairs and Students Services working together to increase enrollment while boosting student achievement.
In an effort to align resources and increase effective communication, responsibility for operating the Learning Center has shifted to Academic Affairs. A national search is currently underway for a new Director for the Office of Academic Success. Please contact Jim Margetts with questions.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Graduate Dean and the Graduate Studies Faculty Coordinator have met with all graduate assistants in an effort to create an onboarding process. During these meetings, the following was accomplished:
- Job descriptions were shared and discussed
- Work expectations were conveyed
- Initial thoughts regarding the evaluation process were discussed.
At this point, it has been suggested to initiate a luncheon for graduate assistants in the spring. Other ideas to enhance and improve our graduate assistant community are welcome.
All-Campus Information Fair: November 9, 2017
The All-Campus Information Fair this year is scheduled for November 9th at 11:00am. This Information Fair replaces the all-campus meeting for the month of November. Come join us as groups from around campus share updates and brand new projects with everyone. If you are interested in having a table please contact Paula Perlinski at email@example.com.