Dear Faculty and Staff:
During 2017-18 CSC will be devoting extra effort to student recruitment and retention. Engagement of students from recruitment to graduation has become more challenging for all of higher education. Within the Master Academic Plan (MAP) this directly relates to MAP #4 (see http://www.csc.edu/library/mapsupport/index.csc). However, recruitment and retention are interwoven into MAP 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Two purposes of MAP are the following:
- Secure support from all units across campus and align resources to enhance student learning
- Improve communication though a shared understanding of the academic priorities, including key sub-priorities.
We have diligently worked to align efforts to achieve these two purposes. The challenge this year is to take it to the next level.
Within Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) one of the three key priorities is the following: Increase the percentage of students who persist and successfully complete a degree (2017 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report, https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/2017-higher-education-progress-report). At the federal level retention and completion is also a high priority.
One key takeaway, in the 2017 report is the finding that there is an average annual net outmigration of educated Nebraskans (with bachelor’s degree or higher advanced degree). Recruiting, retaining, and returning students to the Frontier and Remote (FAR), High Plains, and Western Nebraska regions is a CSC essential contribution, and to some extent mitigates the outflow of talent from the area. CSC is the only four-year Nebraska institution that serves these regions. This was outlined in the CSC Assurance Argument (1.A.). The HLC Peer Review Team Final Report delineated CSC’s unique role in the state to serve the FAR region. This is part of CSC’s market distinctiveness within the Nebraska State College System (https://www.nscs.edu/info/2/about_us/3/strategic_plan/4).
With a national focus on student recruitment, retention, and completion some institutions have lost sight of a central purpose of higher education – orchestrating learning experiences and creating connected experiences with people and place. In such cases these institutions who have chosen to seek or manufacture numbers at any cost tarnish higher education, undermine student learning, and diminish the value of a college degree. At CSC, we as individuals and in collaboration with our colleagues have devoted our lives to the development of learner-centered environments and unearthing avenues to achieve student attention and student engagement. This is the heart of who we are and what we do. It is what brings all of us together no matter what department or unit. And CSC has demonstrated over and over again that we genuinely care. It is more than just numbers, and we are willing to collaborate to not just overcome obstacles, but to use impediments to improve and enrich our programs.
- 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
Attached to this VPAA Update is the 2017-18 Presidential Committees. The Presidential Committees are available at http://www.csc.edu/president/committees/index.csc. The CSC Campus-Wide Committees will be forthcoming.
OA II Liberal Arts: Kay Mitchell (start date — 11 September)
Interim Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center: search in progress
Nine New Faculty Members
Nine new faculty members became part of the CSC community. For details see the 21 August 2017 article by CSC’s College Relations — http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11627.
Survey 18 August 2017 All-Campus Meeting
During the 18 August 2017 All-Campus Meeting highlights of the HLC Peer Review Report were provided. Approximately 190 faculty and staff attended, 126 individuals completed the survey.
What are your feelings about the direction CSC has embraced for the future?
- Highly optimistic =54%
- Moderately optimistic = 34%
- Unsure = 9%
- Moderately pessimistic = 2%
- Highly pessimistic = 1%
During this busy time, did you have an opportunity to read the HLC Peer Team Report?
- All = 19%
- Some = 44%
- Only conclusions = 22%
- None = 14%
How likely are you to read the HLC Peer Team Report?
- High = 31%
- Moderate = 43%
- Low = 25%
- None = 2%
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.
Teaching Excellence Award
Nominations for Chadron State College Teaching Excellence Award were sent via an email 31 August 2017. Please send nominations to the Office of Academic Affairs (email@example.com) by 2 October 2017. Eligibility and criteria are available at https://www.nscs.edu/info/5/excellence/26/2017_teaching_excellence_award_guidelines.
Previous CSC awardees (within the last seven years) include Nathaniel Gallegos 2017, Bruce Hoem 2016, James Wada 2015, Ann Buchmann 2014, Sandy Schaefer 2013, and Mike Leite 2012. Bruce Hoem, James Wada, Sandy Schaefer, and Mike Leite earned the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) Teaching Excellence Award. Previous award recipients are eligible after seven years from the year they last received the award.
College Relations uses Merit Pages, a tool for distributing individualized news releases to hometown newspapers and other media. The database-driven system also interacts with social media sites, allowing students, their parents and former high schools to easily share achievements online. Because media outlets almost always use news about people from their communities, this is a great way to spread the word about special projects and programs. To learn more about Merit and its capabilities, please see the CSC online video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtMBngwvj8U&feature=youtu.be). College Relations welcomes story submissions about students’ achievements. To publicize their accomplishments, please complete the online Contribution Form (https://csc.meritpages.com/contributions/new).
Fridays during the Academic Year, CSC guests are welcome on the following community awareness programs: Sound Off on KCSR 610 AM, 8:00-8:45 a.m. and Community Spotlight on KBPY 107.7 FM, 8:50-8:55 a.m. Please contact Tena Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make a reservation.
CSC Dining Services and College Relations have collaborated to provide a classic restaurant memo holder on the tables in the Dining Hall. To promote your event:
- Copy 50 sheets (5×7 in. vertical)
- Deliver the copies to the CSC Dining Services office about a week before your event
- Record the ending date for the flyer in the log provided
The Dining Services staff will remove your flyers when they expire. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Shuck.