Student Affairs Report

Criterion One: Mission and Integrity

 

Admissions

  1. Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

Mission Statement. Proposed but not yet approved by administration. “The Admissions Office at Chadron State College will identify and recruit prospective students who wish to attend a four year, public, open admission institution. The CSC admissions staff will support the enrollment of the college by communicating to prospects the numerous benefits of attending CSC in a positive, yet realistic manner.”

 

The mission statement of the Admissions Office supports the overall college mission statement by providing the opportunity for more student constituents to experience the education opportunities, research, services and programs Chadron State College offers.  The addition of more students choosing our open admissions institution contributes to the diversity and energy of our services region.

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

The mission statement of the Admissions Office will be printed on the back of all staff business cards.  It will be stated on various communications sent to both prospective students and their families via letters and emails.  Publications, such as the freshman viewbook and Non-Resident Scholar Award brochure, will also highlight the mission statement of both the Admissions Office and the Chadron State College general mission statement.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

As research has shown again and again, obtaining a college degree enhances the quality of life for any individual.  The mission of the College and the Admissions Office is inherently connected as recruiting and enrolling students at Chadron State College enriches the quality of their lives through educational opportunities made available to them here..  The variety of students recruited by the Admissions Office adds an element of diversity to our service region that would be lacking if not for the presence of Chadron State College.

 

4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

The staff of the Admissions Office encourages interested students to attend Chadron State College in many ways.  The Admissions Representatives attend many recruiting events targeting minority groups throughout the year.  The campus visit program hosts Open House opportunities for prospective home-schooled students, prospects from area high school programs such as Upward Bound, and assists other departments on campus with minority recruitment.

 

A transport cart is available for campus visitors needing assistance with mobility.  A wheelchair is also available from CSC Health Services.  Sign language interpreters have been utilized in the past. Referrals are made to Jerry Cassiday in Disability Services, following admission, when requested and when appropriate.

 

The Admissions Ambassadors who service as tour guides for prospects and families are a diversified group of current students.  Students of color, non-traditional students and physically disabled students have been and are currently employed as Ambassadors.

 

Athletics

1.   Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

I.                   Philosophy

 

The Chadron State College athletic program is an integral part of the total educational experience provided by the institution.  Chadron State College believes that sports and athletics offer desirable personal development and recreation for participants, and a healthy focus for collegiate constituencies. The CSC athletic program participates fully in the operational, programmatic, and administrative aspects of the institution and operates within the parameters of the Vision 2011 at Chadron State College.

 

The CSC athletics program provides talented male and female athletes the opportunity to participate in competitive sports with students of like ability from other colleges and universities.  Equally important, the CSC athletic program serves as a model for life as it stresses the democratic ideals of ethical values, respect for others, gender and ethnic diversity, and pride in individual and team accomplishments.

 

Further, it is the belief of the institution that the athletes are an integral part of the student body and that they be permitted to enjoy games as participants in the form of recreational competition.  Athletes at CSC, in addition to their extra responsibilities as members of intercollegiate sport programs, are expected to perform academically and conduct themselves socially in accordance with the standards established for all students at the institution.

 

Chadron State College is committed to providing intercollegiate sport activities and programs to all students who wish to participate and demonstrate the requisite talents and commitment to succeed.

 

II.                Purpose

 

The purposes of the intercollegiate athletic program at Chadron State College are:

 

¨      To compete in a wide variety of sports with postsecondary institutions of similar size and missions.  (Note: CSC is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.)

¨      To provide the widest possible range of sport options and to serve the largest possible number of student participants, both male and female.

¨      To provide laboratory experience for prospective coaches of Nebraska high schools and other physical related vocations and avocations.

¨      To contribute to institutional pride, loyalty, and morale.

¨      To provide for socially acceptable emotional outlets for students as spectators in a small town college community.

¨      To provide competition for student athletes at the highest possible level (i.e., NCAA Division II), commensurate with their abilities.

¨      To provide a program through which physical vigor and stamina may be achieved.

¨      To develop desirable personality traits through properly conducted and challenging athletic training and contests.

¨      To provide the opportunity for enjoyment and self-satisfaction which comes from participation in athletic contests.

¨      To contribute to the development of skills and attitudes which will lead to constructive use of leisure time.

¨      To comply with gender equity issues in athletics by providing opportunities for each gender.

 

III.             Responsibilities of Athletic Department:

 

The Athletic Department at Chadron State College operates programs that require support from the athletes and the public sector.  As such, the department has defined responsibilities, including:

 

A.                 Student/Athletes

 

The athletic department has programs intended to provide the best possible competitive opportunity for our athletes to compete.  The department has dual responsibility to its athletes.  First, it has the responsibility to see that each athlete receives the best possible education.  Secondly, it has the responsibility to provide the best possible athletic program so that all student/athletes have the opportunity to compete to the fullest extent of their abilities.

           

B.                 College and Community

 

The athletic department has as one of its objectives that of providing the college community with highly competitive athletic teams.  In so doing, it is our goal to provide a quality program that deserves the confidence of the collegiate community as well as the public community.

 

C.                 NCAA

 

The department is committed to the principles and objectives of the College and the NCAA.  The rules and regulations of the NCAA govern all activities of the department.

 

·        teamwork, leadership, and peer acceptance.

 

2.  A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address.

 

Yes.  It can be found on our website at www.csc.edu/athletics.

     

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

 

      Each coach receives a copy in the Athletic Handbook.

 

3.      A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement. 

 

The athletic department’s goals/objectives are based on the philosophy as described in the Philosophy section of the Role and Mission.  The athletic program serves as a model for life as it stresses the democratic ideals of ethical valises, respect for others, gender and ethnic diversity , and pride in individual and team accomplishments.

     

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

 

      Athletic Mission bullet 4 relates to CSC Mission bullet 6.   Athletic Mission paragraph 1 relates to CSC Mission bullet 10.

 

4.      A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

 

The athletic program is instrumental in the recruiting and retention of a wide range of diverse and ethnic backgrounds

 

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness?

Present a multicultural perspective?

Ensure regional relevance?

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

 

Coaches attend workshops to   improve their perspective on all cultures, including gender equity.  The athletic department is among one of the leading units on campus to recruit and maintain students of diverse culture and regional students with  a very strong graduation rate and retention rate.

 

Child Development Center

1.   A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?  Yes

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

 

The Laboratory meets the academic needs of students for experiential educational learning.  Students pursuing baccalaureate degrees from three separate and unique programs (Family and Consumer Sciences, Education and Special Education) utilize the Laboratory to complete course requirements.

 

Note:  The Laboratory serves as an application and training site for students enrolled in the Observation and Participation field experience course, internship, practicum, early childhood courses taught in Family & Consumer Sciences, Education and Special Education courses.  Approximately 12 courses require the use of the Laboratory in addition to other supporting degree programs in communication arts, math, science, business, psychology, human services, social work and fine arts.  

 

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

 

The primary function of the Laboratory is to serve as a support to the academic preparation of students at Chadron State College.  The Laboratory also serves as an outreach to the community and area by providing high-quality care and education for families with young children, field placement for Job Corp and Alliance Practical Nursing students, a practical application site for middle and high school students, and a site for volunteerism for senior citizens, citizens of the community, families and CSC alumni.

 

The purpose of the CSC Child Development Center Laboratory is three-fold:

 

1.      To provide undergraduate and graduate students educational opportunities that support practical reasoning, critical thinking and application of knowledge base information in a realistic setting.

 

2.      To provide families with young children between the ages of 2 and 9, high-quality, developmentally appropriate, active learning and natural inclusive early childhood experiences that support individualized learning and development.

 

3.      To provide an environment for students to conduct applied research under the supervision of qualified faculty.

 

The CSC Child Development Center Laboratory is one of three early childhood programs in a four-year higher education institution of in Nebraska.  Next to Ruth Staples Early Childhood Laboratory on east campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it is the longest running educational program for early childhood teacher preparation in Nebraska and the surrounding region.  The University of Nebraska at Kearney also has a child care program.  It recently expanded from a preschool to a full-day program operating with a full-time director, four full-time head teachers, a three-fourth time kitchen technician and 28 student staff. The University of Nebraska-Kearney early childhood program is not accredited.

 

In 1972, the CSC Child Development Center Laboratory was moved from Brooks Hall on the CSC campus to a new facility named Burkhiser Technology Complex.  The Laboratory continues to operate in that facility.  Since it existence, the Laboratory has held a child care license issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for 47 children between the ages of 2 and 12.  The Burkhiser Technology Complex, along with the Laboratory, was designed and built for the primary purpose of “educating educators” and a child care service to students and staff.

 

The philosophical focus of the Laboratory supports a continuum of learning based upon a foundation of positive self-esteem, active learning, inclusive environments, and best practices.  The students and staff are trained to promote healthy lifestyles, natural growth and development, holistic learning, literacy and language development as well as to support expression of emotions and feelings.

 

Students are involved with the Laboratory through course experiences, individual and group assignments, observation and participation, work study, and/or internships.  Students practice a High Scope curriculum model, integrating developmental domains -- social, emotional, physical, intellectual or cognitive development.  Students weave knowledge, skill, critical thinking and practical reasoning into real life experiences which demonstrate the dynamics of understanding personality, behavior, multiple intelligence strengths, learning styles, brain-based learning concepts, and natural curiosity for learning.

 

Over the years, the CSC Child Development Center Laboratory has received many grants in support of outcome-based learning.  Grants have been awarded to the Laboratory for expansion of the school age program, inclusive care for children with disabilities, technology, and staff development and training.

 

The Laboratory is open Monday through Friday, nine months of the year, offering students and families full-day developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that support the application of knowledge and content.  Numerous departments, programs and organizations utilize the facilities to enhance the understanding of children throughout the developmental and growth processes.  Some of these include collaborative partnerships with Head Start, Child Development Center at Grace Church, 21st Century school age program, Chadron City Schools, Alliance Practical Nursing program, middle and high school, Family & Consumer Sciences courses, University Extension 4-H program, and the Job Corp Health Relations program.

 

Faculty from the Education, Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, Pre-Nursing, Math, Science, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Communication Arts departments offer students the opportunity to observe and/or work directly in the Laboratory as part of course assignments and application experiences.

 

In addition to the very important and vital academic support for a well-rounded educational experience, the Laboratory offers students and staff a model early childhood environment.  The Laboratory demonstrates developmentally appropriate, active learning, natural and inclusive care for all students and children regardless of ability level, economic status, racial, ethnic, religious or family lifestyle.

 

2.   A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address.

 

            http://www.csc.edu/childdev/vision.htm

 

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

 

The website is linked to the Applied Sciences department and distributed with all brochures, marketing tools and documents.

 

3.   A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement.

 

The CSC Child Development Center is a state licensed, nationally accredited early childhood Laboratory.  The Center is a Laboratory for academic programs and a service to students and staff at Chadron State College.  This business plan serves as a guide for decision making.

 

A.  Vision

 

The Center will remain an efficient, high-quality Laboratory that serves the educational needs of the academic programs and service needs of students and staff at Chadron State College. 

           

Academic programs utilize the Laboratory in preparing students for the development, organization and implementation of curriculum and instruction skills for children between the ages of 2 and 9.  The Laboratory provides Chadron State College and community families a developmental child care facility, guided by national accreditation standards.

           

Note: The CSC Child Development Center Laboratory staff aligned the role and mission of the Laboratory with the CSC Vision 2011, and Applied Sciences and Family & Consumer Sciences documents.  These documents serve as a guide for the future and a support for strategic planning process, justifying the purpose of the Laboratory.

 

  MATRIX

Goals, Strategies, Timeline, and Responsibility

Goals

Strategies

Timeline

Responsibilities

Financial Efficiency

 

 

Self-sufficient.

1. Raise parent fees

January 2004

January 2006

Kim Madsen - leadership role             Margaret Crouse

 

2. Endowment (Playground project, Fund Raisers, Business/Industry, Civic Organizations)

October 1, 2004 - On going until funds are secured

Kim Madsen                                Margaret Crouse

 

3. Workstudy donation

 

CSC -  Margaret Crouse

 

4. Reconfigure staff

 

All FCS Faculty/Director

 (Kim Madsen, Norma Nealeigh, Yvonne Moody, and Jay Sutliffe)

*All fund raising is in accordance with the guidelines of Chadron State College and the Chadron State College Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Academic

 

 

 

Provide a model child care facility for education of CSC students.

1. Maintain Accreditation

Re-accreditation self-study begins August 2006

On-site visit October 2007

Kim Madsen

Pam Leonard

Head Teachers

 

2. Maintain Licensure

Non-expiring licensure with NE Dept. of HHS with 2 unannounced site visits per year

Kim Madsen

Pam Leonard

 

3. Align model to AAFCS,                                                    and NAEYC standards

 

FCS Faculty (Yvonne Moody - leadership role, Norma Nealeigh, Kim Madsen and Jay Sutliffe)

 

 

 

 

Service

 

 

 

Continue to provide a safe and affordable learning environment for children of CSC students and staff.

1. Maintain Licensure

On-going

Kim Madsen

Pam Leonard

 

2. Maintain Accreditation

On-going

Kim Madsen

Pam Leonard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarly Research

 

 

 

Establish a common practice for student research, so students graduating from CSC understand how research and practice are connected.

1. FCS faculty determines placement of research project within curriculum and establish student outcomes for syllabi to address goal.

Spring 2004

Continuation research projects

FCS Faculty (Norma Nealeigh - leadership role, Margaret Crouse, Yvonne Moody, Kim Madsen, and

 Jay Sutliffe)

 

2. FCS faculty develops a student handout that provides direction for student research.

Fall 2004

Continuation research projects

FCS Faculty (Margaret Crouse - leadership role, Norma Nealeigh, Yvonne Moody, Kim Madsen,

Jay Sutliffe)

 

 

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

 

CSC Child Development Center Laboratory

2003-2011

 

I.  Vision:

CSC Child Development Center aspires to be a premiere Laboratory that serves the educational needs of academic programs, and the service needs of students and staff at Chadron State College.

 

II.  Mission:

The Laboratory meets the academic needs of students for experiential educational learning.  Students pursuing baccalaureate degrees from three separate and unique programs (Family and Consumer Sciences/Education and Special Education) utilize the Laboratory to complete course requirements.

 

III.  Description:

The primary function of the Laboratory is to serve as a support to the academic preparation of students at Chadron State College.  The Laboratory also serves as an outreach to the community and surrounding area by providing high-quality child care to families with young children,  field placement for middle and high school students in addition to Job Corp and the Alliance Practical Nursing program, and a site for volunteerism for senior citizens and alumni.

 

IV. Purpose:

 

The purpose of the CSC Child Development Center Laboratory is three-fold:

1.      To provide undergraduate and graduate students educational opportunities that support practical reasoning, critical thinking and application of knowledge base information in a realistic setting,

 

2.      To provide families with young children, between the ages of 2 and 9, high- quality, developmentally appropriate, active learning and naturally inclusive early childhood experiences which support individualized learning and development.

 

3.      To provide an environment for students to conduct applied research under the supervision of qualified faculty.

 

V.  Objectives:

 

-               Institutional Community: 

o       To constantly strive for an atmosphere of mutual

support and respect among faculty, staff, families and children.

o    Recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of every individual

 

-               Public Relations:  

o       Create a positive relationship between the Laboratory, FCS program, College, and local and regional communities

o    Create a strong image and positive awareness for the mission of the

Laboratory

 

-               Regional Service:

o       Recognize, assess, and provide for the differing needs of students, families and children

o       Assume a leadership role in promoting high-quality, early learning

 

-               Resources and Facilities:

o       Focus resources on defined priorities and productive activities

o       Maintain modern, safe, accessible, and functional facilities that meet the program needs and expectations of future educators

o       Generate new sources of public, private, and internal funding

 

-               Teaching and Learning:

o       Provide students with a broad range of flexible and creative alternative learning opportunities through active learning, natural and inclusive environment

o       Review and modify curriculum to reflect desired student learning outcomes

o       Introduce and promote global awareness, multicultural perspectives and regional relevance

o       Expose students to and develop an understanding of diversity and multicultural perspectives

o       Provide innovative and supportive learning opportunities for students at all levels of competency

o       Develop skills for accessing information and evaluating individual development through natural, inclusive settings

o       Integrate acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge and experimental learning to develop students’ higher-level learning and applied skills

o       Merge creative teaching and learning principles with authentic application and assessment experiences

 

Note:   Objectives are in alignment with the 2003-2011 Institutional Vision for Chadron State College, 2004 document.         

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

 

            The CSC Child Development Center Laboratory serves as a model program supporting undergraduate and graduate students as they apply knowledge and skills to the educational content of their programs.

 

            The program serves as an educational entity as well as a service to the region for students as they use the laboratory for a employment, work study, practicum, observation and participation site.

 

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness?

Present a multicultural perspective?

Ensure regional relevance?

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

 

The Laboratory works with all types of students and families.  The program markets to all populations and integrates curriculum content that supports the exploration of multicultural and diverse populations.  Likewise, the Laboratory recruits students and families with young children through campus wide marketing process.

 

Cultural Programs & College Relations

  1. A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?         Yes

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

 

College Relations:  To promote the Chadron State College identity and develop name recognition through a variety of methods, including the promotion of its programs and people. The department manages college advertising and distribution of public information, both internal and external and works to develop a positive collegial campus atmosphere.

 

Cultural Programs mission: Through art exhibits, performances and speakers Chadron State College will provide programs of notable quality selected to provide a well-rounded and global perspective for attendees. These events will serve to widen and challenge the experiences of students, employees and regional residents.

 

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

 

2.      A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address.

 

College Relations:  http://www.csc.edu/mediapr/

 

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

 

Cultural Programs:  Our mission statement is not currently on the web.  We are considering printing it on our brochures and programs.

 

3.      A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement.  

 

Not answered.

 

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

                   

The CSC mission, as stated in the Vision 2011 plan is:

 

Chadron State College will enrich the quality of life in the region by providing educational opportunities, research, service and programs that contribute significantly to the vitality and diversity of the region.

 

The College Relations team creates and distributes the abundance of articles, advertising pieces, brochures, publications and web content to develop the name recognition and quality of the institution.

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness?

Present a multicultural perspective?

Ensure regional relevance?

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

 

Through Cultural Programs, events are offered on and off campus to promote diversity and to contribute to the knowledge, experience and understanding of the students and residents of the region.

 

Performance examples

·        Flamenco dancers

·        Tibetan monks

·        African-American music, poetry and dance,

·        Moscow circus

·        Chinese dancers

·        Langston Hughes multi-media event with jazz and poetry 

·        Jewish Klezmer band

·        Guitarists

·        Comedy groups

·        Irish musicians

·        American Orchestras

·        String Quartets

·        Harp and Flute concerts

 

Art Exhibit Examples

·        Juried art

§               Watercolor

§               Mixed Media

§               Drawing

·        Native American

·        Historical works (rented)

§               Mid-America Arts Alliance

·               Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Museum (University of Nebraska Lincoln)

·        Current work of contemporary artists nationwide who submit slides for consideration

 

Distinguished Speakers examples

·        Morris Dees (Southern Poverty Law Center)

·        Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams

·        Wilma Mankiller (First female chief of the Cherokee nation)

·        U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser

·        Roland Fryer, Economist, Theories of the Poverty of Minority Cultures

·        Baxter Black (Cowboy Poet)

·        Panel discussions Drought: Ground Water and Surface Water

·        Bob Reiss (Global warming and climate change)

 

Extended Campus Programs

  1. Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

Extended Campus Programs supports the mission of Chadron State College through regional presence and innovative access to the College’s educational opportunities and services.  The Extended Campus Programs mission statement supports the college’s mission by providing access to CSC’s “educational opportunities and services.”

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

Historically, some marketing materials have included the ECP mission statement.  In the future, the mission statement will be included in all schedule bulletins.  Constituents learn of distance and alternative learning opportunities through the ECP website; from personnel at regional offices; through open-house presentations; through ECP schedule publications distributed prior to each fall and spring semester; through the CSC summer sessions schedule; through radio and television campaigns; through direct mail; and through the regional newspaper advertising.

 

  1. Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

The goal of Extended Campus Programs assessment is to evaluate the effectiveness of ECP’s contribution to the mission of Chadron State College.  Specific objectives include:

·        To provide distance learners with satisfactory course and program delivery systems.

Assessment

o       Interactive television course delivery survey

o       Online course delivery survey

o       Correspondence course survey

o       Adjunct faculty-instructed course survey

·        To provide satisfactory technical and developmental support to faculty teaching distance learning courses.

Assessment

o       Interactive television faculty survey

o       Online faculty survey

·        To provide meaningful and quality student services to distance learners.

o       Distance learning services survey

·        To ascertain regional needs for distance learning programming.

       Assessment

o       Anecdotal information

o       Focus group findings

o       Surveys

 

  1. Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

Extended Campus Programs supports the College’s mission for diversity by:

    1. Offering courses in multiple delivery formats to accommodate different learning styles and needs, i.e. online, correspondence, onsite, ITV.
    2. Offering multicultural courses on the ITV system (Multicultural CJ, Spring 2006, Latin American History, Fall 2006
    3. Offering the Special Education endorsement via ITV. The endorsement is scheduled for online delivery in 2006.
    4. Importing ITV courses (from Wayne State College in 2003-05). to support the CSC Spanish major.
    5. Providing ADA accommodations to students at extended campus sites.
    6. Equipping ITV classrooms with large screen monitors.
    7. Providing interpreters as needed.
    8. Video taping classes.
    9. Importing doctoral courses into an ITV handicapped accessible classroom for a handicapped faculty member.
    10. Offering a variety of diversity-related courses at local extended campus locations.
    11. Surveying public school teachers for potential programming to aid them in teaching to a growing Hispanic population.

 

 

 

Financial Aid

  1.  Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

Financial Aid Office Mission Statement:  Chadron State College Financial Aid Office will assist each student to the best of our ability in reaching his/her educational goals with the available financial programs.  To provide personalized quality service in an accurate, timely and equitable manner in a way that also compliments CSC’s recruitment and retention efforts.  To uphold the integrity of the programs and the institution while protecting the institution from financial liabilities. 

 

The Financial Aid Office Mission Statement supports the CSC Mission Statement by providing financial access for all students seeking out their educational opportunities at CSC.   Providing access for all students influences the vitality and diversity of our region.

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

Both the Financial Aid Office and CSC Mission Statement are published on the front page of the Financial Aid web page.  Both statements are also posted in each of our offices and in our Financial Aid Computer lab.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

The goal of the Financial Aid Office is to provide all students financial access to CSC in a fair and equitable manner making it affordable for all throughout their college career.  Our packaging philosophy is to package student loans as a last option to cover college costs and to educate our students in managing their student loan debt levels.  This in turn, allows our graduating students the ability to repay their student loan debts without experiencing consequences or financial burdens.  Currently, our graduating students have an average student loan indebtedness of $11,900 and our default rate is 2.2%.  In addition, we monitor their academic progress toward their degree at the end of each term to see that each is progressing toward his/her degree in a reasonable and timely manner.

 

4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

The Financial Aid Office fairly and equitably encourages and supports all interested students seeking a degree from Chadron State College.  Our office works very closely with the Project Strive Office which serves students who are first generation, or who come from low income families, or who have a documented disability.  We have made several financial aid presentations to various diverse organizations on campus, including the White Buffalo Club.  We have sent letters to all students participating in the Native American Welcome Day encouraging them to seek our assistance in the financial aid process.  We also work very closely with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Financial Aid is also available to students participating in the Study Abroad opportunities.

 

Health Services

  1. Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

Student Health Services does not really have a defined written mission statement.   There is information on the Health Services web page about the services (www.csc.edu/healthserv) and at the bottom of the first page, the WHO definition of health is listed and referred to as a goal for Health Services.

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

            Student Health Services has a brochure with information about services, the       webpage and fliers are sent to RA’s.  We also did a mailing with information   specific to the CSC Clinic in the summer of 2005. 

 

  1. Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

      One goal is to not only provide care for illness but to promote health. 

            The connection to the College mission is through service provided, education     about health issues and healthy lifestyles. 

 

  1. Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

Student Health Services supports diversity by providing access to services to all students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, income, etc.  We recently started a Free Clinic or our students to gain access to a mid-level provider for treatment of illness or consultation.  Immunization requirements are tracked through this office and needed immunizations are given to those students that are not in compliance which includes most of our international students and many of our non-traditional students. 

 

Housing & Residence Life Office

  1. Does your unit have a mission statement?  If so, please provide this mission statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

Housing and Residence Life Office Role and Mission:

The offices of Housing and Residence Life are an intricate part of Student Services at Chadron State College and both strive to provide a safe and secure living environment in which students feel that campus housing is their home away from home.  The Residence Life program is committed facilitating the growth and self-development of each resident to his/her fullest capacity.  This includes the development of essential skills in personal, academic, and social areas.  We believe the residential experience is an important part of education that challenges, supports, and facilitates the learning process.

 

Important to our missions are the following principles:

 

§         To recognize and develop actions and attitudes of respect for and celebration of diversity by encouraging interaction and the exchange of ideas based on cultural, racial, religious, and other lifestyle differences.

 

§         To empower students to become active and participating citizens of the residence hall by offering them opportunities to develop individual responsibility, leadership skills, and behavior, physical and emotional wellness.

 

§         To instill in students a sense of community by providing programs and activities that generates school spirit, the acceptance of responsibility for personal and group decision-making, and a sense of cooperation and sharing.

 

§         To create a living-learning environment characterized by a variety of programs and services that complements the academic mission of the College.

 

§         To employ a residence life staff as mentors in creating a community that respects the rights of all residents while upholding the policies of the College.

 

Housing and Residence Life functions in collaboration with other Chadron State College offices to facilitate residential students’ successful adjustment to and subsequent transition through their college experience.

 

This mission relates to the College mission in several ways, including:

·        Providing educational learning opportunities through variety of programs that are offered.

·        Offering programs that are services for our community and region.

·        Providing programs that are focused toward developing student’s character, citizenship, civility, and diversity awareness to contribute to the vitality and diversity of the region.

·        By encouraging educational and research opportunities to promote progressive learning by collaborating with the Chadron Middle School to offer the Honors Fair.

·        Providing creative learning opportunities through programming.

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

Campus and regional constituents currently learn of our unit’s mission by request.  The Senate Finance Committee (campus constituent) hears of our role and mission during discussions at annual budget hearings held in the spring.  Residence Life Staff are provided the role and mission through staff training and portray our unit’s mission to the campus and regional constituents through actions, namely programming, throughout the academic year.  Currently, our mission is not distributed electronically.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

The best example to illustrate how the Housing and Residence Life Office unit mission is connected to the mission of the College is the programming model.  Please see attachment. 

 

4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

The Housing and Residence Life Office mission supports the College mission for diversity several ways, including the following:

·        Specific category for diversity in the programming model, which requires every Resident Advisor to be responsible for a diversity program each semester.

·        Offering programming such as the Women’s Leadership Series, Honors Series, and programming towards first-year students.

·        Peace by Piece program offered for the first time in the fall of 2005.  This program is a training on diversity, specific to discrimination, gender, sexual orientation, and poverty.

·        All programs offered by the Residence Life Department are open to all Chadron State College students. 

 

PROGRAMMING

 

Philosophy

 

The Residence Life Staff goal is to provide opportunities to complement the academic instruction students receive.  The college experience is much more than academic instruction.  Programs are an essential part of preparing healthy, successful graduates.

 

Through these programs, we hope to accomplish three goals:

1.      Provide opportunities to help every student make a smooth transition to college.

2.      Develop the student’s ability to be a healthy and successful college student.

3.      Create working communities of residents that promote healthy interaction among floor members.

 

Resident Advisor (RA) programs are planned, structured activities designed to meet these specific goals related to the personal growth and development of their residents.

 

Programming Model

Chadron State College RAs will follow the Character, Civility, Citizenship, and Diversity (CCCD) Model.  The Housing and Residence Life Department has determined these categories to be valuable and pertinent to all college students living in the residence halls.  Initially, the goal for each residence hall is to determine the needs of the residents living in each individual hall.  The long-term goal is to provide students with the necessary information to help them grow and develop as a student.  RAs may use various means to present this information, including formal programs, speakers, bulletin boards, etc…

 

Character, Citizenship, Civility, and Diversity are broad categories.  Each of these areas may be broken down into subcategories, including, but not limited to the following:

 

Citizenship

·        Support

·        Service

·        Respect

·        Community

 

Character

·        Freedom of Expression

·        Honesty

·        Integrity

·        Responsibility

·        Excellence

·        Involvement

 

Civility

·        Respect

·        Safe Campus

·        Empowerment

·        Caring – Community Service

·        Involvement

·        Deep appreciation for everyone

 

Diversity

·        Cultural awareness

·        Each person is sacred

·        Careers

·        Backgrounds/lifestyles

 

Guidelines

1.      A program proposal, advertising materials, and risk of attendance sheet must be presented to the Resident Coordinator (RC) or Resident Director (RD).  The RC or RD will submit the proposal to the Assistant Director of Residence Life Programs for approval at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program. 

 

2.      Each RA is required to implement at least one program from each of the above categories per semester.

 

3.      Each RA will be required to sit on a planning committee for one large program.  Examples of these programs include Night Golf Tournament, Casino Night, Mr. CSC, Eagle Triathlon, Kent Hall Kegger, Edna Haunted House, Alcohol Awareness, Easter Egg Hunt, Holiday Lighting, Fall Fling, and Spring Daze.

 

4.      Following the program, the RA must submit an attendance sheet and evaluation of the program to the RC or RD no more than three days following the program.  A prize giveaway sheet must also be submitted if applicable.  In turn, the RC or RD will forward the information to the Assistant Director of Residence Life Programs.

 

Institutional Research

1.  A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?  Y/N

No, as far as I know but there may be one I don’t know.  I will be updating the IR web site and plan to include one this fall.

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

 

 

2.  A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address.

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

 

3.  A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement.  

Formal goals have not been established relating to IR and a formal mission statement does not exist as far as I know.  However, beyond completing reports and surveys in response to internal and external requests, I think that IR can also provide valuable presentation of available data to provide information that can be used for planning and assessment.

 

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

 

Although I am very new to this position and the IR profession, I believe that Institutional Research is valuable to CSC’s planning, assessment and compliance functions.  Vision 2011 Objectives relating directly to IR include:  Student Recruitment and Retention, Under-represented Populations, Collaboration, Allocation of Resources, and Assessment.  In addition, IR with some development can support other objectives through the dissemination of relevant information demonstrating CSC’s strengths:  Building a Culture of Innovation, Environment, Alumni Relations, Community Relations, Marketing, Personnel Recruitment, and Retention.

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

 

I am sure that there are instance where IR does this but I cannot provide specific examples at this early date.

 

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness? 

Present a multicultural perspective?

Ensure regional relevance?

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

 

Again I am sure that there will be instances where IR can do this however I do not have specific examples at this early date.

                                               

 

International Student Program

 

  1.  Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

The mission statement, vision statement and core values that were developed by the Asst. Vice President, Enrollment Management (AVPEM) office in late summer of 2005 were designed to include the recruitment and admission of international students as a part of the work that was being done through this office and the unit.  

Mission

 

The CSC Enrollment Management Unit provides an exemplary, personalized enrollment experience for a diverse population through the expertise and dedication of the staff.

 

Vision Statement

 

CSC Enrollment Management Unit will:

 

·        Provide leadership and act as a catalyst for enrollment planning and improved services to meet CSC enrollment goals

·        Implement leading edge technology to increase effectiveness and build relationships with those we serve

·        Actively seek to communicate and collaborate with internal and external partners to enhance the opportunities for student success

 

Although the Enrollment Management unit has been reorganized and the unit strategic plan may not be relevant at this time, the focus on international students and diversity has not been diminished. 

 

To my knowledge there is not a specific mission statement relating to international student recruitment and admission as there is not a specific office for enrollment of international students and this role is shared by several areas.

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

No it has not been distributed.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

Objective 1.1 within the 2005 Enrollment Management unit plan and a strategy within the plan related specifically to international students. 

 

Objective 1.1:   Enhance the recruitment of students whose educational goals meet the mission of CSC. (Support Vision 2011-Objectives: Student Recruitment and Retention, Under-represented Populations, Marketing, Leadership, Collaboration)

 

Strategies:   (One of several strategies of Objective 1.1 presented within Unit Strategic Plan in fall of 2005)

·        Continue development of International Student recruitment (AVPEM)

 

4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

The AVPEM office has a leadership role in coordinating International Student Admission services.  Through this role a website for international student admissions was developed as well as an online application for international students (in spring 2003).  The CSC international website also allows international prospects to share the link with friends and family who may also be interested and they are encouraged to do so.  See www.csc.edu/international for more information.  The website is maintained by the AVPEM office.

 

In addition, an email process was developed by the AVPEM office to allow primary communication with international students about items required to complete their admissions file.  Therefore, alleviating the delay and unreliable service provided through ground postal services.  This has increased the number of students who are completing their admissions file for admission each semester from 1-2 student to most recently for the spring 2006 semester to 13.   Unfortunately, although the completions were higher there was not a significant increase in new international students because they were not granted Visas by their home countries.

 

In addition the response to specific questions from individual international students worldwide is faster and more personalized.  In most cases they are answered within a day. 

 

Internships & Career Services

  1. A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?  Yes

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

The mission of the Internship Program is to provide an approved, structured educational experience integrating classroom theory with a supervised, planned and progressive work experience in the student’s field of study.  The program is designed to supplement and compliment the traditional curriculum of Chadron State College.  The goal of this experience will be to enhance the student’s educational, professional and personal development. 

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

Most specifically, the Internship Mission Statement relates to the third and fourth areas of focus under the institution’s Mission Statement.  Internship provides innovative and flexible educational opportunities to local and distance students which contribute to the vitality and diversity of the region.

 

Career Services supports the mission of Chadron State College by making available employment and career opportunities to our students and graduates, and by providing services to businesses, agencies and organizations in an effort to enrich the quality of life and contribute to the vitality of the region.

 

2.      A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address.

On our old web page.  The new page does not include the mission statement.

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

No

 

3.      A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement.

The goal of the internship office is to continually increase the number of students who participate in internship, which in turn increases the number of students’ whose educational, professional and personal development has been enhanced.

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

Internship is an “innovative and supportive learning opportunity…” and integrates “acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge and experiential learning to develop students’ higher-level learning and applied skills…”. 

 

Career Services provides students with “career guidance”. 

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

            Internship and employment opportunities are available across a wide variety of businesses and agencies, many of which work with diverse populations. 

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness? Encourage and support international experiences

Present a multicultural perspective? Encourage and support internship and employment opportunities in businesses or agencies who service a diverse population

Ensure regional relevance? Maintain relationship with businesses and agencies who have come to rely on student interns

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

            All unit personnel believe in and appreciate a diverse environment and behave in a way that reflects it. 

                                   

Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

  1. A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?  Y/N

Yes

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center will celebrate the life and literature of Mari Sandoz and the culture of the High Plains. Through the acquisition, preservation, display and interpretation of archival materials, records, documents, books, specimens and artifacts of this region, the Center honors the culture and the legacy of Mari Sandoz and the heritage and history of the High Plains. The Center's collections constitute the physical inventory of the resources necessary to sustain the people and the environment of the High Plains and man's interaction with the natural world.

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center’s mission actively promotes the College’s mission statement through educational programs and outreach. The Center also provides opportunities for students to conduct research at the Center, as well as hands-on learning through internships.

 

The Center offers a unique educational experience through the exhibits that we provide throughout the year that promote the Center and the College as a whole. Many of these exhibits focus on art and academic areas. The exhibits are open to the college students and community members at no charge. In addition, there are a number of programs and functions held at the Center each year that are targeted specifically for college students.

 

The Sandoz Center fulfills the college’s mission which states: Chadron State College will enrich the quality of life in the region by providing educational opportunities, research, service, and programs that contribute significantly to the vitality and diversity of the region.

 

2.      A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address.

http://www.csc.edu/sandoz - Sandoz Center home page

http://www.csc.edu/svp/sandozpolicy.htm - Collections Management Policy on the Vice President for Academic Affairs Page

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

The Sandoz Center is easily found on the CSC website, www.csc.edu/sandoz.   The mission statement is available online as well as a host of other information on the Sandoz Center.  In addition, flyers are freely available with information about the Center and Mari Sandoz.  Recently, advertisements were placed in regional travel magazines as well as Cowboy Magazine to help promote the Center.  

 

3.      A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement.  

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

 

Relationship of MSHPHC mission to the College’s Mission and Strategic Plan:

 

CSC Mission

 

MSHPHC Mission

The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center will celebrate and honor the life and literature of Mari Sandoz and the culture of the High Plains through the acquisition, preservation, display and interpretation of archival materials, records, documents, books, specimens and artifacts of this region.

Chadron State College will enrich the life of the region by providing educational opportunities

The Center is able to provide educational opportunities to the region through /by

  • the establishment of the Applied History Program at Chadron State College, housed at the MSHPHC
  • Assisting with the “No Child Left Behind” teacher certification classes offered by Chadron State College in 2004 and 2005.
  • Assisting with Mari Sandoz Day. This was an event sponsored by the Language, Literature and Communication Arts Department to help regional individuals learn about literature as well as Mari Sandoz. This event was open to the public, but was focused on high school students
  • Bringing to Chadron State College and Chadron and being a venue for various conferences and meetings including the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Annual Conference
  • Its efforts in the areas of preservation and interpretation of materials relating to the history of the region through the Center’s museum and archival functions. Without these functions, opportunities to learn about the past may be lost.
  • Working with the Chadron State College Reta King Library in making the Center’s library materials available through the King libraries on-line collection catalog
  • Providing Tours of the MSHPHC facilities
  • Constructing and traveling exhibitions to regional facilities at no cost to the host institution

Research

The Center is able to

  • Provide endowed and non-endowed internship positions to Chadron State College students
  • Provide collections access and assistance to individuals conducting scholarly work, both on and off of the Chadron State College campus
  • Provide access to the MSHPHC collections through its collaboration with the Reta King library and is currently working on making collections finding aids available on the MSHPHC web-site.
  • Access and Finding Aids
  • Offer personalized and research specific customer service to individuals and researchers interested in using the collections
  • Maintain the integrity of its collections through the establishment and continual vigilance of its Collections Policy
  • Maintain access restrictions and allow access to individuals thought the implementation of the Researcher Access Form

Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MSHPHC provides service to the region by

  • Providing technical support to other institutions, when possible, through its digital imaging capacities, as well as through consultations on collections care and facility management issues.
  • Assisting in the sharing of information to other institutions regarding development opportunities and innovations in the museum and archives fields
  • Providing facilities for cultural, social, and artistic events
  • Offering training and four-year degrees in Applied History.
  • Assisting with and providing facilities for Native-American events and activities  including the White Buffalo Club and the Friends of the Intertribal Gathering

And Programs

The MSHPHC had provided or has provided venues for various programs including

  • Musical Programs
  • Lectures including speakers from the National Park Service and
  • Mari Sandoz Festival
  • MSHS Annual Conference
  • Honors Seminars
  • ELITE Programs
  • LEAD
  • Nebraska Gubernatorial receptions
  • Book signings and readings, including 7 book signings in past 2 years

That contribute significantly to the vitality

The MSHPHC contributes to the vitality of the region through its

  • Impact on the economic development and economy of the region. The MSHPHC has provided an additional tourism opportunity for the region and has provided a venue for conferences and seminars to be brought to Chadron and Chadron State College
  • Gift shop. The MSHPHC is able to showcase local and regional artistic and literary talent through its facility.

And diversity of the region

The MSHPHC contributes to the diversity of the region through

  • Its ability to bring exhibits featuring diverse topics and perspectives to Chadron State College and the region.
  • Its work with the Friends of the Intertribal Gathering and White Buffalo Club Pow-Wow
  • The MSHPHC’s emphasis on Women’s History
  • Collaboration with the Chadron State College Diversity Committee, specifically in the areas of African-American History and Women’s History month activities
  • Assistance with Native-American Welcome Day

 

The Sandoz Center provides opportunities for graduate students to do research at the Center, as well as endowed internships that are available to undergraduate students throughout the year. 

 

The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center has contributed significantly to the areas listed in questions six. Our facility, which has been renovated and added on to since the last accreditation visit, has provided a unique and effective learning environment. We host over 130 events per year in our facilities. These events include music hearings and recitals, student debate, professional conferences at which CSC students present, class meetings, and writing groups. (For a complete list of learning opportunities held at the Center in the past two fiscal years, please contact the Center Director.) The Center also provides students an opportunity to have a different study atmosphere. The Center, when not being used for other events, can be used by students for a study area.

 

The Museum component to the facility has added to the learning environment. The Center has been able to bring artists, art, and cultural exhibits that the College might not otherwise be able to bring to campus. Several professors have used the content presented at the Center as requirement for their coursework. The Center is continually striving to tie its programming in with the curriculum of Chadron State College. (For a complete listing of exhibits featured at the Sandoz Center, please contact the Center Director).

 

As mentioned above the renovation of the former campus library and the addition of the Chicoine atrium have added to the facilities of the campus. While space on the campus is still at a premium, the Center’s facilities have added to the accessibility and visibility of the campus. Many community groups have and continue to use the Center for their meetings, social gatherings, and formal meetings. The Center is currently in the process of developing its grounds into outdoor interpreting plantings. Through the transformation of our outdoor areas, we are moving from “pretty areas” to areas that feature living collections can be used for teaching and learning.

 

In terms of support services, the Center has brought degreed museum expertise to the campus. This expertise not only helps the Center and the campus in bring greater professionalization but also in being of service to the region. The Center also provides support for ongoing research by providing housing for collections and assistance with research requests.

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness?

Present a multicultural perspective?

Ensure regional relevance?

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

 

The Mari Sandoz Center exemplifies the college’s focus on diversity as its mission focuses on the “culture of the High Plains.”  The Applied History program and the Museum Studies minor use the center as a learning tool to offer a unique educational experience.  Students learn about the diversity of the High Plains while the center offers staff a distinctive resource for educators across the region.  The center focuses on Native American issues, many of which are present in Sandoz literature.  The center caters to a diverse group of constituents throughout the High Plains region and in addition, the Mari Sandoz Center is ADA compliant.    

 

Nelson Physical Activity Center (NPAC)

  1. A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?  Y/N  YES

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

      The Nelson Physical Activity Center (NPAC, Armstrong Building, and related athletic and recreational facilities are available for meetings and gatherings for organizations which are directly associated with the College and/or promulgate the philosophy and ideals of higher education or the State of Nebraska. 

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

                  Not Answered

 

2.      A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address. 

Chadron State College Facilities Use Policy

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

      Somewhat, the policy is posted at the Front Desk of NPAC as well as attached to separate contracts issued to facility renters.

 

3.      A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement. 

To continuously increase and/or maintain rentals and membership to building. 

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

      To serve the academic, athletic, and recreational services to the students and community.

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

Adding weight and cardio machines that can be used by handicapped persons. 

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness? Provide activities and promotions to sell

            the mission to serve the students and public.

Present a multicultural perspective? Create activities to acknowledge

            several different cultures.

Ensure regional relevance? Continually serve the community through

events and activities.

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity? Advertise all activities and offerings the NPAC provides. 

 

Reta E. King Library

1.   Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.
 
The King Library is committed to meeting the diverse and changing informational needs by providing knowledgeable staff and innovative services and programs to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning, to achieve higher levels of scholarly, creative and research activities, to enrich the quality of life of the students, faculty, and staff, and to develop/teach basic information literacy skills for life-long learning.  It is also a primary function of the library to acquire, organize and preserve information in all its myriad formats.

 

2.  How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

All opportunities are taken to promote the various services and resources of the library:  college catalog, college and library websites, brochures, presentations both on and off campus, etc.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

The librarians teach basic information literacy courses both in the library and in the classroom, provide one-on-one reference services in-person and on-line, and work with individual students and faculty in providing information resources and guidance. And, numerous library science courses are offered by the librarians that can lead to a state-certified school-library media degree or an information resources degree.

 

4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

The librarians actively seek out alternative resources in various formats to provide the community with as much material possible representing diverse viewpoints and lifestyles (within budgetary restraints).

 

Student Academic Success Services

          Advising

1.      Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

    1. ADVISING:  “Based on a system of shared responsibility, Chadron State College seeks to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with career goals and instill a desire for lifelong learning.”  ~Chadron State College Advising Committee, 2002
    2. CSC:  “Chadron State College aspires to be a premiere institution of higher education in the western high plains states, innovatively pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.  As such, Chadron State College is committed to enriching the quality of life in the region by providing education opportunities, research, service, and programs that contribute significantly to the vitality and diversity of the region.

 

2.      How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

The mission statement is printed on the back of the Academic Advising Center brochure.  This brochure is available to prospective students, current students and included on www.csc.edu/sass site along with the schedule of faculty advisors.  This site gives students (local and regional) an opportunity to send questions and concerns.  The Advising Center will be included in the next General Bulletin. 

 

3.      Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College.   (refer to #1b)  Additional goals include:

    1. CSC: To integrate strong undergraduate discipline preparation with interdisciplinary traditional liberal are education, promoting global awareness, multicultural perspectives and competence, and regional relevance.  ADVISING:  Assists students to share the responsibility for academic planning with the faculty advisors.
    2. CSC:  To integrate acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge and experiential learning to develop students’ higher-level learning and applied skills and competence in accessing and assessing information in all available formats.  ADVISING:  The Advising Center is equipped with the e-Compass software for placement in Math and English course work.
    3. CSC: To provide innovative and supportive learning opportunities at all levels.  ADVISING:  Creates a comfortable and positive place for students to explore options and change academic direction (i.e. “What can I do with this Major”, “Self Directed Search”, e-Compass testing).
    4. CSC:  To provide students with individualized personal academic advising, career advising, and guidance.  ADVISING:  Assists students in planning consistent with their goals, interests, aptitudes and limitation.  Help students define and develop realistic goals.

 

4.      Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas:  ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

    1. Fifteen faculty currently staff the Advising Center from a variety of disciplines across campus with two others on call.  Students can make appointments or walk in.
    2. Through advising and the Advising Center students of diverse backgrounds are welcomed in a personal and professional matter that fosters integrity and development.
    3. Advising is centrally located and accessible for all students.
    4. Students can research “What can I do with this major” by logging into the SASS website from anywhere. www.csc.edu/sass
    5. SASS website also has question/answer box for all students (local or regional) www.csc.edu/sass
    6. Readers are available for placement testing.
    7. Disability contact person is located near the center and under the same unit.

 

Counselor

1.      A.  Does your unit have a mission statement?  Yes

B.  If so, please provide the statement. 

Academic and Personal Counseling Services

Academic counseling is invaluable in helping students to understand and adjust to the culture of higher education. It can be used at any time during a student's career. This service enables students to become wise consumers by facilitating choice of major, understanding academic requirements, planning and problem solving, as well as connecting to other resources, both on and off campus. Academic counseling is provided by trained professionals and coordinated with faculty advising.

 

Students are offered confidential, personal counseling services with professional counselors at no charge. Counseling is for students who are making difficult personal choices, going through periods of transition, and/or seeking to change behaviors and/or improving other decision making skills. The staff at the counseling center are highly-trained and committed to promoting the academic, personal, and interpersonal development of Chadron State's students. Counseling can build self-understanding and enhance the ability to make responsible and healthy academic and personal life choices.

 

Disability Services

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitations Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Chadron State College is committed to providing learning opportunities for all students so they may achieve their academic potential. The goal of Disability Services is to provide a learning environment with as equal access as possible. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable students with disabilities (learning, ADD, ADHD, physical and/or psychological) to learn, to receive information, and to demonstrate learned information. The accommodation process is an interactive one and requires full participation of the student.

 

Students requiring reasonable accommodations to ensure success need to submit, through a qualified health professional, documentation verifying the student's disability to the Counseling Services. Applicable diagnosis and a description of the impact of the disability on academic performance is required within the documentation to support the need for the requested accommodations. The College reserves the right to have the documentation reviewed by appropriate professionals and to request additional evaluation to gain supplemental information necessary to ensure the appropriate accommodations are requested and available.

 

Students are encouraged and supported in understanding their disabilities and in expressing any subsequent needs to their professors.

C.  Describe your unit mission statement’s relationship to the College’s mission statement (please refer to page 12 of the 2005-07 General Bulletin).

Helps to fulfill bullet #9 (second from last): To provide students with individualized personal academic advising, career advising, and guidance.

 

2.      A.  Where can people see your unit’s mission?  If website, please provide exact address. 

www.csc.edu/sass (click on Counseling and Disability Services)

B.  Do you distribute it?  If so, how?

      Via the website

 

3.      A.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals/objectives and your unit mission statement.

 

When students have emotional or mental health problems or documented disabilities, they have difficulty achieving their full potential as students. For example, a student with depression may not be able to attend classes. Obviously, if left unaddressed, this would result in failure. With counseling intervention, a student can resolve or successfully manage such a problem, and thus stand a greater chance of success.

 

Regarding disability services, a student with a Learning Disability, for example, might not be able to complete a test in the same amount of time as his or her peers. With the accommodation of extra time on tests, the student can demonstrate knowledge of the subject despite the impairment of the disability.

 

Both examples exemplify the mission of Student Academic Success Services: assisting students in reaching their full potential.

 

B.  Provide specific examples to illustrate the connection between your unit mission and the mission of the College.

 

Related to the part of CSC’s mission statement: “To provide students with individualized personal academic advising . . . and guidance,” Disability Services works with each student individually. For example, we have provided textbooks in electronic format for a student who cannot hold a book.

 

4.  A.  Provide specific examples (if applicable) of how your unit provides research, service and/or programs that contribute to the diversity of the region?

 

This does not apply because I do not provide services to students on the basis of diversity concerns. I don’t conduct research. However, by speaking to First Year Seminar classes occasionally and informing students about the services we provide, I help to ensure that at-risk students have a better chance for success.

 

B.  What is your unit doing to:

Promote global awareness?

Present a multicultural perspective?

Ensure regional relevance?

Recruit and maintain students, faculty and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity?

By providing services for students with disabilities, we help to make it possible for them to persist in college, thus contributing to the diversity of the campus community.

 

Multicultural Services

1.   Does your unit have a mission statement?  Is so, please provide this mission statement and describe how it is related to the College mission:

 

Multicultural Resource Center (MRC): The goals of the MRC is to provide speakers and resources that focus on cultural awareness and recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations at Chadron State College and to create an environment in which individuals could learn to respect and appreciate cultural diversity.

 

CSC:  “Chadron State College aspires to be a premiere institution of higher education in the western high plains states, innovatively pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.  As such, Chadron State College is committed to enriching the quality of life in the region by providing education opportunities, research, service, and programs that contribute significantly to the vitality and diversity of the region.

 

2.   How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  Is your unit mission distributed, e.g. by mail, by college catalog, electronically?

 

There is no posted mission statement for the MRC. I developed a web page in December 2005 and gave it to the Web Master. 

 

3.   Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College.  (refer to #1b)  Additional goals include:

CSC: To integrate strong undergraduate discipline preparation with interdisciplinary traditional liberal are education, promoting global awareness, multicultural perspectives and competence, and regional relevance.  MRC: provide resources for students of all cultures to learn of one another and help with the support of bringing in speakers on diversity issues.

 

CSC: To provide innovative and supportive learning opportunities at all levels…..MRC: sponsored multicultural trips for students of all cultures, giving them an opportunity to meet and learn of or about different cultures and meet new people.

 

4.   Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas:  ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

a.   Sponsored cultural trips

b.   Supported every monthly cultural observation

c.   Help fund diversity and motivational speakers

d.   Center is open to all student and faculty

e.   SASS website has a multicultural counselor page which has a question box for all students (local or regional) www.csc.edu/sass

f.    Member of the Scottsbluff American Indian Steering Committee.

g.   Work with minority student population to obtaining scholarships and scholarship information.

 

Peer Tutoring Program

1.      Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

The Office of Student Academic Success Services is part of an ongoing commitment to the quality of student life at Chadron State College.  Our mission is to help build a foundation for all students through a variety of programs and services that promote academic social and personal development to enhance the overall educational experience.

 

The Peer Tutor Program is designed to enrich a students’ academic and personal experience at CSC.  Peer Tutors adhere to the six goals of tutoring:

1)      promote independence in learning

2)      personalize instruction

3)      facilitate tutee insights into learning and learning processes

4)      provide a student perspective on learning and school success

5)      respect individual differences

6)      follow a job description

Program goals are related to the College mission:

·        Provide supportive learning opportunities for students at all levels of competency, merging proven and creative teaching and learning principles with evolving technology through a range of flexible and creative alternative learning opportunities.

·        Integrate acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge and experiential learning to develop students’ higher-level learning and applied skills and competence in accessing information in all available formats.

·        Facilitate a collegial institutional environment that encourages and assists students, faculty, and staff in realizing their potentials and reaching their aspirations, through promoting free expressions and exchange of ideas, nurturing an environment of mutual respect and support, and fostering personal and professional integrity.

 

2.      How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

We distribute information via all the above mechanisms.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

(see #1 – through our national certification, the Tutorial Program strives to meet the above mentioned goals and missions statements in it’s selecting and training of peer tutors)

 

 4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

The tutorial program has tutor training components regarding working with student with learning disabilities and respecting individual differences.  Our program partners with the Disabilities Contact Person to provide requested accommodations when appropriate.

 

Student Activities Office/Campus Activities Board (CAB)

  1.  Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

The mission of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) is to select, coordinate, promote, and sponsor student activities and entertainment.  The CAB acting in its official capacities shall not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. 

 

The mission of CAB relates to the mission of Chadron State College since it offers diverse programs which lead to the enrichment of college life for the students.  These activities promote the development of leadership abilities and healthy interpersonal relationships, including the productive use of leisure time.  CAB also promotes the learning about varied cultures and experience, ideas and issues, art and musical forms, and styles of life.                                                                                                                                                                        

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

Campus and regional constituents learn of the unit’s mission through printed calendars, presentations to a variety of campus groups, through online, campus tours, and many other means of communication.  The unit mission is distributed through print copies of the Student Handbook and is also available in the online version of the Student Handbook.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

·         Student leadership participation on the executive board of CAB

·         Fiscal responsibility by students on the executive board through the management of the CAB funding

·         Planning, coordination, and implementation of a program or event (e.g. Late Night, opening weekend activities, Spring Daze)

 

4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

·        The Campus Activities Board plans and implements a wide variety of events and activities for the campus community. Some of the events include help and support for the annual Powwow during Native America month, various activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific Month such as speakers, dances, food, displays which depict these specific ethnic celebrations.

·        Speaker events have included “Native American Month through the Eyes of a Native American,” “What Would Martin Luther Kings Dream Be Today,” and “The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Robinson.”

 

Transfer Student Guides

 

  1.  Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

The mission statement, vision statement and core values that were developed by the Asst. Vice President, Enrollment Management (AVPEM) office in late summer of 2005 were designed to include the recruitment and admission of transfer students as a part of the work that was being done through this office and the unit.  

 

Mission

 

The CSC Enrollment Management Unit provides an exemplary, personalized enrollment experience for a diverse population through the expertise and dedication of the staff.

 

Vision Statement

 

CSC Enrollment Management Unit will:

 

·        Provide leadership and act as a catalyst for enrollment planning and improved services to meet CSC enrollment goals

·        Implement leading edge technology to increase effectiveness and build relationships with those we serve

·        Actively seek to communicate and collaborate with internal and external partners to enhance the opportunities for student success

 

Through the reorganization of the Enrollment Management unit there has been more time available for the AVPEM Office to focus more attention and resources to the development of the online transfer guides which supports the recruitment and retention of transfer students.  In addition, there has been more opportunity to build relationships with community colleges in the region.

 

 

  1. How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

No it has not been distributed at this time due to the reorganization of the unit

 

  1. Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objective or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College.

 

The objectives from the 2005 Enrollment Management unit plan and strategies within the plan that relate specifically to transfer students are presented below.  The nature of these may change in the future due to changes within the unit. However, current work of the Enrollment Team led by Dr. Randy Rhine continues to focus on the recruitment of transfer students.

 

Objective 1.1:   Enhance the recruitment of students whose educational goals meet the mission of CSC. (Support Vision 2011-Objectives: Student Recruitment and Retention, Under-represented Populations, Marketing, Leadership, Collaboration)

 

Strategies:  

·        Continue to develop actions to target those who influence prospective students-alumni, parents, high school counselors, community college faculty and staff (Admissions and campus partners)

·        Make the four-year program templates available to students online (AVPEM)

·        Continue development and updating of online Transfer guides (AVPEM & Registrar)

·        Promote spring and fall transfer opportunities at community colleges (AVPEM, Admissions, Registrar and Financial Aid Counselor)

 

Objective 1.2:  Enhance the services that promote the retention and success of students

 (Vision 2011-Objectives: Student Recruitment and Retention, Under-represented Populations, Collaboration, Leadership, Responsiveness)

 

Strategies: 

·        Continue to collaboration with internal and external partners to streamline transfer student services (AVPEM & Registrar)

 

Objective 1.3:  Collaborate with internal and external partners and stakeholders to enhance enrollment development.  (Vision 2011-Objectives:  Building a Culture of Innovation, Student Recruitment and Retention, Under-represented Populations, Community Relations, Collaboration, Leadership, Responsiveness)

 

Strategies:

·        Continue to communicate with community college administration and faculty to streamline transfer options (articulation and “2+2” programs) (AVPEM,  Registrar and campus  and community college partners)

·        Continue to work with high school Guidance Counselors and Community College Transfer Advisors to develop enrollment opportunities.  (AVPEM & All EM Directors)

 

Objective 2.2:   Ensure policies are relevant and align with current organizational and higher education developments.  (Vision 2011-Objectives: Student Recruitment and Retention, Ethics)

 

Strategies:

·        Review policies manuals and publications within EM Unit.  (AVPEM, All EM Directors)

·        Align publications with all Board of Trustee and Campus policies.  (AVPEM, All EM Directors)

·        Communicate any policy and procedural inconsistencies to appropriate levels for correction.  (AVPEM, All EM Directors)

 

Assessments Tools:

·        Analyze transfer student policies, communication and implementation (AVPEM, All Directors) {Initially Summer 2005, Ongoing through 2005-2006}

 

  1. Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas:  ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

By focusing on identifying and streamlining the enrollment opportunities of transfer students from community colleges, the enrollment management unit is targeting many first generation and minority students who have taken their first step in higher education at community colleges.  The unit has worked on many issues relating to easing the transition from regional community colleges to CSC.  Examples of this work include:

A.     Meetings with regional community colleges that include staff members that work directly with students from diverse populations

B.     Initiation of meetings with key faculty and staff Oglala Lakota College to develop relationships and identify areas where partnerships can be developed

C.     Continued focus on the enrollment of International transfer students from community colleges through contacts with sponsors and international student groups

D.     Review of the transfer student site by the webmaster for ADA compliance through Watchfire.com. 

 

TRIO Program

 

  1. Does your unit have a mission statement?   If so, please provide the statement and describe how it is related to the College mission.

 

 

Attached are Mission Statements for 1)Project Strive/TRIO Program, and 2)Chadron State College (per the 2005-2007 CSC General Bulletin).  The Project Strive/TRIO Mission Statement is:

 

The Chadron State College Project Strive/TRIO Student Support Services Program helps to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students, and individuals with disabilities with the goal of increasing the retention and graduation rates of this group of students.

 

Project Strive/TRIO contributes, in varying degrees, to most of the Areas of Focus identified by Chadron State College as means for accomplishing the institution’s mission.  It is especially supportive of the College in four specific areas of focus.  These areas and the Project Strive/TRIO activities that support them are:

 

·  To provide innovative and supportive learning opportunities for students at all levels of competency, merging proven and creative teaching and learning principles with evolving technology through a range of flexible and creative alternative learning opportunities.

Project Strive Activities Supportive of the CSC Area of Focus: 

1.      Video-Taped Seminars Available for Check-Out

2.      Personal Digital Assistants Available for Check-Out

3.      Access to the Project Strive Computer Lab

4.      iPod Pilot Project Check-Out of Units to Students in Selected Courses

5.      Online Portfolio Creation/Maintenance Assistance

 

·  To facilitate a collegial institutional environment that encourages and assist students, faculty, and staff in realizing their potentials and reaching their aspirations, through promoting free expression and exchange of ideas, nurturing an environment of mutual respect and support, and fostering personal and professional integrity and development.

Project Strive Activities Supportive of the CSC Area of Focus: 

1.      Leadership Series

2.      Student Advisory Board

3.      Sponsorship of Student Attendance to Regional Leadership Conferences

 

·  To recruit and maintain students, faculty, and staff representative of the high plains population, providing an environment supportive of diversity.

Project Strive Activities Supportive of the CSC Area of Focus:

1.      Free Academic Success Seminars

2.      Textbook Loan Program for Qualifying Participants

3.      Supplemental Grant Aid for Qualifying Participants

4.      Peer Mentoring Program and Mentor Mixer Gatherings

5.      Cultural and Social Learning Opportunities

6.      Sponsored Field Trips

7.      Community Service Opportunities

8.      STRIVE Awards and Recognition Ceremony

 

·  To provide students with individualized personal academic advising, career advising, and guidance.

Project Strive Activities Supportive of the CSC Area of Focus:

1.      Academic and Career Reference Books Available for Check-Out

2.      Personal, Career, and Study Skills Assessment

3.      Personal, Career, and Academic Counseling

4.      Financial Aid/FAFSA Application Assistance

5.      Graduate School Application Assistance and Visits

 

2.   How do campus and regional constituents learn of your unit’s mission?  By what means is it distributed?

 

      The Project Strive/TRIO Mission Statement was adopted on February 3, 2006 and has yet to be distributed beyond the unit itself.  The Mission Statement was developed using language from the federal legislation that created the Student Support Services Program.  That legislation is available in a number of places but most prominently, with regards to Student Support Services, on the U.S. Department of Education’s website:  http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html. 

 

      The campus and regional constituents learn of the Project Strive’s services through brochure mailings to area high schools, distribution of brochures at orientation sessions, at campus visits and in campus display areas, e-mails to college faculty and staff, announcements in the College’s General Bulletin and Student Handbook, and on the Student Support Services web site located on the CSC home page.  These modes will also be used to distribute the program’s mission statement.

 

3.  Provide examples to illustrate the connection between unit goals and objectives or student learning outcomes and your unit mission and the mission of the College. 

 

            Attached are the Project Strive/TRIO program objective(s).  These objectives are:

 

Success in accomplishing the Project Strive/TRIO Student Support Services mission is measured by its success in achieving the following annual objectives that were forwarded in the 2005-09 Student Support Services grant application.

 

Objective 1 – Identification and Selection:  One hundred sixty (160) eligible students will be identified and enrolled in the SSS Project, including at least two-thirds who are both low-income and first generation or students who have disabilities, with the remaining one-third qualifying in any one of the categories; and at least one-third of the individuals with disabilities are also low-income.

 

Objective 2 – Persistence:  Among each cohort of entering students, 75% will persist to the second year, 70% will persist to the third year, 65% will persist to the fourth year, and 40% will persist to the fifth year (excludes 25% projected 4th year graduates).

 

Objective 3 – Achievement:  Each year, at least 50% of the participants will earn a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

 

Objective 4 – Graduation:  At least 38% of participant cohorts will graduate within six years.

 

Objective 5 – Enrollment in Graduate/Professional School:   At least 6% of each project year cohort will enroll in graduate/professional school within two years of graduating.

 

            These objectives are used to measure the success Project Strive/TRIO has in achieving its mission.  They were proposed in the 2004 grant application made by Chadron State College to the U.S. Department of Education for funding of a Student Support Services program.  These objectives were approved by the Department as a condition of the 2005-09 grant awarded to CSC. 

 

            At the end of each project year of the grant, an Annual Performance Report (APR) is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education with information about the Project Strive/TRIO program and its participants.  Part of the APR includes a summary of how well Project Strive did in meeting its established Program Objectives.  The APR for Project Year 2005/06 is not due until the Fall of 2006 and this is the first year of the project’s operation under these program objectives.  Attached is the Project Performance Outcomes report from the 2004/05 project year with information about the objectives that were established under the 2001-05 grant.

 

            Program Objectives 2 - 5 of the 2005-09 grant connect to the Chadron State College Mission Statement by addressing one or more of the College’s Areas of Focus.  The Program Objectives address the following Areas of Focus:

 

            Project Strive Program Objective             CSC Area of Focus

            #2 – Persistence                             “improve attainment of desired student learning and institutional goals.”

                                                                  “To recruit and maintain students…”

 

            #3 – Achievement                           “develop students’ higher-level learning and applied skills and competence in accessing and assessing information…”

                                                                  “improve attainment of desired student learning and institutional goals.”

                                                                 

            #4 – Graduation                             “To facilitate a collegial institutional environment that encourages and assists students … in realizing their potentials and reaching their aspirations…”

 

            #5 –  Enrollment in Graduate/          “To integrate strong undergraduate discipline

                     Professional School                  preparation…”

                                                                     “To facilitate a collegial institutional environment that encourages and assists students … in realizing their potentials and reaching their aspirations…”

 

 4.  Provide specific examples of how your unit supports the College mission for diversity in any of the following areas: ADA, students, staff, constituents, and the region.

 

A.     Project Strive/TRIO is authorized to accept and serve students with disabilities.  However, at least 1/3 of the disabled students served by the program must be also low income as determined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Project Strive employs a full-time Counselor (11 month) who provides counseling services to students with a disability.

 

B.     Project Strive/TRIO only serves, per statute, individuals who are low-income or first generation or students who have disabilities.

 

C.     Employment preference is given to applicants for positions at Project Strive/TRIO who have a background (first generation or low income or disabled) similar to that of the program’s clientele.  All four of the staff currently employed by Project Strive/TRIO have a background similar to that of eligible SSS participants.