Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Review of Existing Instructional Programs

 

Institution: _____Chadron State College_______                         Program: __________         History

I certify the following:

-the information provided regarding this program is accurate

-the above named institution has in place a procedure for reviewing instructional programs              

and a copy of the procedure has been provided to the Commission

-such review took place on or about _____________________________________________

-such review was presented to the institution’s governing board on _____________________

-the governing board’s action was: _______________________________________________

 

Signed: ___________________________________________                      ____________________

(Chief Academic Officer or designated representative)                    (Date)  

Evidence of Demand and Efficiency

 

 

01-02

02-03

03-04

04-05

05-06

5 yr avg

Student Credit Hours (SCH)

    2959

3022

2838

3144

3333

3059

Faculty Full-time Equivalency (FTE)

3.66

3.50

3.39

3.02

3.66

3.45

SCH/Faculty FTE

808.47

863.43

837.17

1041.06

910.66

892.16

Number of

Degrees and Awards

 

(list degrees/

awards

separately)


BA

4

3

5

7

11

6

BSE

2

4

5

4

3

3.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

Evidence of Need (provide a statement below or attach document)

 

 

 

 

Justification if the program is below CCPE thresholds (provide a statement below or attach documentation)

 

 

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For CCPE staff use only                                                                    Reviewers & Date:


Evidence of Need

 

            Chadron State College’s History program is a crucial component of the baccalaureate focus of the institution, including the college’s General Studies curriculum.  This program is based upon the belief that understanding history is essential to the development of a well rounded individual.  The mission of the history program is to engender an informed, critical, and articulate sense of the past, an appreciation for the diversity of the human experience, and an awareness of the role of tradition, people, and past events in shaping the present.  The two majors within the history program develop a variety of practical research and communication skills and provide a foundation for graduate work, teaching, archival and library services, the study of law, as well as careers in business and the professions.

 

            Between 2001 and 2006, Student Credit Hour production per full time equivalent faculty averages 892, which is slightly down from 906 between the years 1993 and 1998.  However, the number of graduates on average has risen from 7.2 between 1993 and 1998 to 9.6 between 2001 and 2006, a 2.4 increase.  Also of note, the last two years have produced the largest numbers of graduates from the History program: 11 graduates during the 2004-05 academic year and 14 during the 2005-06 academic year.  This is particularly gratifying when one realizes that over the past two and a half years History students have had to create a portfolio and pass a rigorous exit exam in order to graduate.  Therefore, despite raising standards within the program, the number of history program graduates has also increased.

 

            Due to changes in History faculty as well as a direct result of internal programmatic assessment, this discipline includes new upper-division courses which have been well received by majors and minors: History 436/536, “America in the Twentieth Century,” History 444/544, “History of the American Colonies and the American Revolution,” History 445/545, “The United States: The Early Republic,” History 446/546, “The American West, 1500-1890,” and History 447/547, “The American West, 1890 to Present.”  Other special topics courses, occurring during the summer months, have included field trips to various historical sites in eastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, and the Black Hills of South Dakota. 

 

Other efforts have been implemented in order to increase enrollment within the program.  History faculty have accompanied members of one of the college’s history clubs to museums and other significant sites in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Such occasions have offered students wonderful opportunities to expand their historical knowledge.  Finally, the program intends to increase graduation rates through a Vision 2011 Grant.  If approved, the grant would assist in funding a concentrated effort at recruiting students from the North Platte Valley.

 

The administration of Chadron State College recommends continuation of this program.  The relatively inexpensive cost of the program, coupled with the efficiency of offerings, allows for this program to be an integral and essential component of the programmatic offerings of Chadron State College.