April 10, 2017
Tony Scinta

This past week the executive budget committee entertained an important conversation about grants, scholarships, and work-study positions for our students. Faced with limited resources, the major question addressed how we can allocate funds to these different types of aid in a way that promotes the highest levels of success among the largest proportion of students. As simple as this may sound, in actuality it is no small feat. 

Given the complexity of the issue, this is a conversation that will likely continue for months, but there was consensus among the committee members that decisions should be guided by evidence regarding the impact of financial resources on student success. To that end, my next step also is one of my favorite pastimes – digging into the available data with Sandip Thanki.

Gregory Robinson 

Don't forget that applications for this summer's Teaching Fellows Institute (TFI) are due April 14th. In addition, you can still apply for our five-week course in online teaching, which will be held from July 3rd to August 4th. Both provide faculty stipends. 

We’re preparing for a major assessment of our Core Curriculum, where we’ll determine how well we are meeting our outcomes in Communication, Critical Thinking, and Citizenship. Eventually, this effort will lead to an evaluation of the classes that satisfy each of the Core categories (Fine Arts, Cultural Diversity, etc.). CTLE Director Chris Garrett will be leading the charge on this effort and will be traveling to Alverno College this summer to learn some of the latest methods of assessment. If you are interested in playing a role in this effort, please let us know.

Also, congratulations to Dr. Tucker and her team at the Writing Center. In spring 2016, the Writing Center held 596 student sessions total. In fall 2016, the number of sessions jumped to 729, a 22% increase. 

Laura Naumann
Summer Scholarship Institute (SSI) applications are due May 1st!
Feedback from the Faculty Scholarship survey suggests that many faculty experience challenges at the writing stage of their scholarship and would be highly likely to participate in a writing support group. For the first time, we will be sponsoring a six-week  Writing Support & Accountability group. Faculty are encouraged to apply if you are in the writing or production stage of your research or creative work and will commit to making significant progress moving your project to completion. A  stipend of $500 will be provided for participation.
Faculty who are in the early stages of research development who may need support with literature review, research design, development of assessment tools, and IRB protocol are encouraged to apply to the  Research Development track. Research development proposals may address scholarship in any of the following areas: discipline-specific scholarship, scholarship of teaching and learning, development of experimental curriculum, or other research that addresses the goals of the SSI. A  stipend of $3000 will be provided for participation.
Not sure what types of SSI projects are possible? Come hear about the research your colleagues have been doing at the SSI Showcase! This event wil be held Friday, April 14th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in the RSC 236 Innovation Commons. 
Lunch included if you RSVP to  Chris.Garrett@nsc.edu by  2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 11th.

Sandip Thanki

For NSC students, engagement with campus resources such as tutoring, the Writing Center, the MDM Library, advising, career services and the transfer office seems to go hand-in-hand with performance. In fall 2016, 711 freshmen enrolled at NSC. Out of those 711, 72.7% were on good academic standing, meaning their GPA was over 2.0. Out of those 711, 136 did not have any documented utilization of the resources mentioned above. What percent of those 136 freshmen were on good academic standing? 46%! In addition, only 52% of them re-enrolled in the spring 2017 semester. However, of the same 711 freshmen, 25 used all the resources (except for the transfer office). What percent of the 25 were on good academic standing? Ninety six percent! All 25 re-enrolled in spring 2017. 

Career Fair at NSC

The Career Services Center held NSC’s inaugural Career, Internship, and Grad School Fair on Tuesday, March 28 in the RSC Ballroom.  Over 175 students and alumni attended the event to network with 42 companies recruiting for full-time, part-time/seasonal, and internship opportunities.  Several graduate schools, including UNLV and UNR, were also present. One employer commented “The NSC Career Fair was a major success. It was full of eager, qualified applicants ready with resumes and great questions.  There truly is something great happening at this college." Congratulations to Nicole Wesley and her team!

2017-2018 Contract Dates

Are you on a B-contract? This document will help you plan. It lets you know when your contract begins and ends for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

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