April 24, 2017
Tony Scinta

Robust enrollment numbers in fall 2017 are critical to the overall health of the College. In the service of that goal, I recently worked with stakeholders from Admissions & Recruitment, Advising, and Information & Technology Services to discuss a comprehensive communication plan that will help bring continuing students back to NSC and get new students enrolled with us for the first time.

The plan builds on the existing work of Admissions & Recruitment and Advising, and marshals all of the communication tools at our disposal, including email and texting platforms that provide detailed data tracking. (As you might guess, my enthusiasm about the data tracking is, itself, quite robust.) When the time is right, I promise to provide an update on how we are faring with this important campaign. 

Gregory Robinson
We passed our final hurdle on Wednesday when we received NWCCU approval to launch the BA in Deaf Studies. There are two new faculty positions posted to support this program, so please pass them along if you know someone qualified. 

You might notice some new faces on campus: candidates for the Instructional Designer and Instructional Technologist positions have been here for in-person interviews. Good luck to Chris Garrett and his committee. 

On Monday, Sandi Patton and the DRC hosted a seminar on accessible web design, which focused on making PDFs accessible and captioning videos. If you are using videos in your classes that are not captioned, reach out to Sandi or visit Beth's Website, which contains a long list of helpful resources. 
Laura Naumann

Thank you to all students, staff, and faculty who attended the 2nd annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Works conference! We had an exciting day of posters, panels, and digital media presentations. As we grow the conference, new challenges emerge that we want to address. We will be seeking feedback from those of you who participated during the day.

Congrats to our winners:

1st Place Posters, Panelists, & Film Winners

List of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners – By Discipline 

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Over the weekend, Pam Levins and I put the finishing touches on NSC’s very first Title V “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions” grant application that has asked applicants to develop programming that “attracts and retains a greater number of Latinx students into the teaching profession.” We have proposed expanding existing “Teacher Academies” that introduce high school students to the profession and provide opportunities to earn dual-credits, ramping up Praxis preparation efforts, and expanding opportunities for student teaching internships. Awards should be announced in late August/early September for a start date of October 1, 2017.

Rich Yao

Nicole Tettegah accepted the new position of NSC-CSN Transfer Advisor. Nicole will provide advising on transfer pathways, NSC degree requirements, and the admission process, which will help increase the number of transfer students from CSN and improve the overall admissions process for these students. Nicole will be primarily located at the West Charleston Campus of CSN to maximize opportunities to interact with prospective transfer students, as well as to develop and improve relationships with CSN advisors and academic counselors. She will spend some time at CSN Henderson as well. Please congratulate Nicole on her new position and role.  

Sandip Thanki

You might know that the average age of NSC students is between 28 and 29. Have you ever wondered how this average varies by academic levels (e.g.. freshman, sophomore)? Since most students start school once they turn 6, 12 years of schooling would bring them up to the age of 18 before starting college. This lines up well with the average age of 18.6 for our first-time students, with a standard deviation of 3. If the students took a traditional path of one academic level per year, our sophomores would be 20, juniors would be 21, and seniors would be 22. So what are our actual numbers?  Our freshmen (including transfer-ins) are 21 ± 6, sophomores: 27 ± 9, juniors: 28 ± 9 and seniors: 32 ± 9.  

So on average, our students are reaching the senior level 10 years later than a traditional student. The gap between juniors and seniors is interesting. The gap might imply that many students reaching the senior level do not have the appropriate credits toward their majors to graduate and they maintain their senior level for a few years while earning the necessary credits.


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