March 27, 2014
Survey of new students gauges initial engagement
Would new students recommend Columbus State to their friends or family? Last year, 94 percent of the new fall class said “yes.” Another 70 percent agreed, or strongly agreed, that they “learned to understand their academic strengths and weaknesses.” Thirty-seven percent of the group do not work either part or full time. And while 76 percent know about academic advising, only 54 percent said they actually used it.
These and other results from SENSE 2013, the Survey of Entering Student Engagement, are now available online. The poll focused exclusively on new students and their initial engagement with the college. Engagement has been found to be a key indicator for college success.
Other results included:
75 percent chose Columbus State in order to transfer to a four-year college or university.
74 percent say they never skip class.
64 percent had asked for help from an instructor.
56 percent spent 1-5 hours per week preparing for class.
18 percent have children who are dependent on them.
SENSE 2013 is the fourth survey on engagement conducted through the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas. Previous efforts sampled faculty (CCFSSE) and the general student population (CCSSE). The surveys provide very important data for quality improvement efforts and AQIP, the college’s accreditation pathway.
Need more information about these surveys and results? Contact Rich James.
Credit where it’s due- The Reverse Transfer Action Project
Reverse Transfer sounds like a simple enough project. Contact former students who are close to graduating and give them a little nudge to finish. What could be easier? Turns out it’s a “who-dun-it” that Sherlock Holmes would appreciate!
The mystery begins when many of those working to earn a bachelor’s degree—after attending a community college—fail to pick up their associate degree. The reasons are varied. Some let it slide because they’ve transferred away from Columbus State. Others landed a job along the way. Some just never filled out the paperwork for their associate degree. The bottom line is thousands of two-year degrees go unclaimed every year, even though the students have earned the necessary credits while pursuing their bachelor’s degree.
Enter “Reverse Transfer,” a nationwide effort funded by the Lumina Foundation. Lumina’s mission is to increase higher education attainment to 60 percent by 2025. The current level is around 35 percent. Which makes Reverse Transfer a good choice for an AQIP Action Project. AQIP is all about data-driven improvements.
To date, 340 former Columbus State students now count as graduates. The members of the Reverse Transfer project include staff from Records & Registration, Advising Services, Academic Affairs, Curriculum Management, and Enrollment Services. Martin Maliwesky leads the project. More information about AQIP Action Projects can be found online.
As Columbus State awaited guidance from the IRS on parameters for maximum adjunct hours, the limits were set at 11 contact hours for Autumn and Spring Semesters. In February, the IRS issued guidance that provides Columbus State with the opportunity to define the adjunct workload in terms of contact hours instead of as a percentage of a full-time faculty instructional workload.
Applying this interpretation, the College will redefine maximum contact hours per semester for adjuncts to reflect an increase as follows: Summer Semester - 9 contact hours; Autumn and Spring Semesters - 12 contact hours.
Adjunct faculty are compensated in accordance with a one-term contract on a per-contact-hour basis. A contact hour is defined as one hour of service for teaching and 1.25 hours of service for teaching-related tasks, such as preparation and grading. Although further guidance may be issued, the IRS has indicated that colleges may rely on these calculation methods at least through the end of 2015. If you have questions concerning adjunct hours, please contact Chief of Staff Kim Hall.
Learn more about FOCUS at sessions in April
Are you interested in learning more about the FOCUS Early Alert system on campus? A one-hour training session explains the history of FOCUS—powered by Starfish—Early Alert at Columbus State, the impact the system has made, and how to use the system both effectively and efficiently with your students. Interested faculty and staff members can register for one of two training sessions in April, online here: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/course.asp?C=480
The deadline to order new Columbus State business cards with the college’s new logo, is Monday, March 31. To order cards, please go online to the Marketing & Communications website, click on “Resources” and fill out the business card order form for the Columbus Campus or the Delaware Campus. You will print out the form and give it to your supervisor for approval. Supervisors are instructed to give all approved (signed) order forms to the individual in the department who orders office supplies through the OfficeMax ordering system.
Please visit the Columbus State employment website at jobs.cscc.edu to view these exciting career opportunities:
Annually Contracted Faculty in Hospitality, Massage Therapy, Sport and Exercise Studies (Requisition # 3087)
Annually Contracted Faculty in Business Programs (Requisition #3084)