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We have all done an incredible amount of work to implement the Strategic Plan in a short period of time. Because much of what we ve done is not apparent to everyone, I want to recap some of this progress.
Deans Donald Heinz and Roger Lederer will co chair a group that will deal with the issue of academic rigor. It will be defined, identified, celebrated, and enhanced.
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When I spoke to you last year I reported that the WASC Accreditation Visiting Team concluded that the key to our future was the pursuit of our strategic plan, a plan that the team saw as simple, yet powerful, and contains the core of ideas and issues that have been identified as critical, not only for survival but for encouraging CSU, Chico to flourish.
A university wide Assessment Program is now in place, led by Jim Morgan.
We have created a 24 hour a day Student Computing Laboratory in Meriam Library with funds we received from the Chancellor s Office.
We now have an Educational Services Center, and Dean Steve King and his colleagues will develop a Directory of Services to aid those in the K 12 community who want to connect with the institution.
We have taken many positive steps to reform the General Education program.
We continue to play a lead role in the development of CSUSAT, a systemwide satellite delivery mechanism providing credit courses and academic programs throughout the state.
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This summer the library significantly improved access to library information by implementing a new web accessible, integrated library system from Ameritech.
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CELT, in support of faculty and staff development, hosts annual conferences on excellence in learning and teaching. Approximately 400 faculty and staff attend the sessions each year.
You will recall that we have five priorities, the first of which was "to create and enhance innovative, high quality, and student centered learning environments." Here are some of the actions taken to make this a reality.
This coming academic year we will phase in a new e mail system.
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, formed in late 1995, yearly allocates $250,000 ($150,000 of which comes from the Chancellor s Office for faculty productivity projects) to support faculty development relating to teaching and learning. The center also sponsors the annual conference on excellence in teaching and learning, also in its third year.
Instructional Resources introduced a 24 hour helpline for students.
Our fourth priority was "to reaffirm the role of CSU, Chico as the anchor institution of the region and develop positive links to our community and region."
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Our campus hosted the 1997 CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Conference. Those who participated said it was the best organized ITL conference ever.
We have become members of Campus Compact to deepen this institution s long commitment to experiential, community based education.
Program, created in 1995 to assist faculty and staff in the use of new educational technologies, also has the responsibility for working with those faculty designated as Master Teachers and those who are project directors for the Learning Productivity grants.
Our third priority is "to enhance academic programs by building a state of the art technological learning environment."
With significant input from faculty and staff, Information Resources developed Target 2000, which details how we would accomplish this strategic priority. The Systemwide Internal Partnership (SIP) Team, which visited our campus last month, indicated that we are among the leaders, if not the leader, in the use of technology and in the development of a well crafted business plan.
Dean Jim Jacob and a group of staff devised a staff development plan. I adopted it and it is now being implemented out of Michael Biechler s office. This program is now in its second year.
We created the President s Scholars Program to attract high achieving students. For this academic year we have awarded four $5,000 presidential scholarships to the top four students out of the 125 who participated in the day long competition. We also awarded twenty $500 scholarships.
Business and Finance is creating an "individualized staff development program" for each employee.
most of the ARD money for this purpose. By the end of the 1997 98 academic year, we will be at close to100 percent.
We secured a $500,000 competitive award from the Chancellor s Office to provide a 24 hour a day student computing laboratory in Meriam Library.
Using equipment generously donated by a major vendor, a staff computer training facility was opened this past academic year in the Meriam Library.
We placed 300 new computers on faculty desks by last spring. Ninety five percent of the original target group of tenured and tenure track faculty now have computers, and 65 percent have adequate computers. This is a high priority of mine and supports the decision I made to use Nike Air Presto Qs White
Provost McNall has put together a Task Force on Student Centered Learning, chaired by Shelley Young. This fall the task force will provide the campus with a Womens Nike Air Presto Running Shoes statement of what constitutes student centered learning and will provide examples of campus faculty engaged in student centered learning and teaching.
Our second priority was "to invest in faculty and staff development." The following are some of the efforts to accomplish this goal.
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