CAS Strategic Plan 2013

Strategic Plan

Spring, 2013

NCU mission statement:  “North Central University is a Christ-centered Pentecostal school with a commitment to academic excellence that prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world (Ephesians 4:11-12).”

The College of Arts & Sciences is unified around the central theme of preparing people for the marketplace, to be ministers in the world, to be equipped to minister in the varied contexts of life.  The institution’s other colleges can focus more specifically on ministry in church settings, in missions settings, in musical settings; however the CAS focus is to prepare people to live, work, participate, minister, and lead in the marketplace.  “Marketplace” here is not narrowly focused to business, trade or economics, but instead refers to the sphere or places where people live – where business people, teachers, mathematicians, psychologists, social workers, writers, etc. do their living and interacting with others.  With this in mind, the CAS develops graduates who boldly interact with the world, know the content of the arenas where they will be living out their calling, know the major theories and ideas, know their field’s history and challenges, and are able to deal with issues of society, politics, economics, history, etc.  By emerging from the CAS, students are able to live out their faith in the world, being salt and light in the world as they interact with, participate with, work with, minister to, and lead in the various areas of the marketplace (I Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4:11-12).  CAS students are being trained for marketplace ministry.

The CAS mission is considered as a subset of the overall institutional mission.  

CAS mission statement:  “The College of Arts & Sciences prepares students to lead and minister in the marketplace.”

CAS mission glossary:

Prepares: The CAS is committed to academic excellence as it provides students opportunities to develop in a variety of ways (academically, spiritually, interpersonally, etc.).  This preparation demonstrates an awareness of the present marketplace as well as the marketplace of the future.  Preparation occurs in classroom experiences, personal study, internships, mentoring, research activities, etc.  

Lead: There are many ways to interact with the marketplace, including avoidance, participation, communication, working in it, etc.  Students in CAS are being prepared to engage in servant leadership in the marketplace, developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are prerequisites for effective leadership as they advance God’s kingdom. 

Minister:  CAS graduates will see their lives as ministry, with the desire to reflect Christ in all of life’s contexts, demonstrating God’s love and truth in all activities, living out the Kingdom of God in the marketplace.

Marketplace:  Where people live, work, learn, develop, recreate, engage in commerce, etc.  Where business people, educators, psychologists, social workers, writers, etc. do their living and interacting with others.              

Schools, Departments, Personnel and Majors in the College of Arts & Sciences:

                School of Business

·         Clint Watt, Director

·         Shawn Sauve

·         Bill Tibbetts

·         Jon High

·         Majors

o   Business Administration

o   Music Business

o   Sports Management

                Carlstrom ASL-Interpreting Department

·         Pauline Ballantine, chair

·         Bill Ross

·         Majors:

o   ASL/English Interpreter Preparation

o   Deaf Culture Studies

Department of Communication Arts

·         Todd Wold, Chair

·         Jonathan Heide

·         Majors:

o   Journalism

o   Media Communications

School of Education

·         Sharon Connor, Director

·         Jerilyn Bach

·         Connie Gayle

·         Greg Hayton

·         Margo Lloyd

·         Majors:

o   Elementary Education

o   Secondary Education

Department of English

·         Leslie Crabtree, Chair

·         Desiree Libengood

·         Gail Weinhold

·         Majors:

o   English

                Math & General Studies Department

·         John Davenport, Chair

·         Farella Shaka

·         Majors:

o   Interdisciplinary Studies

o   Mathematics

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

·         Dan Nelson, Director

·         Christina Calayag

·         SW Field Coordinator

·         Kari Nelson

·         Angela Volpe, SW Program Director

·         Majors:

o   Alcohol & Drug Counseling

o   Psychology

o   Social Work

Responsibilities of the College Dean, Dan Nelson:

·         Represent the College to internal and external constituencies

·         Serve on the Dean’s Council and Strategic Planning Committee

·         Lead the CAS Academic Affairs Committee

·         Foster the development of academic programs in the College

·         Foster the development of academic personnel in the College

·         Develop and provide leadership toward the CAS vision

·         Explore and develop additional academic programs in the College

·         Attend periodic department meetings for each academic are in the College

·         Facilitate communication between administration and faculty, and between CAS academic areas

·         Coordinate college inservices and chapels

·         Serve on hiring committees for CAS faculty

A specific listing of job responsibilities has been submitted to Deans’ Council for consideration.

Accomplishments of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2012/2013:

·         Held CAS-specific inservices over portions of two days

·         Three CAS Chapels, including

o   Panel of CAS alumni

o   Celebration chapel for graduating seniors and departmental achievements

·         Identified and proposed job responsibilities for CAS Dean

·         Developed Applied Studies major, a dual degree program with MCTC, including 15 vocational areas; Approval from HLC should occur in May with the first students in August

·         Identified Guiding Values & Practices for the CAS

·         Carried out two CAS chapels in April for the institution

·         Discussed findings of the Student Satisfaction Inventory related to the CAS overall and each department, including intervention steps

·         Implemented CAS-wide internship/field experience evaluations

·         Supported and facilitated the improvement and initiatives of the seven academic departments in the CAS

Ongoing Initiatives for the College of Arts & Sciences:

To continue to improve the quality of our academic programs and the development of marketplace ministers, the following endeavors may need additional emphasis:

·         Internship preparation and evaluation

o   Intern evaluation forms have been developed by CAS faculty that focus on the following areas applicable to all CAS interns:  basic work requirements, character qualities, ethical awareness and conduct, knowledge and learning,   response to supervision, interaction with the population served, interaction with co-workers, and work products.  Electronic format for these evaluations have been developed, and are being implemented 

o   Develop ongoing, standardized ways of implementing and benefitting from the feedback. 

·         Career preparation course/workshops/information

o   A career preparation course exists for one CAS department

o   Develop similar courses, workshops, or information for students in their respective academic areas

·         Measurement of content knowledge that should be at least similar in each of our fields to what is learned by students in other universities

o   Periodic assessment of content knowledge has occurred in one department

o   Regular assessment of content knowledge is occurring in two departments

o   Develop or acquire and then regularly implement measures that evaluate student learning and comparison to similar institutions

o   Develop ongoing, standardized ways of benefitting from this feedback

·         Alumni providing feedback on preparedness

o   A panel of alumni from CAS departments spoke at a CAS chapel providing ideas on their experiences in the workplace, reflecting and providing advice for students as they prepare to move into the marketplace

o   Develop or acquire and then regularly implement alumni surveys

o   Develop ongoing, standardized ways of benefitting from this feedback

·         Input from professionals in the field (advisory boards or number of  other formats)

o   Some departments are making regular use of advisory boards

o   Each department needs to develop multiple and regular ways of connecting with professionals in their fields and benefitting from this interaction

·         Gaining program approval/accreditation with appropriate agencies

o   National or state accreditation acquired for two majors

o   Actively pursuing accreditation for one major

o   Explore national accrediting bodies for majors in which such bodies exist

·         Designing course content/assignments with the marketplace in mind

o   Review department objectives, major objectives, courses, practices, policies in light of the university mission statement and the college mission statement

·         Developing skills necessary for leadership in the marketplace:  critical thinking, writing, speaking, problem-solving, interpersonal, researching, creativity, knowledge of various worldviews, integrating faith with life, pursuit of truth, ethical sense

o   Review department, major, course, classroom objectives and practices to deliberately foster these skills

o   Develop or acquire standardized ways of evaluating these skills

o   Develop ongoing, standardized ways of benefitting from this feedback

·         Explore and develop new academic programs

o   Continue to gather and monitor information from multiple sources regarding potential majors (national studies, Admissions Office, Student Life, competitors) that would fit with university and college mission

o   Develop cooperative program with MCTC, Applied Studies major

o   Consider expanding current academic programs for greater emphasis (emphasis to minor to major) for example, marketing, accounting, graphic design, computer science

·         Continue to improve the overall quality of all existing programs

o   Develop and implement ongoing program evaluation process for CAS academic majors

o   Develop ongoing, standardized ways of implementing and benefitting from the feedback. 

·         Develop ways of acquiring funding for CAS initiatives

o   Identify multiple ways of connecting with potential benefactors and funding agencies

o   Develop a summary of ongoing CAS initiatives with which donors could identify

o   Reserve a Partners for Progress Banquet for CAS initiatives

·         Develop multiple methods for connecting with alumni

o   Work with Alumni Office on ideas (Facebook, twitter, invitations to department chapels, electronic newsletters, broadcast emails, etc.)

CAS Guiding Values and Practices 

Academic excellence –

·         Expecting high standards of behavior for students and for ourselves

·         Requiring demanding academic work of students

·         Using current academic texts and assignments that foster learning

·         Working toward program certification/accreditation with national agencies

·         Confronting behaviors and attitudes that interfere with excellence

·         Reinforcing excellence as it occurs

Continuous quality improvement –

·         Learning about and implementing best practices in higher education in our academic areas

·         Regularly gathering feedback (from students, alumni, external constituencies) to improve programs

·         Participating in formal and informal assessments of programs and courses

·         Participating in faculty development opportunities

·         Providing and receiving feedback to improve processes

·         Approaching tasks with creativity and open-mindedness, paying attention to outcomes and effectiveness of new approaches

Prepare students for leadership in the marketplace –

·         Being aware of employment and graduate education trends and needs in our academic areas

·         Modifying programs and practices based on internship supervisors’, employers’ and alumni feedback

·         Deliberately developing the skills and attitudes and knowledge that students will need in the next steps beyond graduation

·         Assisting students out of the major or department or college if it is clear that they are likely to be unsuccessful

Love students and foster their development/growth –

·         Recognizing that a Christian college context is beneficial for some individuals as students and as faculty

·         Fostering and modeling a love of learning

·         Discipling and caring about students as developing persons

·         Celebrating student growth in a variety of areas

·         Intervening with those rare characteristics in students that may disqualify them from being successful in the field to which they are called

Doing our best work in what we have been called to do, for God’s glory, and to advance His kingdom –

·         Acting in accordance with Christian and professional ethics

·         Pursuing truth even at great cost

·         Recognizing that working at NCU is a sacred calling,

·         Realizing that this work is time-limited, and that it is easy to be disqualified from this call

·         Shaping lives with eternity in mind

·         Shaping the future of our denomination

·         Working within the institutional mission, college mission, and department mission

·         Cooperating and collaborating with colleagues in Christian love and respect

·         Sacrificing personal time, energy, resources, etc. for the purpose of advancing God’s kingdom

CAS Department-Specific Accomplishments in 2012/2013

Business –

·         Increased the number of required upper level Business courses, and added two new Business electives

·         Received $3000 in scholarships for current Business students

·         Hosted Startup Twin Cities, a conference and networking opportunity for local small business leaders and entrepreneurs hosted by Enactus

·         Faculty are consulting for large companies and have been invited to speak at the AG Higher Education conference

·         We have membership with the new Christian Business Association

·         Held Financial Bootcamp with over 100 students in attendance

Carlstrom ASL-Interpreting –

·         Hosted Minnesota Loon American Sign Language Teacher Association workshop

·         Hosted Deaf Women Fellowship with nearly 100 in attendance

·         Form Alabaster, a sign language drama ministry

·         Hosted an interpreting workshop with approximately 35 people in attendance, and raising $700

·         William Ross was voted as Member-at-Large for the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

·         Pauline Ballantine presented at the MRID Freeland Interpreter meeting

·         Twenty-five students will be attending the Christian Interpreters Conference in IA

·         Hosted the Deaf Minister Minnesota Fellowship Study Center, a non-college credit ministerial training program

Communication Arts –

·         Added two new courses to the Communication Arts curriculum

·         Updated its minor degree offerings in Journalism and Media Communication, and created a new minor in Public Relations & Advertising

·         Created a Communication Arts alumni database

·         Initiated an effort to collect lost and/or archived copies of the Northern Light/Northerner along with creating a digital archive

·         The Northerner reengaged membership in the Associated Collegiate Press Association and students attend the Midwest Journalism Convention held in Minneapolis

·         Lambda Pi Eta inducted six new members

English –

·         Launched the annual Twin Cities Creative Writing Revue, an intercollegiate event

·         Three students presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Society conference

·         Hosted the first Scholars Symposium, an intercollegiate event

·         Rebranded our literary journal, Wineskin

·         Established three writing awards (short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) as well as an award for Outstanding Senior Project

Education –

·         Successfully implemented TK20 throughout the curriculum

·         Initiated steps toward a student teaching option in China

·         A student-led outreach collected children’s books and distributed them to children with needs

Math & General Studies –

·         Modified Math curriculum to include two more courses and additional credits

·         Modified Math/Education program in cooperation with the Education Department

·         Established the NCU Math Club

·         Contributed articles, scholarly papers, and professional presentations

Social & Behavioral Sciences –

·         Graduated 39 individuals in Psychology, ADC, and Social Work

·         Seven graduates presented their senior projects at the 48th annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference

·         Held a successful Christian Recovery Conference with around 130 attendees

·         Held another successful accreditation visit from the CSWE for our SW program where we were recommended for a second year of candidacy

·         Redesigned the ADC curriculum to fit the MBBHT’s new requirements

·         Added an ADC minor

·         Added an ADC certificate for nontraditional students

·         Developed an survey for department alumni that will be distributed next year

·         Designed and implemented a plagiarism curriculum and worksheets

·         Designed and implemented a literature review introduction and worksheets

·         Hired a Social Work Program Director to begin in the fall

·         Faculty members presented at the conference for the Alliance for AG Higher Education

·         Psi Chi held two student-led writing seminars, and initiated seven new members