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February 5, 2015


Proctors needed for Survey of Student Engagement

students on campus

The third round of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is set for March 23 to April 10.

After nearly two years of ongoing success projects, CCSSE will provide one series of metrics to determine whether or not we’ve been successful. The survey asks students about their experiences—how they spend their time; what they feel they have gained from their classes; how they assess their relationships with faculty, counselors, peers, and more.  The results from Columbus State’s 2013 survey are here

Approximately 100 proctors are needed to pick up, administer and return surveys to the designated office. The time commitment is approximately two hours per survey. Faculty members are welcome to serve as proctors, but not for their own class.

“CCSSE is a critical benchmarking tool,” says David Tom, CCSSE campus coordinator.  “Since we are now entering a third iteration of this self-study, we will be able to see where we’ve made progress and where there is continued room for improvement.  All of this is important to AQIP and our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.”

To volunteer as a CCSSE proctor, please contact David Tom or Jennifer Anderson.

More survey news:

Columbus State will also participate in the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE).  This is a parallel survey to the student survey and in some cases, faculty will have the opportunity to answer the same questions posed to students.  It will be interesting to compare the perspectives of faculty and students on the same topic.  During spring semester, faculty will be sent an email to participate in the online CCFSSE.



Black History Month activities continue throughout February

A complete listing of February activities recognizing Black History Month through literature, movies, poetry and music is available on the Columbus State homepage



NISOD Webinar offered on “Building Academic Tenacity”

Through Columbus State’s membership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), you can access a free webinar on “academic tenacity.” Participants will explore psychological factors related to learning in the classroom and their impact on retention, learn how to recognize the importance of building academically tenacious students, and learn how to recognize the various aspects of mindset approaches to learning and student performance. The webinar takes place Thursday, February 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Learn about our NISOD membership and register.


Service-Learning committees to host conference

The Columbus State Service-Learning OAA College and Division Committees are proud to announce the first service-learning conference, to be held on Thursday, March 26, on the Columbus campus.

The theme of this year's conference, "Active Citizen Transformation," reflects the need to help faculty and staff integrate social justice issues within the classroom in such a way that students can become informed, knowledge-based consumers of issues, and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom.  Contributions to the conference are encouraged and should focus on: 1) experiences, challenges and rewards in integrating social justice issues in the classroom; 2) research and data on social justice issues that may be used in the classroom; 3) organizations that can facilitate engagement in social justice; 4) local-global social justice issues; and/or 5) ways to translate social justice into socially responsible behavior.

The Call for Proposals is available at this link: Please note the conference proposal deadline is Friday, February 20, by 5:00 p.m. The Service-Learning committee encourages any faculty and staff member to submit a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact the Service-Learning OAA committee at


Columbus State Application offline Feb. 23-27

The Columbus State Application for Admission will be taken offline for scheduled maintenance February 23 through 27. The downtime is scheduled to be no longer than one week. Revisions to the application include:

  • A shorter and more streamlined application process for College Credit Plus applicants. This approach will maximize efficiency while also providing a more satisfying student experience.
  • A simplified application process for traditional applicants. Many existing sections of the application have been analyzed in order to remove extraneous content while still providing the data necessary for reporting purposes.
  • A platform that could include further updates and efficiencies for additional student populations.

The Admissions Systems team, as well as a separate project team working specifically on the application edits, chose the week of February 23 for several reasons:

  • It follows the opening of Summer Semester 2015 registration on February 16 by a full week, thereby allowing students who are eager to enroll during the beginning of the registration period to do so.
  • It follows the February 16 Visit Day for high school juniors and seniors, which allows the event participants to apply to the college both during (in the integrated Application Session), and for a week following, the event.
  • It is in line with the beginning of the high school visit season for the College Credit Plus office, which will allow for a smooth transition to the upcoming application period.

The Admissions Systems team appreciates your support and encourages you to contact Kara Briscoe, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns.


Transcripts Request Form goes online Feb. 9

The Records and Registration Department and Credentials Solutions have partnered to make ordering official Columbus State transcripts easier for students to order. Beginning Monday, February 9, students will be able to go to the online transcript request site to order their official transcript. There are also several mailing options for transcripts, and a next-day, in-person pick-up option.



Password change program reactivated Feb. 9
The password change program will be reactivated beginning Monday, February 9.  If you need instructions on how to change your password, go online to the IT Knowledge Base for help. You may wish to be proactive and change your password now to avoid the rush on February 9.

Re-connect your devices to the new WIFI after Valentine’s Day
Columbus State will implement new wireless controllers that will go live on February 14 on all campuses and regional learning centers. You will need to reattach your devices to the new wireless network. If you have difficulties reattaching to the new WIFI controllers, search “wireless setup” on the Columbus State homepage to find a how-to article.



February issue of UHC newsletter online now

The United Healthcare newsletter “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” is online now, with articles such as “Coping with Chronic Illness,” “Fast Meals for Busy Weeknights,” and “Five Weight-Loss Tools You Probably Have on Hand!”


Cross-training in Admissions Systems offered

The Admissions Systems team will offer cross-training on the various Admissions Systems student information system tools in Colleague and Hobsons, as well as the most current application procedures and changes. These forums will be offered on the first Thursday of each month in the Madison Hall 217 (Admissions conference room) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Upcoming sessions are Thursday, March 5 and Thursday, April 2.



Rhyan featured in Library art exhibit

The Library welcomes artist Kimberly Rhyan, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, whose artwork is on display in the Library throughout February. About her artwork, Rhyan says “My paintings embody many stories. Each painting reverberates emotion through the exploration of relationships. My canvases continually contextualize and unveil the narrative, as it is perceived through the discovery of play. The act of painting is a metaphor for the complexities that have weaved in and out of my life, and yet, there is immense beauty somewhere between the intention and the outcome.”

Rhyan has a bachelor’s degree in fine art and a master’s in creative arts therapy. The exhibit is on display in the gallery on the second floor.


News from the Discovery District
logoFebruary is Black History month and the Columbus Metro. Libraries have a lot of activities for you to discover. There are many children’s activities included.

BalletMet’s opening of The Great Gatsby is this weekend. There are shows available Feb. 6-14. In his final year with the company, longtime leading dancer and fan favorite, Jimmy Orrante is bringing back this crowd pleaser. 

Mayor Coleman’s final State of the City address will be Thursday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Palace Theatre. It will also be a celebration of Coleman’s tenure so there will be light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Please RSVP by Feb. 17 clicking here.




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