Volume 2, Issue 1 - August 21, 2017

Welcome to a New Academic Year

We commence the new academic year with the anticipation of new intellectual adventures, new colleagues to discover, new students to meet and advise, and all the satisfactions and demands of academic life. "We are keeping the wind in our sails by getting word out about the College," noted Interim President Meg Amstutz in recent remarks to the campus community. As the College continues to strengthen its offerings to students, may our steadfast progress this year move us closer to the vision the Indian Nobel Laureate poet, Rabindranath Tagore, a CCGA ...

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depths of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward ... into ever-widening thought and action...

Every two weeks, we will be publishing the Monday Mariner to provide you with updates and happenings in Academic Affairs. The deadline for submissions to the September 4 issue of the Monday Mariner is September 1, 2017. All items should be submitted via email to either Dr. Laura Lynch or Dr. Jim Lynch.


Culinary Arts
The Accreditation Committee for the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation met on July 13 and awarded CCGA culinary a five-year extension of its accreditation. Congratulations to Chef Carl, Chef Steve, and Walter Wright for their work preparing and submitting a successful accreditation report.

SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report
In between decennial reaffirmations, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires institutions to submit a Fifth-Year Interim Report. According to SACSCOC, the interim review “was developed to respond to the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements [that] accrediting bodies continuously monitor institutions to ensure compliance, and accrediting bodies have a mechanism for reviewing multiple sites initiated since last reaffirmation.”

Over the last few months, the College's Accreditation Committee, consisting of Meg Amstutz, Kay Hampton, Laura Lynch, German Vargas, Jason Umfress, Jeff Preston, Michael Butcher, Amy Clines, Alan Ours, Terri Harris, Lisa McNeal, Kimberly Mannahan, Cody Cocchi, Ron Harding, and Jim Lynch, have conducted an intense institutional audit that has resulted in a 200-plus page report that is currently being finalized for official submission on September 15. Additionally, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Impact Report, demonstrating the extent to which the QEP has affected outcomes related to student learning (Service-Learning), has also been prepared and will accompany the Fifth-Year Interim Report to be reviewed by the SACSCOC Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports. SACSCOC will render its decision in December and a letter with results of the report review will be sent to the President's Office in January 2018.

First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs)

As part of continuing efforts to improve retention, progression, and graduation, School Deans and Department Chairs worked with Academic Affairs to promote student engagement through the creation of First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) where roughly 150 freshmen this fall will have the opportunity to connect at a much deeper level with their classmates as they share a common schedule of courses. The faculty assigned to one of these courses met in spring to discuss opportunities for engagement with these students, with the clear message that there is no expectation of additional work by these faculty. One idea that arose was to give the students a common Supplemental Instructor (SI) and a common study hour. Thanks to the efforts of Niki Schmauch, Pat Morris, and Lisa Lesseig, we have brought that idea to fruition.

As you help students, you may see courses with an “X” in the section number – those courses are part of an FLC. You may also see something like “CCGA 0001 - Academic Skills Workshop - Excellence Seminar-Biology” on course schedules. This is a no credit “course” that appears on a student’s schedule with a date/time, but does not cost the student anything. They will not receive a grade and it will not appear on their transcript. These “courses” serve as a common study hour and will be taught by an SI Leader.

For more information (for you or your students), please visit First-Year Learning Communities and Learning Communities. Faculty can also direct their questions/ideas to Dr. German Vargas or Dr. Laura Lynch. First-year students in one of these communities should contact their advisor in the Center for Academic Advising.

New Director for the Honors Program
Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Wilhelm, Assistant Professor of History, and 2016-17 Faculty Senate Chair, began serving as the Director of the Honors Program this summer. Dr. Wilhelm brings enthusiasm, experience serving on the Honors Advisory Committee and an interdisciplinary record of scholarship and teaching excellence that will provide growth and continuity to a program well established by Dr. Robert Bleil, the inaugural director of the program. The College commends and thanks Dr. Bleil for his great work establishing and managing the program in its early years, and we look forward to its continued growth under the auspices of Dr. Wilhelm’s leadership.

Faculty Development Opportunity
The University of Georgia's annual Innovation in Teaching Conference, a one-day conference that highlights innovative teaching practices among educators, is accepting proposals for a 10-minute session or poster discussion. Proposal deadline is September 18, 2017, registration deadline is October 11, and the conference will be Friday, October 20, 2017. Three proposals will be recognized for an Emerging Landscapes in SOTL Award.

Open Education Resources
As we continue our institutional efforts to promote access and affordability, we encourage you to consider evaluating open educational resources as an alternative to the traditional high cost textbooks. Affordable Learning Georgia continues to support these efforts and a new round of textbook transformation grants is now open: Textbook Transformation Grants: Rounds Ten and Eleven (Round Ten Deadline for applications: September 29, 2017). If you need any assistance applying for one of the ALG Grants, please contact Dr. German Vargas. Additionally, as part of our commitment to support the evaluation of Open Educational Resources, the Office of Academic Affairs will compensate up to 10 faculty members ($100 each) to perform individual OER evaluations. For more information or to apply as an OER reviewer, please click here.

2017-18 College Catalog
The current academic year online College catalog is now live - check it out!

Survey Research
If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the Facilities Management Survey. Your feedback is very important as it will be used to make improvements in facilities management on both the Brunswick campus and Camden Center.

Upcoming Events & Reminders
Attendance Verification

August 31
Due by 10:00 am

Fall 2017 Commencement
December 15
6:00 pm
Coffin Gym, Brunswick Campus

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