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Create Your Own Magic Using a CAS Self-Study. NSEE – Orlando, Florida September 2008 Cathy Stablein and Jean Spahr College of DuPage. Create Your Own Magic…. The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education www.cas.edu

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Create Your Own Magic Using a CAS Self-Study

NSEE – Orlando, Florida

September 2008

Cathy Stablein and Jean Spahr College of DuPage


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Create Your Own Magic…

  • The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education www.cas.edu

  • Buy the self-study guidelines for Internship Programs…will work for Co-op too.

  • Assemble your team…


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Create Your Own Magic, cont.

  • Dedicate a good amount of time and effort…

  • Be open-minded…

  • Why? It is good business & may produce program innovations and improvements that are magical!


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Look at the CAS Components…

  • Mission

  • Program

  • Leadership

  • Organization and Management


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Look at CAS Components, cont.

  • Human Resources

  • Financial Resources

  • Facilities, Technology, and Equipment

  • Legal Responsibilities

  • Equity and Access


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CAS Components, cont.

  • Campus and External Relations

  • Diversity

  • Ethics

  • Assessment and Evaluation


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Self-Assessment Process

  • Establish the self-study process and review team.

  • Understand the CAS Standards and Self-Assessment Guide.

  • Compile and review documentary evidence.


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Self-Assessment Process, cont.

  • Judge performance objectively.

  • Complete the assessment process.

  • Let the magic begin!


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Moving toward the Magic!

  • Based on what you have learned, what dreams do you have for your program??

  • What magic is possible with the support of your team?

  • What will you do first??


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COD Reality = Action Plans

  • During FY 08, the CEIP program manager, in collaboration with a faculty committee, conducted a CAS program self-study. During FY 09 recommendations from the self-study will be selected for implementation based on feasibility, available staff, etc. The impact of innovations will be measured via stakeholder surveys and student learning outcomes with the aim of a 2% increase in the balanced scorecard measures of engaging students, engaging faculty, and engaging the community in work-integrated learning.


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Action Plan, cont.…

  • 9/3/2008 3:14:41 PM JEAN A SPAHR

    Based on the CAS self-study and changes at COD, I have selected the following areas for improvement over a three year period: adopt online forms and electronic permits; rewrite stakeholder handbooks; streamline the process of preparing students to pursue and succeed at coops and internships; and adapt to Datatel with the goal of streamlining the student registration and faculty payment process. Improvements in these areas should impact the Balanced Scorecard measures for this unit.


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Magic at College of DuPage (COD)

  • Magical transformation from a “one person shop” with action plans to accomplish to a “one person shop” with a team of well-versed faculty offering support and ideas.


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More magic …

  • Credit-based internship course for faculty… first time ever is underway!

  • “Academy of Faculty Scholars” working collaboratively toward program improvement.


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Magical transformations to come…

  • Electronic forms and electronic Permits to Register.

  • New handbooks for stakeholders.

  • Streamlined process of preparing students to pursue and succeed at work-integrated learning.

  • Streamlined course registration and faculty payment process.


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Looking to create your own magic??

  • Consider doing a CAS self-study… review and plan.

  • Go outside your own department to tap faculty and staff.

  • Systematically go through all the CAS components, as appropriate to your program.


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Looking to Create Magic??

  • Sit with the results of your self-study for awhile.

  • Select the improvements that mean the most to you and your stakeholders.

  • Enjoy the process of working magic with the support of your self-study team!


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Discussion…

  • Magical results… or any results at your institution using the CAS self-study guide?

  • Plans to begin a CAS self-study? Fears?

  • Questions… Concerns… Ideas…


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Creating Our Own Magic…

  • Cathy Stablein, Professor of Journalism and Publications Advisor, College of DuPage

  • Jean Spahr, Manager of the Cooperative Education and Internship Program, College of DuPage

  • CAS Self-Study Committee and Co-op/Internship Faculty Advisory Board


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