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NCC T he L ittle T rain T hat D id! Successfully Writing to the New Criteria!. Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA. Your Conductors Today Are:. Steve Pearce Rhonda Pennings Gretchen Bartelson Alethea Stubbe. All Aboard!. Organizing & Getting Started. Steve Pearce

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ncc t he l ittle t rain t hat d id successfully writing to the new criteria

NCCThe Little TrainThat Did!Successfully Writing to the New Criteria!

Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, IA

your conductors today are
Your Conductors Today Are:
  • Steve Pearce
  • Rhonda Pennings
  • Gretchen Bartelson
  • Alethea Stubbe
all aboard

All Aboard!

Organizing & Getting Started

Steve Pearce

NCA Co-Chair

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NCC
  • Organization
  • Advantages
  • NCA Alert – Campus Newsletters

All Aboard!

leaving the station

Leaving the Station

The writing of the first drafts and the first work of editing.

Rhonda Pennings

NCA Editing Team

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Writing in teams
  • First Drafts & First Editing
  • Institutional Challenges
  • Food helps

Leaving the Station

keeping on track in spite of detours delays changes in destination

Keeping on Track In spite of Detours, Delays & Changes in Destination.

Gretchen Bartelson

Editing Team – Final Editor

main issues
Main Issues

& Editing team

The Editor

Avoiding Duplication & the New Criteria

Writing Tips

Graphic Design & Layout

Keeping on Track

keeping on track
Find an editor with the time to do the Job!

Get a good technical writer

Maybe a journalist or a grant-writer

The Editor & Editing Team

Keeping on Track
don t write in silos
The Editor or Editing Teammust work with all writing teams from the beginning.

An Editing Team with representatives from all Writing Teams?

The Editor & Editing Team

Don’t write in Silos!

Keeping on Track

have a retreat
Spend time analyzing the

5 Criteria

21 Core Components

and suggested patterns of evidence

Have a Retreat

Keeping on Track

New Criteria

writing to the new criteria
Writing to the New Criteria
  • Redundancy, redundancy & more redundancy!

Maybe not!

  • Schedule brain-storming sessions &Turn the Ball!

Keeping on Track

New Criteria

turning the ball
Turning the Ball

… or learning to take a look at something from all sides – even if it is round.

  • What are they looking for? Look at the language.

Keeping on Track

  • When two groups use the same evidence for different points – are they making the right distinction?

New Criteria

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Mission and Integrity
  • Preparing for the Future
  • Student Learning & Effective Teaching
  • Acquisition, Discovery & Application of Knowledge
  • Engagement and Service

Keeping on Track

it s about your college
It’s about Your College!
  • Find YOUR OWN patterns of evidence.
  • Snapshotof your college – set an end date for data/ language.
  • What are YOUgood at?

Keeping on Track

New Criteria

it s about your college1
It’s about Your College!
  • None of us does it all
  • Don’t hide your shortcomings – admit them.
  • Try to have a plan for addressing those shortcomings

Keeping on Track

New Criteria

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We avoided redundancy by putting common material in the appendix/resource room
  • We looked at what was really different about similar patterns of evidence
  • Combined patterns that were similar
  • Used introductory paragraphs about key ideas
the mysterious
The Mysterious

CROSS CUTTING THEMES

  • They did appear!
  • We used pull-out quotes in the margins and color coded them.

Keeping on Track

our new branding
Our New Branding

Keeping on Track

writing tips

Writing Tips

Writing tips
  • Make it clear and easy to read
  • Use a journalistic approach to writing.

Keeping on Track

the inverted pyramid

Writing Tips

The Inverted Pyramid

Put the supporting information elsewhere

Put the most important information first

Keeping on Track

Use Language that is descriptive and to the point.

lori richards the other member of our team

Layout & Design

Lori Richards – the other member of our team!

Get a GREAT Graphic Designer!

Keeping on Track

layout design

Layout & Design

Layout & Design
  • Graphically outline the criteria, core components and patterns of evidence.

Keeping on Track

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Layout & Design

Keeping on Track

slide27

Layout & Design

Keeping on Track

layout design1

Layout & Design

Layout & Design
  • Lots of white space & judicious use of color.

Keeping on Track

layout design2

Layout & Design

Layout & Design
  • 12 pt Times Roman & about 1.25 spacing
  • 2 inch margin on the right for appearance and for note taking.

Keeping on Track

slide31

Layout & Design

2 Inch Margins

do not make the reader look for anything ever

Layout & Design

Do not make the reader look for anything – ever!
  • Put page numbers for the appendix in the self-study
  • Websites
  • Reference Room

Keeping on Track

slide33

Layout & Design

Keeping on Track

slide34

Layout & Design

Keeping on Track

coming into the station

Coming intothe Station

Working with the Higher Learning Commission, Outside entities,

and the Visiting Team

Alethea Stubbe

NCA Co-Chair

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Working with the Higher Learning Commission
  • Outside entities
  • The Visiting Team

Coming into the Station

reaching our destination
Reaching our Destination
  • Organized document & resource room
  • Campus wide participation
  • Honest snapshot – reflected who we were
  • Plans to address issues – esp. assessment
  • Demonstrated ability to get things done

The Journey’s End

the view from the caboose
The View from the Caboose….

The Journey’s End

Questions?

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