CCAS Board of Directors releases a guide for assessing best practices in colleges/schools of Arts & Sciences
November 7, 2013. The CCAS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the publication of the Standards of Practice: A Self-Assessment Guide for Colleges/Schools of Arts & Sciences. The Standards were developed to help deans evaluate whether their colleges or schools maintain policies and practices that align with the best practices and standards in higher education. The Standards are not intended to be prescriptive; rather, they serve as constructive guidelines to deans as you with work within the context of your own institution.
The Standards and accompanying Scoring Rubric are available to members of CCAS. Log into this page (above, right), then, under Resources, hold your cursor over Standards of Practice, and click "A Self-Assessment Guide" to download the document or "Scoring Rubric," which is an Excel-based tool to assist you in conducting a systematic analysis of your policies and practices. Hard copies also are available upon request.
Non-members who wish to view the Standards and take the self assessment are welcome to join CCAS. Write us at email@example.com for a membership application.
Board election results announced
Timothy D. Johnston (bottom right), Dean of A&S at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is the new President-Elect of CCAS. Elected to term positions on the board are (from bottom row): Patricia Witherspooon-University of Texas at El Paso; Steve Peters-Friends University; Elizabeth A. Say-California State University, Northridge; Goldie S. Byrd-North Carolina A&T State University; Gerry Greenberg, Syracuse University; Catherine Albrecht-Ohio Northern University; and Christopher McCord-Northern Illinois University. A roster of the full board can be viewed under About CCAS/Governance.
Registration now open for February 2014 Seminar for Department Chairs/Heads
CCAS has selected the Hilton Alexandria Old Town (Virginia) as the site for the next Seminar for Department Chairs/Heads. Dates are February 20-22, 2014. Dr. Marie Miller, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Emporia State University, will direct the seminar. Registration is now open: go to EVENTS in the blue navigation bar, hover over Department Chair Seminar - FEBRUARY and select "Registration" from the fly out menu. Reminder that due to space limitations, no more than TWO chairs from the same institution will be admitted.
Deans make the case for liberal arts majors
As the arts and sciences come under criticism from many quarters, our deans rise to the occasion, going public with their support for a broad, liberal-arts based undergraduate curriculum and majors.
CCAS President Mary Anne Fitzpatrick (University of South Carolina) endorses the recent report from the Academy of Arts & Sciences (The Heart of the Matter) and invites you to join in the conversation about the centrality of the humanities and social sciences.
In a recent op-ed article in Urban Milwaukee, Dean Benjamin Rifkin of The College of New Jersey takes issue with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposal that the State funding formulae incentivize students to study in high-demand majors.
And Michael Zimmerman, VPAA & Provost at The Evergreen State College, argues that the humanities support the economy in this piece in The Seattle Times.
"Liberal Arts & Sciences FAQs" brochure available for purchase
This brochure, authored by former CCAS President Matthew C. Moen (University of South Dakota), defines liberal education and offers arguments for its centrality in undergraduate education. The brochure is being made available at cost to CCAS members.
First 10 copies, no charge to members
Between 11-100 copies, $6 per 10 copies
Orders over 100, $5 per 10 copies
To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCAS Member Benefits
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, a network of deans, fosters leadership and administration in colleges and schools of arts and sciences. In pursuit of our mission, CCAS connects deans with each other, provides professional development, serves as a forum for discussing issues in higher education, and advocates for liberal learning.
All arts and/or science decanal staff of a participating college within an institution are eligible for the following benefits:
• password and access to the 'Members Only' area of the CCAS web site
• bimonthly newsletters
• a variety of professional-development seminars, workshops, and webinars
• discounted registration fees at seminars and the Annual Meeting
• discounted subscription rate for Change Magazine
• a mentoring program for new deans and associate/assistant deans
• participation in both the data collection and receipt of the New Hires Survey report
• a 'deans only' listserv for discussion of issues and networking with other Deans,
and a listserv for associate and assistant deans
• an online searchable database (Deans Knowledge Base) of timely presentations, policy statements,
listserv discussions, and other resources
• training workshops for department chairs/heads, either on campus or at a regional location
• access to the CCAS membership mailing list for searches, college newsletters, etc.
NOTE: Passwords are assigned to member Deans, Associate, and Assistant Deans. If you do not remember your login credentials, click "Forgot your password?" under the login boxes at the top right of the CCAS homepage and you'll be asked to enter your email address. Then click, "Send Login Information." The website will email your login credentials shortly. If the website doesn't send you your login information it is because your email address either isn't in the database or is different from the one in the database. For assistance, email email@example.com.
Click here to access the "Member Benefits and Services" brochure.