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  • Commitment to excellence - President's perspective - Hesston College
    experience at Hesston College We moved from in house course evaluations and student satisfaction surveys and adopted nationally normed surveys that allow us to compare ourselves with other colleges We found that we were good in some cases better than we expected But we were not satisfied with good and went to work to improve We have improved since the first round of surveys with our most recent results coming in as some of the highest in the country These results would not be possible without the fine leadership of Dr Sandra Zerger Bonnie Sowers Dr Nelson Kilmer Lamar Roth and many others who have used results to focus on specific areas for improvement But student satisfaction and achievement are more than survey data analysis The dedication of faculty and staff at all levels across all functions of the college is what makes the student experience Whether it is a resident director giving time a coach having a talk while driving a van a facilities person taking a personal interest in a student worker an IT person making sure students can access the Web or a faculty member taking time outside of class to listen all of these things contribute to student success and satisfaction We like good results But beyond scores and rankings we do this work because we are called to do it We are committed to educate and nurture each student in Christ centered community for service in the church and the world That call and mission are our mandate to do all we can to provide the very best for each student Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue Commitment to excellence President s perspective Data drives success Academic excellence at Hesston College Becoming 2 plus Everyday conversations Learning to decide Student profile Bonita Garber 13

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/commitment-to-excellence-presidents-perspective/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Data drives success: Academic excellence at Hesston College - Hesston College
    the student experience said Dr Nelson Kilmer who chairs the science and math division and analyzes and interprets Hesston s survey results We always want to know how we can improve We care deeply about our students learning That attention to student learning is paying off in big ways Hesston s results from the most recent round of surveys position Hesston as a leader in outstanding academics and overall student experience and not just among two year colleges nationally but four year institutions as well According to the 2012 Individual Developmental Education Assessment IDEA which measures instructional effectiveness at two year four year and graduate colleges and universities three fourths of Hesston College courses rank in the top half of all courses taught nationwide Our results show that we are finding success in the efforts we make to be caring and people centered said Dr Sandra Zerger vice president of Academics Hesston s student centered approach is closely aligned with items students consider most important The Student Satisfaction Inventory SSI a widely used survey administered by Noel Levitz helps Hesston College understand both what students consider important in their college experience and how the college does at satisfying those needs and expectations The results also show how Hesston compares to private four year institutions nationwide Hesston students top three priorities for their college experience are faculty knowledge excellent instruction and valuable course content within their major the same priorities for four year students In 2009 Hesston College students satisfaction was an average of 20 percentile points higher than the national average at private four year colleges Three years later the average difference was 23 points higher The 2012 SSI results also show that the average Hesston College student satisfaction was 96 percent in relation to the importance of an item compared to 85 percent of students at private four years on the same items Student learning and intellectual growth are explored by both the SSI and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement CCSSE which measures Hesston against itself and other two year institutions According Mallory Eicher 13 a President s Scholar and Dean s List student from Berne Ind seen on the cover students don t want to passively listen to lectures and memorize miscellaneous facts She says they want an interactive environment that challenges them to work together to solve real problems My interactive class discussions and projects at Hesston push me to think critically and to think for myself Eicher said I am encouraged to integrate learning from across my classes in a way that helps me discover things in meaningful ways Eicher and her classmates started at Hesston the fall after the college was ranked the number 2 two year college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine That ranking was heavily based upon the college s graduation rates and data from the 2009 CCSSE Data from the 2012 CCSSE indicate positive change on campus Hesston College has exceeded the results in every CCSSE benchmark area

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/data-drives-success/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Becoming #2 plus - Hesston College
    plus This place of success came from significant focused work including a lot of trial and error When survey results come in the process starts with a team made up of Vice President of Academics Sandra Zerger and institutional researchers math faculty member Nelson Kilmer and chair of the nursing department Bonnie Kauffman Ac65 67 Sowers who begin looking at the results comparing them to previous years and analyzing them Zerger Kilmer and Sowers then lead faculty and staff in understanding the results and how to work with them Nursing student Amber Baker 13 Newton Kan discusses course content with a classmate It is exciting to see the progress we have made since our earliest experience with the surveys said Zerger The results help us build a faculty team based on the factors of success The steps toward improvement are calculated and intentional at both a collective and individual level The Dean s office and faculty members collaboratively discuss the survey data how it affects them and their courses and how to respond Faculty members attend on campus in service workshops and off campus conferences geared specifically toward areas needing improvement They tweak their curricula to find what improves student learning They keep current on social and technological trends to meet students where they are Student satisfaction is broader than academics Other areas also give careful attention to meeting student needs From planning campus activities to dealing with disputes fairly to providing variety in meals and adequate living spaces every faculty and staff member works for the good of the students Donors alumni and friends play a part too Financial support helps to carry out projects and keep spaces and equipment updated Prayers and kind words and memories are energy giving sustaining and hopeful The Hesston College community both on

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  • Everyday conversations - Hesston College
    second time in seven semesters one of his classes has earned the top award among Hesston faculty members Kevin s approach to teaching is relational and hands on using stories activities and group work any strategy that helps students make sense of the material He also promotes out of the classroom connections Some Developmental Psychology assignments include listening to life stories of Schowalter Villa residents babysitting or trips to the elementary school to observe children s development General Psychology students go on a field trip to the Prairie View treatment facility in Newton Kan and analyze IQ intelligence versus EQ emotional intelligence on TV s The Big Bang Theory Kevin also encourages classroom dialogue with the Curious Student Award a certificate and stuffed flying monkey awarded periodically to a student who is engaged in class asks insightful questions and talks about class material outside of class Though the award is simple recognition in class students now anticipate it I was always very curious but not a great student said Kevin I understood the material but couldn t quite close the loop couldn t write a flawless paper or turn in an outstanding assignment The students who get the Curious Student Award are not necessarily the best students but they show interest Kevin s approach makes a difference for students Following the spring 2013 semester he received a thank you note from a student that read Thank you for your wonderful instruction this past year It was wonderful getting to know you I enjoyed how open and transparent you were with our class I will use the material you taught us for the rest of my life Michele Schrock 81 Hershberger Marissa King 05 Kevin Wilder Gregg Schroeder 86 and John Sharp 73 have courses that were awarded the top course

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/everyday-conversations/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Learning to decide - Hesston College
    was one thing she didn t know her major According to the National Academic Advising Association Alyssa s situation is not unique between 20 and 50 percent of college freshmen are still deciding on a major With interests across several disciplines Alyssa wasn t sure which road to take She dabbled in various disciplines and although she enjoyed many things about each path she was still deciding Classes in several disciplines helped expand her learning to things she otherwise may not have discovered The classes that I enjoyed and that challenged me the most were those where the instructor taught key elements and ideas that required my own exploration learning and interaction with the text said Alyssa My education instructor Marissa King 05 always said Claim your education and that is what I try to do She found herself in the Career Development course designed specifically for deciding students to have opportunities for self discovery through occupational research observation of current trends interviews and reflections A class assigned survey put teaching at the top of her professional personality profile and it finally felt right I like kids learning and the classroom setting and I want to help society so elementary education really fits me well she said As she settled into her path Alyssa s experiences exploring education broadened her intellectual growth and inspired future plans A practicum in a bilingual Newton Kan elementary classroom allowed her to see how Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL works A visit to a bilingual school in Wichita where 70 percent of the student population was of low socio economic status gave her a glimpse into the diversity within classrooms and education in general My Hesston Experience allowed me to discover a passion for education and to appreciate the diversity of

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  • Student profile - Bonita Garber '13, Bainbridge, Pa. - Hesston College
    of the Year Beyond Expectations Hesston was a new world for me in which I was diversely challenged and cognitively stimulated My emotional and spiritual growth interactions with my instructors were something that I did not expect but which I value They challenged me on theories took the time to check in with me on assignments and about my life encouraged me to run with my dreams and showed me how to balance a professional career while being engaged in other people s lives and doing things that bring wholeness and inspire others On Experiences I did practicums at the college level by shadowing Hesston classes In all of the places I looked to go after Hesston not one of them offered that kind of experience to freshmen and sophomores As a freshman I had 30 hours of Early Childhood Education practicum and my Intro to Education class spent a day at an inner city Tulsa junior high and high school That trip solidified my desire to become a teacher and help students across the learning spectrum be successful About Boni Boni threw herself into her practicums and went above her required hours and embraced equity in learning She thinks critically and asks deep questions that push beyond the reading She is an outstanding student who will do great things Marissa King 05 education instructor Go Everywhere I will do Semester by the Sea in creative writing through Stony Brook N Y University I will be tutored by an author who will help me publish a book at the end of the semester After that I will most likely attend Millersville Pa University to get my bachelor s degree then go right on for my master s I have also been working with an editor to publish my autobiographical novella

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  • Alumnus profile - Steve Martin '04, Ferndale, Wash. - Hesston College
    speaking to our class about the field and it really seemed to fit what I was looking for in a career Jim Yoder and his passions for chemistry and teaching were instrumental in my decision to pursue chemical engineering My relationships with Hesston students and instructors alike have and will continue to impact my life On Preparedness My Hesston instructors pushed me academically and I appreciate that I could be a part of a strong math and science department They prepared me to continue my education at Colorado School of Mines Golden a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science with responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources Mines has the highest admission standards of any public university in Colorado and is among the highest of any public university in the U S I also really enjoyed and appreciate the general education courses and specialized courses like Biblical Literature I had at Hesston These types of courses are often not available at larger engineering focused universities so having the chance to take those courses was great The View from Everywhere I graduated from Colorado School of Mines in May 2007 with a degree in chemical engineering I work for Anvil Corporation which is an engineering design firm specializing in capital and maintenance improvement projects for oil refineries upstream production and oil pipelines We also do design work in the pulp and paper industry water treatment and renewable energy Making a Difference I did the majority of the initial design work along with detailed engineering and construction support to convert a wastewater treatment oily water equalization tank into a bioreactor tank a more efficient and increased capacity solution for a local refinery It is the most challenging and rewarding project I have worked on to date and I

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  • Part of the equipment - Hesston College
    clinical and classroom experience Joyce knows those things happen best when there is a relationship between student and instructor We work hard at building relationships and being student centered said Joyce who is leaving clinical instruction behind beginning with the 2013 14 year We keep our office doors open and we spend a lot of time talking with students before and after class about their studies and their personal lives Many students wear a lot of hats parent employee spouse we try to help them balance all of that Joyce has been a clinical instructor each year she has been at Hesston so most of her time is spent with students in local hospitals and clinics observing and guiding them as they put their classroom and lab learning to work Hospital staff have commented on how much Hesston College instructors are around in the clinical setting said Joyce I enjoy being in touch with the students and building relationships with them in a professional setting It s a time for me to connect with each student talk about their patient and help find ways to apply their learning It s fun for me to see their light bulb moments when they make connections between classroom and clinical Joyce led her last clinical in April but she will continue teaching in the classroom looking for ways to make meaningful connections with each of her students Joyce has an amazing gift for relating to students and helping them learn said Bonnie Kauffman Ac65 67 Sowers director of nursing When students are asked at the end of the semester about the positive aspects of their nursing courses it is not unusual to see the words Joyce Huber It is such a blessing that Hesston College faculty take the time to get to know

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