January, 2015Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/infobrief/2015-01/
Welcome to the spring semester. The information shared this month reflects areas of broad impact for our preparation programs—advising, technology, and accreditation. Please take a moment to read the briefs and capture a glimpse of what is occurring within and across our college, university, and profession.
What information, story or update do you have about your program or students? Consider engaging in this communiqué by sharing information in a future issue. Brief summaries and updates as well photos can be sent to Jerrad Aspelund (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Phishing emails raise cybersecurity alert for faculty, staff, and students.
(Content contributions also by Rebecca Clark, ITS Communications Coordinator)
As individuals on a state network, we’re popular and tantalizing targets for cyberattacks. Per Shane Dwyer, Senior Director for Information Security and Assurance, Minnesota State University, Mankato, experienced 58 incidents in 2013. In 2014, the frequency of incidents increased to an average of 58 per month.
One of the most frequent methods is the counterfeit, or spoof, email. When closely inspected, these fake emails will contain at least a few clues that distinguish them from legitimate emails.
First, look at the sender’s email address. In the example, the domain isn’t mnsu.edu but in fact gmail.com! Emails from an unfamiliar address that claim to be from a trusted source, yet don’t use the normal method should heighten your awareness.
Second, look for awkward grammatical errors. Many attacks originate outside the United States and are likely to be constructed in a language other than English. When these are then processed through a translation program, formatting, grammar, and punctuation are often used incorrectly.
Third, look for pressure statements. Directions to “click this link now” and “open attachment immediately” should also give you pause. Awareness and scrutiny will thwart many attacks before they even begin, so pressure language is used to counteract them. Phishing emails typically either contain a link or an attachment that contain viruses meant to infect your computer. Viruses have the potential to capture data, damage your system, and oftentimes both. Captured data can then be used to spread the virus further.
If you believe you have received such an email, or if you have concerns or questions about phishing emails, please contact the ITS Service Desk at email@example.com or 507-389-6654.
The process of Accreditation is a continual and on-going process for many of our programs and state or national accreditation units that have impact within the College of Education. The Aviation Department continues to investigate their own program accreditation at the national level and the Counseling and Student Personnel (CSP) Departments is working towards their own national re-accreditation with CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). Both of these processes are diverse, on-going and very time intensive for all faculties. The Department of Education Leadership also continues to monitor, assess and evaluate their program components for the state of Minnesota Administrative Licensure credentials.
For those departments with teacher licensure programs (Elementary and Early Childhood – EEC; K-12 & Secondary Programs – KSP; and Special Education) that are monitored and accredited both at the state and national level, the most immediate new requirement has just been completed with the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Each of these programs within the College of Education and the related academic content programs within the Unit, have input their total program information into the new state Educator Preparation Program Application System (EPPAS). The EPPAS system plays a critical role in meeting the reporting requirements of the Board of Teaching and in assisting individual university programs with the maintenance of program data over time. With much help from program coordinators, faculty, and Jerrad Aspelund in the Dean’s Office – all of the licensure program data has been input and submitted to the Board of Teaching for final approval during Spring, 2015. We hope to have all programs approved this spring and on schedule for our continuing approval and reporting cycle January, 2017.
Additionally, our yearly reports related to professional licensure are all being prepared for an April, 2015 submission to the national data bases. The Title II Report, Educator Preparation Providers (EPP) report and the Professional Education Data System (PEDS) report through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and AACTE are all now in progress. In the various departments, program information may be requested and then provided results back to each program throughout this spring. The College of Education Office of Assessment and Research and the Accreditation and Evaluation Advisory Board will be taking the lead on these reports. These continual processes move forward with much assistance from everyone involved in all licensure programs in the College of Education. If you have any questions about any of these accreditation processes, please feel free to email Carrie Chapman, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academic Advising Office facilitates academic advising, orientation & registration. We guide our students through the process of setting and achieving meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interests, values and abilities. Advising is a collaborative decision-making process that enables students to realize their educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor. Our Student Relations Coordinator (SRC) and advising faculty serve as facilitators of communication, coordinators of educational learning experiences and career planning, academic progress assessors, and agents of referral to other campus agencies as necessary. The Academic Advising Office also manages Professional Education admissions for all teacher licensure programs, variance requests, professional communications and scholarships.
Mission of the Academic Advising Office:
To assist and support College of Education students with admission to educational programs, general education course selection, minor course selection, academic warning, suspension, probation, academic appeals, and recruitment & retention.
Changes to our Professional Education Requirements:
- Simplified Professional Education application process
- Now accepting MTLE, ACT plus writing and SAT scores for basic skill requirements
- Over 500 advising appointments: working with students to personalize their college experience.
- Awarded over $90,000 dollars in scholarships to College of Education scholars.
- Homework Helpers/Saturday Study Buddies - A free tutoring program for K-12 students and their families offered by Minnesota State University’s College of Education. College students from all educational and cultural backgrounds volunteer their time to work one-on-one with K-12 students on their homework assignments. We also have Saturday story time and arts & crafts for our K-6 participants and family members. The College of Education considers Saturday Study Buddies an event the whole family can enjoy. Parents can sit and relax while we work with their children.
- Dr. Seuss Day – An event focused on promoting literacy and learning. Over 350 kindergartners from around the Mankato Area celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participated in a fun filled day of story time and arts & crafts.