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1 T he L ittle T rain T hat D id! NCC T he L ittle T rain T hat D id! Successfully Writing to the New Criteria! Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA

2 Your Conductors Today Are: Steve Pearce Rhonda Pennings Gretchen Bartelson Alethea Stubbe

3 All Aboard! Steve Pearce NCA Co-Chair Organizing & Getting Started

4 NCC Organization Advantages NCA Alert – Campus Newsletters All Aboard!

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6 Leaving the Station Rhonda Pennings NCA Editing Team The writing of the first drafts and the first work of editing.

7 Writing in teams First Drafts & First Editing Institutional Challenges Food helps Leaving the Station

8 Keeping on Track In spite of Detours, Delays & Changes in Destination. Gretchen Bartelson Editing Team – Final Editor

9 Main Issues The Editor Avoiding Duplication & the New Criteria Writing Tips Graphic Design & Layout Keeping on Track & Editing team

10 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

11 Don’t write in Silos! The Editor or Editing Team The Editor or Editing Team must work with all writing teams from the beginning. Keeping on Track Editing Team An Editing Team with representatives from all Writing Teams? The Editor & Editing Team

12 Have a Retreat Spend time analyzing the 5 Criteria 21 Core Components and suggested patterns of evidence Keeping on Track New Criteria

13 Writing to the New Criteria Redundancy, redundancy & more redundancy! Keeping on Track Maybe not! Turn the Ball!Schedule brain-storming sessions & Turn the Ball! New Criteria

14 Turning the Ball … or learning to take a look at something from all sides – even if it is round. Keeping on Track When two groups use the same evidence for different points – are they making the right distinction? What are they looking for? Look at the language. New Criteria

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

16 Your College It’s about Your College ! YOUR OWNFind YOUR OWN patterns of evidence. SnapshotSnapshot of your college – set an end date for data/ language. YOUWhat are YOU good at? Keeping on Track New Criteria

17 Your College 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

18 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

19 The Mysterious They did appear! We used pull-out quotes in the margins and color coded them. Keeping on Track CROSS CUTTING THEMES

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21 Our New Branding Keeping on Track

22 Writing tips Make it clear and easy to read Use a journalistic approach to writing. Keeping on Track Writing Tips

23 The Inverted Pyramid Put the most important information first Keeping on Track Put the supporting information elsewhere Writing Tips Use Language that is descriptive and to the point.

24 Lori Richards – the other member of our team! Keeping on Track Get a GREAT Graphic Designer! Layout & Design

25 Graphically outline the criteria, core components and patterns of evidence. Keeping on Track Layout & Design

26 Keeping on Track Layout & Design

27 Keeping on Track Layout & Design

28 Keeping on Track Lots of white space & judicious use of color. Layout & Design

29 Black & Blue Color in Charts Layout & Design

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

31 2 Inch Margins Layout & Design

32 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 Layout & Design

33 Keeping on Track Layout & Design

34 Keeping on Track Layout & Design

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36 Coming into the Station Alethea Stubbe NCA Co-Chair Working with the Higher Learning Commission, Outside entities, and the Visiting Team

37 Working with the Higher Learning Commission Outside entities The Visiting Team Coming into the Station

38 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

39 The View from the Caboose…. Questions? The Journey’s End


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