Archive for October, 2009

Weekly Update – October 25, 2009

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What a week-end! Hope you are enjoying a little of it!! 

For many administrators, this week began with a day and a half spent on program review. We looked at several instructional programs, including visual and performing arts, college preparatory, English, foreign languages, and speech. While I left with several questions I’d like to address, the information presented helped me gain a much greater understanding of several concerns including faculty staffing levels, equipment and facility needs, and budget. As we continue to develop the process, I envision that the program review presentation will first address college-wide priorities, vision, and implications; and the process would then focus on specific benefits and concerns at each campus. I also envision a greater discussion around student success, student learning outcomes, and the data that support our conclusions and proposed changes. Program review clearly fits into our continuous improvement model of plan, do, check, and act. Thank you to all who presented and to those who listened, discussed, and questioned.

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Weekly Update – October 18, 2009

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I really hope that none of you read this email until late Sunday — after you have enjoyed this fabulous autumn day!  I love this time of the year. My debate today was if I should enjoy the park, Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo, or Kemah while another member of my family thought watching football was the best way to enjoy this day.

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Weekly Update – October 11, 2009

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Looks like today will be a day for inside activities – hopefully, good football, good movies, good reading, or good shopping!!

On Monday, the Board of Trustees held a workshop followed by their monthly meeting.  The main topic of the workshop was the college preparatory institutional effectiveness report. The Board reviewed this report in advance of the workshop and then spent an hour reviewing the data with the Strategic Leadership Team, College Preparatory Dean, and Director of Institutional Research. The Board members were supportive of our work in this area and reinforced their commitment to college preparatory and student success. Although I am disappointed that we are not seeing the needle move as quickly as I had hoped, we will stay focused and continue to make student success in college preparatory a college-wide commitment. We will continue to collect and analyze data so we can implement and invest in holistic strategies and interventions to move that needle.  We know that moving more students through college preparatory programs is the only way that they will be able to reach their post-secondary education goals and to improve their lives and the lives of their families. 

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Weekly Update – October 4, 2009

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Last week when I was addressing Priority #3 (Organizational Alignment and Development: Building organizational capacity and capability), I decided to wait to address the actions related to a culture of evidence until this week. Our action is to create a culture of evidence that ensures employees are data informed.  This means that the use of data should become part of the culture at San Jacinto College (SJC); the use of data should drive our decisions at every level of the organization.  We have been operating under this premise for several years, but this year we will place a greater focus on our data – both quantitative and qualitative.  The theme you will hear (or are already hearing) is “SJC DATA & YOU.”  Each of us needs to understand what the data are telling us – the meaning must be understood in two ways – first, how do data reflect decisions in the past and second, how will data inform us in making decisions of the future?  The use of data and the courageous discussions around it are a direct reflection of our accountability value –which requires us to take responsibility for our commitments and outcomes.

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