Archive for January, 2011

Weekly Update – January 30, 2011

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

Did any of you run the marathon today?  That’s one of those items on my list that I would like to accomplish but haven’t yet. So to any of you who ran it – congratulations!!  Let me know who you are and if this was your first time to participate. Read the rest of this entry »

Update Documents

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College Priorities

Chancellor Communication:

Legislative Updates:

Compensation Study:

Workforce and CPD:

Data Reports:

Weekly Update – January 23, 2011

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Dear Fellow San Jacinto College Employees –

Over the past few days, we have heard the budget deficit news from Austin plus, we have seen the first rendition of House Bill 1 (HB1).  On the state deficit side, the comptroller released a shortfall number of $26.8 billion. We have also heard differing opinions about whether or not the amount is accurate and whether or not the calculations are correct.  In addition, the “new” numbers being discussed are all over the place – some have increased and some have decreased that deficit. Adding to these dimensions are clear directives about no new taxes and debates about whether or not fees are taxes, whether or not legalized gambling is a solution, the use or no use of rainy day funds, etc. Discussions and debates are focused on solutions for achieving the required balanced budget, but there are significant distracting elements, including the proposed closing of four community colleges. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – January 17, 2011

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Happy Martin Luther King Day!! 

 I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday and this extra long week-end. I determined (with much feedback) that I should excuse the weekly update due to the holiday.  Plan on an update next week that will cover highlights from College Community Week, the January 18th Board meeting, and the kickoff of the spring 2011 semester.

Enjoy your day and I hope you take the time to attend some of the Martin Luther King Day activities scheduled around the Houston area.



Weekly Update – January 9, 2011

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

Happy 2011! I hope all of you enjoyed the break and are ready for a new year and a new semester. The transition from holiday mode to full-speed ahead is not an easy one, but hopefully you have recharged and are energized about our work here at San Jacinto College. Read our vision and mission statements along with our values and you will realize just how important that work is!!  Give it a try right now:


San Jacinto College will be the leader in educational excellence and in the achievement of equity among diverse populations. We will empower students to achieve their goals, redefine their expectations, and encourage their exploration of new opportunities. Our passions are people, learning, innovation, and continuous improvement.



Our mission is to ensure student success, create seamless transitions, and enrich the quality of life in the communities we serve.


Our Values

Integrity: Ethical and Professional
“We act in ways which instill confidence and trust”

Excellence: In Everything We Do
“We achieve quality results in everything we do”

Accountability: It’s Up to Us
“We take responsibility for our commitments and outcomes”

Innovation: Lead the Way
“We apply our knowledge, skill, insight, and imagination to recognize opportunities, solve problems, and recommend new solutions”

Sense of Community: Caring for Those We Serve and Ourselves
“We demonstrate genuine concern for the well-being of our students, our community and ourselves”

Student Success: Our Ultimate Measure
“We enable students to achieve their goals”

Diversity: Celebrate the Differences
“We celebrate the diversity of ideas and cultures”

Collaboration: We work Together
“We work together for the benefit of the college”

These are quite powerful statements, but more importantly they aren’t just statements: they are the essence of San Jacinto College. Additionally, we have established our four strategic goals of Student Success, P-16 Pipeline, Workforce & Economic Development, and Our People. These goals and the related strategies and annual priorities are aligned and focused on realizing our mission and vision as we live out our values.

Before the break, the Strategic Leadership Communication Council (SLCC) assembled for its kick-off meeting. This Council represents over 80 people, including the president and president elect of each employee group and the direct and indirect reports to the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) members through Deans and Managers. The members of the SLCC are charged with understanding the College’s strategic direction, which is detailed by the vision and mission statements, the strategic plan, and the annual priorities.  Each member’s responsibility is to understand our challenges, opportunities, and possibilities so they can lead and guide other employees throughout the organization in understanding the College’s strategic direction.  Part of this is making sure that everyone is familiar with the College’s vision, mission, strategic plan, and annual priorities. Their second charge is to serve as a strategic communication avenue for the College to ensure that information is being disseminated and shared throughout the organization and that those messages are consistent and accurate. This group has broad representation because it is critical that our efforts are aligned in order to be effective. It doesn’t matter if you are credit or non-credit, in the classroom or in the library, in the business office or in facilities, or if you are faculty, staff, or administrator, because we are all working together for the same goals and purpose.

One of my final messages to the group was to set the stage for moving forward and to reflect on what has been accomplished—we have a vision, mission, strategic plan, and strategic calendar. We have spent much time as an organization on planning and developing a guide. The road is not perfectly mapped out. In this world of change, it can’t be. But we are positioning San Jacinto College to continue to do its business competitively in the future, which will require that we all work together to be well-informed, proactive, and innovative thinkers.

The updated membership of the SLCC and its charter can be viewed by clicking on the words.  If you have questions about what was discussed at our first meeting, contact any of the members. Also, regarding the strategic plan, I will be distributing the formal document (it looks great!) to all faculty and administrators at College Community Week. Over the next couple of weeks, it will be distributed to all staff members through intercampus mail and will be mailed to part-time faculty. Please read it and keep it close at hand!

As we kick off 2011, our focus continues to be on accomplishing our annual priorities and providing excellent instruction and services to our students. Preliminary enrollment numbers reflect a significant increase at all three campuses. This next week will be busy as I anticipate more students rushing in for the last week of registration.

This year will be challenging, especially as we head into the 82nd Legislative Session. I spent much of last week having “send-off” meetings with our State representatives and senators. While their messages were consistent regarding the significance of the deficit and the difficulty of the session and the decisions that need to be made, they were supportive of San Jacinto College and our work. I will be spending a great deal of time in Austin over the next six to eight months, as will Teri Fowlé, Associate Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications. We will send you updates on happenings in Austin but also watch the information posted on the website for the Texas Association of Community Colleges (

Welcome back!  Have a great week!