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Weekly Update – July 4, 2010

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Happy Independence Day!

This is one of my favorite holidays. I hope you are all enjoying some BBQ and good friends and family as we celebrate this important day in our nation’s history.  As you know, this day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared our independence from Great Britain.    Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – December 6, 2009

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Sorry for my tardiness in getting out this weekly update.  The weather has played havoc on my schedule.  I actually got “snowed in” in Dallas on Friday (I was there for a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting and all flights to Houston were canceled). Today, I went to Atlanta for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) annual conference, and I spent several extra hours in the airport due to some weather related issue. Oh well, better to be on the ground than in the air with weather issues!!

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Weekly Update – September 27, 2009

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Last week’s email left you hanging with only a partial explanation of Annual Priority #3.  I know you have been anxiously waiting for me to complete it, so I am going to jump right in. 

Annual Priority #3

Organizational Alignment and Development: Building organizational capacity and capability

There are four sections of this priority and last week I addressed the first, which focused on improving the alignment of our leadership and communication structures.  Sections two through four are: improve financial control, improve the performance of human capital, and improve the processes that support the operations of the College.

 Improve financial control:  First, we will focus on refining the college-wide resource allocation and budget methodology. The goals are improved decision-making, funding tied to the College’s strategic plan, and a clearer understanding by budget leaders of the budget development process and timeline.  We anticipate the process will be disseminated to users by the end of the semester.  It will not be static: it will be a continuous improvement process that redefines processes, measurements, assumptions, and focus, as needed.

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Weekly Update – August 2, 2009

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Can you believe it is August?  The summer is flying by, and we’re gearing up for the fall semester.  Our student services folks are busy working with students and getting them oriented and registered.  Our summer enrollment was up over last year (approximately 6.5% in contact hours and over 8% in duplicated headcount college-wide), and we are hoping that will carry over into the fall semester.

By now, most faculty members and administrators should have received an information packet at your home regarding College Community Week activities beginning on August 17th. The name has been changed from in-service to College Community Week to reinforce our college family and celebrate our community of educators. Monday morning (the 17th) kicks off with Sandy Shugart, President of Valencia Community College. Dr. Shugart is inspirational and motivational and is passionate about student success and the role of community colleges. College Community Week is packed with important topics and discussions.  I encourage you to begin planning now to maximize your participation. 

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Weekly Update – June 23, 2009

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I hope you are enjoying the dry weather and still have green grass and
live flowers in your yard.  It’s hard to think about Houston and drought
in the same thought….but here we are! Interesting though, I just heard
on the news that there is a potential tropical depression brewing!

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon at Houston
Community College regarding the Houston Pathways Initiative (HPI). This
initiative partners with school districts and universities to facilitate
and track student success across educational segments. HPI is a
replication of the successful Cal-Pass project in California and one
recently introduced in San Antonio. The Houston Endowment is funding HPI
and the partners include The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,
Houston Community College, San Jacinto College, the University of
Houston – Downtown, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and six local
independent school districts. San Jacinto College will be working with
Pasadena ISD, Deer Park ISD, and Galena Park ISD on this initiative. You
will hear more about this in the future.

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