Weekly Update – October 3, 2010

on October 3, 2010 in Weekly Update

Happy October!! 

Everyone is talking about our Chamber of Commerce weather, and I hope you are outside enjoying some of it this week-end!!

This weekly update is going to be a little unusual with a few college “be sure to watch for” updates and a couple of national items of interest.  Finally, I will end with an article that was forwarded to me by members of our San Jacinto College faculty.

First, on Monday (October 4th), the Human Resource Department will be sending out an email to all leaders/supervisors regarding the preparation of individual performance plans (IPP). The Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) agreed that we need to re-examine our timeline, and we have moved the completion date for IPPs to November 1st (not October 15th as previously indicated).  Each leader/supervisor will need to forward this Human Resources email to the appropriate employees in his/her reporting units. In addition, each leader/supervisor will need to include with the email, specific internal timelines for his or her reporting units in order to ensure compliance with the November 1st due date. Remember, completed IPPs are due in the system on November 1st which means that your leader will need to determine the review and discussion cycle for your particular area. 

For faculty members, the faculty performance management design team meets October 8th and one of the agenda items is to develop a list of key performance indicators (KPIs) related to teaching that align with the College’s strategic goals. The intent is that these KPIs will be distributed to faculty during the week of October 11th. The list will provide a starting point for faculty to develop individual KPIs that reflect the strategic goals and individual areas of focus. 

For all employees, I realize that the timing is a little out of sync on the IPP preparation, and I am looking at how to revise the calendar for next year. I anticipate that we will approve the annual priorities for 2011-2012 in May of 2011, so that IPP preparation can begin over the summer through August and be completed in September. Another problem that we must address is at what point IPPs can be entered in the SOAR system.

Additionally, on Monday, I will post a position for Interim Executive Director for Development (D66 band). This is an internal posting (for current San Jacinto College employees only), and the position will be in place for six to nine months to lead the fundraising efforts of the San Jacinto College Foundation.  This is a critical position for the College and the Foundation, so that we can keep moving forward on our fundraising and friend-raising agenda.  During the six- to nine-month period, I will assess the best structure for the College’s fundraising and development efforts with the intention to post a permanent position. The person who fills the interim position will be eligible to apply for the permanent position if that person chooses. If he or she doesn’t, then the person will move back to his or her previous position.  As we discussed this at the last SLT meeting, we decided that the process, while a little complicated, is a great development opportunity for a current San Jac employee, and we are committed to accommodating a qualified employee who is interested in this interim position (i.e. backfilling the current position held during the interim period).   If you are interested, watch the SOAR system. Because of its critical nature and busy timelines (scholarship deadline October 8th, deadline for Student Success Initiatives October 15th, golf tournament November 11th, and the annual campaign in December), this position will only be posted for 7 days.

Now on to the national front — September 15th kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month. During this period of time, Americans are encouraged to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation was established in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting September 15 and ending October 15. It was enacted into law August 17, 1988. Recently, President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation designating the week of September 19-25, 2010, as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week, and he publically recognized the contributions that HSIs make in their communities. An HSI is a college, university, or system/district where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of total enrollment.  “Total Enrollment” includes full-time and part-time students. San Jacinto College is one of eight HSIs in the State of Texas. With this status, San Jacinto College is eligible to apply for various federal funding and grant opportunities, and it brings us to the table for many policy discussions at both federal and state levels. Our student life and student government organizations have been planning activities on each campus to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, so be sure to join in the festivities and cultural observations.

Additionally, on the national front, I hope you have been paying attention to the various educational reports that have aired this week and will continue into next week. On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, the White House will be hosting a Summit on Community Colleges to address the critical role of community colleges as part of America’s economic vision for the future. The White House Summit on Community Colleges will be hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, and the intent is for this Summit to be a meaningful dialogue between approximately 20 community college CEOs, two community college trustees, students, and faculty, as well as participants from government, business, philanthropy, media, and research. The primary discussions during the Summit will be on how community colleges can maximize their effectiveness, including discussions on college completion; transfer; financial aid, innovation; partnerships with business; supporting small businesses; and service to military, military families, and veterans. A video describing the Summit can be viewed by clicking here.

The opening and closing sessions (Opening plenary session from 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM and Closing session from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM) will be streamed via the internet. San Jacinto College will have locations available to view and discuss these events on each of our campuses. The campus’ locations for viewing are:

  • North campus – North ILC 218
  • Central campus – Central ILC T155
  • South campus – South ILC 11124

We hope you will be able to join us to hear the presentations and stay to discuss afterwards. The Summit has set up a website to allow you to participate in the discussion prior to the event. You can view what others have posted and add your own comments by going to http://communitycollege.ideascale.com/.

Finally, attached below is the article that I referenced earlier. It was written by Dr. Richard W. Leblanc, an associate professor at York University in Toronto. It is reprinted from  The Teaching Professor, vol. 12, no. 6.  I encourage everyone to read it—both faculty and non-faculty employees. I was inspired by these “requirements” and how Leblanc has a knack for making them seem almost simple. But as one rereads them and thinks about how they might be used every day in and out of the classroom, you realize just how complicated they are. And for those of you in the classroom, you realize from your daily life just how difficult but important they are.  I took each one of the requirements and applied them to my life as an administrator, and I also spent some time thinking about how they apply to those of you who are working to provide extra support services to our students.  Good Teaching Article 10-3-2010.

Have a great week!

Best.

Brenda

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