***The feedback form is now closed. A revised plan will be drafted upon reflection of the feedback provided. Thank you.***
College Strategic Plan
As I outlined in my “Welcome Back” luncheon presentation, the college leadership team has drafted a strategic plan for 2015-2020 and seeks your input and feedback. Please note that the proposed seven goals do not represent all College-level initiatives or outcomes to meet the CEHD mission of Transforming Lives but reflect areas of development which will receive more focused attention and resources.
Please familiarize yourself with the goals and strategies which are proposed. Feedback will be accepted until October 31, and the final plan will be submitted to the Provost in December. We have had over 500 views of the proposed plan and a number of individuals have provided input thus far.
Follow Up from the PwC Report
Last June Interim President Hussey appointed a Leadership Steering Committee to evaluate the comprehensive Administrative Review of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report commissioned by Chancellor Sharp. President Hussey accepted all the recommendations from the steering committee and tasked both academic and non-academic units to plan for greater coordination to improve key services including IT, business services, communication, and undergraduate academic advising. The following is a brief summary of actions to date:
- Information Technology. To comply with the president’s directive and to support coordination of services, the three HLKN IT staff now report to the dean’s office and their salaries, student worker salaries, and costs of servers and software have been absorbed by the dean’s office. This activity allowed freed-up funds for HLKN to use for their core mission.
- Business Services. Discussions are ongoing with Assistant Dean Carr, department heads and academic business administrators about creating efficiencies and balancing duties in the finance areas.
- Undergraduate Advising. Associate Dean Cunningham is chairing a working group of faculty, staff and administrators to review functions such as advising services, processes, and reporting structures. The group meets every two weeks and meeting minutes are posted on myCEHD.
- Communications. Communications Manager Allison LaRocca is meeting with department heads and dean’s office administrators in the design of a College communications structure to address the needs of the departments and the College as a whole.
The Provost has requested that a plan be submitted to her by December 1, which should include an assessment component to monitor the effectiveness of our initiatives.
CEHD Climate Matters Conference
Registration is now open for the March 9-10, 2015 Climate Matters Conference: A Dialogue on Climate, Inclusion and Respect. The kick-off address will be Monday, March 9 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception, and a full day of conference events on Tuesday, March 10. The conference is presented by the College of Education and Human Development, the Dwight Look College of Engineering, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The Search Advisory Committee recently held airport interviews and is working to organize campus visits for the finalists. Full details will be provided by Dr. Jose Bermudez, committee chair, once finalized.
- Dr. Yvonna Lincoln, distinguished professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, was recently presented the 2014 Eminent Scholar Award by the Women Former Students’ Network.
- Health and Kinesiology department head Dr. Rick Kreider has been chosen as a 2014-15 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow. He is one of 48 faculty and administrators named from the 14 universities in the Conference.
- Dr. Luis Ponjuan, associate professor of higher education administration, was recently invited to a Hispanic Heritage Month event at Vice President Joe Biden’s residence in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ponjuan was recognized for his outstanding work within the male Latino community.
- The Staff Advisory Council has announced the 2015 Staff Development Conference will be held March 26 at The Greenbranch in Bryan.
- The Penny War, sponsored by the SAC Community Services Committee, is in full swing and will continue until April 1. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Until next time,