Greetings and welcome back to Fall Semester 2013. I am looking forward to a successful start of the term with new and returning students once again on the campuses.
During the course of last year, you heard information about the District initiative titled Maricopa Priorities. A steering committee made up of district-wide representatives worked to create a draft process under which colleges and the district office would “examine and assess all current instructional and support programs and services, to explore their origins and how they have evolved over time, to determine how they serve the community’s changing educational needs, and to evaluate whether they are positioned to meet current and future educational requirements of our communities.” Based on the foundational work of Robert Dickeson, the prioritization process will help the district optimize what we do and how we do it.
To give an example of how this would work, allow me to use a service department at GCC, Marketing /Public Relations (College Advancement). The series of services and work effort currently tasked as a part of their overall responsibility will be critically examined and analyzed through self-reporting based on a district-wide set of questions and rubric. This includes press related work, advertising, social media, graphic design, web design, events, photography, search engine optimization, communications and others to ascertain if all parts of the program are meeting their goals effectively and efficiently. The department will be evaluated and measured against other similar departments, other colleges and industry standards.
The results of the Maricopa Priorities initiative include maintaining, improving and building programs and centers of excellence. The steering committee reminds us that “institutions can no longer afford what they have become. It is therefore vital that the mission be reexamined in some cases, revised in other cases, and reaffirmed in all cases”.
The start of this initiative begins in earnest in September with the establishment of a local steering committee. This committee will consist of 8-10 members and co-chairs of a vice president and a faculty member. The remainder of the committee will come from a cross-section of functional areas and additional faculty members. I will seek input from the constituency heads as the steering committee is appointed.
In addition to the steering committee, there will be two task forces – one for instructional programs and one for support programs/services. In each case there will be co-chairs of the task forces – one administrator and one faculty member – with the remainder of the task forces made up of a cross section of representative groups.
I will appoint the Steering Committee and two Task Forces no later than September 1, 2013 so they may begin their work. It is envisioned that the work to bring each program and service through this analysis will take 18 months culminating with the recommendations to CEC and the Chancellor in December of 2014. No doubt there will be questions along the way and I look forward to listening, understanding and clarifying any issues that may arise. As always, my door is open to your questions or comments.