If you didn't have an opportunity to attend that forum, I still want to hear from you.
How does your work contribute to our strategic priorities for 2011/2012? How does the work of your department or office connect to those priorities?
In the coming days and weeks, I'll be making the rounds and having exactly that conversation with as many of you as possible. I want to hear your feedback, your stories and your ideas.
But why wait? I encourage you to share your thoughts right now, by leaving a comment on this blog post about how your work connects to our strategic planning priorities.
In fact, I have a little incentive for those who do: the first 20 people who leave a comment on this post will receive a deluxe President's travel mug with an inspiring word cloud theme. (Ceramic outer shell with stainless steel interior - very nice!)
Highlights from March 9 forum on 2011/2012 Strategic Priorities and budget
- The focus now is on improving Learner Pathways into, out of, and within Douglas. This priority reflects the fact that students today are highly mobile [PDF]. We want to open our doors wider to receive students from other institutions.
- Dr. Kathy Denton advised that she has received 20 letters of intent from the first call for ideas from the Program Development and Implementation Funding Envelope - that is excellent!
- If you missed the Program Development and Implementation Funding Envelope deadline of March 4, we are flexible on this so please keep the ideas coming. While we expect another formal call to be announced by late summer, new ideas are still welcome under the first call.
- We have a multi-year budgeting framework that will allow us to grow - we have the financial resources that we need to grow, and those those resources are sustainable.
- Space at the New West Campus is a concern as we look to grow. There are many options here and we are exploring ways to improve the use of space at the David Lam Campus.
- Why is our vision to be the largest baccalaureate degree granting college? The vision captures who we are: by achieving our funded FTE target, we'll be the biggest in terms of credit non-ITA (trades) FTE. And we're already a four-year college. Having said that, we remain an access-based learner pathway institution, offering upgrading. certificates, diplomas, and degrees as well as short term training and continuing education.
- Community engagement is embedded in all we do: we're a community-oriented organization. Community engagement is central to student, faculty and staff engagement, and that remains a priority for Douglas in 2011/12 and beyond.