Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles – January 29, 2016
I am a big fan of Jim Collins, the author of the book Good to Great. He has conducted significant research on leadership and what makes organizations successful. He often references a “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”—a long-term stretch vision for an organization that may seem questionable to the outside world but possible to insiders. As part of hitting the “reset” button and thinking about where we are and where we want to be, I’m asking, what is Westchester Community College’s big, audacious goal? What will distinguish us from all the other colleges out there? How will we get noticed in an increasingly complex and crowded educational environment? What do we want others to say about us? I’m very interested in hearing your thoughts on Westchester Community College’s big, audacious goal.
Kudos to Paul Robinson, Laurel Senft, and all of the committee members and contributors to our Middle States Monitoring Report. The committee had a lot of progress to share. Our commitment to excellence is evident in this process. We’re taking an inclusive approach to refining our organizational effectiveness, assessment practices, and enrollment systems. I really appreciate the staff members who stepped forward to join the monitoring report team. Staff perspective is essential and involvement will further enhance our outcomes. The work has significant implications far beyond reporting back to Middle States—we’re making improvements that will have lasting effects on student service and success.
Many thanks to Rob Cirillo and his awesome team for keeping us safe and making sure our roadways and walkways were clean after last weekend’s blizzard! I hope you weathered the storm well at home. I had a lot of shoveling to do!
Thanks for making it a great week.
Dr. Belinda S. Miles