President's Staff Update
Volume 2 - November 2010
President's Staff

‘Good to great’: the road map
Strategic planning is how we move ourselves from good to great as an institution. This year we've simplified the College’s strategic plan to include just three main priorities. Those priorities are expressed in five-year goals and yearly objectives, which are measured by Key Performance Indicators or KPIs.

We’re preparing to post the plan, along with trends information about how well we’re doing toward meeting our KPIs, by the time the next President’s Update publishes. Stay tuned.

How do we rate?
In 2009 all faculty and staff were surveyed about how well the College is fulfilling its mission and values. Earlier this year we did a scaled-down version of the same thing as part of the ‘Great Colleges To Work For’ national survey. (Next year we’ll go back to the bigger, more costly version – the every-other-year pattern will continue.) The upshot? This year we did well in some areas, but we have work to do in many others. Overall we matched our Carnegie classification average. Our goal was to exceed it, so we didn’t achieve that. See where you and your colleagues feel the College is doing better than last year, and where we can improve: Click here to read the survey results.

If you have feedback, go to your department head or vice president or someone else in leadership.

'Community' considered
President Goodwin's address to the Board of Trustees about the Benedictine value of community included this passage:
“Although we have grown and become a more complex organization—serving different kinds of students and offering programs in different formats—we are and we want to be one college. We are one college because we are animated by one heritage, one mission, one vision of the transformative power of education. Over nearly a century we have learned how to create the kind of community that transforms young women, and more recently, young men. Our systems are well-designed for this purpose. Now, as we are reaching out to older learners and to online learners, we need to expand and re-imagine our systems, we need to create new forms of Benedictine learning communities.”
» Read the entire talk here.

Sponsorship in the 21st century

Sister Kathleen Hofer led a discussion of sponsorship at the recent Board of Trustees retreat. The dialogue was a valuable exchange of ideas about the shape of the College’s future identity and its relationship with the Monastery. For a look at Sister Kathleen’s PowerPoint presentation click here.

The Last Word
President’s Staff starts every meeting with a prayer or spiritual reflection. Our favorite from October was offered by Margot Zelenz. Here’s an excerpt from “An Interview With God,” whose author is unknown.

I dreamed I had an interview with God. “So you would like to interview me?” God asked. “If you have the time,” I said. God smiled. “My time is eternity. What questions do you have in mind for me?” “What surprise you most about humanity?” God answered…

» Read more here.

The College of St. Scholastica

Community at St. Scholastica means that we promote a sense of togetherness and shared purpose. In that spirit, we offer a monthly briefing on deliberations and doings of the President’s Staff, along with a glimpse at what’s ahead.

Your comments and questions are welcome. Click here.

What's Ahead
The College has formed a task force that will focus on growth strategies for the Twin Cities market. Members include Trustee John Labosky, vice presidents Jeff Rich, Beth Domholdt, Margot Zelenz and Eric Berg, as well as Don Wortham, executive director of Extended Studies. The group is just beginning its work.
Plan to attend the Advent Vespers ceremony and Lighting A Tradition holiday lights countdown on the evening of Dec. 7.