President's Staff Update
Volume 3 - December 2010
President's Staff

Creating a better first-year experience
A task force has found plenty of opportunities for doing better at first-year students’ orientation, welcome weekend and Dignitas classes. Steve Lyons is considering separating the Vice President for Student Affairs position from the Dean of Students position (he currently holds both), and placing a number of “first-year coordinator” responsibilities under a new Dean of Students position.

To the top with OneStop
As the student life experience has evolved beyond the traditional 18- to 22-year old immersion model, some of our procedures for meeting students’ needs, especially our online and extended site students, haven’t kept pace. The College is working toward a OneStop Student Services approach, springboarding off what some colleges, including the University of Minnesota, are already doing (see the U of M's’ online site). The first phase will result in a virtual OneStop, followed by a physical OneStop to meet more complicated student needs. The initial areas of concentration will be Registar, Financial Aid, and Student Account Services. A task force is mapping out the ideal student experience, discerning what resources will be necessary, and lining up leadership to drive the change.

On the cultural front
The demographics of our student body, faculty and staff are evolving. To improve responsiveness to the changes, the College will undertake an institutional audit of procedures and processes concerning diversity issues. This will help us determine if all students are being served well.

Brand work begins
Marketing has begun an initiative to determine usage and positioning for an over-arching "all things healthcare-related" brand. It would function as a sub-brand under the College’s overall brand. The work is being done in partnership with the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as the Center for Healthcare Innovation.

The Last Word
President’s Staff starts every meeting with a prayer or spiritual reflection. Our favorite recent offering was by Steve Lyons. It's from the Buddhist dicourse "Five Remembrances."

I am of the nature to grow older.
There is no way to escape growing older.

I am of the nature to have ill-health.
There is no way to escape having ill-health.

I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground on which I stand.
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What's Ahead
The budgeting process continues. New initiative proposals are in and are being organized for systematic consideration early next year, when we'll also be working on salary budgets.
President’s Leadership Group, which advises President Goodwin on matters of strategic planning and governance, has offered up a number of possible new objectives in the College’s strategic plan. Got any good ideas for your President’s Leadership Group rep? Find out who it is at the PLG website.
Have a safe and happy holiday break!