For the past several years, the President's Council has hosted an open meeting with the campus community before the end of the academic year. At these sessions the provost, vice presidents and deans have made presentations related to their areas of responsibility with a brief questions and answers period to follow. This year I would like to try something different.
I will host an open forum at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Kay Spiritual Life Center. I will provide a brief overview of the year to date and devote the remainder of the session to comments and questions from those attending. This will be an opportunity for the community to discuss matters of interest or concern and goals for the coming academic year. Our planning calendar suggests that each summer, we establish annual goals for the university, which forms the basis for staff performance goals, management planning, and other things.
In announcing the forum, I realize the notice is a bit short. But the calendar is difficult this time of year and it was important that this be held when the full community is assembled and not completely pre-occupied with end-of-year activities. I will consider holding another forum for the same purposes in early May if there is sufficient interest.
Some concern has been voiced to me that the goal-setting process has been too “top down” in prior years. Therefore, I will use this forum, as well as other discussions in our various units, to make the goal-setting process more open and participatory.
I hope that you can attend the forum on April 11.
September 5, 2006 12:13 PM
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