1. Working on: This week I attended a day and a half Academic Affairs staff / Dean’s Council retreat up at Poly Canyon Village. It was informal and information-rich, and discussions were good. Topics ranged from the future of our graduate programs and a commitment to setting enrollment targets for them; the economic impact of Cal Poly on SLO (it’s big); the economics of research funding (where does the money go); “internationalization” (recruiting and supporting international students, expanding international opportunities for our US students, including lower-income students); how advising is organized and how it’s working; and next year’s budget process, which will include a systematic review across the colleges and Academic Affairs of “unmet needs.”
2. Excited about: The work of our iDi working group on digital images. They’ve done some important environmental scanning and surveying and interviewing in just a few short months. The team’s just completed a first quarter report, and this will be shared soon with everyone, along with their revised charge that focuses next steps on pilots to explore two cloud-based tools that other libraries are using to support users’ work with images – Omeka and Shared Shelf.
3. Thinking about: Organizational health. What can I/we do to contribute to it? How do you know when you’ve got it (or don’t have it)? There’s a book about that: Patrick Lencioni, “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business.” A review says: “four steps to health: build a cohesive leadership team, create clarity, overcommunicate clarity, and reinforce clarity.” (This for some reason, this reminds me of our awesome new net check-in protocol.)
Have a great weekend!