September 26, 2008

Greetings all,

Welcome to the third cut of “What’s On My Mind?” Hopefully by now the intro is reading like a “broken record” in terms of reiterating the themes that are collectively guiding our work this year – leadership for: student success, community building, bringing learning alive, and positive social change. After I touch on a number of quick updates, I will reflect on the work we have done to date with external community building.

Quick Updates

A critical component of leading towards student success is sharing a common language and common understanding of what student success looks like. It is equally important that elements of student success be explicitly communicated to students. Our Agenda for Student Success can be found at http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/prospective/why.html – just click on the iLean icon. Thanks to Rick Vaughn for championing the addition of the general education learning outcomes (in student friendly language) to the Agenda. Our collective work to tie these success outcomes into our teaching and learning practice is very much appreciated.

Last Friday, the first College Leadership Council meeting was held. This year, CLC will feature a conversation format (as suggested by Mark Milliron in his convocation remarks). Each month a critical college topic/issue will be discussed. Watch for more information.

Twenty-five PVCC faculty and staff are currently enrolled in the MOSAIC diversity and inclusion training held here at the college. We have completed the first two of six sessions. The group is highly energized and engaged. Our participation in MOSAIC addresses a number of our diversity and inclusion goals. To see the goals go to the link at http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/admin_bios/dale_bio.html

Kudos to Paul Sunder for an excellent fire science program presentation at Tuesday’s District Governing Board Meeting, and to David Rubi for bringing the Arizona Language Association Conference to PVCC.

External Community Building

Over the last eight weeks, the college leadership has embarked on planned outreach to the community. We no longer have the luxury of waiting for the community to come to us. We must go out and tell our story FTF! Here are the types of events that PVCC now has regular representation: city of Phoenix Paradise Valley Village and Desert View Planning Committees, Vice Mayor Neely’s monthly breakfast meetings, Greater Phoenix and North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce events, and Foothills Community Foundation events. I have also met individually with the PVUSD and CCUSD Superintendents, Vice Mayor Neely, and representatives from Northern Arizona University. Finally I have presentations scheduled for both PVUSD and CCUSD Board meetings in order to share with these communities our wonderful partnership success stories. If you would like to participate in any of these events please feel free to contact me.

In the next issue of “What’s On My Mind?” I’d like to catch up on the recent good work we are doing related to PVCC living our vision of positive social change.

Have a great week.

Regards,

Paul Dale, Ed.D.
Interim President

September 15, 2008

Greetings all,

In the last cut of “What’s On My Mind?” I reflected on the good work of PVCC faculty and staff in building community with new students. During my convocation remarks in August I reflected on four leadership themes that will guide my work this year – leadership for: student success, community building, bringing learning alive, and positive social change. Today I’d like to comment on the reason why we are all here – student success.

Several weeks ago, while reviewing a number of operational issues with Sue VanBoven, she casually mentioned how important it is for the college to all be working towards the same outcome. While neither of us had to say outright what she meant, we both knew – student success. So in the midst of air conditioning outages, adapting to SIS, and the general chaos of startup, here are some examples of leadership for student success made real!

I wandered by Patri Mays’ office and learned that she was taking charge of a newly revised assessment plan for all of the CIS 105 sections – an assessment strategy that would truly help us learn what students were learning and ways to make the learning experience even better. Later that day, I overheard David Barney, PVCC cross country coach, while meeting with his athletes under the shade of a large tree on central campus talking about goal setting and his high level of expectations for the training schedule. At the end of the week, Hank Mancini showed me his lookout over the building site of the new life sciences building. I left my conversation with Hank not so much impressed with the progress of the newly poured footings, but his genuine excitement about the student learning that is sure to occur in the creatively designed student pods jutting from the east side of the building. I know there are many, many other examples of leadership for student success – my thanks to all of PVCC for keeping this at the forefront even during start-up.

In the next issue of “What’s On My Mind?” I’d like to catch up on the recent good work we have been doing related to external community building. As a teaser, I’d be remiss not to comment on the 4th Annual Puma Golf Classic. First of all thanks to the entire Athletics Department for their stellar work in organizing the event and to all of the PVCC faculty and staff who played and contributed. It looks like the net income for student scholarships will be at least $10,000. And yes, Mr. Patterson’s previous reporting of my foursome’s finish is true and admittedly I was the weak link, never the less supportive of the team of Ken Clarke, Corey Loucy and Andy Helman.

Have a great week.

Regards,

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Paul Dale, Ed.D.
Interim President