My name is Charles Ansell and I am the project team leader for the Processes, Operations and Governance (POG) task force. Before going into what in the world POG is / means / does (in a nutshell: nine people – students, faculty, staff – investigating real pains and possible gains in HR, Procurement, Security, Policy and more) I want to second some sentiments from over at Harold Lounge…
There Are Many Many Many CCC-related Blogs Now
On September 16, 2011, The Realist at HL, proclaimed Tolle Blege - “Take Up and Blog” – proving the Romans foresaw every way to prevent Latin from ever becoming a dead language. Realist notes the plethora of new blogs emerging this academic year and takes it rightly as multiple call to arms – to all to have more say in the shaping of CCC. He concludes:
“Get out there and blog (and fb). Give Don some input! Give Kojo some feedback! Reshape Reinvention! Tweet the Chancellor!”
I wholeheartedly second this. Harold and Truman lounges have been ahead in online dialogue, and it’s being bolstered suddenly and to huge effect by CCC broadly, particularly via social media and blogs – from students receiving solutions to registration problems on facebook, to CCC providing updates on Twitter, to Provost Kojo Quartey’s workflow and academic policy investigations yielding faculty feedback to integrate, to HW President Don Laackman’s lifehacking, student-entrepreneurship-promoting and eponymous-tropical-storm-chasing. Ideas, major change proposals, and flat-out helpful info and fun links now abound, supplemented and re-shaped through constant comments and re-posts. It’s my hope the same happens for this Reinvention blog.
The above conversations are hugely important and, thus far, hardly duplicative. The trick is to keep tabs on this constant info flow. (Personally, I use an RSS feed reader – which will retrieve all your favorite blogs, newsites, social networking sites and more into one personalized portal. Google Reader is what I use to “subscribe” to stay up-to-date while on a stalled blue line headed downtown, though others work well too.)
POG POG POG
Over the next several months, you’ll receive timely, POG-ly updates through this blog from myself and from the POG team. We are two students, three faculty, an adult educator, a registrar, an HR admin, an advisor and a team lead – representing all seven colleges and do, of course. Doing our best to prioritize issues by impact (to student outcomes and organizational health) and feasibility (can it be done), we decided to delve into current-state investigation, best practice modeling and gap analyses on the following:
- HR: On the pre-employment side we’re looking at workflow for hiring faculty and staff, staffing patterns and broader ability to forecast demand for new hires and recruitment strategies and tactics. For post-employment we’re hoping to make recommendations on performance management and professional development.
- Procurement: Checking-out vendor management (how we leverage spend for volume discount purposes) – note PO workflow recommendations from Reinvention are already in the works, to the ends of reduced cycle time and other benefits.
- Security: What security policies could best impact student success for the majority of students?
- Governance: What are all the governing bodies at CCC and what functions presently overlap? (These include Adult Education off-sites.)
- Policies: Where are policies stored? How do we communicate them? Do they conflict with each other?
We’ll be posting project plan info and data-driven recommendations. On a barely related note, as we do our work, we’ll be debating whether or not to use myriad tech tools to aid our endeavors. Do you have certain Web 2.0 free tools you have found useful in completing your school work, managing your projects, sharing your files or leading your classes? Please share. Some I’ve considered: mindmeister for brainstorming and trello for collaboration.
Talk to Us
Look again at the above areas of POG interest – Are we looking at the right things? Do you have opinions on this? Research? Leads? Note: This blog is not titled “Listen to Us.”
Talk. To. Us.
Your fellow faculty, staff and students originate Reinvention recommendations, soliciting and reconciling input from all directions – they do so as a principle of good research. Without your regular contributions, reactions, directions and knowledge, however, we all lose. Q&A’s and conversations at college-wide meetings and with faculty councils, adult educators, leadership, staff focus groups, student associations and other governance bodies only go part-way. Please let this blog serve as a vehicle for involvement in any and all changes going on at Reinvention.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
– Charles Ansell, Process, Operations & Governance Task Force