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OK, It’s the Data

March 1st, 2011 by Gail McCain

After listening to Dr. Stan Jensen’s oft-repeated gentle lecture, summarized as “DATA,” it’s probably not surprising that this short paragraph in the March 7th issue of Time (vol. 177, no. 9, at p. 42) caught my attention:

“People who study government performance can rattle off a list of the better-run states and cities in the country: Virginia, Washington and Utah; Phoenix, Austin and Portland, Ore. These places have almost nothing in common except that their leaders decided to make more policy choices based on data and measure their results – and they got rank-and-file workers to buy into their vision.”

This is from a fairly dispassionate article about government employees and employment. Managing processes, measuring outcomes, and choosing the future based on these facts, rather than on surmise, is what AQIP is all about, too. The basic outline works for states and cities and it works for us.

Untapped Potential- Project DEgree Students are focused on Success

February 21st, 2011 by Marian Moore

Owens Community College is one of nine community colleges in the country selected by the Bill and Melinda Gates global education initiative to sponsor the Project DEgee program. Since the fall 2010 semester, Project DEgree students like many of Owens students, represent a population of untapped potential.

Many faculty, staff, and administrators at Owens, are finding it exciting, inspiring and uplifting, to work with Project DEgree students who are looking at a community college education as a gateway opportunity and pathway to their success.

This semester, as another way of promoting critical thinking in the classroom, I am using the novel Outliers, written by Malcolm Gladwell, and pairing it with the course textbook in my Introduction to sociology class. This particular class is composed of Project DEgree students.

Outliers, a book about success, will provide real life experiences that shed light on rethinking why some people are successful in life, while others are not. The main thesis of Outliers challenges conventional thinking and wisdom on this phenomenon called success.

Several of Owens leaders and outstanding faculty have agreed to join Project DEgree students in the Introduction to Sociology course, to share their perspectives and lead chapter discussions which will engage students in analyzing Outliers major themes.

Dr. Laurie Fathe, Dean of Arts and Sciences; Eric Wallack, Fine and Performing Arts faculty; Tamara Williams, Interim Vice Provost; Prentice Simmons, Student Government President; Dr. Larry McDougle, President, , Scott Deaner, Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty; John Moore, former Owens Trustee; Willie Williams, Executive Director of The Source; and Dr. Renay Scott, Provost, and Executive Vice President, are members of the Owens Community College family who are indeed demonstrating the college goal, Your Success is Our Mission.

Dr. Marian J. Moore,
Instructor, Sociology
Project DEgree Faculty
Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

New Pcard Procedures

February 9th, 2011 by Maureen Jacoby

As many of you know, we changed the Pcard procedures in January. I have found the new procedures to be working well thus far. Transactions are being reviewed in a more timely manner and statements are arriving with little prompting from me. Is there anything I can do to make this process smoother for you? I am open to comments and questions. If you ever need any assistance at all, I am more than happy to help. Just ask. Maureen Jacoby x7884

Budget Forums

February 3rd, 2011 by John Satkowski

For those of you who were not able to attend the Toledo Budget Forum that was held earlier this morning, February 3, below is a link to the video and the PPT.

Please be reminded that a Findlay Budget Forum is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, February 4, 1 PM in EC 174. John Satkowski, President McDougle and Dr. Renay Scott welcome your feedback and ideas.

FY 2012 Budget Forum PowerPoint Presentation

FY 2012 Budget Forum Video
Note – this is very large file and may take several minutes to load.

Don’t Speculate ñ Participate! : Academic Structure Committee

February 1st, 2011 by Renay Scott

The Academic Structure Committee is one of the college’s three AQIP action projects for this year. The committee was formulated to examine five central questions:

1. How might we improve the organization of our academic schools so as to enhance collaboration between and among faculty, administration and departments?

2. How might we improve the organization of our academic schools so we might create efficiencies and avoid duplication?

3. How might we improve the organization of our academic schools so we might build capacity and create succession plans (business continuity planning)?

4. How might we improve the organization of our academic schools so we might clarify the administrative roles between and among our campuses and learning centers?

5. How might we improve the organization of our academic schools so we might eliminate competition between and among the schools and workforce and community services?

The committee is using the process management tools and the principles of ìThinking By Designî by Tim Brown to approach these questions. The committee meets every Monday from noon to 2:00 p.m. and their meetings are open to anyone who would like to sit in and listen to their important work. They will be formulating a series of recommendations which will be presented to Provost Council early this summer.

Speculation about the types of changes and results often begin whenever institutions, in higher education or business, engage in the examination of practices and structure. I want to encourage people who want to know more about the conversations of this committee to speak to members of the committee and perhaps attend one of their meetings. Don’t speculate ñ participate!

Brown, Tim (2009). Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Harper Collins Publishers.

Student Retention and Graduation-YES WE CAN! By Tamara Williams

January 26th, 2011 by Tamara Williams

Recently, OCC collaborated with Noel-Levitz, a nationally recognized higher education consulting firm focused on helping institutions of higher education advance student success. Over the next year, the firm will assist us with creating strategies to make informed decision with regard to student success. Additionally, this partnership will provide the college with the necessary tools to develop a comprehensive, sustainable, retention program in addition to creating long-term strategic enrollment plan. This collaboration will assist OCC with increasing student retention and graduation rates.

This project is a campus community initiative that requires the participation from students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the local community. Please provide feedback on ways that you would like to become directly involved with this exciting initiative.

Process management – and process management tools – can be used for personal development, too

January 24th, 2011 by Gail McCain

Success with quality improvement is enhanced when employees’ behaviors change along with changes in work processes. A process-oriented continuous personal improvement model can be used to develop management skills such as leadership, consensus building, coaching, motivation, and rewards. Continuous personal improvement isn’t easy, but takes reflection, self-awareness, emotional stability, and consistency . The payback for developing effective inter- and intra-personal skills is making meaningful contributions to organizational success, acquiring the ability to see problems as worthwhile experiences, and building effective positive relationships with co-workers, family, and friends. Fishbone Diagram and Systematic Diagram are highlighted tools for personal development.

See Emiliani, M. (1998). Continuous personal improvement. Journal of Workplace Learning, 10(1), 29-38, available via Owens Libraries’ database EJC (Electronic Journal Center). Contact Gail McCain to receive text directly from EJC.


Weather Weather Everywhere By John Satkowski

January 21st, 2011 by John Satkowski

Since the College experienced a weather delay on Wednesday, January 19th, I thought that this would be a good time to review the process that is used to determine if the College should cancel or delay classes and operations.

The process starts around 5:00AM when I receive a call from Melissa Green in Findlay and Don Rahman in Toledo. We discuss the situation to assess highway conditions, projected forecasts on whether the storm is intensifying or subsiding, and campus conditions. Once it is decided on the possible options, Renay Scott and I then discuss the options and make a decision on whether classes are a “go or no-go”.

Should a delay or cancellation be the end result, I then contact the following individuals who each take a specific course of action:

-Brad Meyer notifies the media of our intentions. If a decision is made that affects Toledo, the decision affects all locations such as Oregon Road, The Source, and Arrowhead.

-Connie Schaffer gets the message posted to the College’s homepage.

-Brian Paskvan gets the message sent through the Owen’s Alert System (phone, text, and/or e-mail)

I and all individuals involved in this process attempt to have the information out by 6:00AM. I know that a number of you start your jobs early in the morning, so the attempt to make a decision is done as early as possible.

The making of this decision is not an exact science, so making the call for a cancellation or delay is primarily predicated on safety and the local situation. Should you have any questions on this process, I would like to hear your thoughts and comments.

Learning Center at the Source

January 21st, 2011 by Willie Williams

It is my pleasure to announce the renovation the Learning Center within the Source is complete. Fall semester 2010, the Learning center common area was renovated to better serve our students. A new class room, computer lab, and student lounge/study area was added to the existing area. Along with the renovation of the common area, the STNA class room and Lab relocated into two of the three class rooms that were recently added to the Learning Center lease.

Please accept this message as a personal invitation to come and visit the recently renovated areas at the Learning center at the Source.

Budget Message From Dr. McDougle

January 21st, 2011 by Larry McDougle

A key issue facing the college is the preparation of the budget for the next biennium. At the present time, we are receiving little or no direction from Columbus in terms of our state subsidy. However the budget Advisory committee, under the direction of John Satkowski, is moving forward with “what if” scenarios. We are currently looking at a projection of a 20% cut in our share of state subsidy. That amounts to an $8 million dollar cut in the budget. This scenario is based on a very conservative projection of no growth in enrollment.

We are preparing our projected budget with 2 primary objectives in mind:

  1. Do everything we can in order that none of our personnel are adversely affected by layoffs, terminations, furloughs, etc.
  2. Keep tuition increase at a reasonable rate (yet to be determined). The best estimate at this point is a 6.5% tuition increase but it is a moving target based on whatever we hear from Columbus. A 6.5% tuition increase will make up approximately $2.9 million dollars of the projected shortfall.

A number of other cost saving initiatives are under consideration to make up the difference in the shortfall. We plan to schedule open forums in which we will share more detail. At this point, there are no guarantees. We will keep you posted. Your insights are welcome.


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