Same As It Ever Was

I experienced multi-dimensional déjà vu this past Thursday as I joined the Wright team at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois, for our AQIP Strategy Forum. AQIP is the Academic Quality Improvement Plan pathway for accreditation Wilbur Wright College follows under the guidance of the Higher Learning Commission. The first dimension of vu came whenContinue reading “Same As It Ever Was”

Betting It All on College

This morning’s read of the Sunday New York Times started with Keith Bradsher’s “In China, Families Bet It All on College for Their Children.” Bradsher’s article highlights the sacrifices families make to send their children to college. Wu Yiebing and Cao Weiping have forgone vacations, trips to see family, and many material comforts to pay for theirContinue reading “Betting It All on College”

Harold’s Got Numbers

“If you’ve got numbers, show ’em.” Stephan James, former Chief Operating Officer of Accenture, would offer this bon mot to partners at the firm to encourage us to showcase good results. Harold’s got numbers. I have reported here on our challenges in serving students well during registration. We had a humbling Fall experience with registration.Continue reading “Harold’s Got Numbers”

Speaking Truth to Power

One of my fears as a leader is becoming isolated or disconnected from the people I aspire to lead. I am constantly asking for feedback, criticism, guidance. After each speech, I ask someone I trust, “What did you think? What could have been better?” Similarly, in meetings, I ask the assembled teams to challenge ourContinue reading “Speaking Truth to Power”

CHEA Award for HWC

I am pleased to announce that Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, has won the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s 2013 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. In joining a select group of community colleges who have won this award, our faculty have demonstrated excellence as recognized in the announcement:Continue reading “CHEA Award for HWC”

Design Storm

A couple of Wright faculty members, Patrick Ham and Tom Murdock, spent a week in lovely Saginaw, Michigan, chaperoning six Wright students for the Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Faculty and students attended workshops and shows, and participated in acting or design competitions. One of our Wright students, Miguel Perez, joined a team withContinue reading “Design Storm”

I Miss School

The winter break was everything I had hoped it would be. A few friends have asked, “Did you snorkel?” “Did you take a helicopter ride?” “Did you parasail?” Other than enjoying tropical breezes, almost uninterrupted sun, and the occasional hike through gorgeous natural scenery in Hawai’i, I did not tackle adventure on this vacation. MyContinue reading “I Miss School”