Monday, September 14, 2015

Listening and Planning for the Future

If you haven't been able to attend a strategic plan Listening Session, you might be wondering what they have been like. The goal is to set a course for the future. A recent session brought faculty and staff to the Nichols Dining Room. Attendees formed into smaller groups and were asked to provide short answers to three big questions. Here are some of the responses from the group I attended.

What does Vol State do well?
-Friendly and welcoming campus
-Talented faculty and staff
-Students feel a part of campus

What can Vol State do better?
-Interdepartmental communication
-Do more with high schools to facilitate academic preparation
-Student retention and graduation

Given all the resources necessary, what should Vol State do in five years?
-All Health Sciences programs should be in one location
-Have more academic programs in sync with employer needs
-Connect the curriculum better to workforce needs
-Update employee job descriptions to better match current needs and technology
-Better adjunct pay
-TRIO for all students on campus

Needless to say, every group came up with some similar ideas and some unique ideas. There will be a distillation process to formulate responses in a way that allows them to be considered in writing the strategic plan.

You still have an opportunity to participate. Other sessions are coming up for the public, but faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Note the Gallatin campus session below on September 29.  Faculty and staff are also encouraged to submit thoughts and ideas online.

A Davidson County Listening Session will be held on September 15 at 4:30 p.m. at 50 Forward, 301 Madison Street in Madison.

A Macon County Listening Session will be held on September 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Macon County Welcome Center, 685 Hwy 52 Bypass West in Lafayette.

A Smith and Trousdale County Listening Session will be held on September 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, 939 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage.

A Wilson County Listening Session will be held on September 23 at 7:30 a.m. at Courtney’s CafĂ©, 4066 N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet.

A Livingston Listening Session will be held on September 24 at 1 p.m. on the Livingston Campus at 113 Windle Community Road.

A Sumner County Listening Session will be held on September 29 at 8:00 a.m. at the Wood Campus Center, Nichols Dining Room B, on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike.

A Robertson County Listening Session will be held on September 29 at 9 a.m. at the Highland Crest Campus, 150 Laureate Avenue in Springfield.

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