President's Management Letter 2006-07

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the 2006 – 2007 President’s Management Letter that was recently submitted to the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. This report is an annual requirement to assess the college’s progress in meeting the overall goals and objectives of the RIBGHE.

The report captures the exciting work that has taken place at our college over the past year as groups of committed faculty, staff and students have been engaged in a variety of new initiatives that will serve the community college for decades to come.

As the report shows, we have made extraordinary institutional progress in creating a mission statement and governance system, strengthening the evaluation process for faculty, increasing the diversity of faculty and staff, and improving college communications. The report also details our progress in meeting the goals and objectives of the RIBGHE in the areas of developing and assessing student learning outcomes, improving student persistence, producing a more competitive workforce, and promoting economic development and social well-being.

As your new president, I am exhilarated by the progress being shown throughout the college, and I thank each and every one of you for your help and commitment.

Sincerely,
Ray M. Di Pasquale, President
Community College of Rhode Island


President's Management Letter

1. Develop new Vision, Mission and Values statements that reflect CCRI’s current focus and its vision for the future.

Implementation Strategy 1:

The college will seek community-wide input into finalizing the new Vision, Mission and Values statements.

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Fall 2005
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The Community College of Rhode Island is the state's only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional, and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs. We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state's economic development and the region's workforce.

2. Create a governance system that supports regularized college communication and operation.

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CCRI Governance Committee will develop a draft governance structure plan during Fall 2005.

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The proposed plan will be shared with the college community for input.

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The draft of the governance proposal will be recommended to the college administration for approval.

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Administration will create implementation plan.

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3. Strengthen existing evaluation process for full-time and adjunct faculty members.

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Vice President for Academic Affairs will convene the Faculty Evaluation Review Committee composed of three (3) faculty members and three (3) administrators as defined within the CCRI Faculty Association contract.

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CCRI administration will review existing Peer and Course Evaluations used by all CCRI academic departments to date.

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Academic Affairs will review literature to identify “best practices” for peer and course evaluations among community colleges.

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Subcommittees on Peer Evaluation and Course Evaluation will be convened to make recommendations to the Faculty Evaluation Review Committee.

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4. Develop recruitment and hiring process for faculty and staff that improves the institution’s ability to meet its diversity goals.

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Increase diversity of faculty and staff in both full-time and adjunct capacities, and students on all campuses.

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5. Improve college communications via multiple modes and implement structural changes that enhance the flow of information.

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Expand the visibility of CCRI with our target audiences

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Redesign annual report.

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Produce quarterly television program on Cox television network.

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Implement media relations training for senior administrators.

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6. Continue with the Banner implementation project.

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CCRI will engage in a successful year-end closing in Banner finance, streamline student service processes, track faculty workload, implement HR module, upgrade and integrate college bookstore, operationalize budget module, continue employee training, and improve management reporting tools.

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7. Continue the strategic planning process that systematically ensures that college priorities are pursued through action steps, designated responsibilities and links with the institution’s budgeting system.

Implementation Strategies 7a-7aaa:

7a. Expand the membership of the Strategic Planning Committee.

7aa. The committee will compile a report on outcomes of 2005 Unit Plans.

7aaa. The committee will develop institutional priorities and strategic goals for allocation of 2007 budget.

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8. Create and implement new Employee Orientation Program.

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CCRI will develop a comprehensive orientation plan for new employees.

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9. Through the Audit Project Management Team, create a plan of action to develop and align administrative processes that produce a fair, equitable and accountable teaching assignment schedule.

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Develop and implement plan to rebalance excessive overload and adjunct teaching loads.

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President's Management Letter

1. Developing and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes. (BOG Goal #1)

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CCRI will establish a college-wide committee to guide the development of student learning outcomes and timelines within all departments.

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The college will provide ongoing faculty professional development support for college protocol for statement and assessment of student learning outcomes.

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The college will target funds for professional development to help support academic departments’ increased knowledge of best practices.

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CCRI will develop a website to support departmentally-based student learning outcomes and to increase discussion and dissemination college-wide.

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Expand General Education Committee to ensure broad-based representation and input from the academic departments. The General Education Committee will draft a recommended general education core for college-wide adoption.

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2. Improving Student Persistence and Retention. (BOG Goal #2)

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Submit grant applications to federal government to support and expand activities for students.

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Information on Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) will be shared college-wide for appropriate action to engage students.

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To open CCRI's fourth campus in Newport County in Fall 2005 to provide access to full-campus academic and student support services.

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3. Produce a more competitive workforce through emphasis on quality education. (BOG Goal #3)

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Improve and expand corporate training programs for residents of Rhode Island.

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Develop successful collaborations with other state agencies to provide vocational training programs for RI employers.

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Respond to growing Latino workforce needs.

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Development of cutting-edge academic programs leading to employment.

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4. Promote economic development and social well-being through graduate education, research, public service and technology use (BOG Goal #4)

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Through the Division of Lifelong Learning, provide public service programs for the residents of Rhode Island.

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Alternative Energy
CNA Training
Transportation Education
Photo Voltaic Training
Adult Skills Training
DLT Trade Program
Incarcerated Adults
Culinary Arts
GED Testing
GED Preparation
Reading & Math
Non-credit ESL

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