We have been wrestling with the questions like (1) What is the primary purpose of Research and Reporting in a college (2) Where does leadership come from and (3) What is the most suitable structure to promote this function? As those conversations continue, we held our first study series at Bakersfield College on Research and Reporting on March 1, 2013. It was very well attended. Over 60 individuals, department chairs, deans, faculty and staff from key committees and councils. This was the first of the focused discussions sponsored by College Council, http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/collegecouncil/, as part of our 18-month work plan.
The 90-minute study session (presentation posted at http://tinyurl.com/c98b8jc) was organized under three categories:
(1) Big picture facilitated by Lisa Fitzgerald (Director of Institutional Research) and myself
(2) Program Review facilitated by Manny Mourtzanos (Program Review co-chair), Mike Carley (Institutional Researcher), and Liz Rozell (Dean of STEM).
Manny was not able to attend in person so he participated via this 5:08-minute video
(3) Student Learning Outcomes Assessment facilitated by Bonnie Suderrman (Dean of Instruction). For more on assessment follow the blog at http://bc-outcomes.tumblr.com/
Another feature to highlight is the infusion of wellness by having Brent Damron (Chair of Health and Physical Education) lead us through a serious of exercised during the stretch breaks. Brent in his usual humorous style, led us through these exercises while providing us snippets of information on why it is critical to have a healthy body in order to have a healthy mind and to build healthy communities.
Below are some pictures from the event.