Our society loves to acknowledge milestones such as birthdays, graduations and anniversaries. In this issue we are going to reflect a bit on my first year at Carleton and most importantly talk about the planning process for coming years.
During the past year I met with many individuals and groups to get their thoughts on what is working well in ITS and what could be better. I built upon that input through focus groups with students in the Fall and also from the results of the MISO survey, conducted in January. Among the many take-aways from these conversations were requests for more transparent communications, greater clarity around the roles of individuals in ITS and more effective processes to support technology innovation.
I also heard very specific suggestions for technology projects, and I have observed some directions that need consideration. These potential initiatives have been shaped into a “straw man” proposal to stimulate discussion and additional suggestions. These ideas were shared at a Forum/SAC conversation on April 10th and will be discussed at a faculty breakout session on April 28th and a student town hall on May 6th. If these opportunities don’t work with your schedule, please feel free to contact me with your thoughts or to set up a conversation.
An important part of delivering services is being able to make commitments and meet them. Improving how we initiate, prioritize and manage projects should help in this area. With that end in mind, I’ve changed the departmental structure to create a team of working managers who will facilitate these efforts (read more here).
I want to close by sharing a personal milestone. In February, I married my partner of 20 years, and I’m grateful to the citizens and government of Minnesota for making that possible. Thank you all for welcoming me to Carleton, for sharing your hopes & aspirations and for taking the leap of faith that, like a good marriage, we have committed to working through the difficult times and difficult decisions with respect and openness and lots of conversation.