As a child, Thanksgiving meant a long weekend and time off from school; a big family dinner and many other extras — the house smelled like nutmeg and cinnamon all week; time to play and be with all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles as our house was “holiday central” (my grandmother lived with us); football games and the Macy’s day parade; and preparing for Christmas by putting up the decorative outdoor lights.
In keeping with my leadership theme this week, I wanted to share some noteworthy takeaways from this week’s Online Learning Consortium (OLC) annual meeting. In an invitation-only session on Wednesday, I joined several other senior online leaders in exploring common issues and topics we face on our campuses, in our institutions and in our nation.
Strategic focus and savvy time management are key leadership success criteria. Over the next several months, through the first quarter of 2017, we will be focused on several critical supporting priorities for APUS, including the topic of today’s post, leadership onboarding and development, along with leadership “Listen and Learn” and strategic planning. Other key institutional priorities such as curriculum quality, teaching excellence and strategic enrollment and relationship management will be addressed in future posts.
Recently, I was privileged to attend an APUS-sponsored “Persistence and Resistance Roundtable,” hosted by Dr. Gwen Hall. Both full- and part-time instructors, current students and alumni offered their perspective on what is needed to ensure the students’ experience is not only enjoyable and fulfilling, but one that ensures that their educational and professional goals are fulfilled. Although several suggestions and proposals were offered, a few seemed more prevalent than others.
Reflecting on experience and generalizing the meaning of experience are principles and practices foundational to learning and to my experience as a researcher. In this blog I apply these principles and practices to the amazing series of events during APUS Inauguration Week, Nov. 1-4, 2016.
This has truly been a historic year for American Public University System, our 25th anniversary of serving our Armed Forces. In April, we cut the ribbon on our new Veterans Community Center in our hometown of Charles Town, WV.