Continuing education values
In preparation for a day-long visit from Senior Staff, our planning team took a look at what we value in the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach. I imagine that these values are pretty universal in our field, and I would also imagine that most continuing educators strive to develop a culture within their organization that embodies them. Anyway, here they are. We may have missed some so please make any suggestions and improvements in the comments section.
- Student service: putting students first
- Teamwork: working together to accomplish university and school goals
- Outreach: serving students and communities at a distance
- Inreach: creating connections and collaborations within the university that foster success and create win-win situations
- Agility: responding quickly to new needs, opportunities, and partnerships
- Advocacy: championing non-traditional students, non-traditional delivery, and non-traditional schedules.
- Innovation: finding newer and better ways to do our jobs more efficiently
- Attitude: belief in ourselves that we can accomplish things that no other unit can
- Change: comfortable leading change rather than following the lead of others
- Bottom-line mentality: understanding the importance of creating revenue within the university mission
I'm on a panel today with other seasoned Tennessee continuing educators to share our insights on the field with members of the TACHE Leadership Academy. This is part of that. I asked my assistant dean if she recalled any good advice I had given her, and she said most all of it was good, but she ignored it anyway. She was kidding I think. To paraphrase Barbie: Leadership is hard.