Pragmatically, responsibly and strategically planning
By THOMAS L. KEON
With respect to our current campus culture of change, at a recent meeting of our Administrative Leadership Team I asked team members to engage in an exercise of listing changes recently made within their units, as well as changes in the offing.
The notes they submitted provided me more than documentation of change occurring on our campus. In studying the notes, I came to realize how such campus change is contributing to progress we are making in response to our Purdue University Calumet Strategic Plan.
The plan, as we know, focuses on our response to four goals:
- Advancing Academic Excellence
- Learning through Engagement and Discovery
- Building a Campus of Inclusivity
- Expanding Development of Community and Business Partnerships
Feedback from the Administrative Leadership Team exercise indicated to me that Purdue Calumet is moving forward; that in response to the challenges of a 21st century, regional university, we are acting pragmatically and responsibly.
Certainly, we have a long way to go in making the progress we desire relative to the goals of our 2013-18 strategic plan. But I am encouraged with the manner in which we as a campus are approaching our work.
Elsewhere in this issue, you can read a sampling of what we have achieved in response to goals 1 and 2. The progress of Goals 3 and 4 will be covered in the next Bridge, March 19.
As we all know, change is not easy, but necessary for organizations to move forward. I am convinced Purdue Calumet is moving forward. Thank you for your good work thus far.
Thomas L. Keon