December 20, 2013
Northwest Vista College News
NVC Hosts Strategic Planning Retreat
TNorthwest Vista College conducted its 16th annual strategic planning session on November 18 and 19. The E-Team, Leadership Team and representatives from our partner groups met on campus for a two-day session to develop our strategies for the last year of the 2010 – 2015 strategic plan. The attendees analyzed the environmental scan data and identified areas of future action. Through the analysis of data, weaknesses and threats were identified. The team determined that the college should continue to focus on the three key organizational objectives – Completion, Learning, and Sustainability – and that within these three areas NVC should turn our attention to these five specific strategies:
• Completion: Streamlining the application and registration process and ensuring more students have accurate and up-to-date degree plans that give them better direction as they seek their degree or certificate completion.
• Learning: Improving the understanding and use of active and collaborative teaching techniques due in part to the decline in students’ perception that this activity is occurring in the classroom at NVC.
• Learning: Evaluating the impact of developmental education changes and providing procedures to mitigate mandates that may negatively impact student learning. This includes a focus on developmental education advising.
• Sustainability: Continuing our quality journey by improving and systematizing unit assessment across the college and by developing plans for reporting to the SACS as we begin our next reaffirmation cycle.
• Sustainability: Promoting systematic innovation at NVC.
The next steps in the strategic planning process are to appoint leaders and teams to carry out action planning and deployment for these strategic areas.
Psychology Students Share Knowledge
More than 1,000 students participated in the 7th annual NVC Psychology Day activities and programs in November. The day is designed to be an interactive event for students to learn more about human behavior through demonstrations, experiments, and presentations. Special guest speaker, Mark Harris LMSW, kicked off the day with a discussion of Psychology and the Law. Mark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider. A standing room crowd heard him talk about how psychology applies to the criminal justice system as well as sex offender treatment.
Demonstrations were conducted by psychology students and faculty for participants to learn about different aspects of psychology. Presentations addressed stress, personality, perception of sour sensations, the effect of focusing attention on just one aspect of a scenario perception, and other psychology-related topics. Students left the day having learned about the array of topics within the field of psychology and with a renewed interest in psychology.
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