Message from Dan Patterson: Day of Reflection, Transform NC and KPIs

Dan PattersonI was very pleased to see so many of you at Day of Reflection, where we had an excellent discussion about exploring our “Great Work” – the  work that engages and inspires us, and drives growth and success at Niagara College.

This conversation will be ongoing, and as our facilitator, Tina Dias, mentioned during her presentation, there are three ways to stay engaged and committed to new skills and habits:

This year’s event was a great follow-up to the 2014 Day of Reflection, where we had a very detailed and interactive discussion about the results of the 2014 Employee Climate Survey, and our plan for moving forward – all with a view toward making Niagara College an even better place to work and to learn.

The feedback, priorities and ideas generated at the last Day of Reflection have formed an important part of our Advisory College Council’s (ACC) agenda over the last year. The ACC has categorized your feedback into four areas, and prioritized key items that can be addressed over the short-and-long-term.

The ACC has also begun to form recommendations for two of your top priorities: enhancing how we recognize the contributions of our staff and faculty, and finding ways to make our meetings more efficient and effective.  We’ll be sharing plans for both of these areas in the coming weeks.

One of the ways that we have traditionally recognized the achievements of our staff is through the annual Employee Awards of Excellence.  Nominations for this special honour – which is awarded at Niagara Day to a member of faculty, support staff and administration – are now open. Nomination criteria and procedures are available here and the deadline for nominations is May 29. Our strength at Niagara College is the talent and commitment of our team, and the Award of Excellence recipients truly represent the best of the best. I encourage you to nominate a deserving colleague for this prestigious honour.

Transform NC

Recently, Teresa Quinlin, vice president, Business Development shared the results of Tier 1 of the Transform NC with the college community, both online and through town hall meetings at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

I want to extend my thanks to those who attended the town halls and participated in this important discussion. I was especially pleased to hear the comments regarding the openness and transparency of Transform NC – which remains a key priority for this process. For those of you who were unable to attend the town hall meetings, the presentation is available online here, and a recording of these forums will be made available shortly.

As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns regarding Transform NC, please feel free to contact Teresa Quinlin at tquinlin@niagaracollege.ca, or contact Katerina Gonzalez, manager, Planning and Institutional Research at kgonzalez@niagaracollege.ca.

The Tier 2 review is now underway and applies to a small number of programs and services identified as the highest priorities for enhancement and/or revision. Three streams – academic advisement, employee pre-boarding and Facilities Management Services (FMS) operations – will be the focus of this portion of the review.

As a follow-up to my earlier message regarding the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results, the first set of KPI reports are now available on the corporate (G) drive by following this path: G: Corporate/ KPI/ KPI Results/KPI 2014-2015. There you will find folders with the student satisfaction, grad and employer satisfaction, graduation rate and provincial results. If you have any questions regarding these reports, please contact kgonzalez@niagaracollege.ca.

And finally, we will soon turn our attention to our Spring Convocation ceremonies in June, a highlight of our academic year where more than 4,000 of students will be graduating and a line-up of eight outstanding convocation speakers has been planned. Please join us as we gather to inspire our graduating students as they move on to the next phase of their career.

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