PSU has many stories about the successes of our faculty, staff and students. We acknowledge our excellence in teaching, research, service contributions, scholarships, and rankings. Shared governance successes and collaborations are also worth noting and celebrating. I asked the leadership of PSU-AAUP, PSU Administration and our Oregon State Conciliator to guest blog about their recent presentation on interest-based bargaining (IBB). I want to thank them for the blog, but more importantly for their commitment to work together to make PSU a great place to learn and work.
This Vlog is designed to shine the spotlight on research and creative scholarly activity at PSU and to share some of the recent work being done to support and elevate our efforts.
I have invited Professor Jason Podrabsky, our Associate VP for Research and Strategic Partnerships, who served as the former chair of Biology and is an active researcher, and Ken Ma, Director of Media Relations in University Communications, to share some recent developments.
View the video blog below:
Technology is ubiquitous in our learning and work environment. It is good to take a pause and assess how our students access and use technology to enhance their learning experience. Our Chief Information Officer, Kirk Kelly, recently shared with the President’s Executive Committee and the Academic Leadership Team survey results of PSU student technology use.
In this guest blog, Kirk shares the results in order for us to be responsive and better understand student behavior and needs.
In January, PSU faculty were invited to propose campus-wide lectures on pre-and post-presidential election-related topics. We were motivated to launch this lecture series because as an academic community we needed a platform to discuss these topics, learn from our faculty’s expertise, and engage in open dialog.
In September 2015, PSU launched an Advising Redesign Project with goals to build campus-wide involvement and support to assess how we advise students. The Academic and Advising Redesign workgroup presented their final report and recommendations on the next steps for advising at a campus-wide open forum in November 2016.
In this Vlog (video blog) below, you will hear more about the project from one of our advisors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Martha Dyson, and Sukhwant Jhaj, our Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success.
Professor Brad Hansen, Presiding Officer of the Faculty Senate, and I share a common goal of increased participation and collaboration between faculty, administrators and our board of trustees to support student learning and success.
I invited Brad to write a guest blog on this subject:
This definition of shared governance was proposed by Gary Olsen in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
“Shared governance is a delicate balance between faculty and staff participation in planning and decision-making processes, on the one hand, and administrative accountability on the other. It has come to connote two complementary and sometimes overlapping concepts: giving various groups of people a share in key decision-making processes, often through elected representation; and allowing certain groups to exercise primary responsibility for specific areas of decision-making. The key to genuine shared governance is broad and unending communication. When various groups of people are kept in the loop and understand what developments are occurring within the university, and when they are invited to participate as true partners, the institution prospers. That, after all, is our common goal.”
My November blog post on philanthropy and fundraising focused on how faculty involved in these efforts can change PSU through the generous partnership of our donors. The Academic Leadership Team (ALT) has been working closely with President Wiewel and the PSU Foundation to frame the next set of ideas that will serve as the scaffolding for PSU’s Comprehensive Campaign. This campaign will be an intensive, catalyzing fundraising effort to build endowments and one-time funds to support students, faculty, and staff, as well as facilities and programmatic needs. We have yet to launch the campaign, but the building blocks are in place.