Direct and open communications is one of the most important contributing factors to a healthy, happy, and productive workplace. If we know what is going on, we are much more likely to invest in our job and in our relationships with colleagues and students. A President’s Blog seemed to me to be a means to that end. A place where I could post information, conduct rumor control, and give you a heads-up on what’s going on around SFCC. It might become a forum for explaining issues and decisions and, most importantly, to invite dialogue about important considerations facing our college.
One of the valuable features of blogs is the ability to post comments and to comment on comments. That is part of the objective here. This is an experiment, and I’m not entirely sure how this will evolve, but I do know that there are many things that happen that I wish I could tell you all about. This is one way this can be accomplished.
I do not know how often I will be able to post, we’ll see what happens. At first, I’ll pick topics that I feel would be interesting to everyone and, again, we’ll see what happens. In the future, we might expand the corps of bloggers who will post on the President’s Blog to include others who could better explain a project, initiative, or issue. One of the nice things about a blog is the archiving of information and the ability to search. If you want to know about something that we discussed six months ago, you can find it and refresh your memory.
This is on the Web, so even the public, and anyone in the world, will be able to see and read what is said, and commented upon. For that reason, we will exercise some appropriate sensitivity. This is not a place to air our dirty laundry. It is also not a vehicle for emergency communications. That is better handled through “SFCC All” and “College Info” as well as the telephone, radiophone, and other means. The President’s Blog is a place to delve a little deeper and perhaps with a different perspective into subjects that our students, staff, and community might find interesting, but not necessarly critical to know.
Let me know what you think.