Hello Forsyth Tech faculty and staff!
Happy first day of fall classes! The beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year is a busy and pivotal time for all of us and our students. Thank you in advance for warmly welcoming our students to Forsyth Tech, whether that’s online or in-person. I tried to echo that sentiment in this short welcome video we are sending to students and posting on social media today.
We are doing everything we can to help all students, faculty and staff stay safe. This includes intense cleaning protocols, lots of hand sanitizing stations, everyone wearing masks, and more. Please check out our special COVID-19 website for additional details.
Our world is more unpredictable than ever, but we will continue working together through all challenges that lie ahead. I appreciate your continued leadership as we deal with our new realities the best way we can.
Convocation 2020 – ELEVATE
Thank you to all of you who participated in last week’s Convocation Week. We had several timely, relevant, and informative sessions throughout the week, and I want to especially thank those presenters for their time and efforts. I also want to thank the Convocation Week Committee for coming together to make this a warm (albeit virtual!) start to the fall term. It felt good to invest time in learning with all of you.
If you were busy serving students on Thursday and missed my Keynote Convocation Address, please check out the recording this week. My intent was to provide a little inspiration as we begin the new year in such unprecedented ways. I also tried to provide some context and urgency around the need to remain relevant and competitive in the evolving landscape of higher education, and remind us all that we cannot do the same things we have always done and expect different results. Our student completion numbers are too low, and our achievement gaps are too high, and we must work together to change that — we must elevate to improve.
To increase our students’ success and completion rates, we must see with clear eyes. We must use data to guide transformation where needed, and not be afraid to try different strategies and tactics to do things differently to achieve different results. The Elevate theme I shared in my keynote and found below, provides a framework for us to guide our work moving forward.
Everyone owns student success.
Leaders do not need titles.
Empowerment creates innovation.
Vision paints the picture of our future our heads and hearts crave.
Above and beyond – Achieving our vision = passion, purpose and breaking down barriers.
Together, with trust and teamwork, everyone achieves more.
Excellence does not happen by accident.
Let us join together to Elevate what we do every day to accomplish our Vision 2025 goals and outcomes and achieve get our vision!
Navigate – Our New Student Success Tool
We had some questions this week about Navigate and how we will use this important tool to help our students succeed. Our Navigate implementation teams have been hard at work rolling out different parts and functions of the platform over the last few months. Even more resources are being pulled together as we speak. Please check out Navigate Forsyth Tech for information and watch for additional resources and training to be added there soon.
This is a powerful student success tool to guide students successfully from orientation to graduation. This one software application replaces three other software platforms, ultimately making all our lives better. However, this is something new and it will require you to learn a new application and new processes, but it is worth the investment. Navigate Forsyth Tech helps students register for classes, communicate, and connect with us quickly, and navigate our processes more easily and seamlessly, and it helps us keep students moving forward successfully. We will work together to provide the training and resources students, faculty, and staff need to use this powerful vehicle to support student success.
Next Facebook Live – Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2 p.m.
I look forward to our next Facebook Live on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. Please join me if you can! It is a great way for staff and faculty to engage with each other, and for you to also engage with students.
As has become my traditional way of closing my update message, I have another great quote to share with you. I came across this one today and it resonated with me when I think about what we are all dealing with right now:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman
As I said in my keynote address this week, having a job that is all about providing hope and opportunity and transforming lives is a privilege and a great way to do what makes you come alive! Thank you for coming alive every day for our students!
Have a great week, stay safe and stay well!
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College