Friday, November 16, 2007

My lesson for today

I just got a little reminder lesson for myself. Our university chancellor just sent out an email report. Included in it is a subheading for priorities. Here are her priorities:

# A destination of choice for students, faculty and staff, the citizens of Hawai‘i and beyond;
# A leading, global research university performing at the highest levels and solving society’s problems;
# A respectful, inclusive community that welcomes and nurtures diversity.

Is it just me, or does that pretty much just say, "our priority is to be a good school." However, later there is a supplemental budget item, and this includes the following list:

# Repairs and maintenance of our campus infrastructure
# Health, safety, and emergency preparedness
# Support of our graduate students
# Native Hawaiian programming for Access and Hawaiian Language
# Upgrading classroom technology
# Title IX compliance for gender equity in athletics
# Support for accreditation through WASC
# Support for faculty development
# Community outreach and communications

Now, those are some actual priorities. So note to self: When looking for an organization's objectives, skip the "objectives" part and look for the money.

2 comments:

Church Lady said...

Do you want to work in academia one day? I'm just curious, because it seems to be your passion.

You would do very well, in any case! :-)

Ello said...

Ha! I agree - just look for the money! None of the priorities works without it.