It is said that change brings opportunity; I can definitely
say we here at TCC are experiencing many changes, and as a result,
By now, everyone is probably aware of the recent developments
related to the former Department of Campus Life, the first of which is a
renaming to the Department of Campus and Civic Engagement. In an effort to
realign the priorities of this area of the College, many hard decisions had to
be made, but I believe we are now on a path that will reinvigorate our student
life and provide new and meaningful opportunities for our students both in and
out of the classroom.
As the name suggests, the department will have a new focus
on community engagement. All their efforts, activities and resources will now
emphasize socially and intellectually rewarding experiences. Our goal is for
students to see Campus and Civic Engagement as the place where they can find
fun ways to improve their résumés while also enriching their lives.
"...greater engagement with our campus community, greater respect for our students, and greater transparency in our actions. These values preserve and protect TCC’s creed and core mission to provide a learning environment that prepares students for success."
Judicial Affairs has been separated from Campus and Civic
Engagement and also renamed the Office of Student Conduct and Community
Standards. Under this office’s supervision, students will now have a much more
proactive approach to how rules and regulations of the College will be shaped
providing for more transparency and more oversight in the judicial process.
Also, Campus and Civic Engagement will become more proactive in
communicating and educating the entire campus community, students, faculty and
staff alike, on the resources they make available.
Lindsey Smitherman-Brown, volunteer and service learning
coordinator and interim director of the new department, has had her hands full
implementing the full rebranding. Our Student Activity Coordinator, Michael
Coleman, just started at the College last week and has hit the ground running.
He will become a pivotal player in making sure our students, who come from all
walks of life, will be encouraged to participate on campus and feel a
connection with our College. We’ve also begun the hiring process for many
positions that will be instrumental in making this department a success.
These sweeping changes are direct result of a multi-faceted
proposal brought to me by Vice President Sally Search back in mid-February. Her
vision was to restructure Student Affairs, not just the modification of Campus
and Civic Engagement, but also making the Office of the Registrar independent
from Enrollment Services and renaming Enrollment Services as Admissions and
Enrollment Services. Admissions and Enrollment Services will now be responsible
for front-end items like outreach, recruiting, organizing orientation and
testing. All of this adjusting will create many new job opportunities for
counseling specialists, academic advisors, clerks and more. Student Success is
renamed and Student Success and Retention and counseling staff will collaborate
with faculty in developing and implementing strategies to promote the success
of our students.
I believe this overarching plan represents the future of the
College. I have tasked all those responsible in these offices and departments
to become torchbearers for the spirit of these changes – greater engagement
with our campus community, greater respect for our students, and greater
transparency in our actions. These values preserve and protect TCC’s creed and
core mission to provide a learning environment that prepares students for success. The
future certainly looks bright.