President's Monthly Reports
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit”
- Harry S. Truman
Despite the noble (and mostly true) character of Truman’s famous quote, people really do like to be recognized for the good work that they do; we like to be noted for the contributions that we make to a worthy cause. And, in recent months, there have been a growing number of people “out there” who are recognizing the many reasons for us to be proud of the great work we are doing here at LBCC! Do a quick “Google” search of the Gazette Times, the Albany Democrat Herald, and the Lebanon Express, and you will see for yourself: individuals, programs and departments, and the college as a whole are all being recognized for the contributions we are making toward our students’ and our communities’ success. Too many to list, I nonetheless want to highlight just a few of those that recognize the work of our college as a whole.
We at LBCC have long been a leader in serving our students through our degree partnership program with OSU but, most recently, the effectiveness of this program has drawn some notable attention. After being invited to make a presentation on this program at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) annual conference in Washington DC, our OSU/LBCC DPP has now been nominated for an “Excellence Award” at OSU because of the successes achieved by the students served. Quoting from the nomination letter from Dr. Larry Flick, Dean of the OSU College of Education:
DPP students were 2.38 times more likely to persist to the baccalaureate when compared with those students who had earned all of their credits at the university. Those who participated also had significantly higher GPA’s, less university credits (less costs), and a transfer rate of 100%. Furthermore, an analysis of graduating cohorts from 2009-2013 found that nontraditional students (those who were 25 years of age or older at the time of graduation) have thrived from their participation in the DPP as they were identified as being more than twice (2.13 times) as likely to complete their baccalaureate degree if they participated in the DPP.
We’ve heard about, and I’ve both spoken and written about, our Pipeline Project, but the level of attention and recognition that we’re getting for this innovative effort is nothing short of remarkable. After making a presentation at the Association of Community College Trustees National Congress a few months back, and now scheduled to make a similar presentation at the American Association of Community Colleges National Convention in April, the word about Pipeline is getting out and people are really interested – nationally, and locally! Since its inception as a mostly Albany-centric program designed to attract and develop a well-educated and trained workforce to fill the rapidly increasing number of area jobs in manufacturing, we’ve attracted the recognition, endorsement, and planned future participation from Corvallis and Lebanon (most recently, an endorsement by the Lebanon City Council!) and have plans for expansion into other business sectors and communities.
And then there’s our selection as one of the 30 Guided Pathways institutions. Recognized as a leader in the national effort to redesign the educational experiences of our students around coherent pathways that almost inexorably lead them to their own success, we and 29 other community colleges among over a 1,000 nation-wide have been selected as a “beta site” for demonstrating and further developing the application of this “guided pathway” model. Guided Pathways, and the group of 30 colleges that are leading this work, provide for us the structural framework and support for bringing together so many of our already on-going initiatives into a more broadly effective effort. This is recognition that yields results!
Finally, you will recall that a couple of years ago, LBCC was nominated and subsequently honored as the Large Business of the Year by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. This was in recognition of many things, but most certainly for the way in which our college has partnered with others in the Lebanon community to develop an education and training presence that will reap benefits for that community and for our students for decades to come. Well, this year the Albany Chamber of Commerce has recognized us with two award nominations, the Large Business of the Year and Distinguished Service Award. At the time of my writing this, we do not know if we will actually receive either of these awards. But I can honestly say that it is an honor just to be nominated when you consider the basis for this recognition:
- nominees for these awards have contributed to the community for the last five years or more, have participated in the community both individually and collectively, and added to the economic vitality and livability of our community
- nominated for their energy, support, leadership, and commitment to Albany and its citizens
If you haven’t already noticed, let me call to your attention a couple of themes or similarities that run through all of these recognitions. First, in each and every instance, we have been recognized for excellence in something that is core to our Mission – student success, economic vitality, community betterment. Second, all of these recognitions are for something that we do and accomplish through partnerships – with a university, a business, other community colleges, our own communities. While individuals and individual institutions may receive recognition, the contributions and achievements being recognized are not really the work of one individual or institution but the “collective impact” of people and businesses and colleges and communities that really DO NOT care who gets the credit but only that the things we do together are worthy of credit. Individuals will be called out for recognition, and it will always be an honor to be recognized. But the truth is that recognition is a “meal” best served family style.
“In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence“
- Henry Van Dyke
Thanks to all of you who help make our collective efforts and accomplishments worthy of recognition!