Week Ending February 27, 2015

Updates:

  • Attended the 2015 State of the Region on economic development, technology, and public policy. Generally speaking, there is agreement that there is an improving job market and a broad economic upturn, but concern about small business support in the state and possible adverse taxation efforts underway in Sacramento.
  • Attended my first Accounting Advisory Board meeting.  Three boards down, several to go.
  • Pleased to meet with and interview a strong new candidate for our Operations and Supply Chain faculty position.
  • Marty Gannon has volunteered and voted into the position of Faculty Chair, serving for the remainder of this semester.  Thank you to Glen Brodowsky for his service to date.

Immediate Plans:

  • Interview several faculty candidates early next week for Accounting and Management positions, as well as one individual for the AACSB assessment coordinator.
  • Leadership Team Meeting Tuesday 3 pm on Tuesday.
  • Discussions with other deans of the recommendations in the Diversity Mapping Report.
  • Attend the Office of Internships Town Hall Thursday at noon, MH 125.

Celebration of Successes:

  •  As I review the past twelve weeks or so, I am extremely pleased with the work done by our faculty search committees and staff in finding and hiring really good people. Wayne Neu gets extra credit for serving on quite a few of those committees, and Whitney and Jennifer for keeping the Provost’s Office very busy!
  •  Cata Ratiu quoted in the San Diego Business Journal article titled “Local Universities Expand International Programs to Meet Growing Demand”.

Alumnus Highlight:

This is a worthy repeat:  CSUSM alum and entrepreneur Erik Groset was featured this week at the CSU Congressional Reception in Washington, DC.  He seems to like Washington, in 2011 he was at the White House recognized as an Empact100 under 30 Entrepreneur.

Remember that name and this face: Erik Groset.

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Week Ending February 20, 2015

Updates:

  •  Completed analysis of University-wide survey data from the “Great Colleges to Work For” report.  There were no real surprises to me, and the areas needing work, broadly categorized, are: Compensation, Senior Leadership Communication, Transparency, Fairness, and Appreciation.  I’d be glad to review the data at a CoBA All Hands meeting if there is enough interest.
  •  More important is “what are we going to do about them”?  These were discussed this week at the Provost/dean’s meeting as well as during President Haynes Ad Hoc Leadership Meeting Thursday evening.  There are certainly things we can improve in our college, and we’ll also see what the University response will be.  More later.
  • Connected this week with Janet Beronio (SrVP and GM of Harrah’s), Jerry Navarra (Chairman of Jerome’s, thank you Raj), Jorge Tagle (Counsel General of the Republic of Chile) and Beatriz (‘BB’) Alexander (President, North County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, thank you Klaus).
  • Had my first Leadership Team Meeting (Department chairs, etc.) and I thought it went well.  🙂  Discussed fall schedule and efficiency factors, summer schedule policies, student placement data, and a proposal for use of funds from our “Taste for Student Success” events.  My draft proposal is available for review and comment in Box, if interested.

Immediate Plans:

  • Attend “State of the Region” event to get updates on ongoing developments in our local economy including how economic development, technology, and public policy affect today’s workforce.
  • Participate in Strategic Plan Task Force and beat the drum for, and share data on, student placement.
  • Planning session for fall 2015 Taste for Student Success (Carrie Smith).
  • Attend Accounting Advisory Board Meeting (Alan Styles et. al.).

Celebration of Successes:

  • CSUSM Communications has an elaborate roll-out plan for highlighting the University’s 25th Anniversary, including select faculty profiles to be run in the Union Tribune.  The first faculty profile will showcase Raj Pillai and will be in next Wednesday’s publication.  You can see the ad here.
  • Have you thanked a staff member lately?  Many of our staff go above and beyond to make the college run smoothly.

Alumnus Highlight:

Megan Reynolds is a 2013 CoBA graduate in Management.  Megan started her business, Flawed Perfection Jewelry, while a student in 2009 and grew the business as she learned. Doing jewelry design and fabrication, Megan recently started focusing on customized bridal designs for brides and bridesmaids.  Megan’s “Giving Back Program” donates a percentage of her income to select charities.  For 2015, this includes Freedom House, a group of homes in New Mexico dedicated to restoring the lives of prostituted, sexually exploited, sexually abused or sexually trafficked women.

Remember that name and this face: Megan Reynolds.

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Week Ending February 13, 2015

Updates:

  • Attended AACSB Dean’s Conference Sunday through Tuesday in San Diego with 600+ other business deans.  Worthwhile for someone new as myself, lots of connections made. Discovered possible lucrative revenue ideas for CoBA, running dean’s conferences and downtown parking lots. 🙂
  • Sponsor to a Senior Experience team to recommend an internship program for academic credit as a possible future alternative to Senior Experience for some students (e.g. best practices, guidelines and regulations, costs, etc.). Alan Omens is our faculty advisor.
  • Reported updates to CoBA Advisory Board meeting.

Personnel:

  • Two candidates in this week for the O&SCMgmt tenure track faculty position (Robert Abolian, Soheila Jorjani, and Wayne Neu).  Candidates being scheduled for Management and Accounting.

Immediate Plans:

  • Attendance at the President’s Ad Hoc Leadership Team meeting.

Alumnus Highlight:

Jason Bennett is a 2007 CoBA graduate in Marketing.  Jason, a former Marine, is the owner of Flippin’ Pizza, a CoBA Alumni Board member (4 years), and a sponsor several times of Senior Experience Projects for his business.  If you were there, you’ll remember his speech to the graduating class in May 2007.

Remember that name and this face: Jason Bennett.

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Week ending February 6, 2015

Updates:

  • Lots of new connections this week, including Kevin Crawford, CEO United Way of San Diego, Tim Lesmeister, VP of Marketing at WD-40 and a new Advisory Board member, Philip Dana, Talent Acquisition Director at Intuit, Richard Hunter, President of Hunter Industries, Patricia Reily, our new Director of Veterans Affairs, plus lots of new people and re-connections at the President’s Report to the Community.
  • Lengthy and very interesting tour of the engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain processes at Hunter Industries by Arne Pike, VP of Engineering, an alumnus  and a former board member.
  • Office of Undergraduate Studies Strategic Planning Task Force underway.  Good group, ideas are flowing.

Personnel:

  • Lots of hiring activities underway.  O&SCMgmt (Robert Abolian, Soheila Jorjani, and Wayne Neu) has two candidates coming in next week, and Management (Ofer Meilich, Cata Ratiu, and Ted Shore) has two candidates being scheduled.  There is also an additional Accounting search underway.
  • In case you have not been reading my emails, Wayne Fields has accepted a COO position at a firm closer to home.  Ed Ashley has accepted the position of Interim Director of the Business Community Relations.  Ed co-taught Senior Experience last semester and is well acquainted with the Program.  He comes to us with 30+ years of business experience, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.  Please join me in welcoming Ed to CoBA!
  • Please also welcome Sam Walker as the CoBA Marketing Student Assistant.  Sam will be here part time on MWF and located in the dean’s office.

Immediate Plans:

  • Attendance at the AACSB Dean’s Conference Sunday through Tuesday in San Diego.
  • Under the direction of advisor Alan Omens, we are doing a Senior Experience Project to benchmark internship programs in business for future consideration.
  • Participate in candidate interviews.

Celebration of Successes:

  • Successful CoBA Meet and Greet Thursday at noon, if you were not there, you missed the levity and collegial competition for students among our department chairs as well as the “Front Four” presentation by our Advising Group.  Kudos to Carrie Smith for organizing and running the event.
  • Kudos to Wayne Neu for his recent article in Time Magazine titled “This Is Why Your Co-Workers Are Judging You“.
  • Also to Vassilis Dalakas for his article in the Union Tribune “When fans go too far“.

Alumnus Highlight:

Wayne Fields was recently appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Orange Coast Building Services, Inc., a full-service general contracting company. As you should know, Wayne is a graduate of our undergraduate as well as MBA Programs.
Remember that name and this face: Wayne Fields.

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Jim’s Major Takeaways: Summit for Online Leadership

Numerous people have suggested I share my summary of the recent Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy conference.  It might also help to settle some people’s minds as to my thinking about online programs.

Summit for Online Leadership (January 21-23, 2015, San Antonio, Texas)

  1. There are many very successful online programs, each has worked through many substantial issues to reach success.  Our fragmented linear student process will need to be streamlined to enable much more flexible education options; predictive analytics will improve completion rates.  Example: Georgia Tech’s online MS in Computer Science is identical in content to conventional but costs $6,600 versus $44,100, is enormously successful, and has resulted in an increase in conventional enrollment by over 40% rather than cannibalizing it.  There are successful community colleges approaching 100,000 online students in 160 countries.
  2. Most successful online programs are directed at students who are older (typically 10 years) and who seek where, how, and when to get their education; they are tech savvy and mobile.  They are not seeking the “residential experience” of traditional college.  As such, online education is not a panacea for younger students able to afford and looking for the transformational experience that comes with residential colleges.
  3. Course development costs are the same online and conventional.  Cost of moving a conventional course to online is the same as course development cost, there are no savings in transferring an existing course.
  4. Faculty acceptance is the #1 inhibitor to going online, not technology difficulty or selection or students, and its best to start with non-skeptical “master” teachers with online course development training and working in conjunction with online curriculum developers.
  5. As time goes on, the need for flexibility and lower cost barriers will impact conventional students as it did for adults learners using online over the past two decades — they will decide where, when, and how they will receive their education.
  6. Future 5-10 years will be ~33% online, ~33% conventional (tied to the “residence model), and `33% disruptive models with “learning to do” rather than “learning to know” with badges, nano-courses, micro-credentials, certificates, etc.