Part of the annual cycle at the University of Houston-Victoria, and all universities, is setting goals for the coming year. The setting of goals is a process that puts ourselves in control of our lives in order to be proactive instead of reactive.
I like the way Stephen Covey puts it in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” In the book, he asserts that we each have “two ways to put ourselves in control of our lives immediately. We can make a promise – and keep it. Or we can set a goal – and work to achieve it.”
The institution has goals that usually appear in a strategic plan, a document I plan to revisit once Chance Glenn, the new UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs, arrives in August. Each of us who is working to move the institution forward, in whatever role we have here, also needs to have goals that allow us to work in a way that achieves positive progress for ourselves and the institution.
I also am a proponent of doing everything I can in the most transparent way I can. So I want to share the goals with you so that you can hold me accountable in much the same way as the UH System Chancellor will do at the end of the coming year. Here they are:
- Make progress on UHV Progress Card measures.
- Develop academic programs that are consistent with UHV’s mission and regional workforce needs, and are in demand by students.
- Revise and update UHV Master Plans for academic programs and campus development.
- Manage the transition of UHV operations to the new UH System building in Katy, and continue to provide leadership toward a cohesive and effective identity and strategy for the University of Houston-Victoria at Katy.
- Complete construction projects in a timely manner and within budget.
- Support efforts to start men’s and women’s basketball at UHV in fall 2020.
- Prepare for a successful visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges for UHV’s fifth-year accreditation review.
- Work with community leaders to develop and implement quality of life initiatives that will make Victoria a more attractive destination for college students and young professionals.
- Continue to build UHV in Victoria as a destination campus, including supporting fundraising and alumni activities that enhance our development into a destination university.
- Create a positive culture where compliance and respect are highly valued.
I also have a list of what I call “focus areas.” These are important tasks that will occupy my time and attention but do not rise to the level of goals. I will share those in my next blog post. In the meantime, I encourage you to share your thoughts with me about these goals. And, if there is something that you don’t see on this short list but believe should be there, then speak up and tell me what that is. I look forward to the conversation.