In continuation of her rapport-building with all the segments of the AUN learning community, President Dawn Dekle addressed the teaching team on September 22, further elaborating on her vision and leadership style.
On July 4 when she addressed staff members and others in the community on similar matters, the faculty members were on summer holiday.
The presentation touched on various facets of the administration of the University, such as increasing student enrollment, competing favorably in attracting students, being the employer of choice for our staff, deploying innovation in teaching and learning, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.
President Dekle said she would launch the Alumni College series before this year’s Homecoming to help the alumni community to "organically come together" and develop soft skills, which can enhance their effectiveness in real-life jobs. The purpose of Alumni College is to continue lifelong learning for the AUN alumni group and actively engage with them and appreciate them as important stakeholders in AUN’s success.
To enable staff members to develop themselves, the President is forging ahead with the plan to launch a Finishing School, a support structure program where staff members can keep their AUN jobs while still spending some time to take courses in the University at a discounted rate. The Finishing School will meet monthly, as a group, to support each other in their various courses of study and exchange ideas for balancing work, home, and studies. It is a community of learners.
By the end of this month, President Dekle hopes to deliver the State of the University Address. On the same day, she will be rolling out a “Facebook Force” to drive traffic to the University’s social media platforms. Every member of the University will be expected to join in the social media drive. It is part of the launch of a strategic planning process that will carry all AUN members along in dialogue and planning.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa