an exercise in exploring complexity and tension

Reflection

Tension – who is our community? I think PSU’s community includes off campus partners who deserve MORE sustained investment in their needs (more than a semester long course – one hit wonder.

The greatest complexity facing the university system is grounded in NH tax structures and the changing demographics of the state. The population is growing ever older, workers and needed yet a living wage in nearly impossible to have with only one job. Overall wealth is increasing as so is poverty! The tax structure places an unfortunate burden on the USNH system to provide the educational product that is designed to do.

The large satisfaction/safety gap between tenure faculty and staff.

Both data sets include preparing students to have an impact on the world around them. Fostering a learning environment connected to the challenges around the region is difficult to address and link together short-term…it takes long-term strategic thinking to succeed in providing a holistic environment.

Mission WP: What makes a “good citizen” for partnering, What is the best “knowledge” needed to be “acquired” in today’s changing workplace?
Stakeholders WP: How to make a graduate education for personal improvement in a world that needs partners with a stewardship mentality.

The community depends on us to educate students who can be needed members in society. Fewer and fewer students are opting out attend college because of fear of debt.

Our daily work (in general) is complicated by a constrained budget which makes it difficult for us to obtain some of the necessary resources (technology, for example) to accomplish this work.

“How do we ethnically retain students?” This is a theme that is echoed in many definitions and that is definitely wicked.

Daily work: There may be a disconnect between what marketing may know and how and who academic technology supports.

Context – “PSU operates within the scope of a shrinking budget from state funding and a growing hesitancy of attending higher education because of a growing student debt problem.” Creates complexities in achieving goals within the Daily Work of distributing adequate funds in support of Mission to ‘listen to public needs and serve the public good” and satisfy Stakeholder’s educational goals/needs.