College leaders plan, prepare for upcoming academic year

Institutional Effectiveness — Richland College’s Academic Council, led by Zarina Blankenbaker, vice president for teaching and learning, held its annual planning retreat on Aug. 12 at Texas Health Resources University. Academic leaders reviewed Richland College’s organizational action plans; professional development plans for year three of “Understanding Under-Resourced Students;” action plans for gatekeeper courses; and student success plans. The retreat agenda also included review and feedback on the development the college‚Äôs annual Distance Learning Strategic Plan; discussion about how to gain organizational results through use of the “Oz Principle;” updates on student learning outcomes assessment; and preparations for Core 2014 provided by Office of Planning, Research, Effectiveness and Development staff.