Dr. Deitemeyer's Posts
Dear Central Piedmont Students, Faculty and Staff,
Congratulations on a successful start to the 2018 fall semester. The first few weeks of classes are always a mixture of excitement, trepidation and the realization that a lot of hard work awaits us.
For many of our students, this semester represents their first steps toward earning a degree, diploma or certificate and preparing themselves for a meaningful career or further education. Some of our students will use this term to complete their studies or move ever closer to their goal. I commend these students for their persistence and encourage them to keep up the hard work. Earning the credential you’re now pursuing will give you a competitive advantage and many more options than those with less education and training.
For the college overall, this will be the semester we complete our comprehensive strategic planning work. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the many strategic planning feedback sessions held last spring. Please watch for more sessions and opportunities to offer your insights this semester as we develop the final plan.
As I mentioned during the August 3 Fall Forum, our work looking at the college’s allocation of resources will continue over the next few months. Information and recommendations gained from this assessment will be matched with the strategic priorities set by the new strategic plan. We’ll also complete work on the long-awaited college website, with a debut planned for early 2019. The new website will feature the new Central Piedmont logo. Creating a new graphic identity for the college was one of the recommendations of the college’s recent branding and marketing study, which recorded the opinions of more the 3,000 students, faculty and staff members, alumni, business partners and other community members.
Finally, we’ll continue our appraisal of our student success efforts with Aspen and Achieving the Dream. The goal of this work is to tighten our focus on and improve our efforts toward student retention and completion. This work is crucial because we know the students who complete their programs of study and earn a credential are perhaps the most important measure of this college’s effectiveness.
Once again, best wishes for a productive and meaningful semester. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the college.
Kandi W. Deitemeyer, Ed.D.