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College to University: Going from Good to Great

Posted on 8/9/2016 10:11:14 AM by Stephanie Reed

When I think about what it has been like as a staff member during this transition from a college to a university, what comes to mind is a saying my teachers and parents would repeat to me as a child: "Good, better, best. Never let it rest."  

Working at Cabrini for the past seven years has been a real learning and growth period for me. As staff members, we are always asking, "What can we do to serve the students better?" Good, better, best. Never let it rest. We look into what is serving the needs of the students and how can we grow that (if necessary) or change what exists to ensure we serve the greatest needs of the students. With this, we have changed leadership and have a president who is taking that old adage of good, better, best to a new level for the institution.

We have spent the last several months in reflection about how a change like going to university will impact our departments and the ways we serve students. We want to ensure that we still serve students with the same level of care we had while we were a college.

People usually say that change is difficult, but I have to say most of what I've felt are feelings of excitement mixed with anticipation. Working with great team members, who listen to each other when we need to talk out any lingering questions about our work and responsibilities, has eased any difficulty.

We've only just dipped our toe in the waters of change. There is still some growing to do through this transition. What's most exciting is witnessing how our student body is changing and being here for the growth in our academic areas and making way for new faculty to teach in new and expanding disciplines. With this type of growth comes new areas of diversity, and that diversity truly enriches the academic experience and the life of a campus.

In this transition period moving to a university, I can come to work each day excited and saying to myself, "Good, better, best. Never let it rest!" Go Cavs!