Seems that the theme of many of my (infrequent) blogs lately have been rest and reflection. I find myself with little time to do this, though it is so important for mind, heart, body and spirit. Working in higher education and also separately in an independent therapeutic practice, I'm often working, but joyful for the varied and fascinating challenges, and the many wonderful people who I have the opportunity to meet and to work with.
In my education related position, working at a small, private college, we have faced many challenges. The US Department of Education has put many regulations upon our sector of education has caused us to take time away from students, as well as away from our normal responsibilities and duties, and go in to "show me" mode. Without going into great detail, we meet and exceed challenges, and continue to thrive while helping students to succeed.
My biggest challenge, apart from the one mentioned above, has been to develop and create an online division at The College of Westchester. I am happy to report that as of June 29 we are fully operational. Phase one of this project, creating the division, has taken two years to complete. From inception, through to the present date, we have developed and received approval (from the New York State Education Department and Middle States Commission on Higher Education) to offer two programs fully online including our Associate Degree in Business Administration - Management/Marketing and our Bachelor (BBA) in Business Administration. Phase two includes attracting and enrolling qualified students to participate in the first classes this September, and growing the college. We already have some interest among alumni.
Aside from raising two wonderful daughters and receiving my Masters in Social Work, this has been my greatest challenge and accomplishment. I'm not going to take credit for it all myself, though. It has taken so many people so much time and effort, and vision from our president and board, that I'm just the lucky one who has had the job to push through the process and steer the boat this time around. It has been and continues to be great fun, and I truly am grateful for the opportunity.