Welcome to another great edition of Accolades. At many educational institutions there are myriad activities that are on-going in addition to the day-to-day classroom learning. From advancing our professions, to participating in community activities, to being recognized for accomplishments, to developing new courses, these activities speak to a vibrant University that is meeting it’s mission and living it’s core values. In this edition, you will see that the University of St. Augustine is doing just that!
Recently, I attended a conference that focused on helping institutions examine the factors that lead to quality improvement within higher education. What I learned is that the work a university produces is not just about what students learn, but how they help people to transform. That thought caused me to think about the many activities both within and outside the classroom that help our students and faculty transform their lives, their thinking and their attitudes. These are activities that, for example, help to promote teamwork, professionalism, advocacy, and a commitment to a healthy and productive lifestyle.
That is what this issue is about, seeing transformations. Transformations in our campus offerings and new programs, in promoting our professions, and in our USA faculty, staff and students. Our changes demonstrate USA’s never-ending journey to be better educators, scholars, community partners and professionals. And as Barbara Deangelis tells us, “The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.”
Enjoy the dance,
Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD