So we're going to have an all-college "summit" on enrollment this fall, a full day of required meetings for all faculty and staff. Full day as in 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On a Friday.
I know that the way we manage our classrooms can affect the reputation (and enrollment) of the college. I also know that my fellow full-time faculty are really, really good; they have to be good in the classroom, given the nature of our particular college.
I also know that I am not a retention specialist, an advisor, a counselor, or an enrollment expert. I also know that our administration will do practically nothing that the faculty suggests that may positively impact enrollment. At LD3C, we faculty have very, very little input on scheduling -- and scheduling is big problem affecting enrollment -- and history has taught us that whenever we're asked to contribute in these summits, our suggestions are often ignored.
At one such summit a year ago -- something about general issues at the college -- the administration invited us to speak openly ... and then roundly and loudly put down anyone who did so. It got quiet in a hurry ... and we were chastised for that, too.
We've been promised lunch, though. I hope there's coffee. It goes well with whiskey.
I used to love my job. I used to respect my profession.