The 4 Disciplines of Execution
At BCTC, we have begun a new initiative based on the research and strategies offered in The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling, and published by FranklinCovey in 2012.
The key focus is on identifying Wildly Important Goals (WIG). We are talking about a BIG WIG focused on moving more students through the enrollment pipeline:
- Access - Outreach, Recruiting, Admissions & Enrollment
- Retention - Academic & Career Advising, Quality Instruction, Engagement, & Achievement Gap
- Completion - Earn Credential & Graduation
- Outcomes - Transfer & Job Placement
In our efforts to support students, we are adding “for Student Success” (WIGSS) so that in addition to the BIG WIG, we will have WIGSS across the college and invite faculty, staff, and some students to be involved in these efforts. We will be following the guidelines and strategies from The 4 Disciplines of Execution.
Our culture at BCTC already demonstrates that we value and support involvement through standing cross-functional committees, work groups, and quick action committees to address many challenges. We hope these new strategies of execution will help us focus on what is wildly important in developing the innovative approaches and creative problem-solving needed to address barriers to students’ success. The Goal Innovation Groups for Student Success (GIGSS) can propose and be recognized and supported to work on any WIG that supports the student success pipeline under any of our Strategic Initiatives.Strategic Initiative 1:
- Increase student access and success.
Strategic Initiative 2:
- Promote excellence in teaching and learning.
Strategic Initiative 3:
- Cultivate an inclusive learning community.
Strategic Initiative 4:
- Enhance strategies for economic, workforce, and community development.
Strategic Initiative 5:
- Build resources for an effective and sustainable college.
Key strategies include—set a Wildly Important Goal that is attainable by the GIGSS members, identify lead measures so members will know if they are making progress, track and display progress, and hold each other accountable for each member’s portion of the tasks agreed on. The college leadership has embraced the concept and is beginning to roll out this initiative among functional units. Stay tuned for updates on how we are doing on our WIGSS.
Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D