Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Improving efficiency key to future success

Corporate America relies on efficiencies to drive its profits. While Walmart has its critics, it is ubiquitously seen as a master of efficiency. Walmart’s focus on efficient business practices are even reflected in its merchandise shipping procedures. By using 27 different boxes, as compared to the 12 it has historically used, the company has been able to decrease the total volume of boxes it ships by one-third. Needless to say, with a company the size of Walmart, this has resulted in tremendous cost savings.

With this in mind, MVCC is looking for ways to improve efficiency in all areas of the institution to make it easier for us to move successfully into the future. Do you have ideas or suggestions? Please share them in the comments below.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Higher Education: Not What It Used to Be?

Hawk Vision is back, and we are ready to talk about higher education.

This week, we ask, is higher education not what it used to be? Is a college education still worth the time, effort, and resulting debt?
Take a moment to read this article from The Economist, and weigh in with your thoughts (you can post them in the comments section below). We are hoping to explore efficiencies and inefficiencies at MVCC, and how they might affect students' experiences and outcomes.

In particular, we would like this article to initiate a discussion regarding our efficiencies and inefficiencies:
  • What policies/procedures does MVCC have in place that lead to efficiencies?
  • What policies/procedures does MVCC have in place that lead to inefficiencies?
  • What policies/procedures could be changed to improve efficiencies?
  • Is focusing on institutional efficiency worth the effort?