If a teacher told me to revise, I thought that meant my writing was a broken-down car that needed to go to the repair shop. I felt insulted. I didn't realize the teacher was saying, "Make it shine. It's worth it." Now I see revision as a beautiful word of hope. It's a new vision of something. It means you don't have to be perfect the first time. What a relief! - Naomi Shihab Nye
Revision of the Systems Porfolio
What's new this time through? There are two factors making the revision process a little more complicated than might be normal: (1) the questions have changed and (2) we're moving to an online portfolio format.
(1) In 2008, in response to feedback from member institutions, AQIP issued its Revised Categories guidelines. While the 9 general categories have not changed, the questions asked in each category have undergone some revisions. Some have been removed, others that were overly complex have been broken into two or more separate questions, and some have simply been reworded for clarity. We welcome the changes. Like Papa John's claim that "better ingredients = better pizza," it's clear that better questions = better portfolios.
(2) We are converting our portfolio to an online format, which will be easier to view, review, and revise in the future. The document will have hyperlinks to external documents, cross links to other sections within the document, and be fully searchable. Thanks to talented Webmaster, Terri Eades, this will be an awesome addition to our website.
The Systems Portfolio is more than a description of an institution's inner workings. It is a document that we interact with, containing a set of questions that stretches our understanding of ourselves and provides a means for obtaining valuable peer review. Make no mistake, this is grueling work, but it is making us better as an institution.
The review process will continue through Spring and Summer and the final revision will be submitted to AQIP (and go live on our website) in September.
A...QuIPs of the Month:
"When you write, try to leave out the parts people skip."
- Dorothy Parker
"A kiss that speaks volumes is seldom a first edition."