Update from the President
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Hello NODA…and Happy 2016!!
As we are all busily preparing for the regional conference season, I am excited to be moving into my role as President of the Association. As I reflect back on the first year of my term when I served as President Elect, I found it very energizing to participate in the leadership process and play an active role in continuing to strengthen our commitment to meeting the strategic goals of NODA. As we move into 2016, I am looking forward to continuing to partner with the Association Staff, the Board of Directors, and the entire NODA Leadership as we focus on a number of issues in the upcoming year:
• The NODA Executive Committee will once again participate in the ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership’s Exceptional Boards Retreat, which will take place in late January. This retreat provides an opportunity for the leadership of non-profit Associations to examine the structure and function of their Board of Directors, and it is an excellent opportunity for us to think critically about the governance of NODA and ensure we are functioning as effectively as possible.
• The Research Committee is putting the finishing touches on our next Membership Needs Assessment, which will be disseminated to you early in 2016. It is imperative that you take the time to complete this assessment, as the feedback you share will guide the work of the Association for the next several years and ensure that the programs, services, and information we provide continue to meet your needs as a member of NODA.
• During our Spring Board Meeting, the Board of Directors will carefully examine how the work of the Association is meeting the goals and objectives of our Strategic Plan, and how these goals align with the Core Values of the Association. This is a critical part of the yearly planning cycle, as it helps us to guide the future work of the Association and shape the educational opportunities provided to our membership.
• The professional staff of NODA has begun to think critically about the process of developing a broad communication plan that will promote greater transparency and access to information, programs, and services. A core component of this plan will involve enhancements to our technology infrastructure, so that it continues to support the growth of our Association, while providing the flexibility we need to offer an increasingly wide range of services to our membership.
• The Association is finalizing a set of core competencies for the field of Orientation, Transition, and Retention. These competencies will provide a framework for a progressive building of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional growth and they will be used by the Association to further its educational initiatives and foster the development of the future leaders of the Association.
As you can see, it is a very exciting time to serve NODA as your President, and I am looking forward to working with the Association staff and leadership to ensure that we continue to make strides toward our long-term goal of becoming the premier association for orientation, transition, and retention in higher education.
Here’s hoping you achieve great things on your campuses in 2016, and that NODA can play a role in helping your OTR programs better serve your students!
Andrew H. Cinoman, Ph.D.
President, NODA-Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education
Director, New Student Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University