Date of this Version
Issue-based Review Conducted September 5-8, 2000
Response Finalized January 10, 2001
A) The Review Team supports the planning process that was utilized by the Faculty/Staff to identify and define issues for this review. We support the continuance of issue teams in Southeast Nebraska. We will not name the teams but leave that to the faculty and Dr. Cantrell to determine. We endorse the identification of program coordinators to head the teams. It is our suggestion that Dr. Cantrell and the identified program coordinators clearly define these roles in job descriptions, and plan for an ongoing communication between the district administration and the teams. It probably goes without saying, but we would like to see the program coordinator roles rotate so that many Faculty/Staff have the opportunity to lead in these roles. Of course proper communication with county boards will be necessary in this process. Our one caveat is that district teams work with the state action teams to deliver programs, and that SEREC representatives continue to be actively involved in the state teams. Keep an open communication line between state and district action teams so that programmatic efforts can be coordinated. It is assumed, that these issue teams will be your programming model in the SEREC/District. The issues teams will also play an important role in developing extended education opportunities for Southeast Nebraska clientele. County plans of work and EPU plans will not exist.
Response: We agree. The district issue teams will continue to meet, and in fact most have done so at least once since the Review Team's visit. Each team has selected an individual or individuals to serve as the team coordinator, and the teams have identified (or will identify) priority areas for action. The SEREC has allocated funds to support their work. The use of these funds may include travel costs for teams wishing to observe successful programs in other states or bringing guest speakers to meetings in Nebraska. Members of each team are already represented on state action teams, and this should facilitate communication between those groups. The District Director has attended several of these meetings and will continue to do so as his schedule permits.