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Building Capacity For An Effective Teaching And Learning Environment

The annual general staff meeting of the Regent University took place on August 23, 2011 at the City Campus, Graphic Road, Accra. There are subsequent meetings of faculty, administrative heads and the Senate (Academic Board) ongoing until Friday 26, 2011. The purpose of the staff meetings are to build capacity for the coming academic year to ensure that both new and continuing students are given the best of customer care and that they enjoy their learning experience. Since Regent University is housed on four campuses, such meetings also afford staff the opportunity to know each other. The meetings are also platforms for staff to engage management on human resource issues and put their concerns across.
As is characteristic of us, the staff meeting started with prayers, worship and praises to God. The President & CEO in his opening remarks stated that, when one looks at what Regent Ghana has achieved since 2005 when the first crop of students were admitted, it is clear that giving thanks to God and acknowledging  his goodness is not out of place.

In his presentation, the President talked about institutional dynamics. He reiterated that the three things that define every institution are its Vision, Values and Leadership.  The most critical of the three is Leadership. Leaders direct the vision, mission, and values of the organisation. Leaders take people from where they are to where they ought to be. He also acknowledged that leadership is not limited only to top management, but extends to levels; there are leaders in groups and departments who influence their peers positively. All the various levels of leadership are critical for the wellbeing of an organisation.

The President gave an exposition of institutional phases/cycles: infancy, growth and decline.

A. The Stage of Infancy (1-5 years; the Critical Phase)

  1. Developing and articulation of the organisation’s mission, vision, and values;
  2. Dealing with legal matters
  3. Development of systems (academic, administrative, financial);
  4. Recruitment of personnel
  5. Development of programmes and products;
  6. Marketing of programmes and products;
  7. Must do  everything to register its presence as a principal player in the field

B. The Stage of Maturity

  1. Consolidation of gains
  2. Moving to a Centre Stage
  3. Advancing of the mission and vision
  4. Re-strategizing

C. The Stage of Decline

  1. Complacency
  2. Loses focus
  3. Moribund
  4. Folds up or becomes irrelevant.

The President affirmed that most institutions go through these phases. Some do not move beyond the first stage and they die; others pass through the infancy stage and become vibrant, buoyant institutions, and then move to the stage of decline. Others remain resilient through intentional efforts of its leadership; they are able to go through every storm, to remain resilient. Regent University, with God’s direction, good and strong leadership and dedicated human resource, will move beyond the stages and remain resilient. He called on all staff members to contribute their quota to the growth of the institution.

The staff meetings are ongoing. The Vice Presidents, the Deans, Head of Departments and Prof. David Dzaka, will handle the topics outlined in the programme schedule.