How should we use social media at CSN?

In response to Dr. Blizard’s question in the previous post, we are going to have a civil engineer assess the stop signs in front of the C building and meet with college administrators to determine an appropriate course of action.

I have more to share with you.

I recently spent a week in Washington, D.C., visiting with members and the staffs of our congressional delegation and attending meetings of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  Sen. Harry Reid was the only member of the delegation still in Washington at the time, and we had a helpful discussion about CSN and its needs.  I appreciated his interest and support.

In meeting with other higher education leaders at the AACC conference, I sensed that many other community colleges are caught in a euphoric wave, knowing that as state budgets across the nation are in the red that the Obama administration is more supportive of community colleges than any administration in recent history. Nevada is not alone, but we may be more deeply mired than others.  

A number of institutions are using social media to engage faculty, staff, and students.  The use of social media — like this blog— is growing at CSN.  We have Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and other outlets.  Are we using these in helpful ways for the college community?  Can we do more? Should we be relying on these electronic mechanisms less? Do they isolate us? I would like to hear your thoughts on how we can use social media and/or more traditional forms of communication to strengthen our ties as we prepare for hard times ahead.

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