Leading high-performance SEM teams

by AACRAO

A successful SEM organization is based on building and maintaining a high-performance team, according to Monique Perry, assistant vice president for enrollment services at York Technical College. This, she writes in the latest issue of SEMQ, requires a focus on organizational culture. 

“When organizations dive into performance management by strictly implementing new systems and plans without a focus on the culture, they may experience incremental success but miss out on the sustainable momentum and productivity outcomes that a culture-based focus enables,” Perry writes. “Never underestimate the importance of the time and effort spent on culture development.”

In her article, part of an ongoing SEMQ series highlighting women in leadership, Perry discusses her experience as part of York’s core leadership team during its implementation of SEM and performance culture–shifting efforts.  She notes the importance of defining a high-performance team as well as having a principled leader, an expectation of excellence, a collaborative climate, a results-driven structure, establishing a clear goal, competent team members, and support and recognition.  

Perry also addresses how to manage performance challenges within a SEM organization as well as maintaining performance and SEM momentum. 

Other articles in the July 2018 issue include: 
"Applicant and Faculty Characteristics in the Doctoral Admission Process: 
An Experimental Vignette Study" by Annmarie Cano, Lee H. Wurm, Jennifer Nava, Farron McIntee, and Ambika Mathur

"Partnering with Students to Address Academic Issues That Impact Retention" by Daniel McDevitt and Kimberly Allen-Stuck

"Conceptualization of College Student Retention" by Xi Shi

With Volume 6, SEM Quarterly moved from a traditional online format published by Wiley Online Library to an innovative style published in-house by AACRAO. SEMQ articles can now be read directly from the new AACRAO website, and PDFs of the articles and issues are also available to download. The redesigned SEMQ includes colorful charts and graphics as well as references with live links. Over the upcoming months, SEMQ will include a citation generator to make referencing research easier. In addition, journal archives will be added to the new site. The redesign was created by Spark Media Group. 

For more information or to submit a manuscript, please contact Managing Editor Heather Zimar.

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