Fall In-service 2007

Student Access and Success

Dr. Preston Pulliams, District President of PCC

Welcome back for the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year at Portland Community College. And for you newcomers to the faculty and staff, welcome aboard.

We’re kicking off this school year with a bang, bringing to PCC Sir Ken Robinson, a noted educator and public speaker with a distinguished career in Europe and the United States, to talk to us about creativity and the role of education.

The theme of this year’s In-service is “Access and Success.” It’s all part of our ongoing mission to make college affordable and available to anyone in Oregon who wants to be here. And to provide a high-quality, flexible and practical education to our students.

The 21st century is a time of unprecedented growth in technology, in opportunity and, most importantly, in human potential. We have to train our students for the ever-changing job markets of today, and the as-yet-unfathomable job markets of years to come. It’s not going to be easy, but no public institution is better positioned to address these needs. Community colleges are a key player in Oregon’s efforts, in the nation’s efforts, to meet these challenges head on. This is our time to shine.

It’s one reason we’re so excited to have Sir Ken speaking at In-service. He embodies that notion of excellence and flexibility, and the kind of education that will launch our students the rest of the way into this century. We’re sure you’ll be inspired by what he has to share.

Welcome to the campus, and welcome to the beginning of a great year for PCC. We’re glad you’re here.

Dr. Preston Pulliams
District President, Portland Community College

Keynote Speaker; Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

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Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. Now based in Los Angeles, he has worked with national governments in Europe and Asia, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. They include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the Royal Ballet, the Hong Academy for Performing Arts, the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the J  Paul Getty Trust and the Education Commission of the States. For ten years he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in England and is now Professor Emeritus.

In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government bringing together leading business people, scientists, artists and educators. His report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to huge acclaim. The London Times said: ‘This report raises some of the most important issues facing business in the 21st century. It should have every CEO and human resources director thumping the table and demanding action’. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province.  He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

Sir Ken is in high demand as an inspirational speaker with a unique talent for conveying profoundly serious messages with enormous humor and passion and wit. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His latest book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Wiley-Capstone) is described by Director magazine as ‘a truly mind opening analysis of why we don’t get the best out of people at a time of punishing change.’ John Cleese said: ‘Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems.’ In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.