Welcome to The Journal of the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds (2014). This is our first interactive journal, and we're pretty excited to see how it works. If you prefer our traditional static version that isn't interactive (perhaps for page numbers for citations), you can click here. We hope you'll use the comment section on our interactive article pages to let us know what you think.
From the Editors
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
What a year it's been, in the ombuds community and in our world. As a variety of systems - and the individuals within them - continue to experience increasing stress, our work of empowering perspective and meaningful choices continues to grow in relevance and potential.
We are pleased to present to you the second edition of our online journal. This publication follows a long tradition of writing about ombuds work, beginning in 1988 with our first printing. Its founder, Ron Wilson, recognized the need for academic and college ombuds to ponder their work and we are thrilled that the scope of all practices of academic ombudsing has continued to be chronicled in this publication.
This journal is designed to be interactive and we are pleased this year to offer a new feature: the Case Study. Our hope is that readers will begin discussions that not only offer up questions but also provide guidance as practitioners. Additionally, you will be able to comment on any of our articles in this edition, again, hoping for robust discussion and insight. It is our hope that this forum will extend the rich and invigorating discussions we all enjoy each year at Asilomar.
As always, we welcome and encourage your participation, both online and through the insightful experience of writing for the Journal. Please let us know how we can help keep this publication relevant for you.