Welcome to The Journal of the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds (2013). 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
During its 40 years, Caucus participants have received the benefits of each other's wisdom as the ombuds field has grown and developed. In fact, we have helped this unique and special ombuds career path become what it is today, and the Asilomar meetings have provided the fertile ground for this growth to happen.
Along with our yearly meetings in this magical place, CCCUO has had a peer-reviewed Journal in which many of us working as college and university ombuds have shared ideas, raised questions, shared problems, connected and interacted with one another. Our first Journal was printed in 1988 and they have continued to place an emphasis on the practice of ombuds work. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to Journal founder and champion Ron Wilson, as well as Lois Price Spratten, long-term Journal editor , who kept it vibrant and relevant. We are saddened by their passing this year.
In keeping with our long tradition of providing a voice to post-secondary ombuds, in the United States, Canada, and around the world, we are proud to introduce the first interactive electronic eJournal specifically dealing with college and university issues. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in making this possible. In addition to our editorial board, we'd like to acknowledge the thoughtful perspectives and technical help of Rich Cook and Valerie White. Further, we owe deep gratitude to the Andrew Larratt-Smith and the ombuds staff at the University of Washington, Susan Neff and Jack O’Brien, who went to great lengths to ensure complete and accessible archived Journals.
In future issues we intend to continue an interactive component through which you can respond to questions from your colleagues, issues you want to raise, and such. Our hope is that this site will augment the conversations at our annual conferences and fertilize our ever-growing organization. Your participation is greatly needed to make this happen. Let us know what ombuds-related issues are on your mind. Consider writing an article about something you want to share in these virtual pages. If you've had a mess turn into a success, let your colleagues know here, mindful of confidentiality issues of course. Notice a trend? Get it in print here. This is your Journal. Please participate in keeping it relevant and interesting.
With much gratitude,