|President's Update June 2015|
Dear ACL Colleagues,
As we come to the close of another academic year, we are in the midst of some administrative changes at ACL. The NELLCO Law Library Consortium under the leadership of board member Tracy Thompson will be taking on the administrative management of ACL, with support from Amanda Fore and her consulting firm Next Peak Strategy. This is part of a strategic transition and assessment plan that will give us time to assess the needs and appropriate model for managing the association. The most significant part of this change is that we have decided to use Your Membership as the core association management database and membership platform. Tracy’s team at NELLCO is in the midst of working with CUC staff to transition the website and membership information to this platform. NELLCO has utilized Your Membership for several years; we have confidence in their experience. One of the benefits of this move is that it will allow you as our members to create your own profiles and maintain updated information on the work you are doing. One of our goals is to make more information easily accessible to you.
Another change you will see is that the invoices for membership dues will be handled electronically through this new system. In my January update, I indicated that we anticipated some changes in our dues structure. These were approved at the February board meeting and will be implemented for the FY16 year. The new dues structure includes additional tiers related to organizational budgets. Membership fees had remained the same for over 15 years. This new structure reflects the increasing diversity in size of our membership while keeping fees reasonable for small consortia.
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Our February Board meeting also provided us with the opportunity to meet with the leaders of the Teagle and Mellon Foundations. Many ACL members have received funding over the years from these two organizations and we agreed that it is important that we establish a dialogue regarding collaboration and consortia in higher education. Everyone in attendance reported that the meeting was valuable and agreed that we should make time to continue the dialogue.
The webinar committee continues its work and hosted a program on social media communication tools in April. A webinar on Changes in Leadership and Governance is scheduled for July 21st noon - 1p.m. They are currently working on their calendar for the next academic year. The program for the fall conference in Atlanta is taking shape as the planning committee reviews the proposals that you have all submitted for sessions. And finally, at Colleges of the Fenway we are thrilled to be getting ready to host 20 participants for the fifth ACL Summer Institute in Boston at the end of the month. Fourteen organizations will be represented in the group that is attending!
As we are all aware, higher education continues to undergo many changes as a sector. Current consortia are constantly reevaluating themselves and determining their value to their members. There is more call to quantify that value. New consortia are being formed as colleges look for ways to maximize their return on investment and leverage resources. One of the goals of ACL is to continually find new ways to share our learnings and resources with those who are part of this collaboration journey that is critical to the higher education landscape.
If you have questions or ideas you think we should be considering as we continue to shape the organization to achieve our vision of serving as the recognized authority on consortial leadership and collaboration in higher education, providing our members with access to specialized expertise, knowledge and training so they can successfully develop, lead and manage higher education collaborations, please let me know.