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ACL Annual Conference 2016: Milestones in Collaboration
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ACL Annual Conference 2016: Milestones in Collaboration

ACL's 2016 Annual Conference is just a few days away, October 26-28, 2016 in Northampton, Massachusetts. We are excited to convene higher education consortium and collaboration colleagues for this fabulous annual opportunity to learn, connect and network with people who are immersed in collaboration at colleges and universities.

10/26/2016 to 10/28/2016
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Where: Hotel Northampton
36 King Street
Northampton, Massachusetts  01060
United States
Contact: Carol Aleman
413-542-4009


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Conference Agenda

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The program itself is robust with speakers from twenty different organizations and higher education institutions, speaking on topics that cross the spectrum of vital issues facing higher education collaboration: from strategies for the future of collaboration, to technical tools to support collaboration, to building and sustaining academic and administrative partnerships. The program has a range of content offerings to support the diversity of higher education collaborations we see across ACL’s membership.

 

For advice on navigating the sessions, read this.

 

This year we offer two pre-conference workshops to be held concurrently in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 26. They are: "Deep Dialog on Funding Collaborations," featuring a panel of funders discussing their experience with and approach to funding collaborative efforts; and "Agile Project Management," a specific project management approach taught by a trained Agile facilitator. Registration for each pre-conference workshop is $90 and includes lunch.

 

See the latest version of the agenda here.

 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Member Rate: $450, after September 2

Member Early Bird Rate: $425, through September 2, 2016

Non-Member Rate: $550

 

Pre-conference Workshop Rate: $90, includes lunch


Accommodations 

Join colleagues from across the higher education collaboration and consortia community for the Association for Collaborative Leadership's 2016 annual conference, hosted by Five Colleges, Inc., in Northampton, Massachusetts at the Hotel Northampton.

 

To make your hotel reservations, please call 413-584-3100 and be sure to mention our block name: Five Colleges ACL Conference

 

Directions -

Directions from Bradley International Airport

  1. Exit airport and keep right to merge onto Schoephoester Rd
  2. Continue onto CT-20 E 2.6 mi 
  3. Use the left 2 lanes to merge onto I-91 N toward Springfield 13.9 mi 
  4. Keep left to stay on I-91 N 4.3 mi 
  5. Keep left at the fork to stay on I-91 N, follow signs for Interstate 91 N/Greenfield 14.4 mi 
  6. Take exit 18 for US-5 toward Northampton Center 0.2 mi 
  7. Turn left onto US-5 N/Mt Tom Rd (signs for Northampton Center/Smith College) 
  8. Continue to follow US-5N 1.2 miles 
  9. Destination will be on the left

 

Directions from Springfield Train Station

  1. Head northeast on Lyman St toward Dwight St 210 ft
  2. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Dwight St 279 ft 
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Taylor St 0.2 mi 
  4. Continue onto Hampden St 0.1 mi 
  5. Turn right onto E Columbus Ave 0.4 mi 
  6. Use any lane to take the ramp to I-91 N 0.3 mi 
  7. Keep left at the fork to stay on I-91 N, follow signs for Interstate 91 N/Greenfield 14.4 mi 
  8. Take exit 18 for US-5 toward Northampton Center 0.2 mi 
  9. Turn left onto US-5 N/Mt Tom Rd (signs for Northampton Center/Smith College) 
  10. Continue to follow US-5 N 1.2 mi
  11. Destination will be on the left

 


 

The Connective Tissue for ACL's Annual Conference:

 

Sometimes a conference session or panelist offers specific topical and procedural insights; sometimes the outcomes of a project are most valuable. In other cases it is the breadth of projects and project strategies offered at the conference that is of interest. This year’s plenary and concurrent sessions offer sessions focused on aspects of collaborations that are likely to emerge in the complete trajectory of any new initiative, program or organizational direction from planning and building an initiative; to examining various tools and strategies for enhancing collaboration; to looking at specific projects and approaches to project management; and finally to assessing outcomes and communicating value to stakeholders. Sessions provide practical tools and tactical strategies in addition to theoretical perspectives enabling participants to not only contextualize their own work within emerging research, but also importantly, to expand their conceptual toolbox of frameworks for change fostering vital dialogue about what works and under what conditions.

If you’re particularly interested in academic collaborations, be sure to check the following choices among parallel sessions in addition to the plenary sessions:


Session 5: Building and sustaining cooperative academic programs
Session 7: The Strategic Use of Technologies to Support and Enhance Collaboration: A Fishbowl Conversation

While if you’re particularly interested in administrative collaborations, be sure to check the following choices among parallel sessions in addition to the plenary sessions:

 

Session 4: Strategic Planning for Cooperation
Session 8: Building and sustaining cooperative administrative partnerships.

If you are a new consortium leader or staff member, be sure to check the following:

 

Session #3: Strategies for Collaboration for the Future
Session #4: Strategic Planning for Cooperation
Session #7: The Strategic Use of Technologies to Support and Enhance Collaboration: A Fishbowl Conversation
Session #9&10: Projects and Project Management Strategies
Session #12: Assessing the performance of collaborations
Session #13: Communicating the value of collaborative work

And if you are a member of a team from a particular consortium or collaboration, we encourage you to divide your team members and attend different ones of the parallel sessions so you can gain insights from both and pool your discoveries later.

Regardless of your interests, be sure to attend the introductory session #2 where you can meet other conference participants and learn about their consortia and their areas of interest and expertise.

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