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ACL Annual Conference 2011
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2011 ACL Conference Highlights

October 12–14, 2011

The Doubletree Hotel in Claremont, California

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Communication Strategies for Pushing the Boundaries of Collaboration

This session discussed the relationship of consortium brand, institutional brand, national brand and what it means to support members as well as to have your own “supra-institutional identity.” Learn more about how to organize your operations to include the communications function; how effective communications supports your consortium’s strategic plan; and the role and function of strategic communications. Moreover, the use of materials, logos, and styles will be discussed and tactics for brand reinforcement via speaking and publishing will be shared.

Roland King, Vice President for Public Affairs, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities [PPT]
John McDonald, Director, Claremont Colleges Library [PPT]

“Let Our Advance Worrying Become Advance Thinking and Planning” — Winston Churchill

Security and Emergency Planning activities lend themselves readily to consortial activity; from swine flu to nuroviruses, from emergency notification systems to evacuation planning consortia are helping their members move ahead in the area of emergency planning. This session addressed how three different consortia are working with their members to lead the way on security and emergency management.

Larry Dotolo, President, Virginia Tidewater Consortium [PPT]
Dean Manship, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Claremont University Consortium [PPT]
Ann Becker, Public/College Health Nurse, University of Massachusetts [PPT]

Collaboration: Overcoming Challenges and Redesigning for Success

Current challenges in higher education create the climate for rethinking the manner in which we achieve the core purposes of our work. The documented benefits of collaboration provide a path and impetus to forge “strategic alliances and partnerships that enhance institutional capacity to meet the demands of the new environment” (Kezar, 2006). This plenary session promoted conversation about the opportunities and barriers for collaboration to augment our effectiveness and success.

Adrianna Kezar, Associate Professor for Higher Education, University of Southern California [PPT]

Sharing Key College Information Technology Services Through a Consortium

The cost of the provision of information technology systems and services is a major part of most college or university’s budget. Many schools are looking for way to control or reduce costs for these critical services. This presentation examined how consortia provide shared IT services to its member colleges including core Administrative and Academic systems.

Jerry Smith, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of Central Kansas [PPT]
Joseph Vaughn, Chief Technology Officer, Harvey Mudd College and Director of Claremont Intercollegiate Networking Effort (CINE) [PPT]

Strategic Planning and Assessment that Deliver

Getting a new or an established group of higher education leaders to do inter-institutional strategic planning is essential to provide direction and accountability for investment of staff and resources. However, for many strategic planning conjures up images of many, long and painful group meetings that often result in huge, cumbersome documents that end up on office shelves never to be consulted again. Is there a better way? We look at short and long versions of successful strategic planning exercises.

Amber Marks, Associate Director, Committee on Institutional Cooperation [PPT]
Neal Abraham, Executive Director, Five Colleges, Incorporated [PPT]

Alternative Consortial Relationships: Looking Beyond Geography

Many consortia are built from geographical neighbors, some are within walking distance of each other and others are separated by only short driving distances. Proximity enables certain kinds of programs to flourish. In this session we explored consortia built to serve colleges and universities which have similar missions but which lack geographic proximity. What are the opportunities and challenges for such consortia?

Jim Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry, Grinnell College [PPT]

Linda McCluney, Academic Dean, Joint Forces Staff College [PPT]

Aligning Your Business Model: Is Your Vision of the Consortium Consistent With Your Board’s?

As the years pass, and external as well as internal circumstances require you to adapt your consortial enterprise, does your Board have a realistic view of what it has become? Using the Boston Consortium as a case study, this walks through the key components of a business model; its value proposition, its revenue streams, its key activities and partnerships, and its cost structure. As obvious as these issues appear, an occasional review clarifies the budget process, the evolving role of the Executive Director, and teases out issues that are assumed but not confirmed explicitly.

Phil DiChiara, Managing Director, The Boston Consortium and June Kevorkian, Director of Programs and Administration, The Boston Consortium [PPT]
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