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ACL Annual Conference 2014
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2014 ACL Conference Highlights

October 8–10, 2014

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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ACL Board chair Claire Ramsbottom (Colleges of the Fenway) welcomes participants to the 2014 Annual Conference.
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ACL Board chair Claire Ramsbottom (Colleges of the Fenway) welcomes participants to the 2014 Annual Conference.


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Keynote: As the Future Connects You

Throughout her career as scholar, educator, and university administrator, Professor Duin has followed — and been part of designing the infrastructure in support of — the trends and transformations in connected learning. From the days of local Appletalk to today’s enhanced networks and the emergence of wearable technology... each decade ignites an increase in learner engagement worldwide. During this keynote, Ann will engage us in active exploration of personal learning networks (PLNs), encouraging us to re-imagine and re-invent ourselves and our organizations amid a future of collaboration and connected learning.

Ann Hill Duin, Professor, University of Minnesota

Strength in Numbers: Five hundred researchers take on traumatic brain injury

The Big Ten/CIC-Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration is a three-way alliance that fosters and supports the conduct of multi-institutional, cross-institutional traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. In particular, this historic, unprecedented collaboration establishes the Big Ten and the Ivy League as national leaders in the sports-related concussion realm given their commitment to collaborative research approaches that will lead to a new generation of standardized concussion assessment approaches and strategies..

Martha Cooper, Visiting Traumatic Brain Injury Project Coordinator, Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC)

Driving Collaboration Through Impact

The most effective organizations are those driven by outcomes—those who understand and prioritize the impact of their work. In an industry whose work is “collaboration,” how do we start to understand and measure our outcomes? This panel will discuss both the journey of becoming an outcome-driven organization, and how to talk about impact and outcomes more effectively in our work.

We’ll discuss the ideology of outcomes-based work (inspired by Jason Saul) and delve into how to apply these principles to collaboration work. Specific topics will include aligning mission and values, developing a “Collaboration Quotient,” and evaluating “collaboration” more effectively, among others.

Andy Doran, Assistant Director for Strategic Support, Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities; Galen Rafferty, Assistant Director for Technology Collaboration, Committee on Institutional Collaboration; and Stephanie Zimmerman, Project Specialist, Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities

Webinar Best Practices, ACL Lessons Learned, and Future Opportunities

When and for what audiences are webinars an appropriate mode of professional development? How does one go about researching your members’ burning webinar needs and designing a program to match? And how can you influence ACL’s future professional learning offerings?

In 2013, the Webinar Committee charted a course to improve online professional development opportunities for ACL members. We researched best practices and appropriate expectations for content delivered by webinar and polled ACL members on their greatest needs. Based on our findings, two 2014 webinars have brought to over 65 participants the ideas from promising programs and fruitful collaborations across ACL organizations.

In this session the ACL Webinar Committee will share our assessment, design, and delivery process, including technological concerns and how you might replicate it for your organization; disseminate highlights from the two webinars conducted in 2014 and provide feedback from participants on how they used the webinars to support professional development of their members; and discuss candidly with all participants what worked and what ACL should prioritize and do differently in 2015. We will also solicit the perspectives of those who participated in the webinars and have taken steps to implement their lessons in their own work.

Irene Burgess, Vice President for Academic Programs, Appalachian College Association; Kiernan Matthews, Director and Principal Investigator, The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education; and Victoria McGillin, Professor of Psychology, Otterbein University and Consultant on Institutional Collaboration, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio

Crucial Conversations in Three “Easy” Steps

Collaboration provides endless possibilities; creating a strong foundation of trust, openness and feedback can help any collaborative relationship flourish. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice strategies, tools and techniques which can encourage the open, positive and effective communication needed to support strong collaborations. Participants will discuss how to communicate around expectations, roles and shared goals, giving and receiving feedback, and how to step back and see the bigger picture. We will also discuss a three-step process for addressing difficult conversations around common types of conflict which may arise within a collaborative relationship.

Molly McAvoy, Ombudsman, Hamline University

Effective IT Collaborations

Information Technology is essential for every institution, and managing IT effectively presents both opportunities and challenges for collaboration. IT Security, Planning, and Software Purchasing and Implementation Projects are immediate and timely examples that provide effective lessons and concrete examples around collaboration.

This session includes discussion, case studies, and group work. Participants will gain insight into when collaboration in IT is most effective; techniques for effective collaboration; how to gain and maintain engagement; and how to manage obstacles. At the end of the session groups will reconvene to discuss results, lessons, and the take-aways that participants believe will be useful in their own institutions.

Clint Davies, BerryDunn

Expanding the Overall Impact of Higher Education Consortiums: Developing Inter-Institutional and Sector-Level Collaborations with Impact and Sustainability

This workshop utilizes the WNY Consortium of Higher Education’s growth model and explores how inter-institutional and sector-level partnerships can expand the footprint and overall impact of a higher education consortium. In mid-2010, the Consortium developed the WNY College Connection brand and in 2.5 years grew from 4 collaborative groups among its 21 member institutions to 29, from 80 professional volunteers to 700+ volunteers, and from 0 partnerships with regional stakeholders outside of higher education to 28 sector-level partnerships.

The catalyst for this expansion was the explicit vision of 21 college and university presidents to have WNY recognized as a destination for students, and the Consortium as an economic powerhouse for the region. In 2012, Inside Higher Ed highlighted the work of the Consortium in an article entitled “Competing and Collaborating” and the largest foundation in WNY, The John R. Oishei Foundation, claimed the Consortium was one of the top investments it ever made.

This workshop will focus on the do’s and don’ts of collaboration and how to build a sustainable partnership, measure impact, collaborate with regional players, leverage existing partnerships, develop innovative initiatives that address common educational issues, and expand the impact and sustainability of your work. The workshop will be interactive, utilize real examples, and engage the audience in work that begins to explore expansion opportunities within and beyond their own consortium.

Steven J. Harvey, Executive Director, Western New York Consortium of Higher Education

Building and Sustaining Academic Partnerships

The opening of an academic partnership center on the Normandale Community College (NCC) campus was the catalyst for building a three way collaboration between NCC, Minnesota State University-Mankato and Metropolitan State University. All three institutions are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU). As the center opened and each institution began to develop programming, the academic officers realized the importance of relationship- and trust-building to the success of this venture. Over a series of regular meetings the CAOs developed academic goals and operating principles and dealt with issues that cropped up such as a need for coordinated scheduling. New staff, charged with seeking out, building, and improving collaborative relationships, are helping produce coordinated operational agreements and events.

Allison Alstrin, Project Consultant for Partnerships and Collaboration, Normandale Community College; Ginny Arthur, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State University; Amy Dunn, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Metropolitan State University; Scott Fee, Dean of University Extended Education; Julie Guelich, Chief Academic Officer, Normandale Community College; and Marilyn Wells, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Creating Regional Partnerships to Minimize Costs and Maximize Benefits

With government in Ohio growing faster than the economy in the 1990s, and experiencing increasing public demand for services, the need to identify efficiencies has become urgent. With these challenges the State of Ohio government tasked leaders to think creatively, challenge the status quo, and find new ways to deliver services at the same or reduced costs.

Anne L. Balazs, 2013—2014 ACE Fellow; Lloyd Jacobs, President, University of Toledo; Charles Lehnert, Vice President, Corporate Relations, University of Toledo; Godfrey Ovwigho, Vice President, Information Technology and CIO, University of Toledo; Thomas Stuckey, President, Northwest State Community College; and Jerome E. Webster, President, Terra State Community College

Strategic Content Curation and Communication: Use Simple Technologies to Expand Your Reach

Are you a trusted source of information for your constituents and stakeholders? Do they look to you to find out what’s trending in the field? If so, you need to be strategic about your information curation and dissemination efforts. If you lack a clear, integrated process you can be paralyzed by information overload and bogged down in the social media void. In this session you’ll learn how to use some specific technology and time management tools to maximize your daily communication impact and ramp up your efficiency. Specifically we’ll look at a simple process that integrates email, TweetDeck,,, Twitter, Facebook and your own website to reach your readers wherever they are with timely and relevant information.

Tracy Thompson, Executive Director, New England Law Library Consortium

Extending a Collaboration Beyond the Usual Partners

Consortia can catalyze regional alliances and projects that bring value to the member institutions while also serving other institutions and regional communities. We will describe briefly the general principles of such collaborations catalyzed by Five Colleges, Incorporated. Our experiences range over regional fiber optic services, regional and national library collaborations, museum collaborations, community service collaborations, projects with local schools, regional sustainability projects, and emergency preparedness activities, among others.

Our panelists will provide descriptions, organizational insights, and reflections on three particular collaborations: a college-schools partnership focused on mathematics education, a regional sustainability project involving work with European counterparts, and various library collaborative initiatives. In each of these examples, we will demonstrate that the effectiveness and long-term impact has been greater through collaboration with a larger number of partner institutions and organizations. We will also describe the paths we followed to identify funding opportunities and to obtain such funding; or how the opportunities for funding inspired us to design a larger collaboration.

Neal Abraham, Executive Director, Five Colleges Inc.; Marla Solomon, Director, Five College Partnership Programs; and Nate Therien, Director, Academic Programs, Five Colleges, Inc.

If You Build It, They Will Come: The success story of a unique consortium in Sizhou Industrial Park

Suzhou Dushu Lake Science Education and Innovation District (SEID) — the first and only demonstration zone in China for higher education internationalization as awarded by China Ministry of Education — has built a unique consortium for institutes of higher learning in the next hottest education destination: China.

SEID started to build in the southern part of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), a flagship cooperation project between China and Singapore governments in 2002. With an aim to attract top universities and research institutions from home and abroad to foster high level talents, enhance technology advancement, and boost local economic development, SEID has successfully attracted `c higher education institutions from China, US, UK, Singapore, France, Australia, Japan, Germany, and more. An internationalized, research-led education, research, and innovation consortium located in China has been formed and has received attention globally.

This presentation will provide a picture of the history and mode of SEID; why and how the SEID consortium was formed; SEID’s uniqueness as an innovative university consortium in China; how the universities in SEID collaborate with each other; and how SEID as a consortium cooperates with foreign partners.

The presentation will bring about possible cooperation topics proposed by SEID to attract potential partners from ACL members. The presentation will also include interactive discussion about questions such as: What is available for my institution to set foot in China and how do I do it? What opportunities do I have to create cross-Pacific collaboration? And other related topics.

Allison Chu, Leah He of Dushu Lake Higher Education Consortium, and Rene Yang, Director for Asia Relationships, Claremont University Consortium

Rethinking Transformational Academic Collaborations

In light of the serious pressures impacting our colleges and universities and American higher education, the need to collaborate (and to collaborate at deeper levels) is increasing. Yet academic collaborations, which are most critical for transformational change across our campuses, have proven to be the most challenging to begin and/or to sustain. Why is this the case? This session, combining presentation with interactive exercises, is designed to help consortia leaders think about the competing forces that facilitate or impede the development of academic collaborations among member schools and present a model for promoting multi-institutional academic change.

Why and how do academic collaborations pose challenges above and beyond business or even student services collaborations? Drawing from systems theory and models of organizational change, participants will work through the elements of a model for change and “readiness to change.” They will also explore the role those elements play in the development and sustaining of academic collaborations. Participants will classify national examples of collaborative initiatives into these categories and consider their role in their own consortia, as well as how the process by which the initiatives are introduced can further reinforce the readiness or resistance to change. In addition to providing a framework for engaging institutions in this exploration process, participants will work through some models and sample assessments. Participants will also hear about the early stages of implementing this process among members of a fifty-one institution consortium.

Vicki McGillin, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
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