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ACL Annual Conference 2017
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2017 ACL Annual Conference

October 18–20, 2017


NELLCO Law Library Consortium,

New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium

"Advancing Higher Education Through Sustainable Collaboration"


Desmond Hotel and Conference Center

Albany, New York


75 people from 45 different consortia, higher education associations, colleges and universities, and companies that serve higher education attended the conference in Albany, New York. If you missed it, we missed you! If you attended, you know that the conference provided insightful presentations and meaningful opportunities to connect with one another. Below you will find session highlights and slide presentations. Visit the photo gallery!


ACL thanks the conference planning committee for their work:


2017 Conference Committee:
Amy Cronin, Executive Director, New York Six Consortium, 2017 conference host
Tracy Thompson, former Executive Director, NELLCO and 2017 conference host
Neal Abraham and Nancy Goff, Five Colleges Consortium, 2016 host
Larry Dotolo and Leslie Mason, Virginia Tidewater Consortium, 2018 Hosts
Kiernan Mathews,The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) and ACL Professional Development Committee Chair





Plenary Session: Presidential Perspectives on Sustainable Partnerships

A panel of college and university presidents shared their insights on what makes collaboration sustainable over time, and how they ascertain the value of collaborative partnerships.



Amy Cronin, Executive Director, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium



Stephen Ainlay, President, Union College

The Very Rev. James Maher, President, Niagara University

Barry M. Maloney, President, Worcester State University




Two Models of Academic Research Collaborations (Academic Collaboration)

What are the most important factors to consider before launching a research collaboration? How do you lay the groundwork? Who should be involved and when? What are the markers for success? How do you assess the outcomes? What about funding? Learn how two consortia are answering these questions through their research projects.



Tracy Thompson, former executive director, NELLCO



Martha Cooper, Big Ten Academic Alliance, Project Coordinator, Big Ten/Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration

Christine Carpino, Research Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Research Consortium

Hannah Stewart-Gambino, Director, Lehigh Valley Research Consortium


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Making the Most of Business Collaborations (Administrative Collaboration)

Getting the most out of business collaborations goes beyond immediate return on investment. Ensuring a better bottom line requires attention to process and people. Several examples highlight approaches and strategies that maximize buy-in and results.



Amy Cronin, Executive Director, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium



June Kevorkian, Director of Program and Administration, The Boston Consortium

Christine Kimball, Director of Strategic Procurement, Five Colleges of Ohio

Katy Thomas, Strategic Partnership Director, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges


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Sustaining Language Instruction through Course Sharing (Academic Collaboration)

Panelists shared strategies for maintaining language learning opportunities for both classroom-based
instruction and tutorials, for commonly taught languages and less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) involving inter-institutional sharing of courses and instructors.  Speakers offered examples from neighboring campuses and widely separated campuses and for similar institutions and significantly different institutions.  Panel members discussed lessons learned and advise on best practices for exploring and implementing these kinds of sharing.


Neal Abraham, President, Five Colleges Consortium



Emily Heidrich, Project Manager, Michigan State University; Big Ten Academic Alliance – Big Ten Less Commonly Taught Language Partnership

Koen Van Gorp, Head of Foreign Language Assessment, Center for Language Teaching Advancement, Michigan State University; Big Ten Academic Alliance – Big Ten Less Commonly Taught Language Partnership Partnership

G. Cory Duclos, Director, Keck Center for Language Study, Colgate University; New York Six Course Sharing Initiative

Nicole Simpson, W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives, Colgate University; New York Six Course Sharing Initiative

Christopher Kaiser, Program Manager, Columbia University; Sustaining Course Initiative for Columbia, Cornell and Yale


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Using Technology to Develop and Manage Collaboration (Administrative Collaboration) How are consortia using technology to develop and manage collaboration? This session's facilitators demonstrated three applications integrated to promote--and track--stakeholder engagement in collaborative work: Salesforce for customer relationship management; Pardot for communication engagement; and Canvas as a learning management system to promote administrators' engagement with faculty. They give special consideration to approaches that are realistic to expect for new, small and lesser-resourced consortia.


Kiernan, Executive Director, The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)                  Lauren Scungio, Engagement Manager, The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

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Plenary: Strategic Planning in Dynamic Times

As transitions take place more frequently within collaborative organizations, how should the consortium handle strategic planning efforts? Are there best practices? This plenary session explored principles of effective planning within an ever-changing environment and included a robust audience discussion of planning.



Beth Moy, Executive Director, Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education



Stig Lanesskog, Chief Executive Officer, Claremont University Consortium


Session Slides


Sibson Consulting

Kelly Jones, Vice President and National Higher Education Practice Leader


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Plenary: Building Trust through Collaborative Activity

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  

Leaders agree that trust is key to any collaboration. How do leaders strengthen trust within a competitive environment? Can it be accelerated? Bringing together the literature with interviews among many consortium leaders, key findings of a research study were presented and a panel of consortium leaders provided their perspectives and experiences about strategies for building trust among multiple stakeholders.


Beth Moy, Executive Director, Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education


Featured Speaker:

James Yankech, Ascension Collegiate Solutions

Irene Burgess, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Consortium of the Liberal Arts
Lindsey Interlante, Executive Director, Colonial Academic Alliance
Claire Ramsbottom, Executive Director, Colleges of the Fenway


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Plenary: Assessing the Performance of Consortial Work by Assessing Stakeholder Needs and Interests


Assessing the performance of any endeavor is a necessary component for success. Meeting stakeholder needs is a crucial piece of receiving fruitful assessment data and articulating return on investment. How do we in the consortial landscape: a) identify stakeholder needs and interests, b) deliver on stakeholder needs and interests, c) measure program impact and link outcomes to identified stakeholder needs and interests, and d) utilize assessment data to improve and replicate the program in question? This expert panel reflected on these questions and shared their insights and experiences across five different consortia.



Robert Diggs, Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts


Michael Benitez, Jr., Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Puget Sound, member of the Northwest 5 Consortium

Amy Cronin, Executive Director, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium

Kathleen "Kathy" Harring, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Muhlenberg College, member Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), and the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts


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