2011 Conference Agenda

Association for Consortium Leadership

2011 Annual Conference

October 12-14, 2011

Pushing the Boundaries of Collaboration in Higher Education

The Doubletree Hotel, Claremont, California
Committee Members:
Bob Walton, Claire Ramsbottom, Nicola Beltz, Neal Abraham, Larry Dotolo, Tom Horgan, Bonnie Clemens, Barbara Jefferson, and Mark Sarver

Program Agenda

Wednesday, October 12

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
Tours All Day
  1. Tour of The Claremont Colleges
  2. Gold & Platinum LEED student residence halls
  3. Claremont McKenna Kravis Academic Center
  4. CUC Records Center and Remote Library Storage Facility
  5. CUC Executive Conference Center and Corporate Headquarters
Tours at The Claremont Colleges
3:00–5:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Registration
6:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Opening Reception
(Hors O’doeuvres & Cocktails)
Dinner on Your Own
(groups encouraged)
Welcome:
Bob Walton, Chief Executive Officer, Claremont University Consortium
Sponsor:
Kelly Jones, Senior Vice President-Higher Education Practice Leader, Sibson Consulting — A Division of Segal

ACL Annual Conference attendees

Thursday, October 13

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Continental Breakfast
Sponsor:
Lime Energy — Joe Walsh, Regional Director, New England, Lime Energy
9:00–9:15 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Welcome and Introductions Tom Horgan, President
Association for Consortium Leadership
9:15–10:30 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Mary Frances Forcier, Director, Colonial Academic Alliance
Title:
Communication Strategies for Pushing the Boundaries of Collaboration
Panelists:
Roland King, Vice President for Public Affairs, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and John McDonald, Director, Claremont Colleges Library
Description:
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.
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–12:00 Noon
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Claire Ramsbottom, Executive Director, Colleges of the Fenway
Title:
“Let Our Advance Worrying Become Advance Thinking and Planning” — Winston Churchill
Panelists:
Larry Dotolo, President, Virginia Tidewater Consortium; Dean Manship, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Claremont University Consortium; and Ann Becker, Public/College Health Nurse, University of Massachusetts
Description:
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.
12:00 Noon
Doubletree Courtyard
Lunch
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Mark Sarver, Chief Executive Officer, EduKan
Title:
Successes and Challenges of Collaborative Academic Programs at The Claremont Colleges
Panelists:
Cecilia Conrad, Vice President and Dean of the College, Pomona College; Gregory Hess, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Claremont McKenna College; Alan Jones, Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College; Amy Marcus-Newhall, Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Scripps College; James Sterling, Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
Description:
The Claremont Colleges have an 85 year history of academic collaboration at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Academic deans from the colleges will candidly share perspectives on what makes for successful collaborations and on what has proven to be less than successful, and why. Ample time will be allowed for Q & A.
3:00–3:15 p.m. Break
3:15–4:45 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Session
Moderator:
Mary Frances Forcier, Director, Colonial Academic Alliance
Title:
Collaboration: Overcoming Challenges and Redesigning for Success
Presenter:
Adrianna Kezar, Associate Professor for Higher Education, University of Southern California
Description:
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.
6:00 p.m.
Shuttle service from hotel to CUC
Dinner & Entertainment Cocktails and Dinner at the CUC Administrative Campus Center
Entertainment:
Live Jazz at The Hip Kitty
Sponsor:
Claremont University Consortium

Friday, October 14

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Continental Breakfast
ACL Membership Meeting
  • Tom Horgan, President, Association for Consortium Leadership
  • ACL Annual Business Meeting — ACL membership
  • ACL Institute — Recap
  • Agenda and Minutes included in conference materials
9:00–10:15 a.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Phil DiChiara, Managing Director, The Boston Consortium for Higher Education
Title:
Sharing Key College Information Technology Services Through a Consortium
Panelists:
Jerry Smith, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of Central Kansas; Jared Hamilton, Director, Independent College Enterprise; and Joseph Vaughn, Chief Technology Officer, Harvey Mudd College and Director of Claremont Intercollegiate Networking Effort (CINE)
Description:
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.
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.–12:00 Noon
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Bob Walton, Chief Executive Officer, Claremont University Consortium
Title:
Strategic Planning and Assessment that Delivers
Panelists:
Max Stark, Organizational Consulting, Max Stark and Associates; Amber Marks, Associate Director, Committee on Institutional Cooperation; and Neal Abraham, Executive Director, Five Colleges, Incorporated
Description:
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.
12:00 Noon–2:00 p.m.
Doubletree Courtyard
Lunch On Your Own
Report:
Free Time to Tour the Claremont Valley shops and restaurants
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Neal Abraham, Executive Director, Five Colleges, Inc.
Title:
Alternative Consortial Relationships: Looking Beyond Geography
Panelists:
Alan Jones, Dean of the Faculty, Pitzer College; Jim Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry, Grinnell College; and Linda McCluney, Academic Dean, Joint Forces Staff College
Description:
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. This session 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?

Collaborations to be discussed include: Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning, Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Consortium of Federal Degree Granting Institutions and Pew Midstates Consortium.

3:30–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45–5:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Panel/Discussion
Moderator:
Susan Palmer, Executive Director, The Five Colleges of Ohio
Title:
Aligning Your Business Model: Is Your Vision of the Consortium Consistent With Your Board’s?
Panelists:
Phil DiChiara, Managing Director, The Boston Consortium and June Kevorkian, Director of Programs and Administration, The Boston Consortium; and Patricia Reich, Director of Business Services, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges
Description:
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, we will walk 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. This is expected to be an interactive session.
5:00–5:15 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Wrap-up
Moderator:
Larry Dotolo, Executive Director, Association for Consortium Leadership
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
Board Members Only ACL Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel
All Attendees Reception
Planner:
Bob Walton
Departing Social Event