September, 1999 Edition
|Should the ANAC
Bulletin Dispense with the
"Snail Mail" Version?
|The response to the initial July/August on line
version of the ANAC monthly Bulletin has been positive, sufficiently so to raise the
question of whether the postal mail version should be continued. The Bulletin might be
emailed to the mailing list, as well, as a convenience to anyone wishing to print out a
hard copy, either from email or the Web. Currently, the Bulletin must be printed, stapled,
folded, stuffed, sealed, and then maileda fairly expensive set of operations. Your
views are invited (email@example.com), while we
endeavor to obtain the email addresses of ANAC's complete mailing list. Depending on your
response, a decision will be made for the October Bulletin.
If your Bulletin arrives
only by email and online, you will know what most prefer!
Articles In This Issue:
|ANAC Approaches the Millennium as a New Academic Year Begins
Healthy enrollments appear to be the norm, especially at the
traditional-age undergraduate level as the Millennium academic year gets underway on ANAC
member campuses. Members report both record freshmen enrollments and a scrambling to
prepare new residential space for students. Indeed, the advent of the new Millennium will
record the ongoing transformation of New American colleges and universities as
institutions uniquely adapted to an era in higher education that values the blending of
tradition with innovation, responsiveness to students and community, attention to faculty
effectiveness, and collaboration for continuous improvement. Ten areas where this
transformation is clearly visible, often reflecting ANAC thinking in strategic planning:
- Capital campaigns in excess of $100 million are becoming commonplace.
- Major building programs, often multi-unit, are underway on nearly every campus.
- Institutions are investing in community development projects near campus, including
housing, commercial space, and community services, even schools.
- Distance learning competition is accelerating, especially for part-time adult students.
- Technological enhancement of regular campus courses is rapidly developing.
- New interdisciplinary programs are being added, especially to link liberal and
professional studies and to enhance existing core programs.
- New forms of collaboration are appearing to reduce overhead and improve
servicesWill ANAC collaborations be next?
- Experiments are underway to improve faculty governance and work structures.
- On line benchmarking for academic effectiveness and financial viability is evolving
- Differentiation of New American colleges and universities is gaining ground in the
higher education marketplace.
|Drury College to Become Drury University, January 1, 2000
Perhaps the most dramatic transformation will occur at Drury
College, which is changing its name to Drury University, effective with the
onset of the new millennium. The name change reflects Drury's recent evolution from
liberal arts college to comprehensive institution with the addition of graduate and
professional programs, including ANAC's only school of architecture. During the
mid-1990's, Drury trademarked the name "Drury College: The Collegiate
University," in recognition of its changing character, a developmental path that led
Drury to become a member of ANAC.
|"Think Tank" Phase of Faculty Work Project Shifts into High Gear
The project management team is in place and literature review
and working group analysis activities are well underway as faculty representatives and
academic administrators at eighteen ANAC member institutions visit the Faculty Work Project web site (http://www.anac.org) and discussion forum
(http://susqu.edu/forums/Index.cfm?CFApp=9) and conduct an intense email and telephone
conversation designed to enhance faculty work. Jerry
Berberet (firstname.lastname@example.org) is project director and Linda McMillin of Susquehanna University
(email@example.com) is project manager and coordinator of communications. Support for the
project has been secured through a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
The project is organized into three working groups who are seeking to develop models of
faculty work that improve alignment between faculty and their institutional mission while
improving faculty effectiveness and satisfaction. One working group which McMillin
coordinates is seeking to improve departmental effectiveness in allocating, evaluating,
and rewarding faculty work A second, coordinated by Lawry Finsen of University of
Redlands, is studying ways to improve the effectiveness of faculty governance and
institutional service. The third, coordinated by Marion Terenzio of The Sage Colleges,
is focusing on ways that institutions might better support faculty at different stages of
their careers and faculty might more fully utilize their expertise and interests on behalf
of the institution. Working groups will meet together at Belmont University,
November 5-7, to present their preliminary findings, to evaluate their progress, and to
plan for participation in the AAHE Faculty Roles and Rewards Conference in New Orleans,
February 3-6, 2000. A variety of higher education figures across the nation who are
engaged in projects involving aspects of faculty work are serving as consultants to the
|ANAC Chief Finance Officers Meet at NACUBO; Favor Networking and
Chief finance officers at ten ANAC institutions met on July 17,
at the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Business
Officers in San Antonio. Considerable time was spent networking and discussing common
problems and their resolution. Larry Goldstein, senior vice president at NACUBO, provided
an update on NACUBO projects involving ANAC members and encouraged the group to plan a
cooperative ANAC-NACUBO project. The group discussed the findings and methodology of the
NACUBO college cost pilot project which includes the participation of University of
Redlands and Susquehanna University. Doug Brown, President of Tuition Plan,
discussed this pre-paid tuition plan as a private higher education strategy that has
attracted more than one-hundred member institutions and is designed to keep pace with
tuition plans being implemented for public institutions.
As a follow-up to the group's interest in benchmarking, networking, and possible
collaboration with NACUBO, ANAC CFO's plan a conference in February 2000, to analyze
measures of financial health and viability that seem most appropriate for ANAC member
institutions and to invite representatives from NACUBO and financial organizations to
participate. In addition, efforts will be made in the near future to share information in
such areas as budgeting practices, enrollment planning, and maintaining currency with
|ANAC Increases National Involvement
Recent indications of the national acknowledgement ANAC is
receiving are reflected in a brief article in the July-August Academe, the
bulletin of AAUP, on findings of ANAC's faculty work project (p. 11). In addition, Jerry
Berberet was a guest reviewer, August 17-18, on proposed standards of institutional
financial viability and educational effectiveness for the American Academy of Liberal
Education's accreditation of liberal arts programs; will be a panelist at the October 4-6
Conference of Funders for Education in Chicago; and at the Conference of the American
Association of Academic Deans in Seattle, November 10-13.
Berberet's August travel schedule included serving as the year opening convocation
speaker at Castleton State College in Vermont, an opportunity to relate ANAC principles to
a public comprehensive setting. And, along the way, he was able to visit the campus of
ANAC member The Sage Colleges in New York.
September 11 Fall Meeting of ANAC Presidents Council,
Wyndham Garden O'Hare Hotel (773-693-5800), Chicago, 8:30 am-4:00 pm.
September 30-October 3 Association of Integrative
Studies Conference at North Central College, Naperville, IL (Contact Francine Navakas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information.)
November 5-7 ANAC Faculty Work Project Meeting at
Belmont University, Nashville, TN (Working group collaborative discussions - email Linda McMillin, Project Manager: email@example.com
or Jerry Berberet: firstname.lastname@example.org for
January 20-22, 2000 AAC&U Annual Meeting:
"Greater Expectations," Washington, DC. (January 19 pre-AACU ANAC
International Education 2000 Mini-conference; January 19-20 ANAC
Institutional Representatives Meeting; January 20-21, ANAC Hewlett Project Campus
February 3-6, 2000 AAHE Faculty Roles and Rewards
Conference: "Scholarship Reconsidered Reconsidered," New Orleans
(February 2-3 ANAC Faculty Work Project Meeting immediately preceding AAHE
April 6-8, 2000 ANAC/AAC&U Conference: "Integration
of Liberal and Professional Studies: from Aspirations to Improved Practice," at Pacific
Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA (See Conference announcement.)
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