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President's Message Sept 2016
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                                                                                                                                                  September 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings ACL Members! I hope everyone had time this summer to step away from work and relax a little or do whatever rejuvenates you. As we launch a new academic year, I wanted to give you a quick update on ACL activities.


6th Annual ACL Summer Institute
In late June, we graduated an additional ten fellows through our Summer Institute, held at the Big Ten Conference Center and co-hosted by the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. That brings our total to 102 fellows over the six years we have conducted the institute.


2016 Institute Fellows at the Big Ten Conference Center, Rosemont, IL.


New fellows are:

R. Todd Benson, Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education
Melissa Bernstein, Legal Information Preservation Alliance
Genevieve (Genny) Boesen, South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium
Jennifer Bosselman, Colleges of the Fenway
Stacie Kroll, Five Colleges, Inc.
Martha Malinski, Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph
Corinna Noelke, Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium
Debra Sanborn, National Student Exchange
Bryan Sears, Colleges of the Fenway
Chuck Thompson, Claremont University Consortium


We are now actively looking at developing an advanced curriculum and considering moving Institute I to every other year. If you have any ideas on topics to cover, please let us know.

2016 Annual ACL Conference: Milestones in Collaboration

October 26-28, Northampton, Massachusetts

Register now for the upcoming ACL Conference, “Milestones in Collaboration,” Oct 26-28 in Northampton, MA, hosted by Five Colleges, Inc. in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The program looks fantastic with two pre-conference workshops focusing on “Deep Dialog on Funding Collaborations," featuring a panel of funders discussing their experience with and approach to funding collaborative efforts; and "Agile Project Management." This is always a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who are supporting collaboration within higher education. I always leave these conferences with a renewed commitment to our work, new ideas to test out with my members and a wonderful sense of camaraderie with all the colleagues I have met over the years.

We will also have an opportunity for ACL committees to meet during the conference. If you are interested in getting involved, this is the perfect time to check out our working committees which include: Membership, Annual Conference, Virtual Professional Development and Knowledge Repository. The annual conference is a great opportunity for committee members to meet in person as most of the committee work is conducted virtually or through conference calls.

ACL Board Election

Congratulations again to the newest members of the ACL board. Our goal is to have a board that reflects the breadth and depth of our membership as well as individuals who will help us increase the reach and relevancy of ACL. Board members take active leadership roles in our programs and are engaged in helping us address our strategic priorities.

Members elected for three-year terms (previously held one- year terms):

Irene Burgess, Ph.D., Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts (PCLA)
Christopher Welna, Ph.D., Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

Members elected for one-year terms:
Amy Doonan Cronin, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium (NY6)
Steven J. Harvey, Ph.D., Western New York Consortium of Higher Education (WNY)
Stig Lanesskog, Claremont University Consortium (CUC)
Kiernan Mathews, The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), Harvard Graduate School of Education
R. Owen Williams, President, Associated Colleges of the South (ACS)


ACL’s membership committee has been assessing the value ACL provides for its members and helping us consider new opportunities to better serve members. The board will be moving ahead to make some changes to information that is available to members versus nonmembers in order to provide the best value for members.

Welcome to the Newest Members of ACL

Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph, Indianapolis, IN
America East Academic Consortium, Boston, MA
Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Williamsburg, VA
SEMESP, San Paulo, Brazil
ProArts Consortium, Cambridge, MA

ACL Webinar: “Laying the Groundwork for Collaborative Buying”

Tuesday, September 20, noon - 1:00 p.m. eastern

Our webinar series offers insightful guidance from professionals on topics of interest for higher education collaborators. In our September Webinar, “Laying the Groundwork for Cooperative Buying,” our colleagues in sourcing and shared buying will provide the basics for successful programs. Members get to participate in this webinar for free; non-members will be asked to pay a small fee of $25.00 for participation. A podcast of this event will only be available to members.

New ACL Book

Have you ordered ACL’s latest book?
Pushing the Boundaries of Collaboration: What Consortia Can Accomplish
Edited by Nicola Beltz and Larry Dotolo of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium, this collection of ten studies of how consortia across the country are expanding the possibility of higher education collaboration in many different ways.
The studies explore:
• public policy advocacy
• leveraging efforts to expand global opportunities
• improving chemical management and environmental compliance
• creating and advancing summer research for undergraduates
• collaborations in faculty hiring, course syllabi and pedagogical strategies
• centralizing student disability resources across geographichally contiguous
• institutions
• forming a health insurance captive to reduce academic costs
• linking colleges to the local community
• strengthening capacity through collaborative research
• working across a consortium to develop a relationship with the federal government’s opportunities to link students to postsecondary education.

Order your copy now!

The ACL Community

Finally, what people value most about ACL is the community – the network of people engaged in the important work of collaboration in higher education in what arguable could be the most difficult period we has higher education leaders have faced. We encourage that network and communication – to help foster it please register on the ACL website, update your profile, and be in touch! If you know of others who would benefit from learning about ACL, please let me know. This organization has been an invaluable part of my own professional growth and provided numerous resources in that have supported my work.

See you next month in Massachusetts!





Claire Ramsbottom


Association for Collaborative Leadership

Executive Director, Colleges of the Fenway

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