Association for Collaborative Leadership

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President's Update February 2019

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ACL President’s Update – February 2019

Greetings from Boston- where last week we got to celebrate another Super Bowl victory with a parade in 50-degree sun that brought over 1.5 million people into the cityYesterday, in the spirit of true New England weather, we closed our offices early due to snow.

I write this having come from a meeting with our institutions’ enrollment managers - all of whom are focused on the changing demographics - followed by a meeting with a planning committee that is bringing The People’s Institute to facilitate two Undoing Racism workshops with faculty, staff and students within the Colleges of the Fenway (COF). Such a reminder about having our feet in both the present and in the future - and the opportunities collaboration brings for sharing information and providing support!


Claire Ramsbottom

Executive Director, Colleges of the Fenway

President, Association for Collaborative Leadership

Upcoming ACL Webinars

Managing Change to Sustain Collaboration - March 12, 2019, 12 – 1pm ET

All collaborative leaders are engaged in change. How to plan for, manage, and sustain change are topics of ongoing discussion and, sometimes, “hit or miss” approaches. ACL members seek to “do” change in the right ways in order to make the most positive impact on our members. This webinar will cover known models of change management and discuss application methods to enhance collaborative initiatives.


Upcoming 2019 Webinars

Be on the lookout for details about two additional webinars – details will be released later this year!

  • President-Proofing Collaborative Momentum
  • Diversifying Consortial Staff

Welcome New Members

We are excited to welcome several new members to ACL – all focused on helping higher education institutions, faculty and staff benefit from working collaboratively. Please take a minute to check out their websites and learn a little more about them.

Summer Institute 2019

June 16 – 19, in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Associated Colleges of the South

Early Bird Registration ends February 15th!

Spend three days with ACL colleagues in an interactive workshop format as we focus on what makes collaboration work through a highly interactive curriculum, including the opportunity to work on a capstone project. Participants will leave the institute with a clear action plan and understanding of how to implement their project upon returning to their organization.


 Get Involved in ACL

The ACL Board continues to work to refine our mission and improve the organization. During the October ACL Board of Director’s meeting, several new committees were formed, while current committees reviewed their purpose. We would love to have more people involved in helping to strengthen the value we bring to our members!

To learn more about joining a committee, please contact or the below appropriate committee chair.

·         Marketing Committee – Amy Cronin, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium

·         Sponsorship Committee – Sarah Stone, Five Colleges of Ohio

·         New Member Services – Martha Malinski, Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph

·         Membership – Co-Chairs, Lindsey Interlante, Colonial Academic Alliance and Lauren Scungio The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

·         2019 Annual Conference – Charlene Bergstresser, LeHigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges

·         Virtual Professional Development – Jennifer Dugan, Associated Colleges of the South

·         Knowledge Creation – Jeanine Went, Higher Education Consortium of Center Massachusetts


ACL at Association of American Colleges & Universities Conference

Thanks to some organizing by Robert Diggs at the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts (PCLA), several ACL colleagues gathered together at the recent AAC&U conference for some networking and cathartic conversation. Connecting in Atlanta were Diggs, Cole Woodcox (COPLAC), Brian Williams and Charlie Barlow (ACM), Kiernan Matthews (COACHE), and Amy Cronin (NY6). Associated Colleges of the South provided a highly-rated presentation Institutional relationships with oppression: Southern colleges collaborate to confront the past and construct a more equitable future.

Member Spotlight

Meet Associated Colleges of the South!

Associated Colleges of the South’s member institutions – sixteen nationally recognized colleges and universities –are committed to providing the best liberal arts education possible at the most affordable price available. That quest for excellence and affordability gave rise to ACS, a collaborative initiative that brings members together as a whole or in smaller groups. We sponsor programs for faculty and staff advancement, joint purchasing and services, and curricular enhancements. We actively seek outside sources of funding on behalf of our members and we administer the resulting grants.

Our grantmaking themes – innovative instruction, collaborative curriculum, and diversity and inclusion – are intended to strengthen each institution and our collective mission.

Annual Conference 2019: Laying the Foundation for the Future of Collaboration – Save the Date!

October 16-19, 2019 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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