153: Scope, Solution & Strategy — A tale of project management efficiency

Most new engagements begin with an idea. Leadership presents an objective and the team gets to work. Whether it’s a strategy retreat or a new team-building program, the most common march is one of people moving, celebrating activity, without a pause to ask the question: will this approach achieve the results we’re looking to achieve?

This week on the show, Howard Teibel shares a few common missteps in project management that can derail initiatives and offers three steps toward meeting collective buy-in and establishing momentum on your next project undertaking!

152: New America’s Amy Laitinen on Higher Ed Advocacy, Policy, and the Most Important Constituent

Amy Laitinen Director, Higher Education New America

Amy Laitinen
Director, Higher Education
New America

Our guest today is passionate about education. That, of course, could be said of any of us working in institutions across the country. Amy Laitinen doesn’t exercise her passion for education in the classroom, however. She fights for quality and transparency in Washington as director for Higher Education at New America.

Today on the show, Amy joins us to share her perspective on policy in higher ed, and the role of policy in fostering innovation and quality. There’s a gap, to be sure, and today we’ll discuss the complex competing factors that impact our ability to close it in our administrative conversations. 

About Amy Laitinen

Amy Laitinen serves as director for higher education at New America. She’s served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. She was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one top ten innovators of 2013 for her work on federal policy and competency-based education. Today, her efforts are focused on crafting federal policies to increase quality and transparency in higher education.

Links & Notes

151: Goucher President José Bowen shares the power of improvisation in institutional leadership

How do we transform our institutions and learning models to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students? What does “student success” mean to the academic mission of tomorrow’s institutions? How do we better adapt the college experience to address complexity and transparency? José Bowen currently serves as the 11th president of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and he joins us on the show today to help map the winding road toward student success. Along the way we learn a deceivingly valuable lesson of music: count on modulation and improvisation as a versatile leadership mentality.

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José Bowen, President Goucher College

José Bowen, President
Goucher College

150: "A Voice, a Vote, or a Veto" — A Human Approach to Shared Governance

150: "A Voice, a Vote, or a Veto" — A Human Approach to Shared Governance

Our conversation today serves as both a preview of Howard's upcoming feature in NACUBO Business Officer Magazine, and a roadmap of three key concepts that will help you and your administrative and academic units to approach shared governance with a keen eye on the objectives you seek to achieve. 

149: Gerald Hector Part 2 — The power of storytelling in driving participation across the institution

In part two of our conversation with Ithaca College CBO Gerald Hector, we take on the power of storytelling in moving the institutional mission forward. From using metaphor to explain complex financial subjects, to Hector's "Dollars & $ence" meetings, now central to his mission around campus financial leadership, his input provides valuable perspective far beyond his role as a technical finance leader.

147: WACUBO Live — Incoming WACUBO Presidents Share the Pressure and Opportunity of Leadership Legacy

This week we have the second of our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the incoming WACUBO presidents in which they share their hopes and insights around the power of a diverse and inclusive association, along with living up to the pressure of the legacy of leaders that has come before. 

WACUBO Guests

Jean Vock WACUBO President, Associate Dean Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Jean Vock
WACUBO President, Associate Dean
Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Robert Moore WACUBO 2nd Vice President, SVP Colorado College

Robert Moore
WACUBO 2nd Vice President, SVP Colorado College

Arch Asawa WACBO At-large Board Member, Future Leaders' Forum Program Committee Chair, VP for Finance & Administration and CFO, Soka University

Arch Asawa
WACBO At-large Board Member, Future Leaders' Forum Program Committee Chair, VP for Finance & Administration and CFO, Soka University

Teresa Costantinidis WACUBO 2016 Annual Conference Host Chair, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Resource Management, University of California, San Francisco

Teresa Costantinidis
WACUBO 2016 Annual Conference Host Chair, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Resource Management, University of California, San Francisco

Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event at the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.

146: WACUBO Live — Outgoing Regional Presidents on the "Education Trust" and Innovation on Campus

This week we have the first in our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the current regional association presidents in which they share their valuable insights in innovation, change, service, and the state of education in their regions. 

 

The President's Roundtable Guests

Lynn Valenter President, WACUBO Vice Chancellor, Finance & Operations Washington State University Vancouver

Lynn Valenter
President, WACUBO
Vice Chancellor, Finance & Operations
Washington State University Vancouver

Lynne Schaefer Chair, EACUBO VP, Administration & Finance University of Maryland Baltimore County

Lynne Schaefer
Chair, EACUBO
VP, Administration & Finance
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Ben Crutcher President, SACUBO AVP, Auxiliary Services University of Kentucky

Ben Crutcher
President, SACUBO
AVP, Auxiliary Services
University of Kentucky

Peter Murtaugh President, CACUBO VP, Finance & Administration Ranked Technical College

Peter Murtaugh
President, CACUBO
VP, Finance & Administration
Ranked Technical College

Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event, and the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Photo courtesy Helen Norris, Chapman University

145: Engaging in Failure and Creativity with First American's Chad Wiedenhofer

How do you get people to engage in a conversation around failure? According to our guest, “you can see in organizations where iteration and the failure that might come with it is accepted as something that can be positive, and something that can help us get to the destination we’re trying to get to.” Creating a culture of iteration, and adapting toward a state in which you see failure as growth is a challenge, but one worth taking. SVP of First American Education Finance Chad Wiedenhofer joins us today to talk about iteration and growth.

143: Uncovering the Unknown Unknowns — A Systematic Approach to Institutional Risk Management with Janice Abraham

Within the context of academic structures, a robust discussion of risk today must include not just cooperation between academics and administration, but collaboration in preparing for risk scenarios. All this is on the table in this wide ranging conversation with our very special guest, Janice Abraham, president and CEO of United Educators.

142: Managing for the Future while Solving Problems of Today with Bentley University President Gloria Larson

At this year’s EACUBO Annual Workshop in Boston, Howard Teibel shared the stage with Bentley University President Gloria Larson in a conversation titled Building and Supporting your Leadership Team that centered on how leadership teams communicate their shared vision for success across the institution. This week, we have a follow-up conversation between President Larson and Howard Teibel in which they share their observations and reflections.

140: Small Initiatives Set the Course for Big Change

This week on the show, Gail Gregory joins Pete Wright to share the experience of UMass Lowell and their effort to transform the institution, one tiny initiative at a time. Gregory and UMass Lowell’s Lauren Turner published the story of that journey in the Winter 2015-16 edition of CUPA-HR’s Higher Education Workplace magazine.

139: Taking Risks, Releasing Control, and Strategic Planning with Valparaiso U. President Mark Heckler

Mark Heckler has served as president of Valparaiso University since 2008. In his tenure so far, the institution has achieved some notable wins: expanded facilities, expanded academic programs and a five-year campaign achieving the largest fundraising goal ever achieved by a Lutheran University. Today, Dr. Heckler is overseeing the implementation of the most expansive and comprehensive strategic plan in the university’s 150-year history.

138: The Toughest Job — NACUBO 2016 Student Financial Services Conference

138: The Toughest Job — NACUBO 2016 Student Financial Services Conference

When we talk about good customer service in higher education, what does that mean? Do your teams recoil at the word ‘customer’? Is there a shared interest in delivering quality service across the institution? If any of these questions are challenging for you to answer, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

136: CMCI — Launching the First New College at CU Boulder in 53 Years

University of Colorado at Boulder is launching the first new college on campus in over 53 years. This is the beginning of an exciting period for the institution, one of building, creating, and supporting growth through bold academic and administrative leadership. What does it take to bring teams together, especially after a period of uncertainty? This week on Navigating Change, we’re talking about making the transition to construction from deconstruction, and building an academic environment where faculty and staff find the support they need to help deliver on their promise of student success at CU’s College of Media, Communication and Information.

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135: Bulding a Stronger Student and the Hidden Value in Online Learning with StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith

This week, we welcome Burck Smith to the show to introduce us to the StraighterLine approach to alternative credit pathways, and to outline why it’s a good fit in the broader higher education ecosystem. In our on-going conversation around the value of transfers, StraighterLine demonstrates an interesting and innovative approach to building capable students online.

134: Revitalizing the 2-year to 4-year Transfer Process, Massive Opportunity in Higher Education

134: Revitalizing the 2-year to 4-year Transfer Process, Massive Opportunity in Higher Education

This week on Navigating Change, we're talking about the 2-year to 4-year transfer system and the increasing impact on the 4-year colleges, and an increased sense of ownership by these schools that this is not a “Community College Problem” alone.