2012 Conference – Harnessing Systemness, Delivering Performance

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Harnessing Systemness, delivering performance – charting a new path for higher education was the topic of the 2012 conference. Documents explore new models for ‘systemnes’ and ways that our ‘system’ models can be retooled and rebuilt to meet current economic – and political – challenges ahead.


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    Sharing Shared Governance: The Benefits of Systemness
    (2013-08-16) Cramer, Sharon; Mozlin, Rochelle
    Shared governance in higher education refers to the structures and processes through which faculty, professional staff, administration, governing boards and, sometimes, students and staff participate in the development of policies and in decision making that affect the institution. As an organization, the SUNY University Faculty Senate began in 1953, and is included in the Board of Trustees Policies (Article VII. Title A): § 1. Name. There shall be a University Faculty Senate of State University of New York. §2. Purposes. The senate shall be the official agency through which the University Faculty engages in the governance of the University. The Senate shall he concerned with effective educational policies and other professional matters within the University. This poster highlights both the challenges to and benefits of shared governance in the context of systemness. Systemness provides challenges to shared governance; however, members of the SUNY University Faculty Senate (UFS) have learned to capitalize on the benefits of systemness – within campuses, as well as across the system, to advance shared governance throughout the University. By incorporating the voices of campus governance leaders (CGLs) as well as the University Faculty Senators at the UFS plenary meetings, campus faculty and unique campus concerns are represented. Through the involvement of the Chancellor at these plenary meetings, an administrative perspective is incorporated. The end result, in many cases, is the ability to capitalize on the resources available, while being respectful of the different campus needs and characteristics. And yet, it is the uniqueness and the idiosyncrasies of the individual campuses that have created the experiences, perspectives and voices that have contributed to SUNY’s dynamic processes of shared governance. It is the challenges faced by individual campuses as well as the System that foster the use of all the options discussed. In this way, the “System is bigger than the sum of its parts.”
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    Role of Language in Internationalizing a German University at Home
    (2013-08-16) Grupp-Clasby, Stefanie
    •National system of education could perform higher with regards to inclusion of non-traditional learners into its system of primary, secondary, and tertiary education (OECD) •“German higher education system seems to be struggling with the task of including disadvantaged students and those with a non-German AND/OR nonacademic background, (while) the country faces an unprecedented demographic change that will make young people a rare good and education even more valuable than it is today.” Hannah Leichsenring, CHE Consult, Germany. •Upward educational mobility has been traditionally very limited despite low or no tuition (to name just one traditional barrier). Other barriers remain. ROLE OF GERMAN PROFICIENCY FOR EDUCATIONAL AND STUDY OUTCOMES/DROP OUT RATES: •Role of Language: a)national language is German and language of instruction. less than perfect language skills are a barrier to acquisition of Bildung as German as a academic language tends to draw on abstract nouns and verbs. Measure to tackle issue: UoC students teach local elementary school students German as a second language (http://www.uni-koeln.de/sprachfoerderprojekt/). Research on German as an academic language carried out at University of Cologne will likely trigger reforms (in the long run) at the primary and secondary level of the system of education, e.g., system of language instruction of German as a “Bildungssprache” (academic language or discourse) (Gogolin/Lange).
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    New York Sea Grant, Harnessing Systemness, Delivering Performance, Charting a New Path for Higher Education
    (2013-08-16) New York Sea Grant
    NYSG supports multiple SUNY and other university researchers working on a variety of issues, including harmful algal blooms, aquatic invasive species, fish diseases as well as economic studies related to tourism, recreation and more. Many of the researchers that NYSG has funded have gone on to receive even larger awards from NSF, NOAA, and other granting agencies.
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    The University Governance Screening Card: A tool for Benchmarking University Governance
    (2013-08-16) Jarmillo, Adriana
    University Governance addresses how universities and higher education systems define and implement their goals, manage their academic programs, student life, and physical, Financial, and human resources; and monitor their achievements and results, such as whether programs match market needs and graduate students with needed skills. The key role that university governance plays in the improvement of education quality is now a broad consensus, especially in MENA, where higher education representatives have expressed a specific need for a benchmarking tool. In response to this call, the World Bank’s regional program on higher education developed a University Governance Screening Card (UGSC) to assess to what extent MENA universities follow good governance practices aligned with their institutional goals. With the UGSC already implemented in 100 universities from seven countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank & Gaza, Tunisia), and a regional report, this tool now includes an online survey for higher education institutions and a databank.
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    Academic Systemness: Building the Multi-institution Long Island Alternative energy Consortium
    (2013-08-16) Halada, Gary
    The Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium is a cooperative effort by seven public and private colleges and universities (Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, SUNY Old Westbury, SUNY Maritime, New York Institute of Technology, Suffolk County Community College and Nassau Community College), working with public entities (including Brookhaven National Laboratory) and private companies, to ensure that students get the education and training they need to work in the emerging and rapidly evolving industries of renewable and alternative energies. This collaboration is the beginning of a broad interdisciplinary focus on energy and related issues to enhance learning and help create high tech jobs on Long Island.