NITLE Shared Academics

NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.

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Strategy and Planning

May 21st, 2014

  • Preparing Students for Life After Graduation: Colleges Collaborate
    In UCLA’s 2012 national survey of college freshmen, 87.9% of respondents named “getting a job” as their top reason for going to college. While the economic climate has increased the pressure on all institutions of higher learning to demonstrate the value of a college degree, liberal arts colleges have been subject to some of the most intense public scrutiny. How might liberal arts colleges work together to address these concerns? (Times EDT)

May 6th, 2014

  • Capacity Mapping: Re-imagining Undergraduate Business Education
    Majoring in business continues to rise in popularity as industry recruiters, public officials, and parents alike increasingly focus on post-secondary education as preparation for employment. Faced with these market pressures, how might colleges and universities committed to the principles of liberal education respond? In this seminar, Mary Grace Neville, associate professor of business at Southwestern University, shares a framework for undergraduate business education that aims to cultivate high integrity leaders for the 21st century. (Times EDT)

April 16th, 2014

  • Project DAVID: Collective Vision and Action for Liberal Arts Colleges
    How might colleges and universities use the themes of distinction, analytics, value, innovation, and digital opportunities (thus, DAVID) as a means to consider how they might reinvent themselves? As they focus on attending to the challenges and opportunities their institutions face, what are they learning that informs how the sector might envision its future? (Times EDT)

April 3rd, 2014

  • An Open Discussion on the 2014 Horizon Report
    One of the skills that lead to effective decisions is the ability to recognize and draw meaning from patterns. How might you use resources like the NMC Horizon Report to hone your ability to recognize patterns and use that knowledge to make better strategic decisions? (Times EDT)

March 18th, 2014

  • Examining IT and Library Service Convergence: One Path for Embracing the Future
    As they plan for the future, increasing numbers of colleges and universities are examining and re-envisioning the relationships between work functions. One of the closest ties often found is between academic libraries and information technology. What does this relationship offer in terms of strengthening an institution’s ability to fulfill its mission in the midst of a changing landscape? (Times EDT)

February 4th, 2014

  • Cultural Factors Shaping “Crisis” Conversations in Higher Education
    The current conversations about crisis in education - and the equally contentious debates about how to solve said crises - do not occur in a vacuum: both the problems and the solutions are the product of a dynamic cultural, economic, and political context. How do faculty, staff, and administrators navigate this changing environment in a way that honors the mission of their institutions and the wider values of post-secondary education? (Times EST)

December 12th, 2013

  • An Open Discussion of Future Trends
    As one year draws to a close and we contemplate what the next year will bring, how might we increase our awareness of emerging trends and their potential to affect higher education? (Times EST)

July 16th, 2013

  • Fostering a Collaborative Culture: Smart Change and Shared Leadership
    Institutional readiness to respond and even thrive amid rapid change is dependent on the ability to cultivate a culture of collaboration and embrace transformative change. Indeed, institutional speed of response ultimately depends on shared vision, shared agreement, and shared leadership. Ann Hill Duin urges those involved with planning throughout all levels of an organization to actively foster a culture of collaboration. Doing so will ready your institution to tackle complex challenges and transform them into opportunities for reinvention and re-invigoration. (Times EDT)

June 25th, 2013

  • MOOC Mania and the Ambivalent Future of U.S. Higher Education
    In what ways are digital technologies altering the landscape of resources and practices in higher education? This seminar presents an opportunity to critically examine the MOOC phenomenon, consider the broader context and anxieties in which the MOOC myth has been created, and think strategically about how to use emergent online learning platforms in the service of institutional mission. (Times EDT)

March 8th, 2013

  • Open Education and MOOCs
    We encourage campus leaders, strategic thinkers, innovators and others from the NITLE Network interested in open education, MOOCs, and the future of liberal education to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EST)