The ACL Summer Institute is a three-day interactive experience that engages participants in wide-ranging discussions and activities that develop skills and approaches advancing consortium administration, planning, program development and resource cultivation. The Institute is geared to directors, staff, and board members of consortia.
Chris Bass, Assistant Vice President of Spiritual and Cultural Life with the Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS); Sarah Kahrl, Executive Director of Five Colleges of Ohio; and Cole Woodcox, Executive Director at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) are featured panelists. Beth Moy, Executive Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education; and Tim Newcomb, Coordinator of Operations for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, facilitate the session.
Sarah, Cole and Chris represent a range of consortium types, geographic ranges and staff sizes. All recently appointed to their positions, they share details about their Institute experiences and capstone projects -- from developing engagement strategies for biracial and multiracial students, to building board consensus around membership criteria, to developing action steps on strategic priorities identified by board members. They also share what happened when they returned home with their plans, key takeaways, and what they wish they had known before they attended.