LVAIC Practices Collaborating with Peers in Consortia Across the Nation
October 19, 2018, @ 8:49 AM
Promoting collaboration, connections, cooperation, and communication are pillars of the LVAIC’s mission. These are the tools the consortium uses to accomplish its goals and initiatives of maximizing resources and increasing the capabilities of faculty and staff. Along those same lines, the LVAIC staff has its own network of peers across the nation on which it relies for professional development, sharing best practices, learning, and collaborating on initiatives.
Each year, this group, called the Association for Collaborative Leadership, offers an annual conference hosted by one of the consortial members. This year, the conference was from October 10-11, 2018 at the Virginia Tidewater Consortium in Norfolk, VA. The staff members from consortia all over the nation gathered for three days to participate in workshops, networking, round table discussions, and presentation sessions.
The program for this conference changes annually; this year’s theme was The Changing Landscape of Higher Education and featured sessions on academic and administrative collaboration opportunities. A portion of this work includes a poster session for all attendees to create a showcase of their consortia. Around 50 attendees gather at this conference on an annual basis to participate in this conference, allowing attendees from dozens of consortia to learn from each other and see what practices other consortia have around different initiatives.
The Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Diane Dimitroff, serves on the board of directors for this organization and aids in the coordination of its activities. She also serves as the Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Along with Diane’s leadership, LVAIC’s Program Director, Charlene Bergstresser, served as a presenter for this year’s conference.
Looking ahead, LVAIC is in the planning process for hosting next year’s conference in October 2019. This conference will serve as part of LVAIC’s showcase for its 50th Anniversary as a consortium and will further the work of its own staff.2018 LVAIC Teagle Hybrid Learning Program: RFP » « Cyber Security Awareness Month Panel Sheds Light on Latest Industry Trends