Agora Leadership Roundtables

Leaders are found throughout an organization, in every office and at every level. These monthly roundtables are open to the entire CWRU community to learn and talk about external higher education trends and influences, and what it means for CWRU. These meetings will better empower all members of the CWRU community to be leaders and find ways to have greater impact.

Roundtable Dates/Times 

A complete list of dates for the 2019-20 academic year are below. Most meetings will be held in Ballroom A of the Tinkham Veale University Center. Those marked with an asterisk (**) will be held remotely. Details will be forthcoming.

  • Roundtable #1: Wednesday, October 30, from 10-11 a.m.
  • Roundtable #2: Monday, November 18, from 4-5 p.m.
  • Roundtable #3: Thursday, December 19, from 10-11 a.m.
  • Roundtable #4: Wednesday, January 22, from 10-11 a.m.
  • Roundtable #5: Wednesday, February 26, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Note: this time has changed)
  • CANCELED!! Roundtable #6 (Note: this roundtable was originally scheduled for March 23)
  • **Roundtable #7: Wednesday, April 15, from 10-11 a.m. 
  • **Roundtable #8: Friday, May 22, from 1-2 p.m. (Note: this roundtable was originally scheduled for May 13)

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Topic:

Higher Education Leaders as Conveners

Instructions & Pre-Reading:

Please review this article and come prepared to discuss Quality #3, Leaders who are Effective Conveners and Facilitators

 

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Topic:

Culture in higher education. Which institutions are most innovative? What are their successes? What have they attempted that has not gone well? What can we learn from them?

Instructions:

Please read the following articles (at least 2-3) and come to the roundtable prepared to discuss key ideas learned, with a focus on what lessons we might learn from these efforts. These readings represent a sample of institutions that have tried to make change in various ways, some successful and some unsuccessful. 

Pre-Reading: 

Georgia Tech launches a low cost online degree with high prestige: This example has been touted as a successful effort from an institution with significant prestige, offering a low-cost educational experience that opened access and expanded enrollments.  When introduced, it was something new and risky for Georgia Tech. Read: 

  1. An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000
  2. Online, Cheap -- and Elite

ASU pulls back on global freshman academy: This example highlights an experiment that was attempted, but failed. This is an important part of the discussion around being innovative, taking risks, etc. We have to recognize that not everything will work out. Read:

  1. Arizona State Moves On From Global Freshman Academy
  2. MOOCs for (a Year's) Credit

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business “upfront subscription” model: This is an example of an experiment in motion.  While too early to tell if it will succeed, it presents some interesting questions about the future of higher-ed, future of work, etc. Read: 

  1. In the future, college never really ends

Duke University establishes new campus in China: This example focuses on a new endeavor around a university’s role in global issues and an institution’s footprint and choice to take on a risky endeavor in China. Read:

  1. In China, Duke U. Navigates a Foreign Landscape
  2. Duke's China Plan Sparks Doubts on Campus

Baylor University’s quest to remake itself into a national Christian university on the model of Notre Dame:  This example highlights how an established institution was able to transform its identify in a relatively short period of time; and how an established university with a specific identity (Southern Baptist) was able to expand its research footprint. It’s a story of changing identities, trying to have two competing identities co-exist, ambition, etc. Read: 

  1. At Baylor University, a Struggle Over Mind and Soul

Drexel University’s transformative approach to enrollment management: This is an example of a high-profile institution going against the grain and focusing on the longer-picture (enrolling students most likely to persist).  Read:  

  1. Why Drexel U. Tamed Its Application Monster

**Note:  These examples were NOT selected because of the specific topic and its potential replication at CWRU—they were only selected as examples to show how universities are approaching the changing environment around us.  Difficulty accessing these materials? Contact Jocelynn Clemings at jocelynn.clemings@case.edu.

 

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Topic:

Anticipatory Thinking in Higher Education

Instructions & Pre-Reading:

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Topic:

Investing in Yourself: Tools for Personal Development

Instructions & Pre-Reading:

  • None! Simply come prepared to learn about how to invest in yourself.

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Topic:

Different University Approaches to Supporting Interdisciplinary Research & Education

This Roundtable will explore the issues and best practices associated with interdisciplinary activities on a university campus.

Instructions & Pre-Reading:

Please choose one (1) of the following topics for pre-reading. To further learning and encourage discussion, during the Roundtable, attendees will be seated at tables by the topic of their choosing.  This material is important as we all consider ideas throughout CWRU that help explore and forward the objectives of Pathway 1: Ignite Interdisciplinarity.

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Topic:

Managing Stress & Maintaining the Agora While Leading During Uncertain Times

The COVID-19 crisis has put a great deal of strain on members of the university community as they juggle taxing schedules and a rapid transition to working from home and remote instruction. What does it mean to lead within this context, no matter where you sit in the organization?  Managing new styles of teaching, learning, research, writing practices, and the realities of working from home have proved to be a herculean task for many, often challenging not just ourselves, but how we lead our teams. Please join the Office of the Provost and Academic Impressions to learn about leading, managing stress and maintaining the Agora in these difficult times. You'll hear about topics like:

  • Maintaining teams and leading from a distance
  • Embracing university culture from afar
  • Developing strategies for managing the stress of working from home
  • Best practices for playing the “long game” and keeping perspective as a leader
  • Managing feelings of overwhelm and stress, and avoiding burnout, in both yourself and your teams

Join:

Webcast: April 15, 2020 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/397190430?pwd=MzROMHhDZTEvQkxJQkp4cGFRNkpoQT09

Meeting ID: 397 190 430

Password: 822548

 

 

Topic:

Learning How to Lead Under Stress

Leaders at all levels are dealing with complexity and uncertainty right now, which can make it much more difficult and stressful to lead effectively. How we lead under stress can often vary significantly compared to how we lead under regular circumstances. Being aware of these changes in our style and approach is critical to being an effective leader. In this roundtable, we provide an opportunity for you to reflect on how your leadership changes under different conditions. You will complete a self-assessment prior to the roundtable and learn about a model of leadership that can help you leverage your strengths, build your awareness of how these strengths change under stressful conditions, and develop strategies to address these changes in your work.

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Take the Assessment Before the Meeting!

The 5 Paths to Leadership Assessment is designed to shed light on leaders’ strengths and potential blind spots. You'll receive a link to the assessment as soon as you complete registration.

Join the Roundtable on Friday, May 22:

Webcast: May 22, 2020 | 1 – 2 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91914086784?pwd=VW9WbGlYcloybjV3MFlDWiszcGxBQT09
Meeting ID: 919 1408 6784
Password: 772656

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