UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON
AASCU NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2015
As chair of the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Chancellor J. Keith Motley chose “Our Population’s Changing Face: An Opportunity for Public Higher Education” as the 2015 conference theme. I worked with the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, and Enrollment Management to flesh out the theme and write the proposal for AASCU’s review. The response from the AASCU proposal reviewer: “Wow.”
The assistant chancellor subsequently sent me this e-mail: “The chancellor stopped by my office this morning to thank you and me....[He] said it was wonderful for him to take the helm of the organization with high level documents that moved the AASCU agenda forward without delay in such a professional way. Because of our coordinating efforts, the organization is months ahead on planning for the 2015 National Conference. I add my thanks to his. You are much appreciated!”
“FULFILLING THE PROMISE”: 15-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN
I collaborated with a cross-functional team of administrators and faculty on a 30-page introduction to the university's 2011 strategic plan. A combination case statement, institutional history, and executive summary, it set the context for the reports and exhibits developed by the strategic planning task force workgroups. The university chancellor, who wrote me a personal note of appreciation for my contribution to the project, has used my introductory paragraphs extensively in speeches.
“FULFILLING THE PROMISE”: PHASE I REVIEW
In 2015 I worked with a committee of high-level administrators to help them document the university’s progress in meeting the Phase I goals of “Fulfilling the Promise.” I reviewed the data they provided; identified occasional gaps, imprecisions, and inconsistencies; briefly summarized progress for each goal; and wrote relevant supporting context. I also contributed to the executive summary.
SCHOOL FOR GLOBAL INCLUSION AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
I collaborated with William Kiernan, director of the university's Institute for Community Inclusion and dean of this newly launched school, on a 50-page proposal for master's and doctoral programs. The work involved writing new sections, such as the proposal abstract, and performing substantive edits of the first draft of existing sections. The proposal met with solid approval by the Board of Higher Education, and the programs are currently under development.
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES
I collaborated with the chair of the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences on a 50-page proposal for master's and doctoral programs. I wrote the proposal abstract, much of the introductory text, and other sections throughout the proposal, and edited or revised the remaining text. Our team effort paid off: the proposal was unanimously approved by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Higher Education. The programs are now welcoming students for the fall 2013 semester.
In collaboration with the Office of Communications, I drafted a pitch book: a combination case statement and invitation to prospective donors to make a major gift. The piece, currently in production, will be part of the toolkit for development staff in the Office of University Advancement.