Building on the success of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibility, the National Challenge for Higher Education is a campaign for college presidents to join that demonstrates their support for workplace flexibility. This event was for institutions which have signed unto, or will sign unto, the National Challenge for Higher Education. This two-hour session allowed on-campus implementers for faculty issues the opportunity to interact with one another and learn from award-winning institutions.
Our keynote speaker for the event was Janet Morgan Riggs, president, Gettysberg College. President Riggs framed the discussion around the importance of workplace flexibility throughout the careers of faculty, who need support to balance their professional and personal responsibilities successfully. A second speaker, Carole E. Goldberg, Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel at the University of California, Los Angeles, discussed how workplace flexibility serves as a tool to enhance recruitment, retention, and satisfaction among faculty as they strive to remain productive throughout their careers. Both speakers closed the event with a facilitated roundtable discussion on creating win-win scenarios for the institution and for faculty.
Institutions were able to send up to 3 individuals from their campus as a team to learn from speakers and other award-winning institutions how to create and implement career flexibility for faculty on their campuses. Institutions which had not yet signed onto the National Challenge were automatically wait-listed.