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Signatory Spotlight; Join the National Challenge for Higher Education

December 30, 1899


​Signatory Spotlight

Southern Connecticut State University

According to Dr. Mary Papazian, President of Southern Connecticut State University, “the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities share a commitment to progress, innovation, and workforce development that extends to each campus and their diverse academic communities. Collectively serving over 120,000 students and 11,500 employees, a culture that embraces a flexible approach to working and learning is essential and an integral part of the future for Connecticut’s system of state universities, community colleges and state college. I am glad SCSU is able to help shape the future of work for Connecticut’s current and future employees.”

To this end, the 17 members of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system came together for a day-long conference March 24, 2015 to discuss how they can move forward with ACE’s National Challenge. The conference began with a presentation by ACE on the National Challenge, and incorporated best practices from the faculty career flexibility projects, including survey findings from over 23,000 faculty. Carmen Cid, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, shared her vision for being a "Great College to Work For." The agenda continued with opportunities to discuss best practices and future plans for supporting employee work-life-family and creating a culture and community in which faculty, staff and students can be successful.

College and University Work-Life Family Association (CUWFA)

From May 6th to May 8th, 2015, in Portland, Oregon at the 21st Annual CUWFA Confrence, ACE will be hosting a roundtable discussion on "The National Challenge for Higher Education: A Presidential Campaign for Career Flexibility for the 21st Century". The theme of this conference is "Workplace Sustainability: Evolving Practices for Work-Life". We encouarge you to attend by registering here.​ 

Executive Summaries: National Challenge for Higher Education Conference

As part of the National Challenge for Higher Education, ACE hosted, with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a conference for presidents and their senior staff on workplace flexibility for academic staff and faculty in July of last year.  The executive summary from the National Challenge for Higher Education Conference is now available, which offers examples of cost-benefit analyses, information about faculty retirement and a variety of best practices.  The campaign promotes work-life balance for faculty within colleges and universities.  For more on the conference, see these stories in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed

How to Sign the Statement of Support for Expanding Workplace Flexibility and Join the Campaign

If you are the leader of a college or university (president, chancellor, etc.) and want to sign the Statement of Support and become a Coalition Partner for workplace flexibility in higher education, please send an email from your .edu email account by clicking the green button on the right.

Please include your full name, and the name of your institution. After you contact us, your name will be added as a Coalition Partner to the Statement of Support for Expanding Workplace Flexibility, and you will also recieve campaign materials that can be used on your campus, with your board, and for your local media.

Thank you for your support and participation in this important initiative! 

Contact us about the National Challenge for Higher Education.


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