Last July, ACE hosted a conference for presidents and their senior staff, with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, on academic workplace flexibility as part of the National Challenge for Higher Education. Now, an executive summary from the National Challenge for Higher Education Conference is available, offering examples of cost-benefit analyses, information about faculty retirement and a variety of best practices.
The National Challenge campaign promotes work-life balance for faculty within colleges and universities. (For more on the July conference, see these stories in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.)
Numerous ACE members have signed on to the initiative, including Dr. Mary Papazian, president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). All 17 members of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system came together March 24 to discuss how they can move forward with ACE’s National Challenge.
“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,” Papazian said. “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 colleges. I am glad SCSU is able to help shape the future of work for Connecticut’s current and future employees.”
Signing on to the campaign signals that a president or chancellor is deepening his or her commitment to promoting and advocating faculty career flexibility on campus.
Institutional members who have joined the campaign also had the opportunity to reconvene at the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA) conference, held May 6-8, 2015 in Portland, OR, where a dedicated session on implementing the National Challenge on campus was held.