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What is the National Challenge for Higher Education

December 30, 1899

"Fostering workplace flexibility allows a university to improve faculty satisfaction and recruit and retain a more diverse and inclusive faculty," said Chancellor Linda Katehi of the University of California, Davis. "A satisfied faculty performs at higher levels, and is essential to academic excellence. I am proud to champion this important national initiative."

 

The National Challenge for Higher Education is an opportunity for presidents to be involved in a national campaign to promote faculty career flexibility.
  • ​​The National Challenge for Higher Education is a campaign to promote work-life balance for faculty within colleges and universities. Signing on to this campaign signals that a president will deepen his or her commitment to promoting and advocating faculty career flexibility on campus.

  • A “Coalition Partner” is a president of a degree-granting higher education institution that has joined this campaign. Coalition Partners believe that creating and supporting flexibility is a core necessity to advance their institutional mission. A Coalition Partner acknowledges that flexible work practices contribute to a productive work environment. Such a work environment enables faculty to meet professional and personal responsibilities, which in turn contributes to higher-quality services delivered to students and other constituencies. The cumulative effects of these efforts advance the strategic goals of diversity and inclusion.

  • By joining this campaign as a Coalition Partner, you agree to

    1. Sign the Statement of Support for Expanding Workplace Flexibility
    2. Communicate the importance of flexibility to your faculty and relevant constituents
    3. Commit to sustaining flexibility as an important support for faculty throughout their careers
    4. Encourage at least five colleagues to sign the statement.

  • You can join this campaign by signing the Statement of Support. Signing the statement, along with viewing the full list of Coalition Partners, can be done by clickiing here.

  • Once you sign the statement and join the campaign, you will be sent collateral materials, such as a workplace flexibility logo that can be placed on your website. It is important that this message of workplace flexibility comes from senior leadership; accordingly, we have a promotional kit that you can use on your campus, with your board, and for your local media. You will also receive regular updates from ACE on the spread of this initiative and information about a conference that will end the campaign.

  • There are no costs associated with joining the campaign, unless the Coalition Partner chooses to undertake promotional activities within his/her own institution. At this time, there are no additional funds to provide to Coalition Partners.


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