Resource Development Staff

Sunday, June 24, 2001

 

Facilitator: Susan Kelley

Recorder: Bill Castellano

 

1.     Of the major problems and issues discussed in the morning sessions, which are most important for us, as resource development staff, to address in this session?

 

·        How do we fund the vision? Not enough money

·        Reallocation of resources: alternate uses; splitting salaries (e.g., between grants)

·        Rethink the architecture of the college: role of the faculty; course/learning outcomes drive the classroom

·        Hiring, selection, marketing, and recruitment are very expensive

·        Effective human resources support is expensive: How do we fund it?

·        Staff and faculty training: Cost of providing support to faculty and staff as they learn about learning-centered vision and practice

·        Tying grants to learning-centered objectives

 

2.     What strategies can we share or create as Resource Development Staff for building a learning college culture in our institutions?

 

·        Grant development schedule, each related to institutional learning goal

·        Endowed Chairs or Visiting Professors to promote learning strategies

·        Improved communication relative to potential donors; interaction with the institution among and between interested constituencies within the college

·        Focus on impact on the student of dollars being sought from donors

·        Donor Cultivation: work on strategic plans to move business customers to donors

·        Help institution move from an abstract proposal to a focused project; active partners in grant proposals

 

3.     How are we doing as facilitators of learning in our roles as Resource Development Officers?

 

·        Teaching a course or in other ways interacting with students, faculty, and staff

·        Facilitation of collaboration between interested parties at the college; informal institutional communication clearinghouse

·        Grant writing class taught for faculty and staff; similar class for students

 

4.     How do our roles as Resource Development Officers need to change so we can better lead and contribute to our college’s journey to become more learning centered?

 

·        Involvement in collegewide planning and budget development is critical to resource development

·        Visibility on campus and intentional interaction with faculty and staff

·        Periodic celebration of resource development successes for staff involved in any way with grants

·        All grants should be fed through one office

·        Resource development should clearly articulate learning-centered philosophy with funding agencies

·        Treat funding agencies as real partners

 

 

Resource Development Staff

Monday, June 25, 2001

 

 

Facilitator: Susan Kelley

Recorder: Bill Castellano

 

  1. Of the major problems and issues discussed in the morning sessions, which are most important for us, as resource development staff, to address in this session?

 

·        Creation of database of learning outcomes data of the 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges

·        Measurement of effectiveness and efficiency could be studied; enable college to college comparison, perhaps through a grant

·        Are grants driving the college or is the college driving the grants?

·        We have more opportunities to reallocate resources than to find new money (e.g., eliminate programs and activities)

·        Partnerships can generate new money

·        Move away from FTE base; demand new measures

 

  1. What strategies can we share or create as Resource Development Staff for building a learning college culture in our institution?

 

·        Foundation sponsored “endowed” advancement funds to promote college, campus, department, and/or discipline initiatives

·        Collaborative process to help ensure buy-in to grants focused on strategic plan

·        Encourage appropriate partnerships between and among other neighboring colleges  

·        Review grant guidelines from several funding agencies

 

  1. How are we doing as facilitators of learning in our roles as Resource Development Officers?

 

·        Facilitation would be improved by developing a framework to share grant submissions, peer reviews of grant proposals, a list of funded grants, copies of grant resource/institutional advancement area job descriptions, and organizational charts reflecting how grant resource/institutional advancement functions fit within the institutional governance structures.

 

  1. How do our roles as Resource Development Officers need to change so we can better lead and contribute to our college’s journey to become more learning centered?

 

·        Increased networking with resource development staff at other colleges to share information and best practices

·        Co-author a CRD resource paper and Leadership Abstract to address how the resource development area can help promote an institution’s learning-centered effort.