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1 The Futures Project: Transforming a Division of Student Academic Affairs Ann Groves Lloyd, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Assessment & Development College of Letters & Science, Student Academic Affairs University of Wisconsin-Madison

2 The Opportunity New Dean of College of Letters & Science fall 04 New Dean of College of Letters & Science fall 04 Student Academic Affairs Associate Dean left role to assume new position in Jan. 05 Student Academic Affairs Associate Dean left role to assume new position in Jan. 05 Challenges with organizational culture Challenges with organizational culture Need to assess structure, mission, vision, and working relationships with departments and across campus Need to assess structure, mission, vision, and working relationships with departments and across campus Dean authorized hiring an outside consultant in January, 2005 Dean authorized hiring an outside consultant in January, 2005

3 The Organization Division of Student Academic Affairs in the College of Letters & Science Division of Student Academic Affairs in the College of Letters & Science Over 80 full-time academic and classified staff, as well as graduate students, part- time staff, and student hourly workers/interns Over 80 full-time academic and classified staff, as well as graduate students, part- time staff, and student hourly workers/interns Restructuring had occurred in 1999, just prior to the previous associate deans arrival Restructuring had occurred in 1999, just prior to the previous associate deans arrival

4 Organizational Structure Associate Dean Student Academic Affairs Deputy Associate Dean Advising Cross College Advising Service Letters & Science Advising Center FIGS Career Services Academic Advancement Program Deputy Associate Dean Policy Assistant Deans determining policy actions Deputy Associate Dean Pathways to Excellence Undergraduate Research Scholars American Indian, African American, Southeast Asian American, and Chicano/a Academic Student Svcs Writing Fellows Summer Collegiate Experience

5 The Plan Background Assessment Feedback Ends Planning Means Planning Key Strategy Areas Adapted from the work of Russ Ackoff, Creating the Corporate Future

6 Timeline Announce Project to Staff – Feb. 14 Background Work – February through March Background Assessment – All Staff Session on March 14 Interim or follow-up work Ends Planning; SAA in 2015? – All Staff Session on April 8 Interim or follow-up work Vision 2015: Key Decision Items – All Staff Session on May 13 Next Steps – Shifting to Implementation

7 Planning Deliverables Background Assessment – Where are we starting from? History, Current Operations, Environmental Trends, and Industry Practice History, Current Operations, Environmental Trends, and Industry Practice Internal and External Challenges or Opportunities Facing the Organization Internal and External Challenges or Opportunities Facing the Organization Analysis of Current Situation, including relationships with Key Stakeholders Analysis of Current Situation, including relationships with Key Stakeholders Ongoing Data Collection: What should we be tracking and why? Ongoing Data Collection: What should we be tracking and why?

8 Planning Deliverables continued Ends Planning – Where do we want to be? Clarify Identity, Values and Direction Clarify Identity, Values and Direction Define Mission, Vision, and Key Strategy Areas Define Mission, Vision, and Key Strategy Areas Challenge Earlier Assumptions and Revisit Larger Questions of Purpose Challenge Earlier Assumptions and Revisit Larger Questions of Purpose Organizational Implications: Potential Shifts in Direction, Tactics or Measures? Organizational Implications: Potential Shifts in Direction, Tactics or Measures?

9 Planning Deliverables continued Means Planning – How do we get there from here? Identify Gaps Between Current Situation and Desired Future Identify Gaps Between Current Situation and Desired Future Objectives, Action Plans, Accountability, and Timetables Objectives, Action Plans, Accountability, and Timetables Resource Projections: What Will it Take to get this Done? Resource Projections: What Will it Take to get this Done? Establish Measures that Link back to Mission and Vision Establish Measures that Link back to Mission and Vision

10 Planning Deliverables continued Implementation and Feedback – Monitor progress and adjust Making it Happen – and Making Changes as Needed Making it Happen – and Making Changes as Needed Regular Checks on Progress to Monitor and Make Adjustments Regular Checks on Progress to Monitor and Make Adjustments Plan as Working Tool (vs. Document that Sits on Shelf) Plan as Working Tool (vs. Document that Sits on Shelf) Ongoing Data Collection: What are we learning? What should we do about it? Ongoing Data Collection: What are we learning? What should we do about it?

11 Background Assessment Areas SAA Climate and Culture: Staff Input (Kent Led) SAA Climate and Culture: Staff Input (Kent Led) Division History and Earlier Planning Work – Staff led Division History and Earlier Planning Work – Staff led Current Operations – Staff led Current Operations – Staff led Looking Outside – Staff led Looking Outside – Staff led

12 SAA Climate and Culture Focus Groups Individual Interviews Electronic Input (survey, on-line forum) Engage partners in process (Office of Human Resource Development, Human Resources, Equity and Diversity office, and Office of Employee Assistance)

13 Division History and Earlier Planning Work Brief overview of division history and evolution Major self-study themes and recommendations – what did we learn Summary of earlier planning work (Mission, Values, Core Processes)

14 Current Operations Whom do we serve (students, partners, etc.)? Whom do we serve (students, partners, etc.)? What programs and services do we provide, and how do we provide them? What programs and services do we provide, and how do we provide them? How does work get done (work flow, especially administrative functions)? How does work get done (work flow, especially administrative functions)? What contributions do we make (outcomes measures)? What contributions do we make (outcomes measures)?

15 Looking Outside Survey of National Scene: General overview of emerging trends, best practices, peer institutions, relevant literature regarding student academic affairs Survey of National Scene: General overview of emerging trends, best practices, peer institutions, relevant literature regarding student academic affairs Organizational Structure/Service Delivery: Explore models from other institutions Organizational Structure/Service Delivery: Explore models from other institutions University Environment: Interview key partners or stakeholders (Chancellor, Provost, Deans, Committees, Advisors, etc.) University Environment: Interview key partners or stakeholders (Chancellor, Provost, Deans, Committees, Advisors, etc.)

16 Format for All Staff Sessions Participation in everything has been optional but encouraged Participation in everything has been optional but encouraged Sessions are a combination of large group presentations followed by small group processing, along with café discussions to engage as many staff as possible Sessions are a combination of large group presentations followed by small group processing, along with café discussions to engage as many staff as possible Dean has included breakfast, lunch, and breaks for all sessions – big morale boost Dean has included breakfast, lunch, and breaks for all sessions – big morale boost

17 March 14 – Background Assessment Reports from all three background assessment groups – major themes and key issues/questions Reports from all three background assessment groups – major themes and key issues/questions Café discussions, adding Staff Climate and Culture – each staff member went to two café sessions Café discussions, adding Staff Climate and Culture – each staff member went to two café sessions Large group reflections – SWOT Large group reflections – SWOT Conclusion & next steps Conclusion & next steps

18 April 8 – SAA in 2015 Morning café topics – Paint a picture of SAA in Organizational structure, programs, service delivery? Organizational structure, programs, service delivery? Major features of our vision? Major features of our vision? How does this picture make SAA better? How does this picture make SAA better? Potential challenges or risks in this vision? Potential challenges or risks in this vision? Tough decisions? Tough decisions?

19 April 8 – SAA in 2015 continued Afternoon café sessions – key strategy areas: Internal Work Systems Internal Work Systems Staff Culture & Work Environment Staff Culture & Work Environment Information Technology Information Technology Large Group Reflection – points of convergence and divergence Conclusion & Next Steps

20 May 13 – Key Decisions Major initiatives for Centralize administrative services Centralize administrative services Improve working relationships with partners Improve working relationships with partners Broaden financial strategy Broaden financial strategy Implement new meeting forums to create a more horizontal organizational structure Implement new meeting forums to create a more horizontal organizational structure Improve unit working relationships and communication Improve unit working relationships and communication Intensive management training Intensive management training

21 May 13 – Key Decisions continued Two key strategy areas identified: Develop services, programs, and delivery systems based on student point of view Develop services, programs, and delivery systems based on student point of view Develop clearer message, identity, and visibility with students and other constituencies on and off campus Develop clearer message, identity, and visibility with students and other constituencies on and off campus

22 May 13 – Key Decisions Announced Personnel Changes – Eliminate one Deputy Associate Dean position; one other lateral move for staff person Personnel Changes – Eliminate one Deputy Associate Dean position; one other lateral move for staff person Announced an interim Associate Dean until the permanent hire is made Announced an interim Associate Dean until the permanent hire is made New organizational structure flattening the reporting lines to the Associate Dean New organizational structure flattening the reporting lines to the Associate Dean

23 May 13 – Key Decisions continued New meeting structure – Management Team meeting each week, with larger number and more diverse group of staff New meeting structure – Management Team meeting each week, with larger number and more diverse group of staff Initiatives to improve working relationships among colleagues Initiatives to improve working relationships among colleagues Some decisions have been left for the Associate Dean to make Some decisions have been left for the Associate Dean to make

24 May 13 – Staff Input Afternoon café sessions Staff culture and work environment Staff culture and work environment Work systems Work systems Information technology Information technology Crazy Café Crazy Café

25 Implementation Plan Develop a Master Work Plan for that outlines priorities and sequence of activities Develop a Master Work Plan for that outlines priorities and sequence of activities Clarify lead accountability, timelines, and outcomes for major initiatives Clarify lead accountability, timelines, and outcomes for major initiatives Estimate staff time and resources required to support the respective initiatives Estimate staff time and resources required to support the respective initiatives Monitor and support progress, reporting back to the Management Team and SAA staff Monitor and support progress, reporting back to the Management Team and SAA staff

26 What Weve Learned Sense of self – there are other divisions of student academic affairs across the country Sense of self – there are other divisions of student academic affairs across the country Affirmation of purpose Affirmation of purpose Affirmation of quality, commitment, and passion of staff Affirmation of quality, commitment, and passion of staff How much we enjoy working with one another, especially across units How much we enjoy working with one another, especially across units A greater sense of our community A greater sense of our community

27 Current Initiatives Design Team – gathering data to redesign student academic affairs based on student, staff, and faculty input and current literature. Design Team – gathering data to redesign student academic affairs based on student, staff, and faculty input and current literature. Centralizing Administrative Services Team – flowcharting essential administrative processes; Management Team reviewing necessity of processes and reinvestment of staff resources. Centralizing Administrative Services Team – flowcharting essential administrative processes; Management Team reviewing necessity of processes and reinvestment of staff resources.

28 Current Initiatives, cont. Organizational Development Team – addressing issues such as climate and culture, developing training for supervisors, orientation for new staff, and performance appraisal systems. Organizational Development Team – addressing issues such as climate and culture, developing training for supervisors, orientation for new staff, and performance appraisal systems. Broadening Financial Resources – expanding funding from private donors and grants. Broadening Financial Resources – expanding funding from private donors and grants.

29 Challenges Moving Forward Major Gaps Regarding Implementation Human Resources and Organizational Development Human Resources and Organizational Development Planning and Implementation Planning and Implementation Information Technology Information Technology

30 Key Planning Principles Promote ownership and buy-in to strategic direction by involving campus partners, students, and staff in the planning process. Make choices. Begin with your vision of the future and plan backward to the present. Emphasize flexibility and reframing the problem vs. quick-fix or one-shot solutions. Approach problem-solving from a systems level.

31 Key Planning Principles continued Utilize the planning process to develop better relationships with various constituencies. Push decision-making power to the lowest appropriate level. Create ongoing vehicles to keep your planning efforts alive – this is one of the biggest challenges!

32 Resources Strategic Planning Workbook (for Nonprofit organizations): Revised and Updated by Bryan W. Barry (St. Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation) Strategic Planning Workbook (for Nonprofit organizations): Revised and Updated by Bryan W. Barry (St. Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation) The Institute for Cultural Affairs, usa.org The Institute for Cultural Affairs, usa.orgwww.ica- usa.orgwww.ica- usa.org

33 Special Thanks to Kent Lesandrini Consultant Extraordinaire


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