Innovation Connection : February 2019

Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Power60
Engaging Faculty in Quality Initiatives

Thursday, February 21 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Presented by Nancy Arnold and Mandi Crespo, Office of Quality Initiatives, Carleton University
In response to a desire to increase collaboration and decrease the challenges of working in silos, the Office of Quality Initiatives (OQI) at Carleton University, set a strategic objective to grow its engagement with faculty on campus. This session will provide an overview of the successes and challenges of engaging our academic colleagues in continuous improvement with a focus on strategies that have led to success and case studies from the OQI portfolio of services
Register Here

Spring 2019 Power60 Schedule
After the Thrill is Gone: Sustaining High-Performing Teams on Tuesday, March 19 (Noon – 1:00 p.m. Eastern) with Sharon Tse, Wayne State University
Making Lean Learning Flow on Thursday, April 18 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern) with Ruth Archer, Michigan Technological University
Higher Education Workforce of the Future in May 2019 (date and time TBD) with Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology

Power60s are a series of hour-long webinars led by higher education thought leaders. For more information, please visit our website.

Coming Soon! Peer Learning Lab
The Professional Development Committee is excited to announce a new learning opportunity for NCCI members: the Peer Learning Lab. The Peer Learning Lab is a monthly networking opportunity to share ideas, tools, and best practices based on an assigned resource relating to the topic of change, innovation, strategy, and/or continuous improvement. A Peer Leader will provide a structured discussion or activity to enable dialogue and learning. This is a great opportunity for NCCI members to strengthen relationships with peers, grow their knowledge, and become better equipped to transform higher education institutions as change leaders.

More information about the Peer Learning Lab and details on how to get involved will be announced soon!

Networking Opportunities

2019 Annual Conference
The 20th NCCI Annual Conference will be in Denver on July 10-12. Conference proposals are being reviewed and submitters will be notified soon. Also, be on the lookout for the registration announcement in the coming weeks!
Please visit the conference website for more information.

NCCI News and Updates

20th Anniversary
This year, NCCI will reflect on where the Network has been, where it is now, and where it is going. A logo was created to commemorate 20 years of transforming higher education. So in honor of our 20th Anniversary, each newsletter in 2019 will include a top 20 list for your enjoyment. To do this, we need your help! Our first list will be published next month: 20 Reasons to Join NCCI.
If you are a NCCI member, what are benefits from being a part of NCCI? Tell us here!

Welcome New NCCI Member Institutions
Clemson University is the newest member to join the NCCI community! If you are interested in joining NCCI, please contact

Accepting Maury Cotter Leaders of Change Nominations
Do you know an outstanding leader of change? Recognize them by nominating them for the 2019 Maury Cotter Leaders of Change award. Nominations will be accepted through February 15 for recognition at the 2019 Annual Conference, July 10-12 in Denver. For more information or to nominate a colleague, please visit the website.

Resources and Articles

The Strategic Yes vs. Saying No to Everything
By Mary Churchill, (Inside Higher Ed) January 31, 2019

The Power of an Idea Meritocracy
By Edward D. Hess, (UVA Darden Ideas to Action) April 26, 2018