Friday, June 19, 2009

Research Topics

We are pleased to add a new feature to the NABCA website - a blog to discuss branch campus issues from the community college perspective. NABCA offers one of the few opportunities for two- and four-year colleges and universities to collaborate and discuss common issues and to learn from each other for the benefit of our students. We hope you will find this blog to be a valuable resource for collegial discussion of the challenges and successes on the pathway to building dynamic student-centered campuses in our local communities.

Let me start things off with a question from our research committee. Phyllis Bebko, Chair of the committee, is building the Research Agenda for the year and is interested in hearing about topics that would be of value to the membership. Please give us your thoughts.

One issue that I’m interested in hearing about from my NABCA colleagues is the transformation process of an institution morphing from a single- into a multi-campus institution and the strategies and processes that facilitated the change process on a cultural as well as operational level. Some brief background. Here at Brookdale our branch campus was started about 3 years ago as the largest of our five centers grew to the point of offering full degree programs. We are experiencing explosive growth at the campus as well as the other sites which is elevating the multi-campus aspect of what was previously a strong single-campus culture. I’m interested in hearing about strategies targeted for the college faculty, administration, staff and students to help them buy-in to what we call our decentralization effort and see its value in the short and long-term growth of the institution. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks, Anita


Anonymous said...

I agree that this is a good idea for such a forum.

New York said...

I know that this sight is just launching, but I would like to recommend that the NABCA's mission be posted on the about. Also, have you considered a Linkedin group? Linkedin might provide more feedback on such important issues in higher education. I appreciate your work and effort in creating this blog. I look forward to reading and learning more about this organization and the current trends & topics regarding branch and extension centers. I am new in this area and often have difficulty separating the functions of a extension site and a main campus. I assume that all extension sites hope to be run like the main campus someday, but I am beginning to feel that this thinking is wrong. I know many of you work for branch campuses which actually do function very much like your main campus. How and why do you make the decision to take your satellite campus to the level of branch campus?