November | December - Issue 5 TB Connects

What's on our Agenda

It’s been just over one year since I joined TBC and I am excited by the work we have started and continue to do. I have used this space to report on the strategic planning priorities of TBC’s Board of Directors. As part of their priorities, we have taken time out recently to delve into two of the business units providing shared services to TBC members: Internal Audit and Risk Management. We’ve celebrated our successes and identified areas for enhancement. There are great things to come.

We are also taking a closer look at the ways our Communities of Practice (CoP) work. Out of the 36 we have currently, seven are the most active (from meeting monthly to holding annual symposia to learning from thought leaders and each other), while some are active on an as-needed basis (via meetings and/or the numerous listservs we host that interact continually). Jessica Smith, TBC’s new Director of Programs, and I have started a process whereby within the next year or so, we will create space for each active community of practice to define where it wants to go in the next few years. More great things to come.

We are devising new ways to help each other with Workday and GDPR (see below), answering your requests and creating more CPE (Continuing Professional Education) opportunities (stay tuned), and looking forward to the great work our Communities of Practice and working groups continue to do. A big thank you to the Workday Task Force which has been instrumental in upcoming collaborations.

We are eager for feedback. We’ve listed the current CoPs below. If you want to be active on one or think of one that should be formed, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Finally, TBC wishes the very best to those in our CoPs who have retired from their institutions recently, including Julie Britt of Bentley University, Susan Lunetta of Wheaton College, Paul Page of Tufts University, and Meg Rogan of Emerson College!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kitty Kennedy
Executive Director
kkennedy@boston-consortium.org

EPA Award Recognizes Wellesley College's Work With Food Rescue Program

food for free

In February, Wellesley College joined the nonprofit partnership Food For Free, which collects surplus food and delivers it to individuals and families in need. Recently, Wellesley and its partners in the program received a 2018 Environmental Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It’s been a big success in more ways than one,” said Dorothea Von Herder, coordinator of the Campus Sustainability Programs. “We are involved with an effort to deliver nutritious surplus food to needy families, which is also an issue of social justice. We’re working in concert with other schools and organizations. Nutrition is a local, regional, and worldwide issue, and we’re active in contributing to a solution."

Continuing reading here: EPA Recognizes Wellesley’s Work With Food Rescue Program

(Photo and story credit: Wellesley College. Reprinted with permission.)

Communities of Practice: Spotlight on Facilities

Facilities Management plays a significant role at each institution by managing and maintaining grounds, buildings, infrastructure, housing, skilled trades, and many other important areas. Facilities Management also represents a significant portion of an institution’s budget.

TBC recently reengaged the Facilities Management CoP to address a number of key issues facing this group: shortage of skilled workers; improving key performance metrics; improving sustainability processes; and increasing professional development opportunities. The CoP kicked off in late summer with Babson, Bentley, Holy Cross, Olin, RISD, Suffolk, and Wheaton. The facilities directors from these schools are driving the project through effective collaboration and teamwork. The CoP is well on its way to delivering a comprehensive project plan to address these key issues and drive continuous improvement over the next 12-18 months.

For more information, contact Paul Tumolo, Director of New Initiative Development and Implementation, at ptumolo@boston-consortium.org

TBC's CoPs

TBC engages in many cross-campus Community of Practice (CoP) projects furthering the common goals of its 17 member institutions. These include all of the major functions that support academic and non-academic projects and initiatives, including Human Resources, Finance, IT, Procurement, as well as many other common interests. Our CoPs drive knowledge sharing, best practices, and mutual learning to improve efficiencies and effectiveness across the member schools. Here is a list of our current CoPs.

Affirmative Action Labor/Employee Relations
Boston-Area Institutional Researchers Organizational Development & Training
Budget Directors Payroll
Career Center Directors Police Chiefs
Chief Human Resource Officers Procurement
Chief Information Officers Public Safety
Communications Sponsored Research
Controllers Student Health
Diversity Sustainability
Environmental Health & Safety Telecom
Emergency Managers Title IX Coordinators
Event Managers Title IX Investigators
Facilities Treasury Operations
Global Crisis Communications WebEOC
Human Resource Information Systems Workday HCM (listserv only)
Human Resource Management Workday Finance (listserv only)
IT Training Workday Student (listserv only)
IT User Services Workday CIO (listserv only)
 

For more information, contact Jessica Smith, Director of Programs, jsmith@boston-consortium.org