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Campus Life and Program Management
Operations and Activities Working Together
I am looking for some ideas/examples on how operations and activities departments work together effectively. Does any one have any examples of practices/philosophies/leadership styles that help both areas get and stay on the same page?
Thanks in advance for any help.
A couple things. One is a philosophy that I formalized and picked up from this post: http://www.acui.org/commons/index.aspx?id=16148&blogid=25838 . More specifically looking at Love's book: Rethinking Student Affairs Practice in which the authors talk about trancending paradigms. Example not thinking in the Operations or Programs mindset but rather the Union mindset which includes both ways of thinking.
This is a fancy way to put the way I was trained. We had a staff member from the Programs area attend the weekly operations staff meetings that reviewed all the events, logistics and problems of the upcoming week. Also sat in on setting building hours. Basically they were a liaison from Programs to Operations. During orientation it was practice for all (programs and admin) to come assist Operations & Dining in doing quick turns of the grand ballroom from a meal to auditorium. While not everyone did it, it did build some comradery.
Hope that helps as just one idea.
Chris—There were some ACUI webinars on similar topics through part of a campus collaboration series that could provide some philosophical ideas, as well as some practical insights on the topic.
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