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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Policy Development Program

September 14-15, 2017

Overview

This well-known program will highlight the policy-making process, give you a broad view of the culture and environment in higher education policy, help you to think about the centralization and formalization of policies at your own institution, and offer you an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with people from other institutions with the same goals.

Designed for:

  • Executive leaders with an interest in beginning or enhancing programs in policy development at their institutions
  • Staff members responsible for maintaining administrative and other policies in the areas of IT management, human resources, internal audit, finance, counsel, and risk management
  • Anyone seeking to gather information about successful process models for institutional policy development

Dear Colleagues,

Policy is not a new concept. We all know that policies serve many essential purposes: they connect the institution's mission to the everyday actions of the members of its community, they clarify the institution's expectations of its individual members, they mitigate institutional risk, they enhance efficiency, and they support the institution's mission, as well as its compliance with laws and regulations.

Yet, although we know that policies are a necessary part of doing business, we also find that, for reasons of politics and practicality, good policies are sometimes difficult to establish, especially at institutions of higher learning. And policies have no value if they do not connect to clear and consistent procedures that users can understand and follow.

In 1991, Cornell University addressed these significant challenges by instituting the University Policy Office and developing a fairly simple and low-tech system for formulating and issuing strong, uniform, readable, and effective policy documents. Cornell’s process and policies have won praise from educational institutions, corporations, and government agencies both across the United States and internationally. The policy library includes subjects ranging from social media to prohibited discrimination, business expenses to international travel, ethical conduct to environmental health and safety, and cost sharing to voluntary and involuntary leaves of absence. (For more information, please see the Cornell University Policy Office website.)

Since 2001, we have been sharing Cornell's expertise, as well as that of its colleagues around the world, in the Cornell University Policy Development Program. Presenters knowledgeable about policy programs and other policy resources will give you a detailed look at how Cornell established a centralized policy initiative and take you through the policy-making process from beginning to end, sharing with you best practices from Cornell and others.

Please join us in September to learn how you can borrow from hard-won experience to centralize and formalize your own institution's administrative policy process, and to collaborate with other policy professionals.

Joshua Adams
Director
Cornell University Policy Office