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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Policy Development Program

September 13-14, 2018

Program topics

We will cover topics including:

What is Cornell's policy development process?

From a template and other tools for policy documents that aim at consistency, ease of understanding, and compliance, to a three-tier review process that reality-tests these policies, learn about Cornell's best-in-class policy process from "soup to nuts." Get guidance on how these elements could be applied to the needs and realities of your institution.

What does Cornell University's Policy Office do?

Discover how Cornell's Policy Office came into being, how the office guides development of policies, and the other services it provides.

How do "customers" experience Cornell's policy process?

Hear how Cornell's policy process works from the point of view of representatives of campus units who have brought policies into being. Was Cornell's policy process a hassle or help?

Case studies in how policy helps the university

Learn from specialists about how Cornell policies help them achieve the university's goals every day.

What other models for policy development can be successful?

Learn from Michele Gross, who leads the world-class policy program at the University of Minnesota, how a large, multi-campus organization creates institutional policy. One size does not fit all; compare and contrast different cultures and views on centralized policy.

Writing the policy document

Learn how to create actual policies using a policy-document template. Writing a policy means balancing the intentions of the policy developer with the need of the policy reader for a simple, clear, and consistent document. Procedures must fit the way the university works and avoid unintended consequences.

Ensuring the policy fits reality

Find out how a cross section of officers rigorously review every draft policy to ensure that these documents fulfill the university's mission, reflect its culture, and clearly communicate the policy owner's intention.

And more . . .

Take advantage of the many opportunities provided throughout the program to share your own ideas and concerns, ask questions, and network with other attendees. Session formats include presentations, panel and round-table discussions, and an informal reception.