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AGTS News: Report to AGTS/CBC Communities on Current Efforts at Streamlining Structures—April 8, 2009

Since the public announcement in late February of discussion between AGTS and CBC, requested by both boards of directors, we have initiated dialogue, internally and between both institutions. Using focus groups and on-line surveying, inquiries were made around several key areas including:

  • What are the lessons learned from previous attempt at restructure of Springfield schools that this effort should take most seriously?
  • The greatest challenges we face in our streamlining initiatives are…
  • The most significant reasons this moment is optimum for streamlining efforts are…
  • The advantages we will gain by this initiative include…
  • The programs we can create together that are not presently in existence include:
  • What are the key issues that must be addressed?

The combined perspectives of both institutions were synthesized in a meeting between the Boards of Administration of both institutions on March 31. A summary of the results and the top five responses to each question is as follows:

  1. What are the lessons learned from previous attempts at restructure of Springfield schools that this effort should take most seriously?
    1. Mission/Vision
    2. Communication
    3. Alumni issues
    4. Grass-roots buy-in and participation
    5. BOD initiated—not top-down
  2. The greatest challenges we face in our streamlining initiatives are…
    1. Staffing/Employee issues
    2. Financial ramifications
    3. Physical location
    4. Integrated Mission/Vision
    5. New leadership structure
  3. The most significant reasons this moment is optimum for streamlining efforts are…
    1. Economic reasons
    2. Competition
    3. Sense of God’s direction
    4. Call for higher education among ministers—quality programs
    5. Increased enrollment
  4. The advantages we will gain by this initiative include…
    1. Financial benefits
    2. Streamlining education from under graduate to graduate to and beyond
    3. Greater effectiveness in purpose of training ministers
    4. Academic Reasons 5. Pooling of resources
  5. The programs we can create together that are not presently in existence include…
    1. Mentoring program/internships/field education
    2. Seamless fast track programs from BA to Master’s (and on to terminal degrees)
    3. Specialized master’s programs such as Music Worship/Youth
    4. Expanded Doctoral programs
    5. Stewarded technology in administrative and educational services
  6. What are the key issues that must be addressed in the following institutional spheres?
    1. Agreement on Missions, values, vision
    2. Leadership structures/governance
    3. Strategic plan
    4. Staffing issues—fear of job loss, etc.
    5. Cultural issues

The results of the March 31 efforts by administrators along with reports from the 2005 Task Force on Springfield School Restructure and the 2006 Task Force for Enhanced Education for Ministry served as resource information for the first Joint Board Task Force meeting that was held in Kansas City on April 2. The day long meeting was the first time members of the two boards met together for discussion. External consultant, Dr. Dale Berkey of Berkey of Brendel, Sheline in Akron, Ohio, moderated the meeting. The discussion resulted in the Task Force requesting the two schools to work together and report back to the Task Force by early September. This meeting would then result in Task Force recommendations to the fall board meetings of both institutions. The Task Force requested the following:

I. A Case Statement for this joint effort (i.e. the reasons for this effort)

II. Governance Structure model options (i.e. what this might look like in terms of governance, administration, and legality)

III. An Investigation of Financial Sustainability Models (How does efficiency serve effectiveness?)

IV. Strategic Time Table (proposed timeline for decisions and actions steps)

Key times that would be expected to be included in the reporting:

  • What are the non-negotiables in this effort?
  • How do these efforts serve accessibility, affordability and excellence?
  • Clear communication with all publics
  • Delivery systems that excel

Updated: Monday, April 13, 2009 10:40 AM

 
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