December 2018

Happy holidays!

From our office to yours, we would like to extend our very best wishes to each of you. We hope you have a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season!

– the CAUBO National Office in Ottawa

The Q&P Awards are back – with a twist!

Never heard of the Q&P awards? Well, they’re the Oscars of best practices in higher education administration. This year we are changing things up a bit in order to inspire more creativity and innovation in the submissions and to allow for more nimbleness in the recognition process.

The concept is simple: reward and share effective and innovative practices that enable excellence in the management of risk, human, financial, IT and physical resources on Canadian campuses.

Have you recently implemented a new and innovative initiative that has improved operational efficiencies, or the overall sustainability of your institution? Or perhaps an initiative that stems from your strong institutional entrepreneurial spirit? That’s the kind of project we want to hear about.

If there’s a way to do it better….tell us.

Complete the application form online and tell us why you should be a Q&P award winner! The submission deadline for the 2019 Awards is January 23, 2019.

Our members are amazing – help us honour them!

Do you know a CAUBO member whose dedication and commitment to leadership in their field is too great to be ignored? Nominate him or her for a 2019 CAUBO Recognition Award!

Submit your nominees for the following prizes:

  • The Emerging Leader Award honours future leaders in the higher education field.
  • The Ken Clements Distinguished Administrator Award recognizes an administrator who has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of higher education administration and has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
  • The Leadership in Learning Award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to CAUBO professional development activities, including the annual conference, pre-conference seminars, online course, workshops and webinars.

Awards will be presented during a special ceremony on Tuesday morning at the CAUBO 2019 Annual Conference in Halifax. Nominate a colleague online before nominations close January 31, 2019.

CAUBO 2019 heads to Halifax!

Join your peers in the heart of the Maritimes: Halifax! This year, the conference is co-hosted by: Saint Mary’s University, NSCAD University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and ISI Corporation.

Be inspired by Monday’s keynote Andrew Au, and Tuesday’s keynote Pete Luckett, and of course, your colleagues! Take in conference sessions focused on innovation, problem-solving, and positive change within our institutions. Find fresh solutions and look at things from new angles.

In addition, enjoy vibrant networking and social events including a spectacular evening at Pier 21 and an unforgettable kitchen party on the Saint Mary’s campus!

Hotel information is available on the CAUBO 2019 website. Don’t wait – reserve your room soon! CAUBO 2019 takes place during one of the city’s busiest seasons.

Watch for the conference section in the Spring 2019 issue of University Manager and log onto the conference website mid-February 2019 for full program details and to register!

Apply for the Pat Hibbitts Professional Development Bursary!

In honour of Pat Hibbitts, a long-standing CAUBO member and contributor, and in support of her commitment to continuing education, CAUBO has established a professional development bursary.

Each year, the bursary provides a complimentary conference registration (including a pre-conference seminar) to one institutional member.

The deadline to submit applications online for the bursary is January 31, 2019. Apply now.

Cannabis on campus

As of October 17th, 2018, institutions across the country were faced with a new challenge on campus due to the legalization of cannabis. Regulations and legislation around the legislative change have been implemented and handled differently from coast to coast.

CAUBO conducted a survey to identify how universities and colleges are handling the change in legislation. The survey results and summary are now available on the website (members only)

Following the survey and webinar, CAUBO created a Cannabis on Campus listserv in an effort to support members as they respond to the impacts on campus from the legalization of marijuana.

Infrastructure needs survey

An Infrastructure Needs Survey was conducted to collect information about shovel-ready infrastructure needs on university campuses across Canada.

Shovel-ready projects were defined as those that are ready to go and have had all the relevant studies, consultations and planning completed. We would sincerely like to thank the participants from 45 institutions who completed the survey.

A summary of the results will be made available online to members in the early New Year.

Update on the CAUBO-McConnell joint initiative

New! Social Purpose Administration and Finance Inventory of Post-Secondary Practices

CAUBO and the McConnell Foundation have launched an online searchable database of Social Purpose Administration Post-Secondary. The inventory highlights CAUBO member submissions over the past year – See who is doing what.

Want to include your initiative? Share practices from your administration department here.

Article Says it All!
The University Manager article provides a great roll-up of social purpose administration and finance across Canada. It profiles administrators and finance staff who are generating positive community impacts by integrating sustainability and social responsibility into their every day practices. A must read for innovators. Read more Higher Education, Higher Purpose.

Just Released: The Social Administrator Workshop-in-a-Box
Administrators wishing to engage colleagues on social purpose/social impact administration and finance now have access to a free, tested, off-the-shelf, self-directed 1–1.5 hour in-person workshop. Or, use it to orient your teams on this idea and strategize on how to advance practices at your institution. Use it as a discussion-starter and accelerator of social innovation within admin departments.

SFU tested the workshop and according to the VP Finance and Administration, Martin Pochurko:

I found the conversation to be valuable on many fronts – thought-provoking, idea generating, and even reassuring in that we were already starting down a path of social innovation without realizing that was what we were doing. Traditionally the role of VP Finance and Administration was ‘Finance’ and now more currently our institutions expect us also to be service oriented in the support the academic mission.

I believe the next phase of expectations are rapidly approaching senior administrators – helping enable the University to live and fulfill its social mandate. It’s becoming an ever-growing expectation of our staff, students, faculty and communities and the challenge is being put to us. In this regard I think you will find the workshop to be a timely and thought-provoking investment of your time.”

Download the Workshop-in-a-Box, learn about SFU’s success, and try it at your institution.