Access Coalition to Hold Retreat

May 23, 2007
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pine Manor College
Ferry Administration Building

The A.C.C.E.S.S. Coalition first met in the summer of 2005 at Pine Manor College to discuss the viability of collaboration among our seven independent, private colleges (Cambridge, Elms, Mt. Ida, Newbury, Pine Manor, Regis, and Wheelock) for the purpose of sharing best practices in regard to 1) teaching and learning, 2) student retention, 3) business operations, and 4) development/advancement activities, with the goals of increasing the access to college and the academic and personal success of those who are traditionally underrepresented: students of color, low income, first generation, and learning disabled. Supported by a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, during the 2006-07 academic year, task forces representing each of the four above areas, as well as an overall steering committee, have met monthly to share ideas, develop priorities, and share best practices.

This year’s retreat is a celebration of our collaboration, our first opportunity to share together what we have learned in our separate task forces, to continue discussion of our themes with a larger audience, and to gain insight from the expertise and experience of our guest speakers and collaborators.

Mission Statement

The A.C.C.E.S.S. Coalition is a collaborative partnership between seven small, independent, private, liberal arts colleges in the Boston Area (Cambridge College, Elms College, Mount Ida College, Newbury College, Pine Manor College, Regis College, and Wheelock College).

The mission of the Coalition is to collaborate effectively in sharing best practices in regard to teaching and learning, student retention, business operations, and development/advancement activities. Our goal is to increase access to college for those who are traditionally underrepresented: students of color, low income, first generation, and learning disabled, and to work toward the academic and personal success of all of our students.

Schedule of Events

This half day roundtable meeting is a continuation and celebration of the work in progress, a validation of the existence of A.C.C.E.S.S. Coalition. The steering committee and members of the task force will join in the celebration of the coalition’s work done thus far, setting the momentum for the collaborative work that lies ahead.

Working along with their invited guests, the task forces will continue their usual dialogues / ideas exchanges over breakfast and lunch with an opportunity to meet and report out to their colleagues by the end of the retreat.

8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration (Lobby, Ferry Administration Bldg)
  Continental Breakfast (Founder’s Room)
9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome/Get to know you
(Founder’s Room)
9:15–11:15 a.m. Task Forces Meeting / Discussion Panel
(Concurrent Sessions)
  1. Retention
    (Ferry Room)
    How to Best Support Students and Facilitate Their Success Over Four Years of College   
    Guests: Deborah Hirsch, Executive Director, Boston Higher Education Partnership
    Mandy Savitz-Romer, Associate Director, Boston Higher Education Partnership
  2. Teaching and Learning
    (President Dining Room, Campus Center)
    Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines
  3. Development      
    (Meditation Room, Campus Center)
    Best Practices in Annual Giving, Alumnae Relations, Planned Giving and Capital Campaigns
  4. Business
    (Private Dining Room, Campus Center)
    How Collaboration With the Coalition Colleges Can Help Realize Cost Savings Through the Economies of Scales
    Guest: Mr. Dominic Veneto, Director of IT Initiatives, the Colleges of the Fenway
11:15–11:30 a.m. Task Forces Prepping for the Report Out
(Same meeting room)
11:30–12:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
(Founder’s Room)
12:00–1:15 p.m. President’s Remarks
(Founder’s Room)
President Gloria Nemerowicz, Pine Manor College
  Introducing Nicholas Donohue
Nicholas Donohue,
President  & CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Claire Ramsbottom, Executive Director, the Colleges of the Fenway
1:15–2:00 p.m. Break/Get ready
Task Forces Report Out