The Association of College and University Policy Administrators (ACUPA) held their 2016 conference in Minneapolis May 5-7 and ComplianceBridge was pleased to be a sponsor. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Celebrating the Diverse Nature of Policy Work’. Approximately 65 schools were represented and ranged in size from Red Deer College in Canada to Big 10 schools like Purdue and Minnesota. The Ivy league was represented too with Cornell, Harvard and Columbia and many others including Pittsburgh, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado State, Texas, and a number of the schools in the University of California system.
The keynote was delivered Deborah Bosley, Owner and Principal in the Plain Language Group. She is also Professor Emeritus of English (Technical Communication) at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Deborah focused her remarks on the need to use more plain and less complex language in the administrative/policy world to increase understanding and support of policy. Her talk was very humorous and was a lesson for us all.
This talk was followed by a Plain Language Workshop and then two sessions on Policy and Procedure 101 and a Seasoned Viewpoint by those with longer term policy development experience. Later that day Michele Gross, Board Chair and Events Planning Chair arranged for a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River and the evening was a great success.
During the next two days a number of other important topics were covered including Driving Culture through Effective Policy Management; How Title IX, Clery, and VAWA Intersect in Campus Policy Compliance; The Role of Policy in Enterprise Risk Management; The Legal Engagement: Where Does General Counsel Fit in the Policy Development Process? All very informative and interesting sessions.
ComplianceBridge was happy and eager to partner with ACUPA for this year’s conference and plans to do so in the future. We are implementing various initiatives to demonstrate the value of automated Policy and Procedure Management, and Risk Management in the field of higher education and are maintaining contacts with a number of the member schools to plan for system upgrades in the future.