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President Dewey Authors Article for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 12, 2017

ACPHS President Dewey has published an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education exploring how the decision-making process differs for colleges and universities seeking to thrive versus those focused on survival.

Beyond the Survival Mind-Set

By T. Gregory Dewey 
The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 11, 2017

At a recent retreat for senior administrators of the college where I am president, I decided to conduct a new exercise that I called "Surviving and Thriving." It was an idea that came to me one day on a plane, and I was curious to see where it would lead.

In advance of the retreat, I asked each of our campus leaders to answer three questions:

  • What do we need to do to survive?
  • What do we need to do to thrive?
  • How can your department contribute to both?

The intent was for everyone to view the college through a broad lens and gain a deeper appreciation of how each department and office contributes to the whole. We cannot survive without everyone’s top effort and likewise we cannot thrive without the same commitment. I hoped that the exercise would demonstrate how important it is for everyone to be on the same page.

As it turned out, this line of questioning revealed more than I had anticipated. It became apparent that, while most people understood what was needed for our college to survive, we all had very different notions of what would constitute thriving.

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