2014 GLA Midwest October Session, Day Four: K.C., OLC and the metro campus perspective

| October 24, 2014
"Leadership in the Midwest Network" panel with Carol Adams, DJ Kaiser, Kelly Lyon, and Cass Butler.

“Leadership in the Midwest Network” panel with Carol Adams, DJ Kaiser, Kelly Lyon and Cass Butler.

Webster University’s Global Leadership Academy (GLA) fellows began the fourth day of their October meeting at the Kansas City metro campus location, touring classrooms, offices, and labs before beginning sessions in their classroom.

Leadership in the Midwest Network

Associate vice president Carol Adams, joined by Cass Butler, regional director for the Kansas City Metro Campus, and GLA fellows DJ Kaiser, assistant professor and coordinator of Teaching English as a Second Language, and Kelly Lyon, director of the Little Rock area campus, shared an overview of the structure of the metro campus system. Through the panel session “Leadership in the Midwest Network,” the fellows learned about the importance of teamwork in the extended campus structure – directors working with administration and with program chairs and department head to ensure academic excellence and to satisfy accreditation and grant requirements.

The GLA fellows explored the Counseling observation lab (with one-way window) at Webster Kansas City.

The GLA fellows reflect in the Counseling observation lab’s one-way window.

They spoke of what goes into making a decision to add a new degree at a metro campus and what the process might look like, noting the importance of the New Director’s Meetings that give new directors an immersive, grounded understanding of how they will work with staff, faculty, and administration at Webster Groves campus. They also pointed out the power of the extended campus directors network to support each other as they operate within the complexity of Webster.

Leading through Change

The panel was followed by “Leading through Change,” a presentation by Butler about her first year as Kansas City metro director, where she discussed the challenges she and her team faced at a struggling campus and how they have been working through them. The team created a common strategic vision to guide them. A critical takeaway of creating this strategic culture was letting the team know how much they are valued. Butler shared the leadership models that influence her work and led the fellows through an activity to look at the effectiveness of their project teams.

Online Learning

During a lunch of Kansas City barbeque, Michael Cottam, associate vice president of Online Learning and director of the Online Learning Center, led the fellows through an exercise to explore the structure of the OLC, the learning strategies the OLC Team employs to ensure high quality education in the online format, and the current landscape of online learning in higher education.

Michael Cottam, Online Learning Center director, accompanied the group to Kansas City and presented on online programs.

Michael Cottam, Online Learning Center director, accompanied the group
to Kansas City and presented on online programs.

Case Study in Decision-making and Leading in the Extended Campus Network

Adams presented the final session of the visit: “Kansas City: A Case Study in Decision-making and Leading in the Extended Campus Network.” The fellows received a brief orientation to some of the features that makes the Kansas City campus location unique among extended campuses with respect to curricula and curricular support needs. Armed with information including enrollment history, locations of campuses of nearby competitors – both for-profit and non-profit – and major employers in the area, the fellows analyzed and made recommendations of strategic directions the campus should take.

DJ Kaiser and Carol Hodson in the nursing lab at Webster Kansas City.

In the nursing classroom at Webster Kansas City, GLA fellows DJ Kaiser and Carol Hodson were all about stewarding Webster’s health.

Late in the afternoon, the cohort boarded the bus to return to St. Louis, with a stop for dinner at a winery in Rocheport, Missouri.

Oct. 20-24 marks the third and final meeting of the 2014 GLA fellows. From locations across the Webster network, 14 faculty and staff members gathered at three of the University’s Midwestern locations: St. Louis; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri; to learn about leadership, get a deep and grounded understanding of the University and explore trends and challenges in higher education today.


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