Creative leaders use a fundraising campaign to demonstrate that scholars are the foundation of the institution’s strength and academic collaboration will advance its growth. Faculty are more likely to collaborate with campaign planners if they believe campaign funds will improve academic programs or the campaign process will increase faculty influence on the institution’s future.
In general, effective collaborative projects are more like the processes faculty design to conduct research, seek a grant, or team-teach a class than the committee’s administrators typically use. Strong collaborative processes:
Susan Frost’s experience in designing and managing campaign-related planning projects at leading institutions and her studies of faculty engagement confirm these practices. With careful guidance, academic programs developed in the settings she maintains can flourish into new intellectual signatures for a college or university.