Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Regional Academic Support Organizations: Report from the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Organizational Meeting
Here is a summary of what was discussed and decided at the first meeting of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (NECASP). I am posting the summary of the meeting in hopes that other areas will decide to launch their own local ASP groups. The meetings do not need to be as formal as NECASP; but here is an idea of what one group decided to do.
The members in attendance reached the following decisions:
1. The primary goal of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals will be to organize and present conferences on subjects relevant to academic support professionals.
2. Holding joint conferences will be a future goal of NECASP.
3. The primary focus of these conferences will be on practical topics (e.g. the methods of law school academic support), but conferences may also include presentations or sessions on academic/ scholarly topics relevant to academic support.
4. NECASP will establish a TWEN Webcourse to facilitate easier communication and to enable members to post documents, links, and other relevant information for the use of NECASP members. There will be a link from this TWEN webcourse to the ASP-blog’s compilation of academic support scholarship.
5. A Board of Directors will be established for NECASP. The current Board of Directors is: (1) Melinda Drew (Northeastern); (2) Rebecca Flanagan (Vermont); (3) Sunny Mullligan (Franklin Pierce); (4) Herb Ramy (Suffolk) (co-chair); (2) Louis Schulze (New England) (co-chair).
6. NECASP will hold one conference annually. It will also conduct a business meeting and/ or “local ASP discussion,” at a time and in a manner determined by the NECASP Board of Directors. A Business Meeting will be conducted in the Spring of 2009 to discuss the first conference.
7. The NECASP Board of Directors, based upon input from NECASP members, will determine when and where to hold the conferences and business meetings.
8. At the first Business Meeting, the membership will determine the scope of conference topics (i.e. very broad topics vs. a themed conference vs. specific topics).
9. A brief set of by-laws will govern NECASP. NECASP will also create a Mission Statement.
10. Membership in NECASP will initially be open to academic support professionals in the field of law, only.