May 2, 2017

University community invited to Council for Manager Development presentations

The Council for Manager Development classes of 2017 and 2018 are scheduled to present results from their project work from 10 to 11 a.m. May 11 in Stewart Center, Room 218. Interested Purdue faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.
The presentation topic for the CMD class of 2017 major project is "Bridging the Gap: Software Training and Development for Purdue Students." The goal of this project is to understand the learning gap between student technological competency and professional expectations and determine whether an industry solution is available to bridge the gap. The project supported a key initiative outlined in the Action Plan for Digital Education (AP4DE): to construct a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of educational opportunities in order to provide online courses and training programs for current students.

Project sponsors are Frank Dooley, vice provost of teaching and learning, and Jon Harbor, director of digital education. Team members are Diane Beaudoin, CMD 2017 vice president; Eric Butt, CMD 2017 president; Allison Harris; Stephen Hoffmann; Nathan Manges; Samantha McFarland; Rick Rodriguez; Natalie Stewart, CMD 2017 project manager; and Kelley Stier.

The CMD class of 2018 will be presenting brief summaries of its Six Sigma unit-specific projects. Their topics are:

* College of Engineering, “Equity in Academic Outcomes”: The goal of this project is to use Six Sigma to remove the disparity in five-year graduation rates in the College of Engineering between students from underrepresented minority backgrounds and the rest of the cohort. The project sponsor is Virginia Gleghorn, director, Minority Engineering Program; the project lead is Darryl Dickerson, associate director, Minority Engineering Program.

* College of Science, “PhD Plan of Study Process Improvement”: The goal of this project is to have 75 percent of Computer Science PhD plans of study completed by the departmental deadline, to enhance student progress and decrease staff processing time. The sponsor of this project is Randy Bond, assistant head in the Department of Computer Science, and the team lead is Monica Shively, academic services manager in Computer Science.

* Honors College, “HONR Course Enrollment Study”: The goal of this project is to increase course enrollment to 75 percent of capacity or higher, decreasing the amount of course sections needed and thereby using faculty and facility resources more efficiently. The project sponsor is Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College, and the project lead is Catharine Patrone, senior director of academic and student affairs in the Honors College.

* Physical Facilities, “Vacancy Duration Project”: The goal of this project is to reduce the process time and variation factors causing delayed start dates for external hires. The project sponsor was Terry Ashlock (retired), senior director in Buildings and Grounds, and the team lead is Ben Dispennett, director, Building Services, and CMD 2018 vice president.

* Purdue Police Department, “Purdue Student Security Patrol Safe Walk”: The goal of this project is to reduce the response time to dispatch for student safe walk patrol personnel. The project sponsor is John Cox, chief, Purdue Police Department, and the project lead is Keene Red Elk, captain of administrative services. 

* Recreational Sports, “Locker Rental Improvement”: The goal of this project is to develop a process to achieve an overall locker rental rate of 85 percent and determine full annual revenue potential. The sponsor of this project is Howard Taylor, director, Recreation and Wellness, and the project lead is Mitch Nettesheim, senior associate director of facilities and operations, Recreation and Wellness, and CMD 2018 president.

* Service Enterprise Administration, “Van Utilization”: The goal of this project is to increase van utilization to a minimum of 50 percent, lowering underutilization and increasing revenue. The project sponsor is Robert Wynkoop, director, Service Enterprise Administration, and the project lead is Sabra Moulton, assistant director of strategic operations, transportation, parking and airport.

CMD is a two-year program supported by University executive partners and sponsored by William Sullivan, treasurer and chief financial officer. The CMD program, a part of Purdue’s culture since 1956, is centered on managerial skill development, professional networking and the opportunity to research, analyze and make recommendations regarding University matters. Participants use these opportunities to help them move forward in their University careers.

CMD offers participants opportunities to meet with key University leaders and learn about their roles and responsibilities; exposure to significant questions and trends that currently shape the direction of Purdue and higher education; and interaction with a cross-functional team to research, analyze and develop strategies and present recommendations for action.

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