David Dowell, vice provost for planning and budgets at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), has received a Fulbright award to participate in "Do More with Less–Implementing Change in Higher Education Management in Germany” program as part of a delegation of chief financial officers (CFOs) from 15 U.S. higher education institutions headed to Germany next week.
Led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German-American Fulbright Commission, the CFO delegation plans to compare lean management at American and German universities and identify best practices in both systems.
From Oct. 7-13, Dowell and his fellow delegates will participate in workshops, expert meetings and panel discussions, and will visit a range of German universities in Berlin, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg
The study visit will introduce the U.S. administrators to the ways that German universities have responded to major financial reform pressures over the last decade and the results they have achieved, and to explore how this might be relevant to the current U.S. situation.
“I can certainly share our challenges of serving students well with declining resources. I can talk about budget, enrollment management and student success,” said Dowell, who noted that he was “delighted” when he found out he was selected for the delegation. “I hope to learn more about similarities and differences between U.S. and German university systems, management styles, budgeting practices, and the Euro crisis.”
With escalating financial pressures at U.S. institutions, senior administrators are facing unique challenges that are forcing them to react and restructure to maximize resources. Public higher education institutions are challenged further by state funding cuts that translate into budget crunches and force them to prioritize their programs. The study tour will address these issues by examining financial strategies and efficiencies in the German model.
Questions that will be addressed during the study tour include:
In addition, to CSULB, CFOs and vice presidents of finance and administration from the 14 other education institutions were selected to participate, including American University; Arizona University System; George Mason University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Simmons College; State University of New York System; the Ohio State University; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Minnesota; University of North Texas; University of West Florida; and Western Kentucky University.
This delegation is part of a series of “Higher Education Experts” seminars that IIE has implemented on behalf of the German-American Fulbright Commission and other organizations since 2002. Previous study seminars have focused on topics such as graduate education, accreditation and quality assurance, and technology transfer.
The German-American Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright's visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange. The largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide, the German-American Fulbright Program has sponsored more than 40,000 Germans and Americans since its inception in 1952.
IIE is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices worldwide and more than 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations and corporations.