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UMC 2020-2021 starts October 20

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October 20    10:30 am -1:30 pm CST
October 27    10:30 am -1:30 pm CST
November 3  10:30 am -2:30 pm CST
November 26 10:30 am -1:30 pm CST
December 10  10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST


$1,950 plus GST


January 28  10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST
February 25  10:30 am  – 2:30 pm CST
March 23      10:30 am – 12:30 pm CST
April 15        10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST
May 20         10:30 am – 2:00 pm  CST

These Synchronous Sessions Synchronous sessions are highly interactive incorporating group work, case studies and table top discussions. They will be will be augmented by self-study and reflection

UMC goes Virtual 

This fall, CHERD will provide the University Management Course (UMC) via virtual delivery. We do so in response to the current restrictions on gatherings and travel, knowing full well that leaders and managers currently have their plates full attending to immediate needs so this format will allow them to incorporate this important professional development into their busy schedules. With COVID-19, leadership must now be exercised in a very different environment and now, more than ever, administrators need to hone the skills and knowledge necessary for the new normal.

All CHERD programs are updated annually to reflect current realities, and in this extraordinary year, programs will also be contextualized within the new environment in which universities must currently function, so we can continue to be key assets for our communities, regions and our country. This year’s virtual environment will use a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network.

University Management Course (UMC) 2020-2021

UMC is a professional development program for administrators and managers in both academic and administrative areas of the higher education system including department heads, directors, managers, and senior executive assistants. UMC has served the professional development needs of over 1,000 managers and administrators.

Central to UMC is preparing participants for administration and management in higher education, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to manage today and tomorrow. Building on feedback and evaluations, along with commitment to continuous improvement ,CHERD has  updated and contexualized the content  within  COVID-19 for the virtual delivery of UMC 2020.

This year, we will welcome some new team members, experienced university administrators, and guest presenters who will provide a relevant and highly interactive learning experience. The program incorporates case studies, interactive presentations, discussions, and one-on-one consultations. Participants will be encouraged to share experience and insights through a community of practice approach to learning. Indigenization and EDI are cross-cutting themes, touching all aspects of higher education management and administration and are central within the program. 

Key Topic Areas

Essentials of Administration and Management: Leading/managing  at various levels within the institution, managing people and performance, having difficult conversations, dealing with conflict, accommodation, succession planning and managing yourself and your career.

Managing the Operational Needs of your Area: Budgeting models in higher education, implementing new policies and practices, managing change.

Delivery methods
To be delivered FULLY ONLINE, using a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network.

Flagship Facilitation Team

UMC  2020 will be led by our exceptional Flagship Facilitation Team. The team will also be joined by expert presenters

George MacLean, Vice-President Academic, University of New Brunswick
Adam Gaudry, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Donna Janiec, Vice- Principal, Finance and Administration Queen’s University, Past –  President CAUBO
Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic, Bishop’s University
Sheila Brown,  President Emerita Mount St Vincent University
Thomas Chase, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina.

Opening Keynote
Michael Benarroch President and Vice Chancellor University of Manitoba

Guest Presenters

Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity People and Culture, York University
Amanda  Myran Piluwitahasuwin (AVP Indigenous Engagement),University of New Brunswick
Robina Thomas, Executive Director, Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, University of Victoria

Nomination Process
Participants are selected by their home institutions for nomination to  UMC 2020. .Universities and colleges are encouraged to nominate individuals both in academic and administrative positions who would benefit from attending a higher education management development program. Nominees should apply directly via the online application form.

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