Implementing an ETD Program at a Decentralized University: Tricky But Doable

A session at USETDA 2013

Thursday 25th July, 2013

3:15pm to 3:45pm (PST)

Kravis Center 102

Speaker: Michele Reilly, Head of Digital Services, University of Houston Libraries, University of Houston

The University of Houston is a campus of 12 colleges all offering masters and doctorate level education. These programs are not directed by the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) department, thus making concentrated efforts and mandates extremely difficult, if not virtually impossible and working with a software system meant for centralized campuses difficult. The campus is so decentralized that even the authentication system was problematic.

Collaboration, teambuilding and technical support between the Library, the GPS, and the graduate staff of each college made the implementation of a successful ETD program possible. By developing a strategy of promotion of the new policy, training of college staff advisors, faculty and students, and enhancing buy in and open communication, the ETD team at the University successfully brought all the colleges on board with a minimum of hiccups. This panel presentation will discuss the strategies that worked well for us and some of the lessons we learned along the way.

We will talk about our team building efforts, teaching strategies, troubleshooting, benefits to staff and students, and standardized workflow. We will talk about the cost savings to our students, reduction in paperwork and how we made it all work. The panel seeks to invite an open discussion on how you might be able to apply our experience to your institution and solicit feedback and lessons learned.

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Time 3:15pm3:45pm PST

Date Thu 25th July 2013


Kravis Center, The Claremont Colleges

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