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  • HR Series: Managing Flexible Work Arrangements

    Includes a Live Web Event on 03/19/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will explore the benefits of flexible work arrangements: what works well, challenges, and things to consider as a manager when implementing and managing flexible work arrangements.

    (90 minutes) Colorado and Maryland offer a wide variety of activities to enjoy outside of work, and the central sponsored projects offices at the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, and University of Maryland Baltimore are committed to supporting our staff’s work-life balance.  Flexible work arrangements – part-time schedules, telecommuting both part and full-time, and flex time – have become a normal part of our staff’s schedule. This session will explore the benefits of flexible work arrangements:  what works well, challenges, and things to consider as a manager when implementing and managing flexible work arrangements. 

    Time will be provided for discussion and questions. 

    Speakers:
    Ashley Stahle, Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs, Director of Post-Award, Colorado State University
    Alexa Van Dalsem, Senior Manager - Proposal Development, University of Colorado – Boulder
    Dennis Paffrath, Associate Vice President, Research, University of Maryland - Baltimore

    Level: Overview

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $105.00
    Non-Member Price: $125.00


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Participants will learn how to encourage sponsored projects offices to consider alternative work arrangements, if they don’t already.
    • Participants will discuss the benefits and challenges of these work arrangements, like how they can be a no-cost perk (if we can’t increase salary, we can have excellent work-life balance).
    • Participants will be provided with examples of successful alternative work arrangements, including part-time employees in proposal work.
    • Participants will be given tips for how to make these arrangements successful.

    Ashley Stahle

    Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs, Director of Post-Award

    Colorado State University

    Ashley Stahle

    Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs, Director of Post-Award

    Colorado State University

    Alexa Van Dalsem

    Senior Manager - Proposal Development

    University of Colorado - Boulder

    Alexa Van Dalsem

    Senior Manager - Proposal Development

    University of Colorado - Boulder

    Dennis Paffrath

    Associate Vice President, Research

    University of Maryland - Baltimore

    Dennis Paffrath

    Associate Vice President, Research

    University of Maryland - Baltimore

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • Financial Post-Award Overview

    Includes a Live Web Event on 03/04/2020 at 12:30 PM (EST)

    The Financial Post-Award Overview workshop will cover various areas of research financial management including internal controls, financial business processes, facilities and administration costs, audit and compliance supplement requirements.

    Workshop Time: 4 hours.

    The Financial Post-Award Overview workshop will cover various areas of research financial management including internal controls, financial business processes, facilities and administration costs, audit and compliance supplement requirements. 

    This workshop will provide basic level information of financial Post-Award research administration through a combination of lecture, case studies and discussion of shared experiences and best practices.

    Speakers:
    A. Chea Smith, Director, Cost Analysis and Reporting, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Lamar K. Oglesby, Director, Grant & Contract Accounting, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Jaquion L. Gholston, Associate Director of Sponsored Accounting, Office of Sponsored Accounting & Cost Analysis, Stevens Institute of Technology

    Program Level: Overview

    The On-Demand recording will be available 10 business days after the live presentation.


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $80.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the Add button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Participants will be able to articulate cost accounting principles.
    • Participants will understand the importance of internal controls.
    • Participants will appreciate the purpose of F&A and the importance of proper expense coding.
    • Participants will understand effort certification and different compensation compliance models.
    • Participants will understand the importance and take-away key components of Federal Audits.
    • Participants will learn to recognize key compliance requirements.

    A. Chea Smith

    Director, Cost Analysis and Reporting

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    A. Chea Smith

    Director, Cost Analysis and Reporting

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    Lamar K. Oglesby

    Director, Grant & Contract Accounting

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    Lamar K. Oglesby

    Director, Grant & Contract Accounting

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    Jaquion L. Gholston

    Associate Director of Sponsored Accounting, Office of Sponsored Accounting & Cost Analysis

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    Jaquion L. Gholston

    Associate Director of Sponsored Accounting, Office of Sponsored Accounting & Cost Analysis

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    Participants receive 3.25 hours of continuing education credits = .3 CEU's.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the video workshop.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • HR Series: 2020 and Beyond: A Changing Workforce, The Impact on Research Administration & Evolving Approaches to Recruitment and Retention

    Includes a Live Web Event on 02/25/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    As we begin 2020, this session reflects on the changing demographic workforce, specifically in terms of age.

    (90 minutes) As we begin 2020, this session reflects on the changing demographic workforce, specifically in terms of age. It considers the trends in retirement and upsurge in younger workers entering the workforce and progressing in their careers. It focuses on recruitment and retention of younger workers, on the diverse needs of the full age range of workers in the work force and on how to harness the power of those wide range of workers to support your mission and team goals. 

    Speakers:
    Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, MBA, Contracts and Grants Accounting Analysis Manager University of California, San Francisco
    Liz Grinstead, Interim Senior Research Administrator, Colorado State University

    Level: Overview

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $105.00
    Non-Member Price: $125.00


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Understanding the demographic reality of 2020-who is in the workforce and what that means.
    • Understanding trends and forecasts for the next 5 and 10+ years, to support recruitment and succession planning etc.
    • Strategies to support multiple demographic groups in the work force, to harness the power of those diverse groups to work together to make your team stronger.
    • Review and discussion of recruitment techniques specifically aimed at younger workers
    • Review and discussion of retention of employees at a range of ages, life stages and career stages.

    Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, MBA

    Contracts and Grants Accounting Analysis Manager, University of California, San Francisco

    Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD MBA, (UCSF) is the Contracts and Grants Accounting Analysis Manager for UCSF, managing the Line of Credit and Collections teams. She has over ten years of research management experience in both the US and Europe, and is a sought after speaker, trainer, editor and writer.

    Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, MBA

    Contracts and Grants Accounting Analysis Manager, University of California, San Francisco

    Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD MBA, (UCSF) is the Contracts and Grants Accounting Analysis Manager for UCSF, managing the Line of Credit and Collections teams. She has over ten years of research management experience in both the US and Europe, and is a sought after speaker, trainer, editor and writer.

    Liz Grinstead

    Interim Senior Research Administrator, Colorado State University

    Liz Grinstead is an Interim Senior Research Administrator in Sponsored Programs at Colorado State University. She serves Treasurer for Region VII 2020-2022 and is highly involved in volunteering with the region. Liz can be reached at liz.grinstead@colostate.edu.

    Liz Grinstead

    Interim Senior Research Administrator, Colorado State University

    Liz Grinstead is an Interim Senior Research Administrator in Sponsored Programs at Colorado State University. She serves Treasurer for Region VII 2020-2022 and is highly involved in volunteering with the region. Liz can be reached at liz.grinstead@colostate.edu.

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • How to Audit-Proof Your Department

    Includes a Live Web Event on 01/29/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar is a professional development opportunity that focuses on how a department can prepare for an audit through understanding audit lessons learned, internal controls and daily department operations.

    (90 minutes) This webinar is a professional development opportunity that focuses on how a department can prepare for an audit through understanding audit lessons learned, internal controls and daily department operations.  This workshop provides an in-depth look at audit issues through a combination of audit trends, review of Federal audit reports, and a discussion of day-to-day best practices. In addition, we will discuss the role of the department administrator so your department will be set up for a successful audit. 

    Speakers:
    Jennifer Mitchell, Associate Executive Director, Research Financial Operations, Northwestern University
    Roseann Luongo, Higher Ed Consulting Manager, Huron Consulting

    Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisites: Participants should have an introductory knowledge of sponsored administration and associated terminology.

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $105.00
    Non-Member Price: $125.00


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Participants will understand the key audit issues in award management, including documentation, cost allowability and allocation, adhering to special provisions, and internal control deficiencies.
    • Participants will be able to audit pitfalls and identify ways to manage them.
    • Participants will understand internal controls and ways to close gaps in internal controls.
    • Participants will be able to recognize the various roles and responsibilities of in an audit.
    • Participants will take away "lessons learned" from federal audits to help your institutions manage the high risk financial issues in award management.

    Jennifer Mitchell

    Associate Executive Director, Research Financial Operations

    Northwestern University

    Jennifer Mitchell

    Associate Executive Director, Research Financial Operations

    Northwestern University

    Roseann Luongo

    Higher Ed Consulting Manager

    Huron Consulting

    Roseann Luongo

    Higher Ed Consulting Manager

    Huron Consulting

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • Webinar 2 - Implementing Impact Reporting

    This webinar will explore how to plan for your impact by identifying stakeholders, activities and outcomes and evidencing demonstrable change.

    (90 minutes) After having gained an understanding of general principles of impact and impact reporting in the first webinar, this second webinar will go into more depth around how you can implement different strategies in a practical way, equipping research managers with tools to support academics to plan, capture and report impact. This webinar will explore how to plan for your impact by identifying stakeholders, activities and outcomes and evidencing demonstrable change.

    Speakers:
    Lucy Day, Impact Officer, Research and Innovation Services, Liverpool John Moores University
    Jory Weintraub, Director of Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center and Co-Principal Investigator of ARIS (Advancing Research Impacts in Society) Center
    Kristy Evers, Training Manager, Vertigo Ventures

    Level: Overview
    Prerequisites: None

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $105.00
    Non-Member Price: $125.00


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Attendees to gain an understanding of some practical tools to use for impact planning.
    • Attendees to come away with ideas of how to implement some useful strategies for capturing and tracking impact in their institution.
    • Attendees to gain an understanding of effective and targeted impact reporting for different audiences.

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • Webinar 1 - Introduction to Impact Reporting

    This webinar will explore what impact reporting is and why it is gaining momentum.

    (90 minutes) Impact reporting is of increasing importance internationally as there is more pressure on government funds to demonstrate accountability and value for money to government and taxpayers. As such, research managers and VPs need to have a good understanding of what impact is in this context as this is a new style of reporting for research. This webinar will explore what impact reporting is and why it is gaining momentum. We will share experiences and practical examples of how organizations have been implementing impact strategies and mobilizing researchers to engage more with the impact agenda.

    Speakers:
    Lucy Day, Impact Officer, Research and Innovation Services, Liverpool John Moores University
    Jory Weintraub, Director of Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center and Co-Principal Investigator of ARIS (Advancing Research Impacts in Society) Center
    Kristy Evers, Training Manager, Vertigo Ventures

    Level: Basic
    Prerequisites: None

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $105.00
    Non-Member Price: $125.00


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Attendees to have a good understanding of impact and why it’s important, providing perspectives from both a local and a global level for international cooperation.
    • Attendees to gain insight into impact frameworks to help with the identification, measurement and reporting of impact.
    • Attendees to come away with ideas of how to implement some useful impact strategies in their institution. This will help enable the start of a culture change around impact in the institution.

    Lucy Day

    Impact Officer, Research and Innovation Services

    Liverpool John Moores University

    Lucy Day

    Impact Officer, Research and Innovation Services

    Liverpool John Moores University

    Lucy Day

    Impact Officer, Research and Innovation Services

    Liverpool John Moores University

    Lucy Day

    Impact Officer, Research and Innovation Services

    Liverpool John Moores University

    Jory Weintraub

    Director of Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center

    Co-Principal Investigator of ARIS (Advancing Research Impacts in Society) Center

    Jory Weintraub

    Director of Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center

    Co-Principal Investigator of ARIS (Advancing Research Impacts in Society) Center

    Jory Weintraub

    Director of Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center

    Co-Principal Investigator of ARIS (Advancing Research Impacts in Society) Center

    Jory Weintraub

    Director of Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center

    Co-Principal Investigator of ARIS (Advancing Research Impacts in Society) Center

    Kristy Evers

    Training Manager

    Vertigo Ventures

    Kristy Evers

    Training Manager

    Vertigo Ventures

    Kristy Evers

    Training Manager

    Vertigo Ventures

    Kristy Evers

    Training Manager

    Vertigo Ventures

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • Improving Efficiencies: Assessing the Sponsored Research Operation

    This publication explores a number of approaches to conducting assessments and presents models for and considerations when incorporating these activities as a standard management practices. NOTE: To purchase this downloadable publication click the "Register” button.

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    In today’s research environment there is heightened attention on reducing administrative burden and maintaining compliance by both increasing capacity and effectiveness of an institution’s sponsored research operation. This publication explores a number of approaches to conducting assessments and presents models for and considerations when incorporating these activities as a standard management practices. It describes and reviews various assessment mechanisms and ways to use them effectively. Many forms of assessment are possible with a modest investment of resources. It also provides a toolkit of assessment materials that are adaptable to a variety of sponsored programs operations.

    (63 pages, PDF)

    Exclusively available online. Purchase and download the PDF. Once purchased the PDF will be available for download for 30 days. To purchase click the “Register” button.


    Table of Contents

    Overview                                                                                                            

    Chapter 1   What Is Assessment?

          Why Consider an Assessment Program?

          What is an Assessment Program?

          Designing an Assessment Program                                             

    Chapter 2   Preparing for Assessment

          Office Structure

          Communications

          Resources

          The Assessment Program

          Background Materials                                                                 

    Chapter 3   Forms of Assessment

          Self-Directed Assessment Activities

          Externally Directed Assessment Activities                                     

    Chapter 4   Using Focus Groups for Assessment                                                  

    Chapter 5   Using Surveys for Assessment                                                           

    Chapter 6   Using Metrics for Assessment                                                            

    Chapter 7   Using Self-Audits for Assessment                                                       

    Chapter 8   Using Self-Studies for Assessment

          Timeframe

          Staff Roles

          Focus and Content                                                                      

    Chapter 9   Using External Evaluations for Assessment

          Setting Up the External Evaluation

          Organizing for and Conducting the Evaluation

          Evaluation Results

               Recommendations and Developing Action Plans               

    Chapter 10   Using Quality Improvement Programs for Assessment                       

    Chapter 11   Responding to Assessment Results

          Developing an Assessment-Management Cycle

          Strategic Planning                                                                        

     Chapter 12   Conclusion

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    Peggy Lowry, Emeritus Director, NCURA Peer Programs
    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, Oregon State University, Emeritus

    Peggy Lowry has been a team member or lead on almost 50 reviews of research administration offices, received evaluations of her offices, and taught national workshops on sponsored program assessment. She has led office self-studies and participated in institutional accreditation self-studies. Her university career includes 34 years at research universities and 7 years at predominantly undergraduate institutions. Peggy has given over 300 national, regional and local presentations and workshops for multiple organizations.

    Peggy received NCURA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and NCURA’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration in 2011. She began developing the NCURA Peer Programs (Peer Advisory Services and Peer Review Program) in 2007 and served as Director until her retirement in 2018.

  • Metrics For Post-Award/Research Finance

    This session dives into the metrics that matter in the Post-Award world.

    (90 minutes) What do we really need to measure in the Post-Award world? When is it time to setup a new account? Are we compliant with invoicing requirements and closeout, etc.? This session dives into the metrics that matter in the Post-Award world. Are we getting our job done in a way that research is facilitated? Do researchers feel overly burdened? Are accounts receivable reasonable? Do Post-Award staff feel their workload is manageable?

    Speakers:
    Susan Wyatt Sedwick, Senior Consultant, Attain
    Rashonda Harris, Director, Post-Award Operations, Emory University

    Level: Advanced
    Prerequisites: Participants will need a working knowledge of Post-Award processes.

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $99
    Non-Member Price: $118


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    After participating in this webinar,
    1. Participants will be able to identify the metrics that are critical to measuring the efficacy of a Post-Award office.
    2. Participants will be able to formulate strategic plans that address areas of concern.

    Susan Sedwick

    Senior Consultant

    Attain

    Susan Sedwick

    Senior Consultant

    Attain

    Rashonda Harris

    Director, Post-Award Operations

    Emory University

    Rashonda Harris

    Director, Post-Award Operations

    Emory University

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • Research Development for Research Administrators: Understanding, Mapping and Leveraging Assets

    In an effort to increase the number of quality proposals submitted to external sponsors, both large and small institutions are discovering the value of providing research development services to faculty.

    (90 minutes) In an effort to increase the number of quality proposals submitted to external sponsors, both large and small institutions are discovering the value of providing research development services to faculty. However, many institutions do not establish a research development office separate from the sponsored programs office, but rather formalize and expand functions in the Pre-Award office to focus more on research development. For the research administrator, understanding research development and how to integrate it with current sponsored programs activities can seem daunting.

    This webinar will help research administrators understand the basics of research development and how to integrate research development strategies with sponsored programs activities. Participants will receive planning tools designed to help identify and leverage the strengths of their sponsored programs office, as well as to create and implement research development activities in their institutions.

    Speakers:
    Michelle M. Schoenecker, M.A., Senior Proposal Development Manager, Research Development Services, Office of Research & Office of Sponsored Programs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Martin B. Williams, M.A., Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, William Paterson University
    Kathryn Wrench, M.B.A., Associate Director - Research Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Wayne State University

    Level: Overview
    Prerequisites: None

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $99
    Non-Member Price: $118


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Participants will be able to define the term “research development”.
    • Participants will be able to identify approaches, resources, and models to integrate research development into research administration.
    • Participants will be able to list activities typically associated with research development.
    • Participants will be able to identify specific strategies or next steps to enhance research development at their home institutions.

    Michelle M. Schoenecker, M.A.

    Senior Proposal Development Manager, Research Development Services, Office of Research & Office of Sponsored Programs

    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    Michelle M. Schoenecker, M.A.

    Senior Proposal Development Manager, Research Development Services, Office of Research & Office of Sponsored Programs

    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    Martin B. Williams, M.A.

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    William Paterson University

    Martin B. Williams, M.A.

    Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

    William Paterson University

    Kathryn Wrench, M.B.A.

    Associate Director - Research Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Wayne State University

    Kathryn Wrench, M.B.A.

    Associate Director - Research Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Wayne State University

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.

  • Financial Compliance: Cost Transfers: Minimizing the Need, Monitoring the Process and Managing the Risk

    This webinar will explore the federal requirements surrounding cost transfers and examine how two different institutions have implemented policies to monitor compliance and mitigate the risk associated with these types of transactions.

    (90 minutes) Cost transfers have come under high scrutiny in recent audits. While the simplest suggestion is to prevent them altogether, in many cases they are unavoidable. This webinar will explore the federal requirements surrounding cost transfers and examine how two different institutions have implemented policies to monitor compliance and mitigate the risk associated with these types of transactions. We will discuss ways to ensure all cost transfers are appropriate, timely, and most importantly, sufficiently documented.   

    Speakers:
    Kristi L. Bazata, Director, Research Policy & Indirect Cost, Columbia University in the City of New York
    Diana Weber, Assistant Director, Post-Award, University of Kansas Medical Center

    Level: Basic
    Prerequisites: None

    Handouts will be available 24 hours before the live webinar. 

    Closed Captioning for the live presentation is available at no additional fee. Sign in and click on the "Closed Captioning" link in the handouts tab or in the links box in the meeting room to access this feature. 

    Member Price: $99
    Non-Member Price: $118


    Your registration includes one log-in. We are pleased to provide the opportunity for you to register additional sites at a discounted price of $25.00 per log-in.  When you are checking out, click the "Add" button and type in the email address of your colleague that you would like to register.  If that person does not already have an NCURA profile, please have them go to the NCURA website to create a profile, then you will be able to register them with your registration.  You will be able to change or add more registrations by clicking “My Registrations” in the menu at the top left of the home page, then clicking the “Purchases for Others” button.  If you have any questions about this option, please email ncura@commpartners.com.

    • Participants will become familiar with audit compliance issues related to documentation and timing of cost transfers.
    • Participants can expect to leave the webinar with best practices for minimizing the need for cost transfers and managing them appropriately when the transactions are necessary. These best practices will serve as a guide for participants to evaluate their own institutional policies for compliance.

    Kristi Bazata

    Director, Research Policy & Indirect Cost

    Columbia University in the City of New York

    Diana Weber

    Assistant Director, Post-Award

    University of Kansas Medical Center

    Participants receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits = .2 CEU's for each webinar.

    You can access your certificate from the box on the right side of the screen, after filling out the webinar evaluation.

    Watching in a group? Everyone watching the presentation can request a CEU certificate by writing down the verification code at the end of the webinar. Please make a note of the verification code as it will not be available after the webinar.

    The main registrant can access instructions on the Group CEU tab for group participants to receive CEU certificates.

    We recommend testing your browser as soon as possible in case you need to contact your IT department for help.
    • It is recommended that you use a PC or MAC with an updated Internet Browser.
    • Make sure you have pop-ups blockers disabled in your Internet browser settings.
    • Make sure that your internet browser is Active X enabled.
    • Wifi is not recommended. The problem with WiFi is signal strength can vary causing bandwidth to increase or decrease.
    • We recommend a wired connection. A wired connection gives a consistent signal and consistent bandwidth. A wired connection provides a better experience.
    • It's better for organizations with low bandwidth to only have the webinar running on 1 computer in a conference room than having 10 individual people running the session on 10 computers at their desks.
    • Audio (sound) is projected through your computer speakers. Be sure your computer is equipped with speakers so you can hear the presenters.

    For additional recommendations on your computer set up for the webinar, please click here.