The University Record, September 18, 1995

Applications being accepted for B&F 1996 Management Institute

Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack has announced that applications are being accepted for the 1996 Business and Finance Management Institute.

Participants will be selected from among office, technical and professional/administrative staff members, primarily from Business and Finance units. A few will be chosen from other areas.

The intensive course is designed to provide office, technical and professional/administrative staff with leadership and management training, as well as a broad perspective about the special needs of higher education.

Participants will graduate with:

  • A deeper understanding of the place of higher education in society, and the University within higher education.

  • An understanding of the issues facing higher education in the 1990s and beyond.

  • An understanding of the “balance of powers” and decision-making processes that govern an institution of higher education.

  • An understanding of the major divisions of this or any university, and the relationships among them.

  • An understanding of fiscal management in higher education.

  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of managing people to achieve top-quality service.

  • An understanding of the important role played by each individual within the University community in achieving the institution’s goals.

    Participants also will work in teams on a term project. Each team will research a current issue facing the University and higher education. All team members will contribute to the project’s development and participate in the class presentation at the conclusion of the institute.

    Employees who have the desire and potential to become strong managers and/or leaders and have two years of full-time U-M service may nominate themselves or be nominated by a supervisor.

    Selection of participants will be done by a committee based on applicants’ interpersonal abilities, organizational skills and organizational perspective. The process will be sensitive to the diverse character of the University community and to the need to provide enlightened leadership as the University goes into the next decade.

    The institute will require two intensive weekends (Jan. 12–13 and Feb. 9–10) and seven full-day seminars (Jan. 19 and 26; Feb. 2, 16 and 23; and March 1 and 8.) Participants must be able to attend all sessions, including the two overnight weekend sessions.

    Institute participants who are non-exempt employees will need to be compensated at a time-and-a-half rate, either in direct pay or compensatory time, for any hours worked in excess of 40 in a single work week. The employee and supervisor may agree either to adjust the employee’s work schedule so that the total hours worked are 40 hours, or to accrue overtime, which will either be paid at a time-and-a-half rate or used as compensatory time at a time-and-a-half rate.

    The hours that will count as hours worked for the purpose of these calculations will include the hours actually spent in sessions at the institute and the time spent on the institute project. They will not include sleeping and eating time, nor will they normally include travel time.

    Application deadline is Oct. 13. Applications are available from Julie Evers, 3032 Fleming Administration Building, 764-7270. She also can be reached via e-mail: