Patriot League Chief Academic Officers Discuss Variety of Educational Issues



Sept. 20, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - - The Patriot League Chief Academic Officers spent two days together at Colgate University last week as they discussed topics including the balance of academics, athletics and campus life, management of open education resources, shared governance and policies regarding contracts and pay for adjunct faculty.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and developing relationships among Patriot League institutions, as well as to discuss academic themes and issues of common interest. The Patriot League Chief Academic Officers were meeting for the seventh year in a row.

Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich represented the Patriot League, while the member institutions were represented by: Brigadier General Timothy Trainor (Army), Dean of the Academic Board; Dr. Jean Morrison (Boston University), Provost; Dr. Michael A. Smyer (Bucknell), Provost; Dr. Douglas A. Hicks (Colgate), Dean of Faculty and Provost; Dr. Margaret Freije (Holy Cross), Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of College; Wendy L. Hill (Lafayette), Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Dr. Patrick V. Farrell (Lehigh), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Timothy Law Snyder (Loyola Maryland), Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Andrew T. Phillips (Navy), Academic Dean & Provost.

The meeting began on Sept. 11 with a presentation by Colgate senior administrators on the intersection of academic, athletics and campus life. The group had three discussions the following morning, beginning with a talk led by Smyer and Farrell on the challenges and opportunities presented by open education resources. Hill led a discussion on the engagement of the board of directors, particularly in academic affairs, while Morrison and Phillips directed the group in a session about employment limits and policies for adjunct faculty.

The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.