Showcase Reflects on Progress and Accomplishments
April 5th marked the fifth anniversary of UW-Madison's annual
improvement Showcase, a time set aside to reflect on and recognize the
significant efforts by many people to improve work, learning, and
climate on campus. Since its inception in 2000, the event has gained
momentum to become a significant venue for problem-solving, furthering
communication, and sharing tools and ideas for improvement.
Highlights from Showcase 2004 include:
- 240 attendees
- 36 poster exhibits, including:
- 15 from academic departments
- 21 from administrative offices
- 16 featuring improved service and outreach
- 5 examples of leadership development
- 7 showing how strategy was implemented
- 6 climate examples
- 2 that foster cross-functional connections
- 14 in which technology played a key role
- 8 breakout sessions on topics such as
organizational effectiveness, climate, allocating resources, cultural
diversification, obtaining data to make decisions, measuring success,
and integrating teaching and research.
- Comments from some of the 146 evaluation responses:
- "I truly enjoyed the event! I stole some excellent ideas and brought them back to the department."
- "Excellent venue." "Very conducive to the different types of sessions."
- "So many of the workshop topics were strong, I found myself forced to choose between two that I really wanted to attend."
- "I ended up learning from posters and people that I might not otherwise have sought out."
- "It was a nice opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues."
- "I did some serious networking, and got a lot of ideas for future improvements."
- "Love those poster exhibits and the one-on-one conversations."
- "The keynote speaker was wonderfully informative, as well as entertaining."
- "Thank you for bringing in staff (as concurrent session presenters) with real life experience to share with the rest of us."
Reflecting on what we've accomplished spurs us on to become even more
effective. Chancellor Wiley's invitation to "steal ravenously" from the
ideas shared at Showcase 2004 has already prompted improvement efforts
that will be featured in the future. We encourage you to learn from and
build upon the numerous improvements and to document the improvements
you're making so that others can learn from your efforts.
Many thanks to all who attended Showcase 2004, and to all the presenters and supporters who made it possible!
Showcase 2004 Poster Exhibits
- CALS Scholarship Allocation & Distribution
- Fluno Center for Executive Education
- FP&M Web-Based Service Delivery
- Madison Appreciative Inquiry Network
- Merging Media for Collab. Learning & Educational Outreach
- My Professional Development
- New Employee Orientation & News
- Partners for Success
- Quality of Library Services
- School of Veterinary Medicine
2004 Best Practices Case Studies
Improving Service and Expanding Options for Students
Reaching out to Stakeholders
Developing Leadership and Professional Skills
Implementing Strategy and Budget
Improving Climate and Workplace Interactions
Fostering Cross-Functional Connections
Using Technology to Improve Processes
- Fostering Interdisciplinary, Interdepartmental, and Cross-College Connections
- Web-based Grant Funding and Tracking