Research & Development

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Research and development programs and services support the creation of new, innovative and cross-cutting programs, benchmarking and the transfer of leading ideas and practices supported by research and publication on issues of higher education leadership and organizational development.

ODL Incubator

The Center sponsors and supports organizational development innovations by serving as an “incubator” for projects that begin as start-up experiments. As they develop and become self-sustaining, the projects are adopted by appropriate campus units or are institutionalized as university-wide programs or services. Examples of ODL incubator projects are:

  • The Rutgers Retired Faculty and Staff Association serves as the official university-sponsored retiree organization of Rutgers University. It aims to enhance collaboration, coordination, and consistency among the current various university retiree organizations and to provide a single association that guides the connections between retired faculty and staff and the university. Its primary functions include pre- and post-retirement programing and information sharing about retiree-specific university benefits; programs, and activities; promotion of social and professional interactions, and matching retiree expertise and university volunteer activities.
  • The Interdisciplinary Project. The Interdisciplinary Project focuses on the opportunities and challenges associated with planning and successfully implementing interdisciplinary initiatives within higher education. In this effort, ODL is collaborating with the Rutgers Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, and faculty and professional staff from Rutgers and the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.
  • Mission Assessment, Alignment, and Planning (MAAP). The MAAP project is being developed in collaboration with the School of Arts and Sciences and a Task Force of representatives from various academic and academic support units, student life, and administrative and service units across the university. The project provides a unique way to capture and visually display the ways in which programs across the university contribute to the undergraduate experience.

Publications and Resources

For The Record – A publication devoted to interdisciplinary innovations where organizational, leadership, and communication studies intersect.

Studies

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Books and CDs

A Guide for Leaders in Higher EducationBrent D. Ruben , Richard De Lisi , Ralph A. Gigliotti, Foreword by Doug Lederman A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education. Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools
Excellence in Higher Education GuideBrent D. Ruben, Excellence in Higher Education Guide. A Framework for the Design, Assessment, and Continuing Improvement of Institutions, Departments, and Programs.
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Excellence in Higher EducationBrent D. Ruben, Excellence in Higher Education. Workbook and Scoring Instructions.
strategic-planning-in-higher-education2Tromp, S., and B. D. Ruben, Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Leader’s Guide, Washington, D.C.: National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2010.
understanding-planning-and-leadingRuben, B.D., Understanding, Planning, and Leading Social and Organizational Change CD ROM Washington, D.C.: National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2009.
spellings-coverRuben, B. D., L. Lewis, L. Sandmeyer, T. Russ, S. Smulowitz, and K. Immordino. Assessing the Impact of the Spellings Commission: The Message, The Messenger, and the Dynamics of Change in Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2008
what-leaders-need-to-knowRuben, B. D., What Leaders Need to Know and Do: A Leadership Competencies Scorecard. Washington, DC: National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2006, 79 pp.
strategic-planning-in-higher-educationTromp, S., and B. D. Ruben, Facilitator’s Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Leader’s Guide, Washington, D.C.: National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2004.
strategic-planning-in-higher-educationTromp, S., and B. D. Ruben, Leader’s Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Leader’s Guide, Washington, D.C.: National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2004.
quality-in-higher-educationRuben, B. D., Quality in Higher Education, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1995, 321 pp.

Online Resources

ODL’s Organizational Development series is available online from the National Association of College and University Business Administrators (NACUBO). Available topics include:

  • Organizational Assessment and Performance Measurement,
  • Process Excellence
  • Organizational Climate Assessment
  • Facilitating Focus Groups
  • The Leadership Style Inventory (LSI): Becoming a Strategic Leader
  • The Communication Style Inventory (CSI): A Guide to Social and Professional Competence
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