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Gain a broad understanding of the policy-making process in higher education

Collaborate with experts from Cornell and other institutions this fall as you learn how to centralize and formalize your institution's administrative policy process.

During this intensive two-day program, you'll

  • Examine how Cornell's internationally recognized policy office writes and implements policy
  • Explore how to apply best practices to your own institution
  • Learn how to create policies, from beginning to end, using a policy-development template

During presentations, panel and round-table discussions, and an informal reception, you'll have plenty of opportunities to share your policy concerns, get answers to your policy questions, and network with other attendees.

And you'll take away concrete ideas and tools for justifying, creating, enhancing, and implementing policy at your own organization.

Policy Development Program
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Program benefits

  • Learn from specialists how Cornell's policies help them achieve the university's goals every day.
  • Gain a broad view of the culture and environment in higher education policy.
  • Identify obstacles and critical success factors in policy development.
  • Examine how institutional policies affect IT, research, human resources, and other areas.
  • Compare and contrast different cultures and views on centralized policy.
  • Get guidance on how these elements could be applied to the needs and realities of your institution.

Learn more about Cornell University's Policy Office.


Presenters for the Policy Program include Joshua Adams, who directs Cornell University's Policy Office, Michele Gross, who leads the world-class policy program at the University of Minnesota, and Jamie Parris, who manages Cornell's policy development and review process.

Joshua Adams
Director, Cornell University Policy Office, and director of communications, Division of Financial Affairs, Cornell University

Participant experiences

"This program provides value-added, in-depth information and insight into institutional policy management. Practical tools and tips were shared without reservation, and stories from veteran policy administrators brought an added level of comfort to those of us who are newer to this type of work. It was evident that the entire experience was designed with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail."

"The program provided great insight on policy development. ...We all walked away with new ideas, knowledge, and contacts that will definitely have a positive impact on our programs going forward."