NACUFS: The National Association of College & University Food Services

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Posted by Ms. Amy B. on Feb 28th, 2017 2:25pm

NACUFS knows you strive for excellence amidst a sea of changing student demographics, tighter budgets, and fluctuating enrollment. Emerging global, political, technological, and environmental uncertainties also require your attention. This complex environment requires you—more than ever before—to stretch beyond the borders of your dining operations to communicate your value and align your strategic goals with your institution’s core mission. In addition, you may need to adopt new practices to successfully navigate this new landscape. For this reason, NACUFS is seeking to develop a comprehensive education strategy that will create a sustainable framework for ONE NACUFS to meet the current and evolving learning needs of our members.

The Place for Knowledge

NACUFS’ education and professional development have a long and rich history of giving collegiate foodservice professionals the knowledge and skills to effectively manage diverse teams and build profitable foodservice operations.

Responses to the 2016 member survey suggest that while career growth, knowledge/skill development, and job competency are very important to our members, association programs have not kept up with filling these needs. The 2017 member learning survey is an important step in gathering information to help inform NACUFS’ comprehensive education strategy.

Inspiring the Future

We invite you and your team to participate in an online learning survey that will launch on March 6 and be open until March 24. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept confidential.  We want to discover what learning means to you – where you find learning value; what types of learning opportunities you currently use and what you’re interested in using; how you make decision about participating in learning events, and more.  Please join our regional business meetings to learn more and engage in dialogue about this important topic.

After the preliminary results are shared with the Board of Trustees in April, the next step will be to convene a group of NACUFS stakeholders for a two-day retreat to further deep-dive education and professional development.  The end goal for the education committee is to create a sustainable learning framework that promotes and supports excellence for the profession. Along the way, the committee will explore and discuss learning partnerships, core competencies, delivery vehicles, content identification, and positioning NACUFS as the place for education and professional development.

Wide participation is enthusiastically encouraged, and by sharing the survey link with your team and asking for their input, you contribute to the future of NACUFS education and professional development. Look for an email with the survey link to arrive on March 6, and thank you in advance for your participation.


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