Interest Based Problem Solving (IBPS)

"IBPS is a shift from an authoritative posture, to one of shared authority and responsibility...up and down this organization.  I believe this makes us stronger and I believe it's the right thing to do."
~Dr. Jack Daniels III, President of Madison Area Technical College, October 2013 Convocation Address

Interest Based Problem Solving (IBPS) is the collaborative approach that is being used for decision-making by the Shared Governance model.  Find IBPS Facilitator resources for your own IBPS uses.


 “IBPS  will become the foundation for how we address a myriad of issues that will impact Madison College. This process will also be the foundation from which we will create a shared governance model that is inclusive and provides effective avenues of communication.” ~Dr. Daniels 

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IBPS is currently in use by the Shared Governance model.  Read more about Shared Governance, or access their Blackboard page.

IBPS is sponsored by the Provost's office.  Comment?  Question? Contact Kathleen Paris.

Fall 2015 IBPS Learning Events Schedule


Save the Date:  October 5, 2015    

"Collaborating When You Disagree: How to Take Differences in Stride and Make Them Work For You"

10:00-11:30 a.m. - Mitby Theatre, Truax Campus   

Meet Bruce Patton, Author of Getting to Yes    

"Getting to Yes" is the book that launched the interest-based approach to problem-solving used in shared governance and in departments, programs, and offices throughout Madison College.

Bruce Patton is co-author with Roger Fisher and William Ury of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (2nd Ed., Penguin, 1991), which has sold more than 3 million copies and been translated into 23 languages.  Most recently he co-authored (with Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen) Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Viking/Penguin, 1999), a New York Times Business Bestseller.

  • Distinguished Fellow and Co-Founder, Harvard Negotiation Project
  • Thaddeus R. Beal Lecturer on Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School
  • Co-Founder and Director, Vantage Partners, LLC


Register here:

Link to live presentation on 10/5/15:Bruce Patton streaming presentation

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Past Events:

May 21st IBPS/WISCAPE Conference

The May 21st IBPS (co-sponsored by WISCAPE) conference was a rousing success! Colleagues from technical and community colleges across Wisconsin gathered to hear Madison College leaders share lessons learned during this culture change and the benefits of a collaborative approach to decision-making throughout the college. Our keynote speaker was Eddie Genna, professor of philosophy and political science at Phoenix College and past president of the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association. Eddie was instrumental in helping us bring the IBPS process to Madison College. Thank you to all for a successful conference! Here is the link to the speaker presentations:…/3498f1d639534a4694c6…