Brief History of SMCC 1946-198? Maine Vocational Technical Institute Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute 198?-2003 Southern Maine Technical College 2003- present Southern Maine Community College
Lead up to Learning Commons Concurrent upward trends 2003-2012 Enrollment (Fall 2013 FTE: 4200) Traditional-age, transfer-oriented Demand for academic support/technology Digitization of library/course materials
Lead up to Learning Commons Concurrent downward trends 2003-2012 College readiness Persistence/graduation rates State funding/tuition rates flat
Insert Grant Money here… 2010: SMCC was awarded a 5-year Title III grant to improve student success (persistence/graduation) Learning Commons idea was born; walls came down People retired; Director hired
The Early Years: 2010-2012 What is a Learning Commons? Does it include..Advising and …Tutoring? Library? Where is it? Campus Center – parts of the 1 st and 2 nd floors Who is in charge? Director (who also oversaw Academic Advising)
Re-defining Proximity as Priority In – Library, Tutoring Out – Advising Learning Commons Director Do-over Focus on Library degree/experience Folding in the Writing Center Joint project: LC and Writing Across Curriculum Comm
What’s different about this LC ? Governance model: Library as partner in the Learning Commons vs. Library as “landlord” Space: Boundaries are blurred, fluid Outcomes/Accountability: Seen as shared/integrated among all areas
How’s that workin’ for ya? Challenges: Internal/LC staff Creating integrated mission/identity from scratch Defining/re-defining roles and responsibilities Boundaries not strictly delineated Challenges: Faculty/staff/students Crafting consistent messaging, getting it out there Branding the LC; Re-branding the library? “Why are people talking in the library?”
Opportunities Abound! Student workers lead the way Research mentors, learning support techs Partnering with IT on assessment Programming transcends silos Disciplinary mash-up Student activities/IT/Facilities/Bookstore/PR Shared space is flexible space Study lounge=Reception/Help=Event space Writing Center=Group Study Area=Bay Watching
Stumbling towards Convergence Partnerships are the new normal Libraries without partners are getting squeezed out Let’s lead this change!
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