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Prepared by Marta Mooney Emeritus Professor of Management Systems Fordham University Damian OConnell S.J Campus Ministries Fordham University CJBE 12th Annual Conference Rockhurst University Kansas City MO July 16-18 2009
Presentation Overview Why unified national mission for Jesuit higher education is needed now Proposed approach to accelerate development of unified mission Return to proven 400 year-old formula Implement with 21st century management technology. Your questions and feedback.
Jesuit community struggling to define and justify role of Jesuit higher education Pursuit for national rationale begun in 1974, abandoned in 1976 Experimentation to strengthen identity &define mission continuing; progress slow New sense of urgency: is time running out? Jesuit presence on campuses shrinking Campuses becoming increasingly secular
Time to accelerate process of specifying and implementing national mission for Jesuit higher education in the 21 st century Build on historical precedent and past success. Define new unified mission as Developing leaders in the Jesuit tradition Adapt recently developed, science-based Organizational Learning Contracts methods to guide mission implementation and monitor and assess results Approach mission implementation as a research project, using proven research methods.
Reflect Jesuit values and religious tradition Operational and capable of generating measurable results. Clear and concise Economically viable Address 21 st century needs Encourage innovation, collegiality, and knowledge- sharing among all Jesuit and Catholic colleges and universities
New specification of Jesuit educational mission justifed by research conducted by former Jesuit and J.P. Morgan executive Chris Lowney. Jesuit educators have excelled at successfully developing exceptional leaders for more than four centuries Implementation of new mission accelerated by new science based methods of learning enrichment pioneered by CMU management professors Paul Goodman and Gerard Beenan Learning is more effective when students have explicit understanding of what they are expected to learn, why, and how the new knowledge will be delivered
Shun great man theory: everyone is a leader, leading well or poorly all the time Leadership springs from within; who I am; not what I do Not an act; a way of living for others Leadership is on-going process; learning is never complete. *Chris Lowney Heroic Leadership 2003 p18-23
Self-awareness Ingenuity: ability to innovate and adapt to change Love. Engaging others in ways that unlock their potential Heroism. Energizing yourself and others with heroic ambitions and passion for excellence *Chris Lowney Heroic Leadership 2003 p95-245
New science-based framework for learning process enhancement Developed by CMU management professors Paul S. Goodman and Gerard Beenen Funded by NSF Proven in other applications
Informed by vast literature dealing with learning by college students Shows: learning is more effective when students have explicit understanding of what they are expected to learn, why, and how the new knowledge will be transferred.
Proven means for educational institutions to create specific, shared, expectations among students, faculty, and administrators concerning learning outcomes, learning environments, and the educational assessment system Usually Initiated and maintained at Institution level. (Higher level in this application)
Contracts serve colleges and universities as systematic vehicle for developing, communicating, monitoring and improving a fully integrated student educational experience. Developed cooperatively by faculty, administrators and other stakeholders at the institution, school, and program level Explains to students what they can expect to learn, why, and how and where learning will take place
Assumes constancy of purpose Completed contracts are: Embedded in recruiting materials Featured on institutions website Reviewed at new student orientation Used to guide, assess, and improve students learning experience throughout the time enrolled in the institution.
Learning outcomes Explicit statement of expected outcomes of learning process Learning environments Description of physical environments where learning is delivered Description of learning delivery process Learning systems Institutions systems for managing outcomes, environments, and their intersections
Written specifications of what students are expected to learn as they advance through the educational program
All contractual outcomes are: Explicitly communicated to students, faculty, administrators, and staff.. Are stated at the school level, reflecting both course ad non-course experience Regardless of concentration, student leadership competence will be tracked and measured along with technical competence. Outcomes originating at higher organizational levels tend to be complex and measurement resistant. Must be redefined and simplified.
Physical space where learning delivered Learning delivery methods Culture of learning delivery
Striving for excellence in all things World affirming and focused on action Person centered Value oriented Emphasis on dignity of the individual Commitment to Justice Preferential option for the poor Learning conducted in religious contex Stevan Barken Challenging the Mainstream Conversations Sprng 1993 t
Most fundamental; most problematic for Jesuit higher education* Must serve diverse, pluralistic student body, faculty, and community Must be presented as a force for unity, not division Brings people of different faiths, and no faith, together * Concepts here draw heavily from Steven M. Barkan Lld Challenging the Mainstream,Conversations Spring 1993
Learning systems are systems used to manage learning contracts Learning contracts define on-going relationship between student and institution Contracts must be designed, implemented, coordinated, and outcomes measured, evaluated, and improved. Responsible faculty, administrators and staff must be recruited, motivated, trained, and supervised Economic issues raised by the new learning initiative must be addressed
Presentation outlines accelerated approach for defining and justifying the role of Jesuit higher education in the U.S, today Recommended approach is both conservative and bold. (Propose implementing 16 th century mission with 21 st century management technology)
Can it work? We believe it can if development is approached as any complex innovation and carefully managed. Will it be quick and easy?. No and No. Is success guaranteed? No Is it economically feasible in this tight money period ? Yes Are better alternatives available? Dont know of any Will the benefit be worth the effort? Depends on how you feel about the contribution of Jesuit higher education to nations social fabric