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System Collaboration What can we do together?
LEAP States Discussion Thomas B. Steen University of North Dakota Larry R. Peterson North Dakota State University North Dakota General Education Council
The big LEAP When people in a system come together, what is it, exactly, that we do?
Finding Purpose Transferability Faculty development Assessment sharing Curriculum alignment Degree tuning Forum for discussion & review
Finding Balance Too much – system effort is diluted, competing priorities, doesnt get it done. Too little – minimal accomplishment, low interest, doesnt matter
Sharpening our aim: LEAP Improving student learning Refining what kind of learning matters Broad essential learning AND specialized majors Shifting from courses taken Move away from disinterested learning thats just good for you Disconnect between GE and the major
Collaborations for UG Learning Three Examples
BolognaProcess The European collaboration
CompassProject Three States & the AACU
North Dakotas GE Council 18 schools: public, tribal, private Started meeting Spring/09 Summits twice/year Formal organization in progress Focus: general education – both portability and quality
What What is the state of your state?
Who Who is involved in your state or system?
Why What are the main reasons why your system came together?
Food for Thought: What are the key obstacles that systems (Yours? Any?) need to over come?
The Transfer Issue How does transfer support or hinder collaboration across a system?
The Vision Question What should a system work together on? For?
Framing Questions for System Collaboration Organizational structure? Human relations support? System political considerations? Symbolic work? (After Bolman & Deal, 2008)
Organizational Is there an ideal structure for a system collaboration? What are the key essentials for an effective organization?
Support for Human Relationships What do faculty need to do a great job at teaching GE across the system? What do students need to learn well? When they move across the system? What key staffregistrars, enrollment, system office--play crucial roles? What do they need to do well?
Political Interests What are the interests of insiders (e.g., faculty, academic staff, admin.)? What are the interests of important outsiders (e.g., politicians, business, ???) What are the critical interests of students across the system? At different institutions? How do we balance the interests of individual schools with the interest of the system as a whole?
Symbolizing Success What is the key system message? Tagline? What kind of event will symbolize the system when it works well? What kind of persons do you want to lead? What do you hope they do?
Now what? Gettin' good players is easy. Gettin' 'em to play together is the hard part. --Casey Stengel
Whats Next? The Big Goal: Increase high quality college degrees in the U.S. to 60%* by 2025 (Department of Education; Lumina Foundation) *currently about 40%
Michael, if you cant pass, you cant play. Coach Dean Smith to Michael Jordan, In his freshman year at UNC
Systems Share Students Within institutions From one institution to the next From other systems into yours, and from yours into others Students change majors Student learning connects and links in quality GE Transfer numbers are rising Online instruction eases intra-institutional work
Will We Play Well? In basketball, the ultimate expression of a great team is their passing. In higher education, the indicators of a great system are …….. ?