Creating an Institution-wide Co-curricularDevelopment PlanRob Flot, Carolyn Golz, & Timothy StateLake Forest College
Before We Begin…Learning outcomes for this session:Understand the value of an institution-wide co-curriculardevelopment plan (CCDP).Learn about one process of creating a CCDP. Develop ideas for implementing a similar initiative on your own campus.Exposure to a CCDP informed by a philosophy thatemphasizes learning that occurs outside of the classroom.Think about ways in which to collaborate with keycampus partners to support co-curricular student learningand success.
Session Outline Who are we – Lake Forest College Why is a cohesive institution-wide CCDP important? What are we hoping to accomplish with our CCDP? The process that we followed Learning outcomes we have developed Next steps Discussion Question and answer
Lake Forest College Traditional private four-yearliberal arts college Founded in 1857 ~1,500 undergraduates Primarily residential: ~1,150 oncampus 37% of international studentsand domestic students of color 30 miles north of downtownChicago 13,500 Alumni ~5,000 within an hour of campus
Importance of CCDP Rationale It is commonly agreed that a fair portion of a college student’s educationtakes place outside of the classroom, whether it is by participating inclubs and sports, volunteering for a charity, leading a studentorganization, seeing a professor during office hours, or attending aCollege-sponsored lecture or concert. Philosophy The CCDP will help all co-curricular departments focus their efforts andresources more collaboratively, constructively, and intentionally, withoutthe need for additional resources.
What we hope to accomplish The CCDP is an initiative designed to provide a co-curricular learning process that is: Congruent Intentional Systematic In addition, the CCDP will be a benefit if we candemonstrate to prospective students and parents a “value-added” component to the overall student experience at theCollege by providing a co-curricular experience that is: Rich Relevant Unique
Our Process Community building/ engagement initiative Initially a Student Affairs strategic programming initiative: researchingother Student Affairs mission statements and higher ed co-curricular corevalues Resulted in creation of a mission and vision for Student Affairs and 7 corevalues The values and objectives that emerged led us to consider how other co-curricular departments might fit into a campus-wide learning model Campus-wide collaboration led to an evolution from Student Affairs CCDPto the Forester Five The initiative then went from one singular large group, to include threesubcommittees Template Development and Assessment Publicity and Marketing Implementation
Revisiting our pathAs the initiative evolved andgrew larger, we needed toreconsider our initial plan.Imagine…We’re taking a trip.Where do we want to go?How do we want to get there?Can’t we all just get along?
Our ProcessFrom 7 core values … Holistic Development Learning Engagement Diversity Citizenship Responsibility Integrity…to the “Forester Five: Creating aLegacy” Think with Purpose Engage in Community Lead the Way Champion Diversity Strive to Achieve
Working with Key Constituents Admissions Athletics Career Advancement Center Center for Chicago Programs Communications and Marketing Dean of Faculty Dean of Students Development and Alumni Relations Health & Wellness Center Intercultural Relations Residence Life Student Life/Student Center
Learning OutcomesCHAMPION DIVERSITY Description The College’s mission statement encourages our students to embrace cultural diversity and learn tobecome effective members of the global community. Students will become adept at approachingdifferences openly, honestly, and respectfully; enriching their educational experience by learning fromand about each other. We value diversity in our ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in equal measure tothe breadth and depth of the variety of experiences our students, staff, and faculty bring to campus. Goal Lake Forest College students will, as a part of their co-curricular experiences, develop understanding,respect, appreciation for the diverse cultures and experiences of the community members around them.Students will be prepared to live, work, and serve, respectfully and responsibly, in the immediate,societal, and global community. Learning OutcomesDuring their co-curricular experience at the College, Lake Forest College students will: Define and understand the multiple, intersecting, and evolving aspects of their own social and culturalidentities; Explore, understand, and respect the different beliefs, behaviors, values, and worldviews of individualsin their community; Engage in intercultural dialogue to understand communication, interpersonal, and contextual dynamicsbetween and among cultural groups; Practice respectful ways of interacting with individuals across cultural differences; and Display social responsibility and ethical service to others in their community.
Next Steps… Presenting to committees, governance groups, faculty &administrative staff meetings Discuss in relation to current strategic planning process Brochure for sharing across campus Involve students Implement Fall 2013: pre-launch, launch, & post-launch Assessment
Discussion Do any of your campuses have something similar? What might a co-curricular development plan look like on yourcampus? What key stakeholders would you want to include in the process? Red flags or concerns?
Questions?Rob FlotDean of Studentsflot@lakeforest.eduCarolyn GolzSenior Associate Dean of Studentsgolz@lakeforest.eduTimothy StateAssociate Vice President for Alumni Relationsstate@lakeforest.edu