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ALA 2013: Reimagining a Philosophy of Excellence

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ALA 2013: Reimagining a Philosophy of Excellence

  1. 1. Reimagining a philosophy of excellence: New habits of mind Janet Cottrell, Champlain College @cottrell | cottrell@champlain.edu
  2. 2. Context • Founded in 1878 • Beautiful campus • Small • 2,000 UG • 13:1 • Avg 17, max 30 • Geography
  3. 3. Context • Fast pace of change • Business, communic ation, human studies, technology • Liberal arts core
  4. 4. “A radically pragmatic education”
  5. 5. Advantages • Budget ? • Staffing ? • Time ? • Support ? • Past success ? Nope!
  6. 6. Finding direction: • Mission • Start with why
  7. 7. Finding direction: • Mission • Start with why • Embedded info lit • inquiry-based • scaffolded • rubric-based assessment • Intentional innovation and autonomy • Reflective practice
  8. 8. Since then: • Turnover of 25-30% • Core “broke” our model • Instruction, and • Assessment What to do?
  9. 9. Renewal: • Confidence during change • Identifying what to preserve • Great hires • Management team • Continued reflective practice
  10. 10. Habits of mind • Reflection/retreat • Tolerating failure • Living with uncertainty • Resonance • Resilience • Grit (CWRU and Penn)
  11. 11. Habits of mind • Reflection/retreat • Tolerating failure • Living with uncertainty • Resonance • Resilience • Grit (CWRU and Penn) Knickers in a twist? Audeamus!
  12. 12. Janet Cottrell, Champlain College Library @cottrell | cottrell@champlain.edu | champlain.edu/library

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