NITLE Shared Academics - Project DAVID: Collective Vision and Action for Liberal Arts Colleges


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As liberal arts colleges and universities consider their missions and contemplate the future, significant challenges lie ahead—financial sustainability, increased competition and public perception of value to name a few. Yet many opportunities lie waiting, too—new technologies and digital tools enable faculty and students to traverse many boundaries, increasing access and furthering support of scholarship and learning. Project DAVID uses a set of themes—distinction, analytics, value, innovation, and digital opportunities—to guide leadership through the various factors, forces, and challenges they face and consider how they might reinvent themselves. In this seminar Ann Hill Duin, professor at the University of Minnesota, founder of Project DAVID and a NITLE Fellow along with contributors to the Project DAVID eBook -- Elizabeth Brennan, Associate Professor and Director of Special Education Programs, California Lutheran University; Ty Buckman, Professor of English and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & Curriculum, Wittenberg University; Autumm Caines, Academic Technology Specialist, Capital University; and, Wen-Li Feng, Curriculum Technology Specialist, Capital University -- outlines how they are using these themes to examine current challenges and opportunities and to design their futures.

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NITLE Shared Academics - Project DAVID: Collective Vision and Action for Liberal Arts Colleges

  1. 1. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision   and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges     Ann  Hill  Duin   Professor,  University  of  Minnesota   NITLE  Fellow   Ty  Buckman   Professor  of  English  and  Associate   Provost  for  Undergraduate  Affairs  &   Curriculum,  WiHenberg  University   Autumm  Caines   Academic  Technology  Specialist,   Capital  University     Elizabeth  Brennan   Associate  Professor  and  Director  of   Special  EducaMon  Programs,   California  Lutheran  University   Wen-­‐Li  Feng   Curriculum  Technology  Specialist,   Capital  University  
  2. 2. hHp://   Project  DAVID  eBook  
  3. 3. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Framing  Ques0ons   •  How  might  colleges  and  universiMes  use  the   themes  of  disMncMon,  analyMcs,  value,   innovaMon,  and  digital  opportuniMes  (thus,   DAVID)  as  a  means  to  consider  how  they  might   reinvent  themselves?     •  As  they  focus  on  aHending  to  the  challenges   and  opportuniMes  their  insMtuMons  face,  what   are  they  learning  that  informs  how  the  sector   might  envision  its  future?    
  4. 4. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Poll  Ques0on   •  Which  theme  most  resonates  with  you?   – DisMncMon   – AnalyMcs   – Value   – InnovaMon   – Digital  opportunity  
  5. 5. Overview   •  CollecMve  Vision   –  DAVID  themes   •  AcMon   –  InnovaMon   •  Ty  Buckman   –  ReinvenMon   •  Elizabeth  Brennan   –  Digital  opportunity   •  Autumm  Caines  &      Wen-­‐Li  Feng   •  Envisioning  the  future  
  6. 6. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE  
  7. 7. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE    Project  DAVID  is  about  showcasing  strategic  reinvenMon   underway  across  higher  educaMon.  We  use  a  set  of   themes-­‐-­‐DisMncMon,  AnalyMcs,  Value,  InnovaMon,  Digital   opportuniMes  (thus,  DAVID)-­‐-­‐and  associated  quesMons  to   idenMfy  and  share  how  insMtuMons  are  posiMoning   themselves  for  future  success.  Key  quesMons:   •  How  are  colleges  and  universiMes  reinvenMng   themselves?   •  How  do  faith  and  learning  components  impact   reinvenMon?   Intended  outcomes  include  a  common  conversaMon   among  insMtuMons  about  the  keys  to  their  future  success   and  the  degree  to  which  those  keys  are  shared.  
  8. 8. •  Augsburg  College,  Minneapolis,  MN   •  Bethany  College,  Lindsborg,  KS   •  Cal  Lutheran  University,  Thousand  Oaks,  CA   •  Capital  University,  Columbus,  OH   •  Concordia  College,  Moorhead,  MN   •  Concordia  University,  St.  Paul,  MN   •  Ge?ysburg  College,  GeHysburg,  PA                                       •  Grand  View  University,  Des  Moines,  IA   •  Gustavus  Adolphus,  St.  Peter,  MN   •  Lenoir-­‐Rhyne  University,  Hickory,  NC   •  Macalester  College,  St.  Paul,  MN   •  Muhlenberg  College,  Allentown,  PA   •  Newberry  College,    Newberry,  SC   •  Roanoke  College,    Salem,  VA   •  St.  Olaf  College,  Northfield,  MN   •  Susquehanna  University,    Selinsgrove,  PA   •  Thiel  College,  Greenville,  PA   •  Wagner  College,    Staten  Island,  NY           •  Wartburg  College,  Waverly,  IA   •  Wi?enberg  University,  Springfield,  OH  
  9. 9. Selingo, J.J. (2013). College (Un)bound: The future of higher education and what it means for students. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Norris, D., Brodnick, R., Lefrere, P., Gilmour, J., Bear, L., Duin, A.H., & Norris, S. (2013). Transforming in an age of disruptive change. Society for College and University Planning.
  10. 10. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE  
  11. 11. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Amid  the  immense  change   underway  in  higher  educa0on,   how  might  my  college  or   university  reinvent  itself  for   sustainability,  for  relevance,  for   survival?  
  12. 12. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Dis0nc0on    How  is  each  insMtuMon  making  a   compelling  case  as  to  why  and   how  its  programs  are  disMncMve?     For  Lenoir-­‐Rhyne  University,   disMncMon  is  …   –  Liberal  arts   –  ReputaMon  for  personal  aHenMon   –  ConnecMon  to  the  church   –  ConnecMon  to  community     President  Powell,  Lenoir-­‐Rhyne  University  
  13. 13. Analy0cs   How many, how often, where? Where exactly is the problem? What actions are needed? Why is this happening? What if these trends continue? What will happen next? What’s the best that can happen? From Competing on Analytics, Thomas Davenport and Jeanne Harris
  14. 14. Analy0cs      “All  of  our  insMtuMons  need   a  culture  of  measurement   and  accountability  that   enables  us  to  demonstrate   the  value  we  create  for   individuals  and  for   insMtuMons  through  the   educaMon  we  offer.  To  meet   all  these  needs  and  to  aHain   all  these  goals,  we  are  called   on  to  aHend  to  vocaMon  in   the  liberal  arts.”    President  Anderson,  St.  Olaf  College    
  15. 15. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Affordability    “The  disrupMon  that’s   needed  is  in  the  way  we   price,  package,  and   finance  the  educaMon  we   provide,  more  so  than  in   the  delivery  of   educaMon.  The  real  issue   is  cost  …”    President  Henning,  Grand  View   University  
  16. 16. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Value   Value  =  financial  independence,   professional   accomplishment,  and   personal  fulfillment     Value  =  quality  +  affordability     Value  =  Outcomes  x  Experiences   Cost  
  17. 17. Innova0on   Student  success  focus   Signature  programs  linked  to  community   Consor0a   New  business  models   InnovaMon  task  forces   Open  source  resources      “ReinvenMon  of  a  core  business  model   cannot  be  aHempted  in  a  serious  way   without  challenging  the  very  nature  of   our  insMtuMonal  missions.”       Assoc.  Provost  Ty  Buckman,  WiHenberg  University  
  18. 18. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Digital  opportunity    “What  worked:  visits  to  other  schools   (e.g.,  Johns  Hopkins);  everyone  on   the  commiHee  enrolled  in  a  MOOC;   the  leader  of  Penn  State’s  Global   Campus  visited  Muhlenberg;  visits   with  professionals  who  are  taking   online  courses;  visits  with  students   who  are  taking  online  courses.  They   put  aside  $1M  for  implementaMon  of   recommendaMons  for  online  courses.   CollaboraMon  of  students,  staff,   trustees.”       Muhlenberg  College,  Online  Task  Force  
  19. 19. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Collabora0on    “As  an  IT  leader  -­‐  how  do  I   transform  how  we  deliver   educaMon?  I  see  DAVID  as   about  learning  what  others   are  doing,  trying  opMons   out,  creaMng  a  larger   feedback  loop  to  share,   experiment,  and  see  what   happens.  We  can’t  survive   without  collaboraMng.”       Mark  Huber,  Susquehanna  University  
  20. 20. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Opportunity  in  Necessity:  Dis0nc0veness,  Innova0on,   and  the  Historical  Moment  for  Liberal  Arts  Ins0tu0ons   Ty  Buckman,  associate  provost  at   WiHenberg  University,  will  share   about  how  their  InnovaMon  Task   Force  used  the  DAVID  themes  as   a  way  to  look  at  improvements  to   the  university’s  core  enterprise  of   educaMng  undergraduates,   idenMfy  more  compelling  ways  of   presenMng  the  DisMncMveness  of   that  educaMon,  and  employ   InnovaMon  as  a  means  of   generaMng  new  revenue  and   expanding  the  university’s  reach   into  new  markets.    
  21. 21. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Incremental  Change   •  Liberal  arts  colleges  and   incremental  change:  slow  only   seems  slow  when  it  is  compared  to   fast.  BeHer  to  compare  slow  to   staMonary  or  glacial.     •  One  species  of  incremental   change:  ‘dual  purpose  innovaMon’:   providing  a  marginal  benefit  for   tradiMonal  students  while  using  the   same  course  or  program  to  reach   new  students,  in  the  same  space  or   through  a  new  medium  or  channel.   Example  of  Business  290.  
  22. 22. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Ins0tu0onal  Propriocep0on   •  The  logic  of  plans  and  strategic   iniMaMves  is  only  apparent  to   campus  stakeholders  who  have  a   basic  understanding  of  where   their  insMtuMon  is  in  Mme  and   space,  in  its  historical  moment.   Without  sufficient  ‘insMtuMonal   propriocepMon’  dispersed   throughout  a  campus  –  through  a   strong  sense  of  community  and   good  communicaMon  –  leaders   may  find  it  difficult  or  impossible   to  build  a  consensus  for  change   even  when  change  is  most   needed.  
  23. 23. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Innova0on  Task  Force   •  Incremental  change  and   insMtuMonal  propriocepMon  can   be  augmented  by  a  collecMve   approach  to  innovaMon  and   adaptaMon.     •  Innova0on  Task  Force  Charge:   The  InnovaMon  Task  Force  will   idenMfy,  explore,  and  help   develop  programs,  iniMaMves,  and   campus  improvements  that  are   both  consistent  with  WiHenberg   University's  mission  and  likely  to   provide  enhanced  revenue   toward  the  fulfillment  of  that   mission.  
  24. 24. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   DAVID:  Reinven0on  of     Lutheran  Graduate  Educa0on   Elizabeth  Brennan,  professor  at   California  Lutheran  University,   will  share  about  the  importance   of  conMnuous  reinvenMon  and   how  the  DAVID  themes  provided   a  framework  for  examining   strategic  planning  and  efforts   toward  sustainability  within  a   graduate  program  that  is   embedded  in  a  Lutheran   university.    
  25. 25. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   The  DAVID  themes  provided  a  framework  for   meeMng  challenges  within  our  programs  which   are:   – Regional  (budding  online  presence)   – Faith-­‐based     – Facing  strong  compeMMon  locally  and  online   – Juggling  huge  external  and  internal  demands   Context  and  Relevance  
  26. 26. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   •  DisMncMon   •  AnalyMcs   •  Value   •  InnovaMon   •  Digital  opportuniMes   DAVID  as  a  guide  for  reinven0on  
  27. 27.   SoluMon:  Understanding  that  our  Lutheran-­‐based   understanding  of  "finding  purpose”  is  parMcularly  salient  at   the  graduate  level  and  may  be  key  to  our  sustainability     Moving  forward:  Revaluing  this  as  our  dis$nc$on.     Dis0nc0on:  Between  a  rock  and  a   hard  place?  
  28. 28. Challenge:  ReacMng  to  external  reporMng  as  a  burden     SoluMon:  Viewing  analyMcs  as  a  framework  for  program   improvement   –  Increases  faculty  buy-­‐in  and  parMcipaMon   –  Actually  informs  our  pracMce   –  Aligns  with  new  naMonal  ‘conMnuous  improvement’  mode     Moving  forward:  IncorporaMng  analyMcs  as  a  criMcal  component   of  conMnuous  improvement  and  not  an  ‘event’.     Analy0cs:  He’s  not  heavy,  he’s  my   brother!  
  29. 29. Challenge:  Conveying  ‘value’  amidst  ‘cheaper’  compeMMon     SoluMon:  Mentoring  v  Advising  and  the  Professional   Development  School  Model     Moving  forward:  Focus  on  increasing  the  Mentor  model  and   school  partnerships   Value:  A  penny  for  your  thoughts?  
  30. 30. Challenge:  Diminishing  resources  and  increasing  demands     SoluMon:  Using  this  challenge  as  a  catalyst  to  INNOVATE  and   proacMvely  merge  programs  under  a  state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art  new  co-­‐ teaching  paradigm     Moving  forward:  ConMnue  to  idenMfy  ways  to  respond  to   research-­‐based  program  delivery  while  marshaling  resources   Innova0on:  Leaving  one  to  one’s  own   devices!  
  31. 31. Challenge:  Difference  between  School  of  Management  and  TUG   online  presence     SoluMon:  Rapidly  increased  focus  on  faculty  training  and  social   media  presence  through  creaMon  of  a  new  posiMon     Moving  forward:  Increasing  our  hybrid  course  offerings  and   online  presence  in  keeping  with  GSOE  faculty  focus  on  quality     Digital  opportuni0es:  Pickle  in  the   middle  …  
  32. 32. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Engaging  Digital  Opportuni0es  in  the   Midst  of  the  Perfect  Storm   Autumm  Caines  and   Wen-­‐Li  Feng,  instrucMonal   technologists  at   Capital  University,  will  share   about  how  their  campus  has   created  open  collaboraMve   structures  for  conversaMons   that  encourage  meaningful   discussion  of  Digital   OpportuniMes  for  growth   and  expansion.    
  33. 33. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Autumm  Caines  and  Wen-­‐Li  Feng  
  34. 34. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE  
  35. 35. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Center  for  Excellence  in  Learning  and  Teaching  
  36. 36. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Learn  
  37. 37. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Explore  
  38. 38. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Share   ADDIE:   Analysis   Design   Development   Implementa0on   Evalua0on  
  39. 39. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Technology  Use  
  40. 40. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Course  Management  Experience  
  41. 41. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Reflec0on  
  42. 42. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   This  course  allows  me  to  schedule  my  work  to  fit  my  busy  schedule.  There  is   a  lot  of  freedom  associated  with  this  format  because  you  can  take  your  work   with  you  anywhere  which  is  great  for  busy  individuals  like  me  …       I  do  not  feel  that  this  class  is  easier  than  taking  it  in  a  lecture  format  though.     It  sMll  takes  a  lot  of  work  and  discipline  to  complete  the  assignments  on   Mme.  My  suggesMon  to  students  who  are  taking  this  course  in  the  future   would  be  to  make  sure  that  they  do  not  procrasMnate  by  making  sure  that   they  use  their  Mme  and  new  found  freedom  wisely.  You  can  do  your  work   anywhere,  take  advantage  of  it!     I  feel  that  there  is  plenty  of  communicaMon  and  feedback  where  it  is  needed.     The  professor  did  a  great  job  making  this  on-­‐line  course  a  more  than   acceptable  replacement  for  the  tradiMonal  lecture  course.  It  would  be   rewarding  to  many  to  have  more  courses  set  up  like  this  one  for  other   general  educaMon  requirements  for  the  students  that  have  the  discipline  and   ability  to  succeed  in  this  environment.  
  43. 43. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Poll  Ques0on   •  How  might  you  use  the  DAVID  themes  for   collecMve  vision  and  acMon?   – For  collecMve  visioning  locally   – For  work  on  inter-­‐insMtuMonal  partnerships   – For  inviMng  contributors  to  share  their  story  and   work  with  my  insMtuMon   – For  arMculaMng  ideas  for  me  to  share  with  my   insMtuMon   – Other…  
  44. 44. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Sugges0on:  World  Café  Exercise   •  What  is  our  college  or   university  called  to  be?   •  How  can  our  liberal  arts   colleges  reinvent   themselves?   •  What  role  does   collaboraMon  play  in   our  future?  
  45. 45. Input  from  LECNA  presidents   Voca0on   •  Our  mission  and  vocaMon  are  rooted  in  the  whole  self  for  the  sake  of  the  world.   •  We  need  stronger  collecMve  mission  among  insMtuMons  to  moMvate/drive  shared  acMon.   •  We  must  reconnect  with  our  tradiMon’s  historic  mission  to  serve  all  students.   Reinven0on   •  How  do  we  best  describe  our  value  and  idenMty  to  the  public?   •  We  must  develop  pracMcal  programs  for  meeMng  the  needs  of  students  (redesign  undergraduate   programs,  develop  programs  for  a  diverse  market,  and  ensure  that  our  mission  is  applied  to  contemporary   needs  and  issues).     •  We  must  embrace  the  centrality  of  student  success  (outcomes,  graduaMon,  employment).   •  We  must  create  a  culture  of  innovaMon;  innovaMon  is  an  acMon  word.   Collabora0on   •  Leaders  must  value  collaboraMon  for  it  to  work.  Academic  and  administraMve  partnerships  are  key  for   efficiency,  diversity,  stewardship,  inclusion,  and  producMvity.  If  we  collaborate  regardless  of  theological   •  differences,  ethics  and  other  differences,  we  can  thrive.   •  What  might  be  rewards  and  incenMves  for  collaboraMon?  How  will  we  maintain  idenMty  when  in   collaboraMon?   •  What  is  the  boldest  expression  of  our  collaboraMon?     •  Together,  how  might  we  reform,  innovate,  arMculate,  collaborate,  and  forMfy  liberal  arts  educaMontwenty-­‐ first  century  skills-­‐-­‐for  a  changing  world?    Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, annual meeting, 2014
  46. 46. Project  DAVID:  Collec0ve  Vision  and  Ac0on  for  Liberal  Arts  Colleges                        Twi?er:    #NITLE   Contact  Us!    Ann  Hill  Duin   Elizabeth  Brennan   Ty  Buckman   Autumm  Caines   Wen-­‐Li  Feng  
  47. 47.  Our  collecMve  thanks   to  NITLE  for  the   opportunity  to  do   this  webinar.      We  look  forward  to   collaboraMng  with   you!