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Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

Adult college students who have made significant progress in their careers don’t have time to go back and start all over from the beginning. Although they may lack formal credentials, in many cases they have much of the knowledge and … Continue reading Accessible, Affordable, Attainable: Reinventing Curriculum Delivery in Health Care Education

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VCU Launches New University-Community Partnership: the MLK Jr Collaborative Intervention Project

Like many urban-serving institutions, Virginia Commonwealth University is located in a high-needs community where K-12 students struggle just to learn and prepare for their futures. At Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, for example, the majority of students come … Continue reading VCU Launches New University-Community Partnership: the MLK Jr Collaborative Intervention Project

Small Changes, Big Results: How “Re-imagining the First Year” Is Changing the Way We View Student Success

The undergraduate students of the 21st century in America will include significantly greater numbers of low income, first generation and students of color.  Many of these students will not be as well prepared for college as some previous students.  Yet it’s not simply how many students are college-ready.  In the rapidly-changing circumstances and demographics of this new century, a companion question will be:  How many institutions are student-ready?  How institutions react to this new generation of students, particularly low income, first generation, and students of color, will not only determine how many of these students succeed; it will determine how … Continue reading Small Changes, Big Results: How “Re-imagining the First Year” Is Changing the Way We View Student Success

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Leaders and entrepreneurs gather to tackle urban challenges at CEOs for Cities National Meeting

As a university leader, how can you be sure that students are getting the skills they need to keep up with the rapidly-changing job market? What role should universities play in reducing inequality in the community? How can universities collaborate … Continue reading Leaders and entrepreneurs gather to tackle urban challenges at CEOs for Cities National Meeting

Urban Serving Universities Collaborate to Transform Higher Education, Strengthen Cities

In 2014 a cohort of seven public urban research institutions embarked on a bold journey of transformation with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) in the Transformational Planning Grant (TPG) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMFG). Their goal, reinvention; spark institution-wide reflection and engagement, planning and redesign, that disrupts inefficiencies related to access, diversity, student costs, retention and degree completion and replace them with evidence-based, promising practices that maximize student success and can be scaled and replicated by other institutions. The outgrowth of this multi-year collaboration … Continue reading Urban Serving Universities Collaborate to Transform Higher Education, Strengthen Cities

Will this degree get me a job? Cleveland State’s Career Pathways Orientation

“Will this degree get me a job?” To help students, their families, faculty and employers see the connection between academic pursuits and career aspirations, and to motivate students to complete their degrees, Cleveland State University (CSU) introduced its Career Pathways Orientation to translate between majors and occupations more effectively. Rather than focusing on specific majors as the essential paths to get to specific jobs, career pathways – or Career Lines, as CSU calls them – identify broad but definable categories of career clusters. Each category connects to a diverse set of academic majors and leads to an array of existing … Continue reading Will this degree get me a job? Cleveland State’s Career Pathways Orientation

Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays

At the USU Summer meeting at Cleveland State University, our theme was deep collaboration between campus and community. As part of the event, we had a for-fun pitch session whereby three university representatives had five minutes to pitch to a panel of community judges. The winning collaborative was Wayne State University’s College of Engineering Warrior STEAM Saturdays. Pitched by Jasmine Roberson, Director, Community Engagement, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, the project offers hands on science technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities on six Saturdays throughout the year to Detroit K-12 students. The purpose is to motivate students to … Continue reading Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays

Deep Collaboration Between Campus and Community, Visually Depicted

At the USU Summer meeting, our speakers took a microscope to university-city partnerships and we used a graphic recorder to document their insights and lessons learned. Take a look at the results from three panels. It is an exciting way to share knowledge. The session Leading Change on Campus, as you can see above, taught us that leading change requires engaging with your faculty, staff, students and stakeholders, having a clear plan but a laser focus on execution, ensuring you communicate goals in a form everyone understands, and making course corrections along the way to support your students toward graduation. … Continue reading Deep Collaboration Between Campus and Community, Visually Depicted

Building a Region: CSU5 for Greater Los Angeles

 

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Building a Region: The CSU 5

Five California State University campuses serving Los Angeles have committed to working collaboratively to lend their combined research, education and service capabilities to help shape the future of their region. Working together, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach and CSU Northridge can implement large scale efforts to promote economic and community development and create a powerful network –an Innovation and Industry Commons for Greater LA—that supports employers and better prepares students for the regional workforce. CSU5 was another exciting innovation pitched at the Lumina sponsored Innovation Pitch Challenge. Continue reading “Building a Region: CSU5 for Greater Los Angeles”

Connecting Students to the Labor Market: The Talent Development Network

How can we better connect higher education to employers to the benefit of students, businesses and the city?Innovation Challenge Pitchers 2014

USU put that question to its members. With a grant from Lumina Foundation, we held an innovation pitch session in November, 2014.  Eleven universities pitched eleven approached. They were all excellent. We’ll be featuring them over the coming months. Join us for the journey.

First Stop:  Southern Florida
In South Florida, academic institutions, economic development agencies, non-profit and industry partners have come together to create the Talent Development Network. Its purpose: develop and retain talent regionally and create a regional internship culture that aligns curricula to employers’ needs and facilitates later job placement for students. Continue reading “Connecting Students to the Labor Market: The Talent Development Network”