Collaborating for Change: Flexible Degrees at Portland State University

This blog entry features Portland State University’s Collaborating for Change project efforts. PSU is one of three USU institutions participating in what is known as the Frontier Set, a group of colleges, universities, state higher education systems and partner organizations … Continue reading Collaborating for Change: Flexible Degrees at Portland State University

Success for Adult Learners at University: An On-Line Toolkit

As part of Collaborating for Change, we are releasing a series of resources to advance student success. One of the most under-recognized and growing segments of the student population is the Adult learner. Whether they transfer from two schools, return after a hiatus, or start later, understanding who they are and what they need challenges many universities. Portland State University and the University of Akron, two Collaborating for Change Institutions with large adult learner populations, worked together to develop an on-line tool kit to document and share what they have learned along the way.  The provide recommendations and resources  to … Continue reading Success for Adult Learners at University: An On-Line Toolkit

Revolutionizing the Role of the University: Collaboration to Advance Innovation in Higher Education

USU, APLU and our Collaborating for Change Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are proud to release our newest report, Revolutionizing the Role of the University: Collaboration to Advance Innovation in Higher Education.  This  short but rich brief looks at what we are learning about making innovative change in higher education, drawn from the experiences of seven urban institutions:  Florida International University, Fresno State University,  Georgia State University, Portland State University, Temple University, University of Akron, and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Key Lessons The change process is: Student-centered Collaborative, both across campus and between campus and … Continue reading Revolutionizing the Role of the University: Collaboration to Advance Innovation in Higher Education

Collaborating for Change Launched: Watch it Here

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)  launched Collaborating for Change: Analyzing New Approaches for Student Success, Thursday, March 31 from 2:00-4:00 p (EST) at the National Press Club. Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, moderated presentations from three public urban universities.  Mark Becker, President of Georgia State University opened the event. Featured institutions and university representatives include: Mark Rosenberg, president of Florida International University (FIU), and his team will discuss far-reaching efforts that include a focus on gateway courses and deep roots into the Miami-Dade public schools … Continue reading Collaborating for Change Launched: Watch it Here

Educators Are Pitch Perfect in $165,000 Advising Innovation Competition

Maybe you missed it at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  A  competition developed by APLU and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) that had academic leaders pitching student success innovations to win $165,000, that day. The payoff?  Making their idea a campus reality to energize student success efforts to move thousands of students across the finish line to degree completion. Now you can see it here as well as a panel discussion with leaders from the philanthropies that funded the pitch competition.  The panelists discuss key elements of student success and the higher education … Continue reading Educators Are Pitch Perfect in $165,000 Advising Innovation Competition

Project Management to Support Student Success Innovations

When I think about innovation, it has a dynamic sound. Something in motion, letting our creativity take flight to create new ideas.  Innovation drums up images of fun, movement, even chaos.  But ideas are one thing, putting them into practice is a whole other challenge.  Execution matters. And when it comes to execution, the devil is in the detail. And details never sound like fun. At a recent webinar, USU highlighted two universities using project management techniques to execute innovations to advance student success. Portland State University (PSU) developed a project management framework to implement a set of innovations they … Continue reading Project Management to Support Student Success Innovations