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  • RiSE Steering Committee 4:24 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink  

    A Retreat to Advance 

    CQ4INp0W8AESmae How will we know that the RiSE Project has been successful? Of the many possible answers to this question, I like this one: We will know that RiSE has succeeded when AU faculty and staff see themselves as a single, multi-faceted community, wholeheartedly dedicated to helping our students thrive.

    We saw the foundations of that community in the 154 colleagues who attended last Friday’s Fall Leadership Retreat. The day had many highlights: stirring injunctions from President Kerwin and Provost Bass; Dr. Eugene Tobin’s remark that the Mellon Foundation views RiSE as “potentially the most innovative and transformative work” in higher education today; a compelling panel by key project leaders on RiSE’s progress to date. But the true highlight of the day was “shown” not “told,” as faculty and staff from across the university worked their way—with creativity, vision and great good cheer—through facilitator Darin Eich’s engaging exercises in “breakthrough innovation.”

    Over the next several weeks, we will learn a great deal about how other complex organizations—including Wegman’s, the Cleveland Clinic, and two dozen peer universities—are approaching their twenty-first century service challenges. But here at AU we see programs, longstanding and emergent, that already bear the seeds of the support community we aspire to build. If you were implementing RiSE at a peer institution, what aspects of AU’s practice today would you consider exemplary and worthy of emulation? Why? Comments welcome.

    — Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
    RiSE Task Force Co-Chair

  • RiSE Steering Committee 4:32 pm on October 7, 2015 Permalink  

    A Clean Sheet of Paper 

    RiSE-for-blogWhat if you had the opportunity to redesign student services to help today’s undergraduates, from scratch? If you could consider the needs of the population of current students–diverse, talented, goal-oriented and driven digital natives, who are more likely to be far from home, more likely to be stressed and less likely to be resilient than college students of the past–what would your services look like?

    That’s an AU proposition that the Mellon Foundation found compelling. So they provided a grant for the university to explore the question. A task force and steering committee have been hard at work, collecting the information that will help us imagine a new framework for student services and support for student success. Recognizing that our current support systems are vestiges of a design formed nearly a century ago, we’re assuming that the design for Twenty First Century student might look different.

    There have been and will be multiple occasions to provide your ideas and input into this project. This blog is one way to share your input and creative thinking.  So if you started with a clean sheet of paper, what would your design for student support and success look like? Where would you start?  Comments welcome.

    — Terry Flannery, Vice President for Communication
    RiSE Steering Committee member

    • weil 11:57 am on October 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Every Student should be assigned their own human guide and budget – creating a true student centered budget and set of systems, in addition to a technological interface (one-stop shopping) – AND building more peer mentoring into the systems. Students need to be empowered more – it is not just about staff and faculty.

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