2017 AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success, Jacksonville, FL

March 18, 2017

Collectivism and Inclusive Excellence: Transforming Student Success While Leading Institutional Change

Dynamic change is often met with resistance for myriad reasons. Approaching comprehensive changes by engaging rather than isolating stakeholders whose past investments in programs and processes could contribute to the future is crucial. This interactive session will engage participants in identifying areas where collaboration to align processes with mission can foster positive programmatic, policy, and institutional change. By framing transformation in the context of institutional mission and the Organizational Developmental Model of Inclusion, Saint Mary’s College of California’s faculty and staff came together to contemplate, deliberate, and then implement research driven, high-impact, 21st century student success practices. The culmination of this work occurs when students successfully transition from dependence to independence to interdependence, leaving college with the tools to be successful in a global society and pursue meaningful lives. Participants will identify their areas of influence and evaluate effective tactics to advance and sustain individual, departmental, and institutional change while infusing strengths-based thinking into strategic planning and implementation.



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