The Institute is designed to support campus change agents in using institutional change strategies to advance STEM change projects to greater scale and sustainability. Campus teams will bring existing projects, envisioned or started, that they need help bringing to scale or longer-term sustainability. Campus teams may be struggling with leadership turnover, lack of resources or infrastructure, team dynamics, shifting project goals and priorities, or other challenges. Institute participants will learn about the national context and drivers for change, theories and frameworks of change and the logistics of managing change projects to advance them to scale and sustainability. The Systemic Change Institute is a year-long commitment from ASCN to support teams, and a commitment by teams to work with mentors toward achieving project goals. Institute participants will be mentored throughout the year by STEM leaders, researchers, and change agents who have experience with reform projects. The institute kicks off with a two-day workshop that takes place in Philadelphia, July 18 – 20, 2018. Virtual progress meetings will also be scheduled throughout the following year, and mentors will make one site visit to each team’s institution.
Who Should Participate
- Members from institutional teams who have initiated a STEM change project that go beyond a single course and focuses on program, department, college or university-wide reform but have hit a plateau, feel the need to rethink project elements, or are looking for more guidance for next steps.
- 2-5 people who are involved in the project as key personnel and/or leaders in the project must attend the workshop in Philadelphia, scheduled for July 18 – 20, 2018.
- STEM change projects should target outcomes that make significant changes toward improving student learning, experiences and success. Change projects focused on these outcomes are central to improving retention, graduation, and closing the achievement gap for underserved populations, such as underrepresented minority (URM) or first-generation students.
Workshop Dates and Location
Dates: July 18-20, 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
The workshop will begin in late afternoon on July 18, 2018 and end by 4 pm on July 20, 2018.