2019 ASCN Systemic Change Institute

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Institute Description

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 Austin, TX, June 13-15, 2019. 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.
    • 4-5 people who are involved in the project as key personnel and/or leaders in the project must attend the workshop in Austin, scheduled for June 13-15, 2019.
  • 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: June 13-15, 2019

Location: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, TX

The workshop will begin in late afternoon on Thursday, June 13, 2019, and end by 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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Institute Outcomes

As a result of participating in this institute, campus change agents will:

  • Understand and apply theories/frameworks of change to institutional change projects
  • Understand the local campus change process, identify important levers, build and lead a change team
  • Develop a plan to advance the existing campus project to meet project goals, including scaling and sustaining efforts

Benefits of Participation

Participants will benefit from close mentoring by accomplished change agents who will help shape their project plan during the summer meeting, check in monthly for advice, and make a campus visit for mentoring in context. Participating individuals will increase their knowledge of how to effectively lead change through access to Institute resources, mentors, and other participants. Teams will become more cohesive and see improved success related to their project goals. Participating institutions will build campus leadership capacity for change.

Sponsorship and Personnel

This Institute is supported by funding from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Trust as an activity of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network.

Project mentors are experienced change agents:

  • Susan Elrod (Provost, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)
  • Benjamin Flores (formerly Dean of the Graduate School, University of Texas El Paso)
  • Judith Ramaley (President Emerita, Portland State University)
  • Sue Rosser (Special Advisor for Research Development and External Partnerships at California State University, Chancellor's Office)
  • Karan Watson (Texas A&M University)

Institute Applications

Applications will be accepted online. Institute tuition of $5000 covers workshop costs for up to 5 team members (programming, access to mentors, group meals, and 3 nights lodging) as well as follow-up activities. A small number of need-based scholarships are available.

Contact Us

For additional information about the institute, please email us at: cricpe-ascn@wmich.edu

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