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Faculty Collaboratives Project Overview

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The Faculty Collaboratives will create a large-scale, sustainable network of resource and innovation hubs and a curriculum for faculty professional learning in and across the ten LEAP States, with outreach to four additional states. Phase 1 (2014-2016) will open with five state systems or collaboratives, in California, Indiana, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. The other five LEAP States—Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oregon, and Virginia and the several states in the VALUE MSC project that are not LEAP States—will have support to get a start in Phase 2, 2016-2017.  Reaching thousands of faculty—regardless of field, discipline, or contract type—in ten states and state systems will require an educational strategy for diffusion of knowledge and practice that functions not directly from the project center to individual faculty but through networked community groups of faculty.  The network will support faculty participation, collaboration, and leadership in nationally significant initiatives—the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), GEMs/VALUE Multi-State Collaborative, and Tuning.  The immediate goal is to build faculty interest in and capacity to apply the DQP, Tuning, GEMs, and VALUE to general education programs and practices and to incorporate and advance knowledge of the links between engaged learning practices and improved student persistence and learning.  The second goal is to build ongoing capacity within and across state systems to directly connect faculty teaching and learning practices to increased student success.

Project Activities

  1. Create state-based, faculty-led “Innovation Hubs” in the partner states as primary sites for building faculty leadership for DQP/Tuning reforms. Strategically and intentionally interlink the hubs across the states, creating larger-scale learning communities.
  2. Create locally active and faculty-led innovation networks focused on using DQP/Tuning approaches for campus-based change in general education, assessment, transfer, and related student success initiatives.
  3. Create and deploy—with faculty—a coherent educational framework and a “how-to” curriculum that help faculty make sense of the fast-multiplying family of proficiency initiatives (DQP, Tuning, GEMs, and VALUE).
  4. Help faculty document “what works” and what does not, using “scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)” assumptions and approaches, in supporting faculty use of the DQP/Tuning principles and practices in the context of educational improvement efforts.
  5. Disseminate tools developed by the Innovation Hubs through the Faculty Collaboratives’ social network and through AAC&U’s extensive architecture of working conferences, summer institutes, web and published resources, social media, organizational partnerships, and LEAP leadership networks.

To learn more about this project, please visit the Faculty Collaboratives website.

Visit the Resources for Participants for work plans, templates, presentations, and other materials.



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