Below are updates from the working group co-chairs about their progress and upcoming efforts:
INTERCONNECTIONS Among Disciplines, Schools, Partners
Meetings: The Interconnections Working Group met as a whole on February 25 and March 18 and held three smaller group meetings hosted by one of the three co-chairs (Paula Ioanide, Bonnie Prunty, and Chris McNamara) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the weeks of March 4 and April 25. We also held a brainstorming meeting in the Park School on April 3.
Discussions, decisions or conclusions: The Interconnections Working Group has 26 members representing numerous departments across campus and includes faculty, staff, and students. We have devoted the first few weeks of our time together to gathering feedback from as many constituents as we can on the topic of interconnections across disciplines, departments, schools, as well as cross-partner collaborations and community engagement. Each working group member identified three communities they are a part of and hosted brainstorming sessions with those groups to get a sense of what the IC community is interested in developing as a vision for the college.
On March 18, we hosted Nicole Eversley Bradwell (Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admission) and Dr. Luvelle Brown (trustee and Ithaca City School District Superintendent) to give our group a sense of the type of student that IC can expect in the future, and they spoke about Generation Z and their desire for flexibility, innovation, and hands-on learning.
That same day, we also heard from Dr. Tanya Saunders, who has extensive institutional memory on the development of interdisciplinary and international programs at IC, who spoke about past systemic barriers to interdisciplinarity and collaboration and possible visions for the future.
Upcoming activity: We have gathered data from over 20 brainstorming sessions with IC constituents and are moving toward analyzing the feedback to determine themes, goals, and objectives articulated by our constituents related to Interconnections.
We will stop gathering feedback by April 12 and move toward refining the working group’s goals and objectives. We will continue to meet every week until May.
Questions? Contact any of the three chairs:
EVOLUTION of Students, Curriculum, College
Meetings: The Evolution Working Group held full working group meetings February 25, March 18, and April 1. Sub-groups have been meeting 1-2 hours every other week and meeting with campus departments to gather information and ideas. We also held brainstorming sessions in the School of Music during the week of March 25-29.
Discussions, decisions or conclusions: We are working to find commonalities between Curriculum, Enrollment and Transformative Student Experience. We have discussed:
- How curriculum can exemplify our mission and lead us towards our vision
- Who the students of the future are and what would they choose for curriculum which leads to a transformative experience
- If the vision is reached, mission fulfilled, and values manifested, what will that transformation look like and what would students experience
- Market strategies, enrollment processes, financial aid packages, program caps are areas that need to be closely looked at for potential changes from campus-wide to the school level to the department level
Important topics rising to the top that students at IC are looking for include advising, mentorship, collaboration among schools/programs, common schedules, flexibility of majors, cross-curricular experiences, experiential learning, support systems, and improved support for transfer students.
Upcoming activity: We have scheduled full working group meetings for April 1, April 15, April 29, and May 13, and sub-group meetings for the weeks of April 8-12 and 22-26.
Questions? Contact any of the three chairs:
INVESTMENT in People, Place, Planet
Meetings: The Investment Working Group conducted brainstorming sessions on March 4, 5, and 12, along with the following focused topical discussions:
- March 19: Prioritization Focus on Place (Presentations by David Weil and Tim Carey)
- March 21: Prioritization Focus on Planet (Presentation by Greg Lischke)
- March 22: Prioritization Focus on People (Presentation by Casey Kendall)
Discussions, decisions or conclusions: We have combined information from open sessions, the February board of trustees session, and strategic planning brainstorming sessions. Central to the ideas are flexibility and cooperation. Flexibility includes multiple uses, multiple stakeholders, service delivery, and revenue generation. Cooperation includes multiple stakeholders, multiple organizations, service delivery, and revenue generation.
Upcoming activity: Over the next week the co-chairs are diving deeper into the ideas that have been expressed or generated. Next tasks are to review these; fill in gaps; add any new items coming from additional sessions/forums; prioritize according to which ones are big/small or more/less important; start to reframe the goal/objective format; and check agreement with the mission, vision, and values statements.
Questions? Contact either of these co-chairs:
We'd like to thank the working groups and their co-chairs for the wise and focused work they've done since forming. And, thank you once again for everything you are doing to help us together imagine a bold future for Ithaca College.
La Jerne Terry Cornish
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, History
Imagining Ithaca Co-Chairs