AAC&U is working to build capacity to engage and mobilize faculty to lead transformational change. AAC&U’s Faculty Collaboratives initiative is coordinating this effort across a family of projects that AAC&U is leading or has joined. Faculty engagement, leadership, and creativity are indispensable keys to far-reaching changes in higher education. The Faculty Collaboratives is designed to reach within and across other projects to help faculty leaders and newcomers make sense of and participate in large-scale student success and attainment initiatives. We intend the project to serve a faculty or “faculties” in the midst of change, across the wide and diverse array of ways and roles in which faculty work now in higher education.
The Faculty Collaboratives is creating 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. 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 is supporting 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
This project is supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.luminafoundation.org/.