Quality Collaboratives (QC) Case Study: Inviting a Broad Range of Faculty Participants in Campus Change Efforts
QC Dyad: Los Angeles Pierce College & California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
Contact: Elizabeth Adams, associate vice president of undergraduate studies (CSUN)
The Los Angeles Pierce College and California State University, Northridge (CSUN) QC dyad started the project with a couple of key questions. How could CSUN get students engaged with general education (GE) in such a way that they wanted to stay enrolled in the lower division at CSUN? Perhaps even more critically, how could CSUN partner with their largest “feeder” community college, Pierce College, to encourage students to persist through the lower division core and then transfer to CSUN? During the QC project, we created themes/paths within GE, and rather than engaging in GE reform, we invited faculty to connect across subject areas and general education sections to highlight interdisciplinary thinking. We started with three Paths: Global Studies, Social Justice, and Sustainability, and asked faculty (both tenure/tenure-track and lecturer) to submit courses for inclusion in the Paths. From the beginning, there was a lot of excitement about the project from faculty across departments, disciplines, and contract/tenure lines.