Learning College Week Spring 2019 Activity

The LCW presentation's focus was to allow faculty to give input on the GP guiding principles and present the work that has been done on meta-majors. 

Link to PowerPoint presentation

LCW

Appreciative Inquiry activity focusing on Guiding Principles

Discover

  • Identify Strengths: What do you do well individually or as a team?

Dream

  • In an ideal world, how do you envision your strengths (or the strengths of your team) help students enter college, be successful while in college, ensure learning and success after college?
  • Do you have any concerns that you would like addressed?

Design

  • Discover opportunities:  do you recognize any opportunities within your concerns that could result in positive change?
  • Is there student feedback that can be interpreted as an opportunity?

 

Activity Results 

Discovery

  • We want to empower and listen to students
  • Our strength is our diversity
  • We are great motivators and we care, we are passionate
  • We focus on our students and their success (student-centered)
  • We have integrated instructional Library resources
  • We are teaching our students to become independent thinkers and critical thinkers
  • We are leveraging each other's strengths
  • We are committed to our students
  • We help each other work collaboratively and support each other
  • We develop creative approaches to teaching and learning and we are innovative
  • We are experts in our subject matters
  • We have industry experience
  • Teaching reading,  writing and critical thinking is our strength
  • We are a creative community
  • We offer excellent facilities, we have a large community of clubs, abroad experience, mentoring
  • We encourage cross-collaboration
  • We encourage healthy skepticism, individual exploration and critical thinking
  • Our strength is resilience
  • Our strength includes teaching students how to determine the quality and accuracy of information
  • We acknowledge the digital divide for underserved students
  • Our institutional goals include information literacy
  • We provide experts, Networks, and resources to our students
  • We encourage our students to take risks
  • We create Student Success by creating transfer opportunities and employment opportunities
  • We have high transfer rates
  • We clarify course expectations to our students
  • We teach students problem-solving skills,  soft skills and presentation skills

Dream

  • Connect students with faculty and help students understand the value of education and stay on path
  • More opportunities for students to connect to learning communities and a community for each major
  • Implement a one-unit course on what a student can do with their major
  • Systemizing our teamwork at the institutional level
  • Set roles, tasks, expectations and create "high-touch" practices to support students
  • Increase integration and collaboration between instruction and student services
  • Build computer systems that interface with one another so they become a strength, not a barrier to effective teamwork
  • Places where deaf and hearing students can learn, grow, communicate without barriers
  • Bridge to employment - increase employment readiness 
  • Attain, attract, mentor and retain students
  • Engage students to learn and provide opportunities for students to grow, develop and mature intellectually
  • Develop student's soft skills such as study skills, teamwork
  • Transforming our lab into an interdisciplinary writing lab
  • Have a few basic skills / ESL courses as a component of each meta-major certificate
  • Pathways include opportunities to explore across disciplines including arts and social sciences
  • Institutional support for community building
  • SLOs align across disciplines
  • Determine successful skills to move students forward
  • Coordination between areas and Logistics
  • Willingness to see counselors
  • Make students aware of resources available at Ohlone that help bridge the digital divide
  • Students receive instructions on how to locate and evaluate information
  • Ethical use of information by students
  • Increase peer-to-peer collaboration in learning
  • Relate information to students personal lives and decisions
  • Easy, clear, perfect pipeline for student enrollment and registration
  • Link students to resources
  • Continuous support for onboarding
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration to maximize student progression
  • Full classes and classes that aren't canceled
  • Ongoing communication with alumni
  • All loops are closed to make students successful
  • Create your own major
  • Collaborative assignments across courses and disciplines
  • Applied learning internships
  • Surveys on interdisciplinary topics
  • Every student becomes a critical thinker
  • Underprepared students receive more help
  • Integrate all departments into path for well-rounded students
  • Administration follows teachers
     

Concerns

  • How do we bring students up to the level of high school?
  • Bulldozer parents,  crushed middle-class parents
  • We talk a lot but we do not get started
  • Too many changes at once
  • Students or not being prepared
  • The third pillar is missing Community Building
  • Silos
  • Balancing student needs and collaboration with colleagues
  • Scheduling
  • Willingness to act, change is slow
  • Cynicism
  • Balance collaboration and competition for students,  will guided Pathways cause me to lose students?
  • How to Market ourselves
  • Stability and retention of our team and key team members
  • How to support students in danger of failing
  • How to support student's outside needs
  • Enrollment and qualified students (IPP)
  • Cost of living
  • Outreach
  • Housing
  • Commute
  • Lack of replacement and filling  FT faculty positions
  • Campus-wide collaboration not strong enough

Design

  • Look at what has worked historically and try to revamp some of the best things we've done
  • Idea: career focused one unit courses on careers (non-credit)
  • Have ongoing collaboration workshops
  • Student focus groups to incorporate student voices into our GP design, elicit  student feedback throughout the semester
  • Improve communication and processes across the institution
  • Reflect on our programs and reinvest where they are needs
  • Scheduling to meet demands from students and community
  • Support working students 
  • Curriculum review -  design and recreate
  • Integrate more robust tutoring into programs
  • Utilize starfish and early alert 
  • Offer non-credit reading and writing chunks through Writing Center
  • Pathways include opportunities to explore courses across disciplines
  • Help students evaluate information sources for relevancy, effectiveness and appropriateness to their lives
  • Chat box for ongoing support
  • User-friendly website
  • Web portal for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Modernized ERP (student database)
  • Better access to student services including counseling, A&R, health and mental health services, tutoring and financial aid
  • More robust early intervention
  • Institutionalized professional development
  • Student-focused communication tools
  • Improved student involvement
  • More internships, small-scale and short-term
  • Bridge to Industry
  • Co-requisite and support classes