Arcadia University is transforming the higher education landscape through a community-engaged adaptive strategy, ARCADIA 2025. Over the past few years, the Arcadia community has worked together to build a dynamic and innovative strategy that encourages the University to experiment and take initiative, ask questions and create synergies, and move ahead through often unknowable environments.
The Board of Trustees approved ARCADIA 2025 at their Feb. 20 meeting, but it was years of building the foundation through UKnighted meetings, unit discussions, and strategy development workshops that led to it.
Our community embarked on the foundation for strategy work two years ago with the arrival of the University’s 22nd President, Dr. Ajay Nair. We were intentional as a community to engage in strategy development as an inclusive process, with a thriving model that was adaptive.
In April 2018, the University held its first UKnighted meeting with 250 community stakeholders engaging in discussions around Budget Planning, Core Values, Communication Strategies, Shared Governance, and Aspirational Vision.
Dr. Jeff Rutenbeck, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, spearheaded the collaborative community sessions. Nearly 500 Arcadia community members participated in 33 strategy development sessions throughout the fall 2019 semester, submitting hundreds of input cards as feedback to the adaptive strategy process.
A key part of our Adaptive Strategy for Arcadia 2025 is to establish a Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring.
Throughout the 2019 Calendar Year, Arcadia University’s Faculty Senate commissioned a Faculty Senate Task Force on the Student Experience. This Senate-Sponsored Task Force made up of 27 members from across campus met, discussed and analyzed multiple forms of data, looking across the themes-and-sub themes of the CREDO report, along with the themes that arose from individuals and units represented in the Taskforce (as well as students), they evaluated where there was overlap, where the priorities should lie.
One of the recommendations of this task force was to Establish an Innovative Teaching & Learning Center. Of note was this recommendation focused on a holistic approach and that the focus should not just be on pedagogy but also issues on inequality, diversity, intersectionality, mental health concerns, and learning context; holistic and integrated with the University.
Three highlighted additions.
1. Develop robust systems for integrating JEDI in all discussions of teaching and learning.
2. Work with Academic Technology to ensure that multiple modalities are utilized
3. Tap into expertise on campus about teaching and learning.
March 2020 The Provost invited Faculty and staff to a Multi-Stage Design Session, sharing the output of the session with the entire faculty/staff community.
Approximately 45 attendees participated in these sessions.
April 2020 Provost Call for Interest: Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring to be part of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team.
April 2020, Dr. Ellen Skilton, Professor of Education, Appointed the inaugural Faculty Director of CTLM.
May 2020, Provost makes a call for inaugural Summer Fellows
June 2020, CTLM First Fellows Meeting
June 2020, Call to Campus Community for Professional Learning Communities(PLC); 60 faculty and staff take up the call.
June 2020, CTLM Partners with ATS, All Modes More than Content + Tech Tools Training
June 18, 2020, First Community Partner Meeting
June 19, 2020, Friday Forum Introducing the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring; CTLM first acknowledges the historical and current importance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S.
June 29, 2020, CTLM Launches CTLM: Canvas Collaborative Community Site
June 29, 2020, CTLM Invites Campus to participate in Summer Book Clubs, Titles including Small Teaching Online, Teaching in Blended Learning Environments, Sentipensante Pedagogy, Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, I Have Been Waiting: Race and U.S. Higher Education
August 14, 2020, Proposed by Dr. Angela McNeil and Cristina Cintron-Marsh and hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring (CTLM), Friday Forum All Modes: Summer Lessons Learned, Gateway to Success (Undergraduate Studies), Physician Assistants Program (Health Sciences) and Arcadia Community Learning Center (School of Ed, Reading Program) share what they learned from their summer All-Modes teaching experiences.
August 2020, CTLM Invite the Campus Community to Quiet Co-Working Sessions
October 22, 2020, 1st ever Teach-in: LOVE Pilot Program Teach-in: An Arcadia Call to Action; Almost 100 participants.
October 23, 2020, Revising Mid-Sentence: Hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring, Friday Forum featuring faculty, staff, and students talking about how they've adapted in their teaching and learning strategies this semester.
November 8, 2020: The newly-formed CTLM Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Just Act, a theatre and arts-based non-profit in residence at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentorship, held an intimate, “open studio” Zoom rehearsal.
November 10, 2020: 2nd LOVE Pilot Teach-in: Implicit/Explicit Bias, Microaggressions & Racial Abuse: How can we do better and/or heal?