As an educator and leader, I live the "changing ecology of higher education". At this moment, clashes and collisions between a transforming faculty role, changing student demographic, campus climate, and external pressures on higher education are real. These are converging waves, both disorienting and directive, that will leave the beach familiar yet changed.
The current Student Success objective focuses on campus policies and practices aimed at increasing the rate and depth of students' success usually through time to degree completion. Little discussion or resources exist to acclimate needed change to instruction and departmental organizations. As a faculty member and department leader in the largest state university system re-envisioning the higher ed context through equity, I must contend with these issue head on.
My vision is tempered by my equity-minded practice developed from my AAC&U California fellow in the Faculty Collaborative project, an intersegmental effort to provide college faculty professional learning through a California Faculty Collaborative digital hub to address California's changing higher education. Here, I share my ideas, challenges and queries along with resources on teaching, learning and leadership.
A new faculty skill is staying abreast of the evolving direction and mission of Higher Ed such as understanding students' needs and expectations, faculty circumstances and challenges, and promising programs and strategies.