It’s about eliminating race, ethnicity, and income as predictors of completion and success. Creating a student experience that results in equitable improvements in outcomes and educational value requires institutions to integrate inclusive practices and coherent learning environments designed with students in mind. It’s about institutions making the structural, cultural, and business model changes necessary to achieve those results for and with students.Transformation also requires that student-facing work is buoyed by a universally understood student-centered mission. That mission is amplified and operationalized by catalytic leadership, strategic data use, and finance animated in an iterative continuous improvement routine.
The related ideas and tools you’ll find on this site have been backed by years of research and multiple partnerships with educators, intermediaries, and by contributions from a mix of two-and four-year institutions across the postsecondary community.
Institutions may be the unit of change, but change happens through the transformation of individuals. When people embrace a creative, problem-solving approach, the team gains a flexible mindset that’s willing to work with others and accept relatively fixed resources as an opportunity for innovation, entrepreneurship, and stewardship of those scarce resources.With this mindset, the team can begin considering key questions like “where do we start?” and “who needs to be involved?” as well as “where are we going?” and “how do we get there?”