Start the Journey

Start the journey

Below are a set of activities that will help your team think about transformation in new ways and work outside of organizational silos. They are designed to guide you and your team through key conversations that can help you take action on student success initiatives. This collection of resources can be used throughout your institution’s transformation journey.

Where do we start?

Igniting a Conversation

There’s no prescribed formula for initiating institutional change. However, starting a conversation among administrators, faculty, students, and leaders can be a good place to begin. Reflect on where your institution wants to go and where you are now. Seek common ground on what matters most and contemplate ways to encourage next-step conversations.

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Here are some ways to ignite a conversation around change at your institution. They are designed to be short, actionable activities to use throughout your transformation journey based on the specific challenge you’re tackling. Click on a card to explore its use.

Who needs to be involved?

Assembling and aligning a team

Transformation work in higher education, as elsewhere, requires a dedicated team of diverse individuals who represent the breadth and depth of an institution. Engage and empower full teams — from senior executives to students, staff, and faculty — to offer a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.

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Here are a few ways to assemble and align a team at your institution. They are designed to be short, actionable activities to use throughout your transformation journey based on the specific challenge you’re tackling. Click on a card to explore its use.

Where are we going?

Prioritizing transformational efforts

Context matters. There’s no “one size fits all” approach to transformation. The ways institutions pace and sequence their transformation depends on setting, structure, available resources, and leadership. Identify and evaluate initiatives and define needs and next steps.

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Here are some ways to prioritize your transformational efforts at your institution. They are designed to be short, actionable activities to use throughout your transformation journey based on the specific challenge you’re tackling. Click on a card to explore its use.

How do we get there?

Building buy-in and moving forward

While institutional leadership establishes a vision for student success, clearly communicating that vision and celebrating what works is crucial for gaining trust and understanding. Empower people, notably students, faculty, and staff, to collaborate on and contribute to an institution that makes everyone proud.

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Here are some ways to build buy-in and move forward at your institution. They are designed to be short, actionable activities to use throughout your transformation journey based on the specific challenge you’re tackling. Click on a card to explore its use.