Welcome! Project Compass Learning Community Meeting February 15-16, 2008 Nashua NH. Learning Community Meeting Goals. Review the work of campuses engaged in planning Review the theory of change and related assumptions for initiative Discuss relevant aspects of implementation RFP
5-8 minute presentations will focus on:
If institutions develop programs and services systemically which result from
then significantly more underserved students will persist and succeed.
The initiative is also committed to fostering variety in the ways that participating institutions approach, develop, and implement retention projects for underserved students.
As such, Project Compass is dedicated to building a learning community of institutions engaged in systems change to better support the retention and success of underserved students across New England.
1. Underserved students are an asset to the institution and present opportunities for broad-based institutional change in policy and practice which benefit all the institution’s students.
2. Sustained, institution-level change supporting increased success and retention of underserved students requires ongoing collaboration from across the college—including executive leadership and students—and can benefit from external engagement with the community.
3. In and of themselves, “islands of excellence” which retain underserved students in larger numbers but which exist at the margins of the institution will not result in broad-based cultural change unless they are scaled up, both in scope and function and connected to other institutional change initiatives.
4. Change in institutional culture—including practices, policies, and other conditions—supporting the success and retention of underserved students must be supported by extant research from the field.
5. An ongoing culture of evidence and inquiry where quantitative and qualitative data from both internal and external sources is collected, interpreted, and analyzed is essential to the formulation, implementation, and ongoing improvement of practices and policies supporting underserved students.
6. Colleges and universities committed to institutional change to better retain underserved students will benefit from ongoing collaborative relationships with peer institutions with like commitments.
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New England Resource Center for Higher Education
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617.287.7744 FAX: 617.287.7747