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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

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Welcome project compass learning community meeting february 15 16 2008 nashua nh

Welcome!Project CompassLearning Community MeetingFebruary 15-16, 2008Nashua NH


Learning community meeting goals

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

  • Develop logic models for individual campuses


Learning community meeting campus updates

Learning Community Meeting Campus Updates

5-8 minute presentations will focus on:

  • What was the initial problem to which your campus responded in the first part of the planning year?

  • What are two key highlights of your campus work up to now?

  • What are areas which your campus will explore in the next few months?


Welcome project compass learning community meeting february 15 16 2008 nashua nh

The Project Compass Theory of Change…

If institutions develop programs and services systemically which result from

  • the collaboration of leaders from campus stakeholder groups (including administrators, faculty, students, and community members);

  • examining local data and current literature on retention, and

  • aligning the implementation of new programs and services for underserved students with current campus policies, practices, and procedures that support academic success,

    then significantly more underserved students will persist and succeed.


Welcome project compass learning community meeting february 15 16 2008 nashua nh

The Project Compass Theory of Change…

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.


Project compass 6 core assumptions

Project Compass. 6 Core Assumptions.

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.


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Project Compass. 6 Core Assumptions.

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.


Project compass 6 core assumptions2

Project Compass. 6 Core Assumptions.

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.


Project compass 6 core assumptions3

Project Compass. 6 Core Assumptions.

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.


Project compass 6 core assumptions4

Project Compass. 6 Core Assumptions.

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.


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Project Compass. 6 Core Assumptions.

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.


Implementation rfp key features

Implementation RFP Key Features

  • Problem oriented

  • Intervention focused

  • Evidence based (including the literature); documentation of progress through the planning year

  • Cross-institutional in scope

  • Sustainable

  • Collectively assessed on an ongoing basis


Project compass contact information

Project Compass Contact Information

Project Email: [email protected]

Director:

Glenn Gabbard

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

[email protected]

  • Asst. Director: [email protected]

  • Research Associate: [email protected]

  • Operations: [email protected]


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