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Institutional Change Processes

Creating an Employee Enrichment Program (At No Cost) California State University, Northridge Project Description: Promote employee engagement during a long period of financial constraints.  California State University, Northridge marshaled internal faculty and staff support to offer programming that has become known as the “Community of Caring.” Over the past four years the university has offered innovative programs and services that emphasize the well-being of faculty and staff (emotionally, physically, and financially). There is no fee for participation. Professionals within the community provide services for free to support their colleagues during this difficult financial period. Current classes include: a series on diet and nutrition, and programs on procrastination, forgiveness, positive self, resiliency, and surviving the holiday blues. In addition, volunteers lead regular mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, book discussions, and meditation/relaxation programs. Additionally, local non-profit and government agencies provide ongoing services and special events at no cost.On-site free classes, seminars, and discussion groups open to all faculty and staff (offered during regular business hours and during scheduled lunch periods.)Web-based Resources Directory (community resources and wellness opportunities available on campus).Self help library. Read more >>

Encouraging Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Project Description: NIU seeks to encourage innovation among faculty and students in programs across campus, and is employing a multi-faceted approach to make the knowledge, experiences, skills and attitudes associated with entrepreneurship more accessible to individuals outside of the College of Business. To this end, existing faculty and staff associated with entrepreneurship programs in the Colleges of Business and Engineering/Engineering Technology are reaching out to students, faculty and staff from other academic disciplines within the university. University resources are being invested in new initiatives focused on expanding the opportunities for entrepreneurship training and industry collaboration available to members of all academic disciplines. In addition, NIU is actively supporting pre-college entrepreneurship education programs in Illinois. Read more >>

IT Vision@2015 California State University, Northridge Project Description: California State University, Northridge (CSUN) engaged in a collaborative process to create IT Vision@2015, a campus digital master plan.  Much like the campus physical master plan establishes a blueprint for the future look of the physical campus, the IT Vision@2015 establishes a five-year vision for information technology.  The vision has been framed within the context of the University planning priorities and considers collaboration opportunities internal to CSUN, and within the broader California State University system community and other higher education institutions. Read more >>

The UNO STEM Priority Strategic Planning Initiative University of Nebraska at Omaha Project Description: The UNO STEM Priority Strategic Planning Initiative followed the Chancellor’s designation of STEM as one of five campus priorities. Faculty leaders created a STEM Leadership Team that collaboratively established a STEM strategic plan with the direct input of over 50 faculty members and nearly 60 members of the community, including K12 educators, business, and community colleges. The initiative has had impacts across the campus, including interdisciplinary grants, new pathways for teacher certification, an enhanced use of Inquiry-Based Learning, increased outreach, academic learning communities, and four externally funded leadership positions, called STEM Community Chairs, that each lead STEM initiatives.  Read more >>