Thursday, August 6, 2009

Revisions to the Master Academic Plan - Civic Engagment+ portion

Here's what we did during the meeting on August 6

o Over-all Objective: MCTC will develop itself as an urban college that educates students from multiple diverse populations to bring environmental, multicultural, and global awareness, knowledge, proficiency and civic agency to their lives, professions, and on-going studies.

§ We will work toward creating a campus center [a person with an office] for multicultural, environmental, global, and civic engagement. [The current staff person and Center for Civic Engagement could be transformed into this hub. Other options are also possible.] Initially, this Center and those involved in it will:
  • Identify and bring together all the campus groups, individuals, and initiatives that are involved in the four topic areas: Multicultural, Global, Urban Green, and Experiential Education.
  • Set up meeting schedules and communication methods for each of these initiatives and for cross-initiatives coordination.
  • Encourage those involved each initiative area to establish work plans that address the college priorities
  • create working definitions for terms related to that initiative: global, multicultural, civic engagement, service learning, climate control, emissions control, experiential education, etc.
  • identify others on campus who are working in that area and encourage new participation
  • identify existing connections with the broader community; create intentional/relational connections with the broader community
  • develop graduation transfer support (certificates, special terminal programs)
  • identify and review transfer-credit courses that relate to the four topic areas: establish a review process for these courses (Social Responsibility Caucus); use assessment results to improve curriculum in these four areas.
  • increase the number and success rate of under-represented students;

Welcome to the CCE Blog - Action Plan Draft

Currently, this is a closed blog, meaning that only those invited can view the blog. All of you who are seeing this blog, if you create a google account, will be able not only to reply to postings (that's a common feature of any blog), but you will also be able to draft your own postings. For instance, Diane S., you should post those goals that we started to discuss at the meeting today. Lena, if you want to post your job description/tasks for the rest of the crew to review, you can do that, too.

Here are my contributions:

We started to draft an Action Plan for 09-10:

1. We need to establish how the personnel money will be distributed ($5000).
a. Lena, Greg, and Diane are in discussion.

2. We need to communicate more regularly with Linnea about the work being done.

3. We also need to communicate more regularly with the Cabinet.
a. Michael will create a newsletter (.pdf? blog?)
b. Citi-zing (social networking site for the Citizens League)

4. Develop relationships with external organizations: use their resources
b. AACSU – American Democracy Project (Greg, Lena, and Michael)
c. Citizens League (Lena and Michael)
d. HECUA (Lena and Michael)
e. League of Women Voters (Lena)
f. City of Minneapolis (Lena)
g. Somali Family Service (Lena)
h. CTL
i. Minnesota Campus Compact
j. Center for Democracy and Citizenship (Augsburg)
i. International Public Achievement group (Michael, Lena, and Diane Pearson)
k. Other institutions of higher learning
i. Inver hills (Zack)
ii. Century (Diane P. – many contacts)
l. SHIFT! (Diane Scovill)
m. EGL (Diane Pearson)
n. Somali Community Action (Matthew)
o. Oxfam (Matthew)
p. Great River Greening (Cathy)
q. Center for Neighborhood Organizing
r. Center for Community-Based Learning (Metro State)

5. Internal relationship
a. Anti-Racist Initiative
b. Healthy People, Healthy Places (Diane Scovill)
c. Multicultural education (It’s Time to Talk, Cultural CafĂ©)
d. Global Studies (Diane Pearson)
e. Career and Technical Education
f. Social Responsibility Caucus
g. Center for Teaching and Learning
h. Climate Committee
i. Student groups
i. Three-Legged Frog
ii. Student Senate
iii. Cultural and ethnic student groups
iv. Student service
v. Sisters for Social Justice