ACE Fellow Kristen Day to Study University's Learn-by-Doing Approach


ACE Fellow Kristen Day to Study University's Learn-by-Doing Approach
Kristen Day

Cal Poly Pomona will host an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year. Through the fellowship, UC Irvine Professor Kristen Day will study Cal Poly Pomona's learn-by-doing approach to education.

The ACE Fellows Program is the premier higher education leadership development

program in the United States. It is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising faculty and staff members. Fellows are included in the highest level of decision-making, participate in administrative activities and work on specific issues at the host organization.

Day has been a professor in the UC Irvine department of Planning, Policy and Design since 1994. Her research and teaching focus on issues of diversity and social justice in urban environments.

At Cal Poly Pomona, Day will work under the mentorship of Cal Poly Pomona president Michael Ortiz.

Day will be exploring the university's learn-by-doing approach to education, which emphasizes the use of hands-on learning to bolster theoretical knowledge. These hands-on projects often involve community service projects, where students are given valuable learning experiences while providing much-needed assistance to the surrounding communities.

“I'm very excited about all the wonderful things going on at Cal Poly Pomona, and am delighted to have this opportunity to learn from faculty, staff and students here,” said Day, a resident of San Juan Capistrano.

As director of the UCI Community Outreach Partnership Center, Day added that Cal Poly Pomona's service learning programs and learn-by-doing approach will help her develop new strategies for engaging faculty and students in successful community partnerships.

Dr. Marlene Ross, director of the Fellows Program, noted that most previous fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Of the more than 1,500 participants in the first 42 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans.

“We're extremely pleased with this class of fellows,” said Ross. “The individuals selected have demonstrated strong leadership. The Fellows Program will sharpen and enhance their leadership skills and their network, and prepare them to address issues of concern to the higher education community.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide.