Faculty and staff are invited to get an up-close look at the Graduation Initiative and what has been accomplished in its inaugural year. A forum followed by a feedback session is planned for Wednesday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the events room on the fourth floor of the University Library.
“The Graduation Initiative applies to all colleges,” says Victor Okhuysen, chair of the steering committee. “The projects that the graduation initiative is undertaking are intended to benefit faculty and students throughout campus.”
The forum portion of the event will include presentations by faculty who have tapped the Graduation Initiative’s resources to enrich their courses. The presentations will focus on how the faculty have identified the key difficulties that students encounter in their courses, how they intend to enrich them and the implementation plan for these enrichments. These courses will be offered in the fall. Data show that enrichment raises students’ performance and confidence and helps ensure that they remain on track to graduate.
The launch of the initiative, with funding provided by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment, is the university’s highest priority this academic year. “Improving educational outcomes so students graduate in an efficient and timely manner is what the Graduation Initiative is all about.” Okhuysen says.
The second half of the event Wednesday is focused on seeking feedback from faculty and staff about ways to improve the Graduation Initiative going into the next academic year. A brief report of this year’s activities will be provided, and input will be solicited to help guide the efforts in the upcoming year.
“In the past the campus community has provided invaluable feedback to our efforts and we are looking to continue on that track,” Okhuysen says. “This input is what helps us keep our projects in line to benefit the entire university.”
For more information, contact Okhuysen at (909) 869-2698 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photo: Summer Bridge students work together on a problem on July 5, 2011.)