Institute Curriculum

The Institute curriculum will support teams as they develop faculty-engaged, evidence-based, sustainable models and strategies to advance quality, equity, and engagement in service to academic excellence and social justice. A high-quality education—one that is expansive of students’ multiple, intersecting identities—should be the standard of excellence for all students. Intentional approaches for achieving equity can help educational programs engage diversity and intercultural knowledge as essential elements of a contemporary liberal education. The Institute curriculum provides opportunities for in-depth study and planning as well as offering resources and guidance. The 2020 Institute will build upon themes and topics drawn from participant applications to ensure that Institute faculty address the goals of participating institutions.

Program Topics Will Address:

  • Scaling and sustaining a culture of engagement by integrating HIPs into curricular and cocurricular programs
  • Curricular coherence, efficiency, and streamlining time to degree by aligning courses and programs with guided learning pathways
  • Designing intentional high-impact activities that feature active, collaborative, and experiential learning and promote connections between educational experiences and long-term career success
  • Building institutional capacity for faculty-led direct equity-focused assessment of student learning outcomes, as a result of student participation in high-impact practices
  • Faculty and institutional leadership professional development to expand capacity to bring effective practices to scale and to implement educational reforms that serve students
  • Innovative pedagogy across modalities
  • Supporting faculty professional development that recognizes contingent contracts and connects expansive, student-centered pedagogies to equitable outcomes
  • Bridging divides and building collaborations among programs, across divisions, and for resources to work toward shared equity goals
  • Encouraging an academically open environment while promoting a safe, civil exchange of ideas, and providing support for reflection
  • Advocacy and outreach to effectively champion equity and quality and communicate the value of an equitable, high-quality liberal education that serves all students