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Traditional Model Redesign

How can growth-oriented public universities develop operating models that capitalize on advances in teaching and learning to expand capacity to serve and graduate more students of color and high-need students?

Archived Project from 2015-16

Overview

The Lab worked with Lumina Foundation and HCM Strategies to create innovation tools and design capacity for large public universities that hope to better serve students of color and high need. Despite increasing financial and political pressure to improve or develop new operating models, little direction exists about how to undertake large-scale change. Increased focus on the need for change has not yet produced enough actionable guidance on how public institutions can make major adjustments to their academic models. Our teams together partnered to create design and prototyping processes to support this question: How can growth-oriented public universities develop operating models that capitalize on advances in teaching and learning to expand capacity to serve and graduate more students of color and high need students?

This effort is grounded in the belief that by focusing on the how — guiding universities through a process of designing, prototyping, and networking with peer universities — while trusting universities to determine the what — adaptive operating models that meet their students’ needs — we can increase the likelihood that universities are positioned for a changing landscape in ways that lead to a better-educated society, serving all demographic groups equally well.

The Convening

The Traditional Model Redesign Convening offered presidents and their management teams from 10 institutions an opportunity to explore how they would make major changes in the way they educate students. We challenged them to prototype  the rough outline of a sustainable model that significantly expands their institution’s capacity to serve students, especially in ways that result in fairer educational outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and high-need students.

In 2016, five of the institutions were selected for deeper dive design sprints on campus. The Lab organized day long sessions that pushed teams to examine data and student needs to select a promising model for academic, recruiting or student success models. 

Participating Institutions

Austin Peay State University
California State University, Fullerton
Fayetteville State University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Indiana State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Middle Tennessee State University
Montclair State University
North Carolina Central University
Western Kentucky University

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