Project 2024 Year Two

Year One Report: What we heard

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From mid-November 2021 through mid-March 2022, Project 2024 Steering Committee members led conversations addressing the questions “How can we do what we do better?” and “What challenges facing higher education most affect CC?”  

Read the Year One report here.

Send your thoughts about the report and any ideas for how to do what we do better to project2024@coloradocollege.edu.

Why Project 2024?

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"We are experiencing a transitional moment at CC, with new leadership and the evolving nature of the pandemic providing us with new opportunities to do things differently."

Hear from President Richardson and Susan Ashley

Process


2022-23: How we do it

Build on 2021-22 and explore the ideas generated in Year One.

Year One Common Theme – CONNECTION

Year One Areas for Action:

  • Learning in and beyond the classroom
  • Structures and interactions
  • Policies, programs, and norms

Four Phases in Year Two:

  • Generate ideas
  • Identify options to pursue
  • Consolidate options
  • Assess and vet options
Phase One – Generate ideas [+]
Phase Two – Identify options to pursue

Eight working groups will identify options to pursue by drawing from the ideas generated in year 1 and over the summer and early fall.  The groups will evaluate options in terms of what we are and do, with what we care about in mind, referencing the Project 2024 year one report. The groups will also consider relevant data to their topic. Groups may also develop ideas not previously generated, considering possibilities and “what ifs.” Groups are asked not to eliminate worthwhile ideas because they might be hard to pass or implement.  During phase four in the spring, ideas will be assessed for feasibility.

Working Groups (click on the group name to see membership)

  1. Clarify and convey the nature and value of liberal education
  2. Rethink the Block Plan: Integrate learning, promote interdisciplinarity, enhance student and faculty agency
  3. Rethink the Block Plan: Restore and maintain flexibility of formats
  4. Reinforce learning outside of the classroom and expand ties to the city, state, nation, and world.
  5. Align power structures; foster ties across constituencies & levels; bridge departments, divisions, and spaces
  6. Manage resources: Money
  7. Sustain our people
  8. Observe limits; manage resources-Time

Working groups will conclude their work by the end of December/Block 4.

Phase Three – Consolidate options
Phase Four – Assess and vet options

Our work is guided by who we are and what we do, and our shared values.

Who we are and what we do
  • A place of learning,
  • Providing a liberal arts education in a residential setting that builds community and promotes learning beyond the classroom,
  • Using the Block Plan, which features small classes and an intensive one-course-at-a-time structure.
Our shared values
  • Supporting the health and well-being of the campus community.
  • Working on anti-racism.
  • Ensuring equity and access.
  • Protecting the environment.
  • Prioritizing clear, transparent, and effective communication.

Digging Deeper

Higher Education Challenges Facing CC

In Blocks 4-8, exploratory groups composed of people from inside and outside CC with relevant expertise will examine four key challenges facing higher education. These include — the financial model and access, demographics and access, and digital knowledge — the role of online learning at CC and the effects of screen use and social media on cognitive function and student learning and wellbeing, plus, as more high-quality colleges and universities now offer less costly online diplomas. How strongly will these compete with a CC degree? What role should online learning play in a residential liberal arts college? How compatible is it with the Block Plan?   

Connection

In Blocks 4 and 5, we're also asking offices and divisions to think more about "connection" and "time," the two main themes of Year One discussions. We've asked them to consider: What are they doing now that they could stop doing in the future, and how could they best use the time they would save? And how could they support other offices, and how could other offices support their work?

Community Engagement

Steering Committee

Faculty:

  • Doug Edlin (spring)
  • Sylvan Goldberg
  • Neena Grover
  • Marion Hourdequin
  • Darrell Killian
  • Corina McKendry
  • Pamela Reaves
  • Karen Roybal (fall)
  • Mike Siddoway

Staff:

  • Shannon Amundson
  • Matt Cooney
  • Justine France
  • Sarah Hinkle
  • Blair Huff
  • Mark Lee
  • Megan Nicklaus
  • Jacob Sanchez

Students:

  • Jordan Bates
  • Lily Byrne
  • Oliver Kraft
  • John Le
  • Pardes Lyons-Warren (spring)
  • Cormac Mccrimmon (fall)
  • Maddi Schink
  • Judson Thomas
  • Doré Young

Alumni/Other:

  • Elliott Williams '21, Alumni Council

The Steering Committee is led by Susan Ashley and supported by the President’s Office.

Contact

For questions about Project 2024 contact Lyrae Williams lwilliams@coloradocollege.edu

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