Developing strong local connections
CRICPE has focused on being inclusive and building partnerships throughout the University. One of our major grant-funded projects is Broncos FIRST. The goal of this project is to improve the persistence and completion of low‐income students at WMU. We are working to improve student success using an emergent collaborative change model to coordinate current institutional efforts and the promote changes in the university culture. Through this process we have built relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with individuals and organizations across campus. Specific examples include other student success initiatives, both within academic affairs and student affairs. We have also engaged passionate individuals in meaningful project work. These activities have directly advanced the goals of the project, but they have also gained CRICPE a place at the table in nearly all conversations, institutional initiatives, grant proposals, etc. related to improving undergraduate education. This creates additional opportunities for CRICPE that align well with our mission.