Make Change Happen

This video, created by The College of William and Mary, showcases the efforts of the project to create change by empowering 2YC faculty as Change Agents.
One key aspect of the Faculty as Change Agents project is an exploration of how to actually make and sustain change in the context of two-year colleges. The variety of administrative structures, multiple campuses, and typically smaller number of full-time faculty at 2YCs make them different in kind than their four-year counterparts where most of the institutional change research has been done. The work of the Change Agent Teams is contributing to the knowledge base of ways to create change at these institutions, but there are also other efforts under way.

Cross-Cutting Lessons Learned

As a capstone activity for the work of the Change Agent teams, the participants spent time at the 2019 culminating workshop synthesizing their experiences and lessons learned around 6 key issues: supporting the academic success of all students, facilitating students' career pathways, facilitating 2YC-4YCU transfer, increasing inclusion and diversity, building a regional network, and making and sustaining change in the 2YC context.

Supporting the Academic Success of All Students
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Facilitating Students' Professional Pathways
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Facilitating 2YC-4YCU Transfer
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Increasing Diversity and Inclusion
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Building a Regional Network
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Making and Sustaining Change
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Models for Change Efforts

Activities of the Change Agent Teams

The Change Agent Teams documented their goals, activities, and outcomes over the course of the project. These project descriptions are a rich source of ideas and guidance for others wishing to address similar goals in their own contexts.

Cohort 1: Northern California
Cohort 1: Southern California 1
Cohort 2: Southern California 2
Cohort 1: Southern California 3
Cohort 1: Florida
Cohort 1: Illinois
Cohort 2: Massachusetts
Cohort 2: Michigan
Cohort 1: New York
Cohort 1: North Carolina
Cohort 1: Oregon: Portland
Cohort 1: Oregon: Willamette Valley
Cohort 1: Texas
Cohort 1: Virginia
Cohort 2: Washington D.C. Metro Area
Cohort 2: Western Washington
Cohort 1: Wisconsin

NSF-Funded GeoPaths Program Profiles

Several recipients of grant funding from the NSF IUSE: GeoPaths program allowed SAGE 2YC to post a profile of their goals and activities. All of the programs that are profiled here included a strong component supporting 2YC-4YCU transfer and the profiles serve as models for the broader community of different approaches to the issues.

2YCs as the Context for Institutional Change

Originally written for the SAGE Musings Blog, these articles by Pamela Eddy of The College of William & Mary address questions of how 2YCs fit into the larger conversations about institutional change and how faculty at 2YCs can be active partners in that change.

SAGE Musings: Institutional Change at Two-Year Colleges
SAGE Musings: Seeing the World Through Multiple Frames
SAGE Musings: Leading in Place

Other Resources

Pathways to Institutional Change - The Supporting STEM Success in a Liberal Arts Context website grew out of a collaboration between institutions which all received significant funding through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). This collaboration generated a synthesis of lessons that these "capstone" institutions have learned over the course of many years working on efforts to strengthen the undergraduate experiences in science and mathematics for all of their students. One axis of this work revolved around lessons specifically about how to successfully make change happen at the institutional level.

InTeGrate: Make Change Happen - In the process of implementing InTeGrate materials in their courses and programs, the 16 InTeGrate Program Models learned lessons about institutional change across a variety of contexts. This suite of pages synthesizes the experiences of the teams and draws together common threads from their work.

Making Change Happen at your Institution: How to Overcome Practical Challenges and Build Momentum - This webinar was provided to help faculty and administrators explore how to launch and sustain institutional and curricular change. Judith Ramaley, President Emerita at Winona State University and President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University, facilitated the webinar and addressed aspects including understanding how your institution works, strategies for sustaining change over the long term, and how to generate support for change in order to expand your efforts.