SEP is a unique learning community of university partners (administrators, faculty and students) and learning partners (national education experts). Shift’s role within the community has been to lead the design of SEP as an improvement network. Shift facilitated a team of community designers to create a specific, measurable aim focused on equity, prioritizing the measurement outcomes and a theory of change (represented in a key driver diagram). Shift designs and facilitates the learning structures in the network to create a network culture conducive of improvement, transparency and learning.
For example, Shift:
- Teaches continuous improvement (CI) methods in innovation labs. These help teams to learn and apply CI methods to projects that are core to university goals and the SEP theory of change.
- Creates mechanisms to track and learn about network health. This information helps to ensure that teams: strongly believe that SEP will positively impact outcomes, actively want to participate and contribute, and would recommend SEP to other universities.
- Supports teams to recruit and partner with student leaders to deepen their improvement efforts and co-produce change.
- Facilitates the SEP learning structures including in-person and virtual convenings, monthly community calls, and sharing of summarized learning, information, and data through a community report.
- Coordinates across learning partners to ensure that each person’s role is synchronized, and providing daily management support to operationalize that vision.
College Transition Collaborative, Education Counsel, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, PERTS, Participating Universities.
This work was funded by the Raikes Foundation.