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What Does it Mean to be an Anchor Institution?
Lewis University, a Catholic and Lasallian institution with a wonderfully justice-oriented mission, is located in Will County, Illinois. The main campus is about 35 miles southwest of Chicago and about 6 miles away from Joliet, Illinois’ fourth largest city. When I started at Lewis four years ago, I was thrilled to see that the mission is front and center in decision-making on campus. Faculty and staff have a solid understanding of our institutional focus and most can recite mission values from memory. Despite this strength, at times our justice orientation shows up in very inwardly focused ways, lifting up only those who attend the institution, instead of bringing this mission out to the public for the common good. In an area that doesn’t boast a lot of institutions which align themselves with regional well-being, Lewis’ decision to become an anchor institution, providing intentional support to our local community, could have a real impact in the region.
Leadership Development through Conducting Research
I’ve spent the better part of two decades as a student affairs professional, presenting leadership workshops, teaching leadership courses, and advising student leaders so it was a surprise to me when I recently had the opportunity to think about leadership differently. I was asked to be the keynote speaker at my university’s annual research conference. The keynote speech was to address the benefits of participation in research for students. Immediately, I thought of many reasons why research was important—-- to add to the body of knowledge about a topic, or to discover and explore a phenomenon, or even to innovate or develop a new process or product, but I hadn’t ever put conducting research into the context of leadership development for students. As I researched the information for my address, I quickly realized that participating in research had the potential to be a transformative leadership experience for students. Through participation in research, students gain valuable leadership skills, develop self-awareness, and become problem-solvers.
AER KC 2019 Innovation Award
Assessment folks! The window for nominations is open for the 7th Annual NASPA AER KC Innovation Award. Winner(s) will receive free registration to the 2019 NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference and a $500 travel stipend. This is a pretty cool award!
Choosing the Best Online Survey System
Every department at an institution should have access to an online survey system for research and assessment purposes. There are a lot of variables to consider with selecting an online survey system and a lot of commercial solutions to exam. Read on to explore more about these systems and what to do when your department is exploring.
Advising Reform: A Crucial Step to Improving Graduation Rates
With the cost of college soaring, students who deviate from their recommended course path may end up spending thousands of extra dollars—not to mention extra time—completing their graduation requirements. Or, they may drop out of school altogether. In today's guest post from Molly Jacobson, project leader at Boston Consulting Group, learn how four postsecondary institutions - three universities and one community college - reformed advising on their campus to improve student success.