On March 2019, the Great Place Initiative held a Public Forum to inform the Kent State community about progress, current work of the Subcommittees, horizontal and vertical efforts, etc. Each Subcommittee had the opportunity to present on their own accomplishments and projects currently underway. For more information, please refer to the presentation from the forum.
Last Friday, January 25, 2019, the full Great Place Initiative membership gathered at the Oscar Ritchie Hall to reflect on all that has been accomplished, welcome new members, and provide an opportunity to collaboratively focus on the work ahead. In attendance were students, faculty and staff who currently serve in one or more of the Great Place initiative Subcommittees:
Last October 24th through the 26th, 2018 the Student Subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Eboni Pringle, Dean of University College, and Dr. Lamar Hylton, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, gathered for 3 full days of professional development, growth and process improvement as they engaged in a Kaizen event designed to improve processes associated with one of the main goals of the Subcommittee: Improving the Sense of Belonging for Underrepresented Students.
A feedback gathering mechanism is embedded in the GPI website to prepare to "listen" to the voices of the community. Feedback can be offered anonymously or a response may be requested by providing contact information.
The Student Subcommittee, established the Climate Advisory Network as a mechanism of response to campus climate incidents. The Climate Advisory Network (CAN), operates in a tiered-level approach which includes a small group of individuals who can immediately respond to an instance of a campus climate issue, and a larger group who is focusing on a more cross-sectional approach, which includes proactive strategies. For example, the analysis of specific "case studies" to inform and enhance improvement interventions, such as the revision of policies, realignment of processes, etc.
In March 2018, GPI Leaders, Chairs and Subcommittee Members came together at Stark Campus for a day of professional development and synergy. In the morning, Subcommittee Chairs learned about principles of Project Management. In the afternoon, Dana Lawless-Andric and Mandy Munro-Stasiuk provided a GPI Status Report presentation to make sure their understanding aligned with the perspective of everyone working on the subcommittees. Then, each Subcommittee Chair provided a status report focusing on "early wins".
There followed a cross-pollination activity during which everyone had an opportunity to provide feedback for each subcommittee.
Informed by data from the University Climate Study, COACHE and Great Colleges to Work For, nearly 90 members representing the entire university membership have been actively engaged, lending their voice and diverse perspectives to the work of the Great Place Initiative, organized into four Subcommittees:
From the University Climate Study results, Kathryn Wilson prepared individualized college and division reports. Dana Lawless-Andric and Mandy Munro-Stasiuk then met with leadership of 85% of all colleges and divisions to:
Discuss their reports and expectations
Identify things that each area has done well and maximize its potential by sharing it as a "best practice".
Each area has been asked to share at an ALG meeting in the spring or early summer and--hopefully--a cabinet meeting during the same time.
This work is expected to complement the work done by the GPI.