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Exploring Vocation: Reframing Undergraduate Education as a Quest for Purpose

Exploring Vocation: Reframing Undergraduate Education as a Quest for Purpose | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In sum, reflection on vocation taking place in a community of shared interest and support shifted the framing of higher education for both students and faculty. The three elements of the PTEV programs—vocational narrative as basic structure, the grounding of this narrative in learning communities, and the cultivation of reflective practices—invited students to experience their college education not as passive consumers but as protagonists in a serious enterprise with life-long consequences. These programs demonstrated that it is possible to recover the formative power of liberal education, even at a time when fixation upon its merely instrumental value threatens to overwhelm the deeper and more public ends of higher education."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

For 10 years the Lilly Endowment resourced a Program on the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) that appears to have strengthened liberal education on their campuses: 


"[T]his project challenged a group of 88 colleges and universities affiliated with a variety of Christian denominations, from Orthodox and Roman Catholic to Evangelical Protestant and Quaker, to think anew about what they were trying to achieve for their students (for a list of the campuses that participated, as well as articles discussing the PTEV, see the Lilly Endowment website at www.resourcingChristianity.org). The theme of life purpose, or 'vocation' in the language the project drew from the religious language of calling."

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Video—"The Challenge to Deep Change" | A #SCUP conversation with Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College

Video—"The Challenge to Deep Change" | A #SCUP conversation with Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Challenge to Deep Change: A Brief Cultural History of Higher Education, by Valencia College president Sanford M. Shugart is our lead article in this issu…
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This is a video conversation we held Tuesday, January 8, with Sanford M. Shugart, president of Valencia College. Panelists included Alex Stankovitch, graduate student, University of Michigan; Joan Hope, editor of Dean & Provost Newsletter (Wiley); Michael Haggans, visiting scholar the the University of Minnesota; and Donald M. Norris, CEO of Strategic Initiatives.

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What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?

What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?— Josh Wyner administers the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This is an excerpt from his new book, What E…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Establishing an organization that continuously drives toward excellent student outcomes also requires intentional efforts to build a strong culture. I have yet to see an exceptional community college that was built solely through the adoption of isolated programs. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Valencia College, in Orlando, Florida. Valencia has built a faculty professional development process–including a unique tenure system–entirely around improving student learning in the classroom.


Most tenured faculty have come through this system, so there is now a pervasive culture built around professors and staff analyzing and adapting their practice to improve student outcomes.  


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