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Higher Ed Redesign Initiative event highlighted in MN Daily

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David WeertsThe Higher Ed Redesign Initiative--a developing collaborative venture of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education, and the College of Design--explores ways to transform higher education to meet the needs of students, the workforce, and society. The project is founded on "design thinking for social innovation," which employs design tools to create new prototypes to address persistent problems in higher education.

A hands-on design thinking workshop was held on October 11, 2012 where participants learned about the design process and applying it to create more equitable, affordable, and high quality higher education. The following article was posted in the MN Daily highlighting this event.

Design thinking re-envisions higher education
Students and faculty collaborate to fix issues in higher education

by Emma Nelson

"There's pretty strong interest in the idea that this old order is ending here in terms of what higher ed looks like," said David Weerts, co-director of the University's Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education

The center -- part of the College of Education and Human Development -- spearheaded the initiative and is partnering with the College of Design and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

The initiative is an effort to use design thinking to re-imagine different aspects of higher education that are often taken for granted.

One-hundred people attended the event and more than 50 were on the waiting list, Weerts said. Participants split into 12 groups, and each worked on one of four challenges.

Read full MN Daily article.

David Weerts has spent the past several years examining state and university relationships as well as a belief among many higher education leaders that if colleges and universities are going to gain more legislative support they need to pump up their public relations and marketing efforts.

But Weerts -- a Wisconsin native who is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and co-director of the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education -- argues similarly to Mason that institutions would have more success if they became "more productively engaged in state problems."

Read more here.

Leading Change in Turbulent Times

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What is the role of Higher Education in a Flourishing Democracy?

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Jandris Center December hosted its first webinar.

Presenters: Harry Boyte and Mitch Pearlstein.

The Jandris Center hosted its first online event Rethinking the Role of Higher Education in Society: Implications for Higher Education Policy on December 3rd. Panelist included Harry Boyte from the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College and Mitch Pearlstein from the Center of the American Experiment. During this lively discussion, panelists discussed the civic roles of higher education and its implications for teaching and learning in colleges and universities. To learn more or to listen to this talk click here.

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This presentation offers innovative ways that the public university and colleges can better collaborate in the future.

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This presentation looks at the barriers to access for rural communities. Included in the discussion are some solution to increasing access for rural students.

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An increasing proportion of Minnesota high school graduates are not ready for college. Remedial courses do not count towards degrees and lengthen time to graduation. This presentation offers some feasible and cost effective solutions.


This slide presentation examines both current issues facing the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. It then offers some solutions that will increase access for non-traditional students and to minimize duplication across the systems.


Jandris Center Represented at Symposium on College Completion

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PsTL associate professor David Arendale was invited to D.C. January 30 for a symposium focused on fulfilling President Obama's College Completion Initiative. The Department of Education invited 60 experts on research and best practices how to better prepare incoming students for the rigor of college courses, and how to better support those students as they progress through higher education. Secretary Duncan called on the group to fulfill the President's goal to return the U.S. to number one in world-rankings for college completion by 2020. A final report of the work by the symposium participants will be published as a "Toolkit for College Completion" and made available for postsecondary institutions. Arendale codirects the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education in CEHD.

Treading the halls of the White house

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OLPD associate professor David Weerts went to the White House Jan. 11 for a forum introducing the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) as a member of the ACP steering committee. The forum, For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission, was attended by civic education, government, business, and philanthropic leaders. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on the group to provide practical civic engagement opportunities for students "from grade school to graduate school." Two reports on students and civic engagement were also released. Weerts codirects the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education in CEHD.

David Arendale, Associate Professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, is part of the team for the 14th Annual Technology in Developmental Education (TiDE) Workshop hosted at Texas State University-San Marcos July 22-26, 2011. Fifty educators from across the U.S. will participate in workshops on social media, advanced office productivity software, presentation graphics, tablet computer apps, e-publications, and other learning technologies. The workshop is supported by the host University, National Association for Developmental Education, College Reading and Learning Association, and others.

Hodne receives CCE's Distinguished Educator Award

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Barb Hodne, senior teaching specialist in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the College of Continuing Education's Distinguished Educator Award. This award recognizes outstanding impact on education that honors CCE's mission of extending access and providing excellent educational opportunities across a range of domains including the classroom, workshops, and programming designed to provide professional development for educators.

Jill Trites from PsTL on education trip to Africa

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Jill Trites, senior teaching specialist in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, recently left for a month-long trip to Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, and Senegal). If you would like to learn more about her work, check out her learning abroad blog.

Thai education expert Fry delivers strong message on reforms

Gerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), spoke about educational reforms at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University recently. His speech, covered in an article in The Nation, focused on the need to improve quality in Thailand's educational system, which he said has overemphasized infrastructure and underemphasized activities in the classroom.

Fry has traveled to Thailand more than 50 times, sometimes living there for years at a time, and has written several books and articles about Thailand. His 2005 book, Thailand and its neighbors: Interdisciplinary perspectives, is one of several he has written about Southeast Asia. He also has written articles about Thailand for the Harvard International Review and other publications. Fry was selected with OLPD professor David Chapman as a recipient of the University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement in 2009.

OLPD well represented at International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe. Several members of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) presented at the 12th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe hosted by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The conference was held May 25-27, 2011 at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England and focused on Sustaining Growth Through Human Resource Development.

Attendees included: Alexandre Ardichvili (Professor); Kenneth Bartlett (Associate dean for graduate, professional, and international programs; Associate professor); Rosemarie Park (Associate professor); Louis Quast (Associate department chair; Hellervik/PDI Endowed Chair in Leadership & Adult Career Development); Daniel Woldeab (WHRE Ph.D. graduate student)
along with Thomas Jandris (Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education)

Topics presented included: Minding the Gap: Exploring Differences in Perceptions of Organizational Ethics Between Executive, Mid-Level Managers and Non-Managers; Innovation in Higher Education and the Role of HRD Given the Rise of the Academic Uses of Technology: Is the Technological Knowledge of Students Outstripping their HRD Professors?

Rashné Jehangir, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been invited to serve as an expert resource faculty member at the 2011 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education at Evergreen State College. Teams from around the country apply to earn a spot at this institute, which provides focused time for campus teams of faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators to develop action plans for launching or strengthening learning community programs, for developing a proven strategy for increasing student engagement, for helping academically under-prepared students succeed, and for invigorating undergraduate education.

The University's Global Program and Strategy Alliance awarded Linda Buturian (Senior Teaching Specialist, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) and colleague Catherine Solheim (Associate Professor, Family Social Science) travel grants to fund their Mekong Initiative. Linda and Cathy will travel to northern Thailand in August and interview villagers and NGOs along the Mekong River to create digital stories about the impact of development of the Mekong on the villagers' culture and daily living. Buturian and Solheim will also develop contacts for and plan a new integrated course and a future Learning Abroad program centered on northern Thailand. They also received CEHD International Engagement grants for the Mekong Initiative.

The University of Minnesota had a strong showing at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society in Montreal (May 1-5, 2011). With more than 40 presentations by alumni, faculty, and students in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), Minnesota had one of the largest university contingents at the conference.

Highlights of the conference include CIDE alumna Rhiannon Williams coordinated the New Scholars events throughout the conference, and many current students presented their master's and doctoral research (for the entire listing of University of Minnesota presentations see

OLPD faculty were also highly visible at the conference: David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership, was honored for the best book of the year in international higher education; Joan DeJaeghere, Ph.D., assistant professor, chaired a high-profile session entitled "Capabilities, Social Justice and Education: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice"; Peter Demerath, Ed.D., associate professor, convened a session during the Gender Workshop on neoliberalism and ethnography; and Frances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor, presented papers on teacher education and globalization during two highlighted panels.

Dr. Moravec publishes book on invisible learning

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John Moravec, Ph.D., coordinator of Leapfrog Institutes and senior lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has had the Spanish edition of his new book (written together with Cristóbal Cobo, Oxford Internet Institute), Invisible Learning (Aprendizaje Invisible) released by the University of Barcelona (Col·lecció Transmedia XXI. Laboratori de Mitjans Interactius / Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona). The e-book is available at the University of Barcelona website. The print edition will arrive in the coming months and an English edition is forthcoming.

Dr. Kampsen honored with undergraduate advising award

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Amy Kampsen, who holds a doctoral degree in educational policy and administration from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been awarded the prestigious John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising at the University for 2010-11. The award is named in honor of John Tate, professor of physics and first dean of University College (1930-41). The Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality academic advising and to identify professional models and celebrate the role that academic advising plays in the University's educational mission. Kampsen will be honored with this year's other Tate winners at a ceremony on April 22.

Dr. Yeh publishes book on raising student achievement

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Stuart Yeh, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has had his book, The Cost-Effectiveness of 22 Approaches for Raising Student Achievement, published by Information Age Publishing.

In his book, Yeh suggests that student achievement may be increased in a way that is not only cost-effective in dollar terms, but efficient in the sense that it does not rely on unusual investments of time. He draws on a wealth of cost-effectiveness data to dispel common notions about "what works" in addressing the achievement gap: increased expenditure per pupil, charter schools, voucher programs, increased educational accountability, class size reduction, comprehensive school reform, increased teacher salaries, more selective teacher recruitment, the use of "value-added" methods to measure and reward teacher performance, the use of National Board teacher certification to identify high-performing teachers, and a host of other approaches.

David Chapman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) was the guest of the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research to be a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Gulf Comparative Education Society held in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE March 16-17. He reported on a research study being conducted with Elizabeth Wilson (OLPD) and colleagues at Michigan State University and the Dubai School of Government. Their study explores the dynamics of how relying on an instructional staff composed of over 90% expatriate instructors on short-term contracts affects higher education quality in the UAE.

Jeanne Higbee, professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been awarded the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She will be honored for her exemplary teaching, research, and service as an undergraduate educator at the Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony on campus April 25.

"Dr. H is the Michael Jordan of teaching," said one student in Higbee's nomination materials. She also received enthusiastic support from many others inside and outside the University, including James Banks, director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, and John N. Gardner, executive director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College.

This statement from her nomination letter sums up the respect Higbee has earned: "Jeanne's legacy, evident in her teaching, research, and educational leadership, is to demonstrate to faculty that their obligation extends beyond access to success, to ensuring that the environments students enter enable them to achieve their full potential. She provides leadership and a vision for equity and access in higher education."

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