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    Project DAVID: Vocation and Reinvention in Liberal Arts Colleges
    (University of Minnesota, 2014-01-31) Duin, Ann Hill; Childers, Eric
    Project DAVID is about showcasing strategic reinvention underway across higher education. Phase one, focusing primarily on a set liberal arts colleges and universities that are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), asks these questions: How are these colleges and universities reinventing themselves? How do faith and learning components impact reinvention? We use a set of themes--Distinction, Analytics, Value, Innovation, Digital opportunities (thus, DAVID)--and associated framing questions to identify how these institutions are positioning themselves for future success. Intended outcomes are many but certainly include a common conversation among these institutions about the keys to their future success and the degree to which those keys are shared. We plan to share results in several ways: this collection of chapters, workshops at conferences and association meetings, and online sites for continued conversation. This work builds on Eric Childers’ findings on the impact of leadership on organizational identity as described in College Identity Sagas (2012).[1] We give special attention to how leadership is attending to major challenges and opportunities. In addition to examining institutional statements, strategic plans, accreditation reports, and uses of technology, we are visiting with presidents, provosts, IT leadership, governing boards, faculty, staff, and students, and spending time on the campuses.
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    Cultivating Change in the Academy: Practicing the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter within the University of Minnesota
    (2013-08-15) Lundquist, Leah; Sandfort, Jodi; Lopez, Cris; Sotela Odor, Marcela; Seashore, Karen; Mein, Jen; Lowe, Myron
    The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter is a set of facilitation techniques focused on engaging diverse perspectives in dialogue, an approach to making change in complex systems and an international community of practitioners. Since 2011, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota who participate in a three-day training work have been applying the approach to many diverse settings. Inspired by the 2012 University of Minnesota collaboratively authored eBook (http://purl.umn.edu/125273) on how technology is Cultivating Change in the Academy, this eBook features twenty-two stories describing how the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter is impacting significant grassroots shifts in teaching, research and outreach across the University.
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    Cultivating Change in the Academy: 50+ Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012
    (University of Minnesota, 2012-07) Duin, Ann Hill; Anklesaria, Farhad; Nater, Edward A.
    This collection of 50+ chapters showcases a sampling of academic technology projects underway across the University of Minnesota, projects that we hope inspire other faculty and staff to consider, utilize, or perhaps even develop new solutions that have the potential to make their efforts more responsive, nimble, efficient, effective, and far-reaching. Our hope is to stimulate discussion about what’s possible as well as generate new vision and academic technology direction. The work underway is most certainly innovative, imaginative, creative, collaborative, and dynamic. This collection of innovative stories is a reminder that we are a collection of living people whose Land Grant values and ideas shape who we serve, what we do, and how we do it. Many of these projects engage others in discourse with the academy: obtaining opinion or feedback, taking the community pulse, allowing for an extended discourse, and engaging citizens in important issues. What better time to share 50+ stories about cultivating change than in 2012 – the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Land Grant Mission!