Strategic Direction F
Fall 2010 goals:
Highlighted Goals for Fall 2010:
1) Every student shall complete at least two credits of community based learning as a requirement for graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Progress:Substantive feedback at convocation and an open forum resulted in a revision of this goal. The revised goal is: Identify a list of at least 10 courses to have a permanent CBL designation in an effort to build a foundation for infrastructure that will support greater numbers of students in CBL earlier in their college careers. Initial conversations are now taking place with faculty, staff and students to fulfill this revised goal.
Challenges: Feedback suggested the initial goal might be too prescriptive and not serve the broader vision of engaging greater numbers of students in quality CBL experiences from the start of their education at UW-Parkside. The revised goal is designed with the intention of growing our campus capacity to realize this vision in a quality and progressive fashion.
How You Can Engage: Contact Helen Rosenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Debra Karp (email@example.com) to discuss courses you believe would fit well into the CBL framework on a long-term basis. Attend the next CBL open forum at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in the Student Center Walnut Room.
2) Pilot a workforce development certificate program as an integrated component of a broad-based continuing education strategy.
Progress: A career/workforce development continuing education course has been created and is set to launch in January 2011. This course will be offered as a joint effort by the Advising and Career Center and the Center for Community Partnerships in collaboration with local, regional and national partners, including the Wisconsin Workforce Development Department and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).
Challenges: While NAWDP has been involved in the process, it will take time before the national organization is willing to co-brand the course. Currently, the effort is to market the hybrid course that has been developed and have a successful pilot run.
How You Can Engage: Learn more about the course here and promote it with friends and colleagues (or register yourself!). Learn more about emerging continuing education offerings by contacting Kelly Bokhari (Bokhari@uwp.edu) or by attending an open forum at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Student Center Walnut Room.
3) Grow Mentor Kenosha & Racine implementation efforts to encompass the recruitment of 150 mentors for area PK-12 schools by December 2010.
Progress: Mentor Kenosha & Racine has focused on building the region's capacity to mentor middle school students struggling with educational attainment and behavior issues. This mentoring partnership initiative has provided 11 mentor trainings for 203 prospective and current mentors; six professional development opportunities for 205 youth outreach staff; certified five mentor programs exhibiting best practices; and recruited 103 mentors.
Challenges: Mentor recruitment has been gaining momentum, but there are still significant challenges in meeting the recruitment goal. Only a little more than half of the volunteers who initially agreed to serve as mentors have ended up actually mentoring children.
How You Can Engage: Become a mentor and/or work with the Mentor Kenosha & Racine staff to grow the region's mentoring capacity. Attend the Mentor Kenosha & Racine annual conference being held on campus, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. Conference national partners include the Search Institute and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Attend the Mentor Kenosha & Racine open forum at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the Student Center Oak Room or contact Crista Kruse (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have questions or suggestions regarding any aspect of the Community Engagement Strategic Direction F, please contact Mark Gesner at email@example.com or call 262-595-2635.