June 17-19, 2015
Hosted by Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN
The theme, “Convergence: Developing the Holistic University,” was inspired by the recent release of the Teagle-funded monograph, “Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning.” There was an extensive department chair workshop to learn how to begin creating holistic departments – or elements thereof – on their campuses.
Ira Harkavy, 2015 Boyer Award recipient, delivered the opening plenary in which he spoke about higher education as performing a service to society and the importance of community engagement at colleges and universities on Wednesday before attendees broke off for workshops, constituency group meetings, and learning sessions. The group later convened for a reception before more than two dozen participants enjoyed a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field.
Scott Jaschik, editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, greeted attendees early on Thursday morning for a plenary in which he discussed trends in higher education and asserted that colleges and universities needed to stay true to their missions rather than adding programs only to attract more students.
After a morning of workshops and learning sessions, Williams College Professor of Mathematics Satyan Devadoss gave a thought-provoking plenary titled “The Decline of the Disciplines and the Renaissance Revival” in which he discussed the importance of a broad-based liberal education rather than narrowly focusing on a particular college major. Following an afternoon of workshops and learning sessions, the group re-convened for a reception and BBQ dinner on the Law School Patio and in the Blue Garden.
Rebecca Frost Davis, director for instruction and emerging technology at St. Edward’s University, delivered the closing plenary on Friday on engaging undergraduates with collaborative digital scholarship projects in which she advised choosing only one tool for those starting out.
Thank you to Hamline University for hosting this year’s Summer Institute. We hope to see many faces at next year’s Summer Institute at Manhattan College.
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