Cultivating Institutional Self-Discovery
The second plenary and breakouts turn the focus toward the second part of the “where do we want to go” question: institutional practices, structures, and cultures. Many dimensions of contemporary universities show their pre-digital history, European roots, and the professional incentive structures built during the half-century after World War II. While many of the external stereotypes that caricature faculty and universities as hidebound and resistant to change are profoundly wrong, there are many types of change that are critical to meeting the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students that have not yet taken place. The task, then, is to identify what specific changes are needed; it is not change for change’s sake. Identifying where we want to go requires a prior commitment to institutional self-discovery. The second section of the conference will, therefore, focus both on changes in practices that affect students and in practices that affect professional identities, incentive structures, and institutional culture.
President of Lehman College, City University of New York
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Tech
Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, North Carolina State University
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Boston University
Vice Chancellor and Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, North Carolina State University