This timeline is subject to change.
Monday, August 22 – 24, 2016 – University Days
Monday, August 1, 2016 – First Deans’ Listening Session
Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Town Hall
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Integrated Cluster Guide Training
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Integrated Cluster Guide Training
Monday, June 27, 2016 – Managing through Change
June 8, 2016: Integrated Cluster Guide training day
April 29, 2016: Cluster Connections
April 19, 2016: Town Hall Meeting
March 23, 2016: Town Hall Meeting
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February 29, 2016: First Cluster Guide Information Session Held
Thank you to those of you who attended our first information session. We found your feedback extremely useful, heartfelt, and grounded. We listened to your questions, comments, and concerns. As a result, over the next few days and weeks, we plan to rework some time frames, think further about structure, workload and time commitments, and compensation.
We appreciate your insight and continued contributions as both are important to informing our transformation. We are certain that we will learn more during our next session on Thursday, March 3rd from 8-9am in the Frost Commons.
February 24, 2016: Cluster Guide Self-Nominations and Information Sessions Announced
Do you have the PSU pioneering spirit?
- Are collaborative co-creative environments appealing?
- Do conquering strategic challenges interest you?
- Are you a thought leader who can help shape our future?
- Is your best work accomplished in a team setting?
If you answer yes to these questions then consider nominating yourself to be a Integrated Cluster Guide by clicking on the link and providing the requested information. Serving in this capacity is an opportunity to be a major contributor to PSU’s transformation. Read the role description here.
If you would like to learn more, please join us for an information session on either:
Monday, February 29th from 4:30-5:30pm – COBA Lounge Hyde 217
Thursday, March 3rd from 8:00-9:00am – Frost Commons
Our Cluster Guide search is ongoing; however, there is a priority review deadline of Wednesday, March 9. The roles and responsibilities are attached and training will be provided.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 11, 2016: Town Hall meetings run by the President and Cabinet
A pair of town hall meetings were held (at 2:00 and 3:30) to update the campus community on the budget, URSA, the Integrated Clusters and Open Labs Initiative, and the Board of Trustees’ approval of the new residence hall and conference center. Read the responses to posed questions and review the presentation.
January 12-14, 2016: More Themed Discussions for Faculty and Staff
The series of six campus conversations first offered in December were repeated to further campus connections around clusters and share ideas about projects, curriculum, synergies, necessary resources, and cluster implementation. The Future Environments session encompassed members from both Tourism, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Discovery and Exploration clusters.
- Jan 12 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conversation Notes
- Jan 12 Education Democracy and Social Change Conversation Notes
- Jan 13 Health and Human Enrichment Conversation Notes
- Jan 13 Health and Human Enrichment Breakout Notes
- Jan 14 Exploration Discovery Tourism Environment Conversation Notes
- Jan 14 Justice and Security Conversation Notes
January 7, 2016: Chairs Meeting on URSA
URSA results discussed in relation to integrated clusters. Names of seven integrated clusters were shared along with an expectation that all programs would have a cluster home. Programs, for the time being, are defined as they were in the URSA report.
December 14, 2015: PSU Legislators Brunch
President Birx presented the PSU vision statement and integrated clusters and open labs initiative to the legislators. Students who participated in the 10,000 Steps project were engaged as an example of an interdisciplinary experience that might take place in an open lab.President Birx shared the initial names of the seven clusters, increased from the original six.
President Birx explains in an e-mail to all faculty on January 10, 2016, that he chose to use Tourism, Environment, and Sustainability as the working title for what was “Future Environments” because he wanted to ensure that tourism remained a part of the cluster and because it was difficult to talk to those outside the university about “future environments.”
December 14-16, 2015: Themed Discussions for Faculty and Staff
A series of six campus conversations, one focused on each of the six integrated cluster theme ideas generated from the faculty surveys. Two sessions were held each evening for three consecutive evenings in December. Members of the Cluster Communications Committee took notes at each session and provided a synopsis about the cluster discussion to be used in developing the conceptual definition of each cluster.
- Dec 14 Digital Arts and Technology Conversation Notes
- Dec 15 Health and Human Enrichment Conversation Notes
- Dec 16 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conversation Notes
- Dec 16 Future Environments and Tourism Conversation Notes
- Feedback Health and Human Enrichment
- Feedback Justice and Security
- Feedback Future Environments
- Feedback Innovation and Entrepreneurship
December 7-16, 2015: OS and PAT Surveys
These surveys assessed PAT and OS staff connection with cluster themes and collected additional ideas about cluster themes and staff integration. (Responses were received from 59 PAT and 35 OS). Results revealed some concern about how changes would take place and how staff would be integrated into the clusters. Responses were analyzed by the deans and used by the steering committee to help shape the campus conversations to be held during December and January.
December 1, 2015: Steering Committee Meetings Set
Meetings were set for 8 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Committee agendas and minutes are available on the Notes page.
December 2015: Provost’s Report on Initiative
Update on clusters and announcement of membership in the steering, communications, and partnership committees.
November 30, 2015: Campus Finance Forum
An update on the financial strength of the University. President Birx briefly mentioned clusters and reminded us of the new strategic direction. The vision statement that was first proposed at the Summer Retreat, revisited during University Day, and revised by PSU leadership, was shared.
November 24, 2015: Steering Committee Established
Initial cluster steering committee meeting. The provost and deans sit on the committee. Additional members were appointed due to expressed interest and/or nomination. The committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students. Committee member names and contact information is available on the Campus Contacts page.
November 6, 2015: PAT Senate Meeting
Provost and deans present on clusters at PAT Senate meeting.
October 21, 2015: OS Senate Meeting
Provost and deans present on clusters at the OS Senate meeting.
October 9-16, 2015: Faculty Survey
This survey assessed faculty connection with the cluster themes that had been developing through various sessions and collected additional ideas about cluster themes and projects. This survey was piloted in late September (11 faculty responded). Responses to the survey suggested the proposed cluster themes were mostly resonating with faculty. (110 faculty responded) Responses were analyzed by the deans by mapping common elements across survey responses and shared in the November 2015 Provost’s Report.
October 1, 2, 5 & 8, 2015: Faculty Forums
Two-part series of faculty forums hosted by the provost and deans. Part one of the series was explored the purpose, timeline, cluster themes, and cluster planning. Part two built upon themes that had come out of the Summer Retreat and University Day to further understanding.
- Cluster Conversation from Julie
- Clusters Strategic Discussion Presentation
- Strategic Discussions Document 1
- Strategic Discussions Document 2
- Strategic Discussions Document 3
September 30, 2015: CoBA Faculty Forum on Clusters
Members of the CoBA faculty hosted a one-hour session to share project ideas that might spur connections and further understanding of clusters.
September 23, 2015: CoBA Strategy Forum
Members of the CoBA faculty hosted a one-hour session to share ideas about how to further engage with clusters. Conversations were open to the campus community, but were primarily attended by CoBA faculty.
August 25, 2015: University Day
Coming out of the Chairs Retreat, it became clear that what had typically been called Faculty Day (as this marks their annual return to campus), should be renamed to intentionally include the entire University community. Afternoon breakout sessions for faculty and staff expanded the brainstorming around clusters and open labs.
August 19 and 20, 2015: Council of Chairs Fall Retreat
Discussions of integrated clusters and open labs.
July 15-16, 2015: Summer Retreat
President Birx brought together 40 members of the University community for a two-day retreat to do some initial brainstorming around clusters, open labs, and the university vision statement. Faculty, staff (PAT and OS), administrators, and students participated in the discussion.