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Reitenauer, Vicki L.; Draper-Beard, Katherine Elaine; Schultz, Noah – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
In this article, the authors (a faculty member and two former students) describe the trajectory that Portland State University has taken over its history to institutionalize transformative learning opportunities within its comprehensive general education program, University Studies. Following a description of the institutional changes that…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, College Faculty, College Students, Public Agencies
Suarez, Carmen; Anderson, Myron R.; Young, Kathryn S. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Higher education has struggled to include and support students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented and marginalized groups. In recent years, universities have decided to address these struggles explicitly, using a variety of different approaches to better support these groups from mandatory trainings to optional events, from external audits…
Descriptors: Higher Education, School Culture, Cultural Awareness, Minority Groups
Zapata, Marisa; Percy, Stephen; Andrews, Sona – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Propelled by many factors, including a newly appointed Board of Trustees responsible for governance of our university, resource shortages, and enrollment swings, Portland State University embarked on a strategic planning effort in 2014 with the intent of reunifying a divided campus and creating a bold vision for moving forward in the next five…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Equal Education, Case Studies, State Universities
Jones, Michelle D. – Metropolitan Universities, 2018
Starting a college from scratch presents a unique opportunity to think about how to build an inclusive learning environment from the beginning by selecting people and strategies that do not carry the weight of the traditional academic model and its prejudices and assumptions about who belongs and who does not. This article documents the lessons…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Higher Education, Educational Innovation, Student Diversity
Ramaley, Judith A. – Metropolitan Universities, 2017
Universities are being asked to prepare our students to navigate successfully in a complex and interconnected world and to contribute to the solution of difficult problems at work and in the communities where they live. Our universities must do the same. We must adapt our approaches to education, scholarship and community involvement in order to…
Descriptors: Housing, College Role, School Community Relationship, Urban Universities
Smith-Arthur, Deborah; Spring, Amy – Metropolitan Universities, 2016
By partnering with correctional facilities, institutions of higher education are well positioned to create shared learning communities that provide profound educational experiences. Portland State University offers several courses involving university/corrections partnerships; these courses meet inside carceral institutions. This article…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Universities, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Education