Empowering Excellence (E²) incorporates big ideas for our College, taking into account external perceptions as well as internal realities.
It is based on evaluation and analysis of external and internal constraints.
One of the big questions is: “Are we effective enough that in the long run we are able to absorb and react to the current environment, or are we at that point in our history that requires us to reinvent ourselves through a transformational breakthrough?” Our analyses suggest the latter.
We will position Keuka College as the “College of First Choice,” with a revitalized faculty and staff; a new profile for traditional, adult, and international students; and highly engaged alumni and local community.
We will provide a learning experience rebranded by progressive curricula with integrated digital learning.
We will offer a college-town experience with a vibrant waterfront, arts, culture, athletics, and community partnerships.
We will inculcate a mission-driven culture with an approach seeded in strong strategic leadership seeking to ensure a financially sustainable future while striving for excellence that will put us at the top of our peers.
Transforming Our Academics
The product is primarily the curriculum and portfolio of programs, but it also includes facilities and location, as well as faculty and staff, and to some extent the students themselves.
How does the Keuka College experience reflect the digitally connected, global environment in which graduates will live and succeed?
We must offer a product that satisfies all of our students’ needs—a high quality educational experience that integrates liberal arts, digital technology, experiential learning, and professional practice.
The jobs of today demand well-prepared graduates. Besides clear written and oral communication, teamwork, critical and analytical thinking, these jobs require engagement and fluency with a broad array of “digital” skills. By integrating aspects of the digital revolution into the curriculum, we can enable students to develop their capacity for inclusion in a modern, technological age and expand their potential to contend with the technological challenges of tomorrow.
The late Steve Jobs wrote, “Students who graduate with a degree in liberal arts should understand the basic canon of our civilization as well as their place in the world, sure, but they also need to understand how to explore and communicate their ideas through visual communication, data manipulation, and even making a website or native mobile app. If they can’t, they’ll just understand the global context of their own unemployment.” These skills are just as necessary to those who graduate with a degree in the professional programs.
Here are some aspects of what it means to incorporate digital skills into the curriculum which we call Digital Learning at Keuka College. At a digital Keuka College, students will move from using computers to understanding computation. We want all our students – traditional, adult, and international – to understand:
- What a computer can do, what a human can do, and why that’s different; e.g., the value of using algorithms and the ability to develop a step-by-step proven strategy for solving a problem
- The difference between human and artificial intelligence, and the inherent capabilities and limitations of both
- The ethical, moral, educational, and socio-cultural implications of advancements in digital technologies
Curriculum innovation is key to our transformation, and beyond the mission and vision statements, the most critical expression of the College commitment is the articulation of the curriculum by the faculty.
Transforming Our Infrastructure
Transformation of our learning facilities includes all delivery modes and audiences, especially the residential campus, while not losing sight of the need to practice and promote environmental sustainability. Our home campus in Keuka Park has long been an asset, providing a beautiful, safe, and stimulating learning environment. Our Campus Master Plan seeks to:
- Integrate arts and culture into college life and the community by transforming the residential home campus into a vibrant, “College-town” experience.
- Update residence halls conducive to a living learning global environment and classroom space fit for 21st century learning.
- Make better use of our lakefront.
- Draw international students more cohesively into the community by sponsoring cultural events.
- Expand housing and projects to have students living, studying, collaborating right in the community, and working oninterdisciplinary projects that benefit the community directly.
- Integrate people in the community directly with the College by learning about their values, supporting projects aligned to those values, and tackling real problems in the community.
- Update our IT infrastructure to support Digital Learning at Keuka College ([email protected]).
- Create 24/7 learning spaces.
Transforming Our Culture
We seek to create, develop, and maintain sustainable institutional resources; to cultivate and nurture a culture of continuous improvement and assessment, stewardship, and giving back.
Examples of what this might look like across all our program areas and delivery formats are:
- Faculty, staff, and administration, including the Board of Trustees, open to change and willing to explore new ideas that will strengthen the College.
- Faculty and staff engaged in defining and implementing the goals that will improve teaching and learning, and the work environment.
- Faculty and staff committed to evaluating the effects of changes and then refining practices as part of ongoing assessments.
- Students uniquely prepared to live and work in the world of the 21st century because of their regular and significant interaction among a highly diverse student body.
- Faculty focused on innovation, learning how to incorporate new concepts into their curriculum, and teaching practices.
- Staff dedicated in developing and implementing practices that will increase efficiency and effectiveness.
- Alumni involved and engaged in programming and the welfare of the College.
- College-wide commitment to living the College mission, exemplifying its values, and achieving the vision through daily interactions among all constituencies of the College – including students, faculty, staff and administrators – based on a high level of trust and respect.