Programs that become part of the continuing campus experience and pedagogy are essential to sustainability.
The 2010 evaluation report of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program features examples of the outcomes from the Round 1 grants which the authors consider to be the most sustainable in nature.
California State University, Long Beach
From the earliest days of the B-Word Project, Cal State tried to build a sustainable model for interdisciplinary projects. All the evaluation activities, all the committee meetings, all the classroom visits, were designed to instill in faculty the idea that Cal State’s Carpenter Center was ‘open for business’ and interested in working with them. Since the directive to accomplish this originated with the Dean of the College of the Arts, and he was promoted to Provost when the Creative Campus award was announced, we surmised this was a realistic endeavor.
Dartmouth Hopkins Center
Discussion at Hopkins Center of how seeds sown in the arts produce multiple blossoms:
The Hopkins Center (the Hop) now has several sets of internal and external resources they did not have before Class Divide:
- An employee Task Force that is deeply versed in matters of community access, and whose work will continue to benefit the Hop’s institutional accessibility. The Hop Employee Task Force’s approach to assessing the economic accessibility of the Hop is being made public to peer organizations needing help.
- The Community Advisory board, who understand the Hop’s goals and programs and who will continue to function as advocate for them.
Montclair State University
Plans for continuing to take an interdisciplinary approach to pedagogy – the Creative Thinking course was intended to become an ongoing part of Montclair State’s curriculum. The long-term goal is for the course to grow into a foundational experience for all incoming students at Montclair State. The course responds to goals articulated in Montclair State’s strategic plan that include the integration of deep learning initiatives and creativity into the curriculum and increased integration of the arts into campus life.
Wesleyan Center for the Arts: Common Moment
First Year Matters (FYM) is an annual program for incoming first-year students that explores the challenges we face as a result of global climate change and its impact on cultures and ecosystems around the world. The CFA connects to this program through the Common Moment, which is a capstone experience at the end of FYM. The purpose of the Common Moment is to create a participatory community experience through music and movement that physically connects the students to the FYM readings. Each unique performance is interactive and allows students to connect the materials learned throughout the week with the arts. At the conclusion of the Common Moment, the students assemble in a histogram representing the results of a survey question about the F2F theme answered earlier in the week.
Common Moment for incoming freshman is now an annual festival that continues with a new theme each year:
The parts of Feet to the Fire that will continue beyond the funded project include the relationships between the CFA and the various campus partners to continue to create innovative collaborations.