In January 2011, Reinvention began as a uniquely collaborative process led by task forces of faculty, staff and students who each spend a semester looking closely at areas needing improvement. External advisory councils were also formed consisting of employers, civic leaders and foundations, academics, and community representatives. Their role is to provide guidance throughout the Reinvention process.
The City Colleges of Chicago has four goals for Reinvention:
- Increase number of students earning college credentials of economic value
- Increase rate of transfer to bachelor’s degree programs following CCC graduation
- Drastically improve outcomes for students requiring remediation
- Increase number and share of ABE/GED/ESL students who advance to and succeed in college-level courses
In early April 2013, Reinvention7 kicked-off with the idea of bringing the power of Reinvention directly to each college. A team of faculty, staff and students was established at each of the seven colleges to work on key college initiatives while working hand in hand with the teams at the district level and other colleges.
The first project being addressed by each of the teams is our Pathways Initiative. This project calls for nothing less than planning and executing the work required to ensure that all CCC students embark upon academic pathways that 1) reflect learning and growth required to meet life, career and academic goals 2) are relevant to both employers and to four-year institutions 3) meet students where they are, both in terms of their college readiness levels upon admission as well as their anticipated schedule and other life needs.
Keep reading our posts on this site and for more information on Reinvention and Reinvention7 visit the Reinvention Website.
Interested in joining a Reinvention or Reinvention7 task force?
All CCC Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible. Let us know you’re interested and what you’d like to work on.