The CR Board of Trustees just lately accepted a brand new imaginative and prescient assertion that encourages us to create and maintain the circumstances that may allow all college students to expertise an academic journey that’s intellectually, socially, and personally transformative and to encourage participatory citizenship grounded in important considering.
Moreover, the brand new imaginative and prescient assertion directs us to be conscious of the altering wants of our group. This implies offering focused programming that improves the talents, data, and incomes potential of the regional workforce, in addition to coming into into alliances with trade, group, and educational companions to make sure we’re making ready our college students for at this time’s financial system.
On reflection, I consider that the Trustees need us to proceed offering the identical high-quality instructional alternatives as earlier than, whereas on the identical time making ready college students for a way forward for dynamic and entrepreneurial environments. This new imaginative and prescient would require the school to foster a mindset that strikes away from sustaining the established order to embracing innovation.
Whereas I see this push in direction of innovation as a problem and a possibility, innovation isn’t new to the CR expertise. We now have at all times inspired college and workers to train their very own creativity out and in of the classroom. We provide skilled improvement trainings on new instruments and applied sciences, finest follow in pupil assist, and revolutionary approaches to classroom instruction.
We now have totally embraced the Open Academic Sources Initiative (OERI), which facilitates the creation of low or no price textbooks and different studying supplies for college kids. Lately, CR Biology Professor Maria Marrow was awarded $26,000 to replace the present open-access botany textbook. Our Political Science college member Dr. Ryan Emenaker is engaged on the third version of his textbook, “Present Debates in American Authorities,” which advanced from the course packets he compiled for his college students.
Our college are additionally continuously creating new ancillary packages and labs to assist student-learning outcomes. Some examples embrace the Biology Pure historical past museum with over 8,000 specimens from birds to mammals to bugs, a 13×2 meter mock archaeological website comprised of 26 1×1-meter items that symbolize 5 completely different sorts of dig areas, and a fabrication lab for college kids to make use of the talents they’ve acquired within the building and welding packages to construct every thing from trailers to tiny homes.
Our artwork college students can go to the on-campus Artistic Arts gallery, whose rotating exhibitions provide college students the chance to critically study many types of modern visible tradition.
In our Early Childhood Training lab, college students are offered a possibility to get real-world educating expertise and analysis alternatives.
Our laptop info techniques college sponsor groups for the Nationwide Cyber League (NCL), a contest that helps college students put together and take a look at themselves towards cybersecurity challenges that they are going to possible face within the workforce. These college members are designing a brand new information science diploma that may give college students the required expertise to arrange them for starting careers in information science or for the environment friendly switch to a four-year establishment for a bachelor’s diploma.
CR Automotive college students now have entry to a set of Ford and Lincoln particular on-line coaching modules that enable college students to get a soar on the certifications they might want to full to progress via the ranks of as Ford and Lincoln technicians.
And at last, I’m excited to announce that we’re making a model new CR Innovation Initiative designed to assist and encourage continued creativity on campus. This initiative will award seed cash to CR college students, college, or workers to facilitate the analysis and improvement of viable initiatives that may economically profit the School of the Redwoods District and our North Coast communities. The CR Basis, whose mission is to advertise pupil success and financial improvement, will fund the initiative.
I wish to thank all the school and workers who dedicate their time and power to the success of our college students and group. I perceive that the when our college students succeed, our communities profit.
Dr. Keith Flamer is president of School of the Redwoods in Eureka.