Montclair State University: Lessons Learned
The primary partnership with RAUL was extremely important in terms of curricular and pedagogical expertise and for shepherding development of the structure of the course during the development process. In addition:
— Having a high-level partner in a Vice Provost and Director of RAUL helped gain the attention and support of upper-level administration, increasing the prestige of the project and raising awareness across campus.
— High-level administrative support is essential, especially when a project involves navigating curricular procedures and allocating faculty teaching time. Support by the Provost’s Office in particular not only helped to expedite the administrative steps but also reinforced the validity of the project to the campus community.
— Defining and re-defining the roles of project partners is important throughout the process. Assessment of partners’ roles should be ongoing in order to effectively leverage time and expertise. Periodic and regular planning meetings between the core project partners (ACP and RAUL) were essential to keeping the project moving forward. These meetings were essential for determining strategy and tasks for the Working Group.
— Communication to the wider campus community is essential to building support for the project. We used various outlets to create a narrative of the project, which built support for the course and related events. This raised awareness of the work being done by the campus partners and also increased awareness of ACP and Peak Performances as an academic resource. This heightened awareness was crucial for getting the course approved and for moving the project forward in the future.
— Consistent communication among partners is essential to maintaining momentum.
— Capitalize on existing campus resources and programs in order to spread the labor and also to increase awareness of the project more broadly on campus.
— Flexibility when working with an emergent process is crucial. We often had to re-assess and alter planned strategies in order to keep the process moving forward.