July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Electrical and Computer
Since 2013, a partnership of Electrical and Computer Engineering programs from nearly 20 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) have been collaborating to produce more and better-prepared graduates by leveraging connections between partner institutions and outside organizations from academia, government and industry. Key to the success of this collaboration has been the development of a virtual working community of practice through regular online and in-person meetings, resource and idea sharing, collaborative assessment and publication/dissemination of results, advocacy and mentoring for one another, and mutual trust. The lessons learned have led the partners to form a non-profit organization to provide the infrastructure to support joint activities and programs. This new organization has enabled the group to expand the collaboration scope to address the full learning and working experience of students and faculty and include other MSIs. Its vision is to be a collaboration of Minority Serving Institutions Working as One organized as a virtual super department with broadly based strengths in education, scholarship and service. In time, the organization will grow and the model being developed replicated and implemented for other disciplines. The driving hypotheses being explored by the organization are: (1) many activities historically undertaken by traditional departments can achieve either higher levels of success and/or success in new areas when developed and implemented by multi-institutional teams; (2) resources and support programs can be effectively shared across many institutions; (3) improvement science, specifically professional development addressing key topics such as teaching, advising, team science, communication, leadership and program management can build capabilities at all partner institutions and breakdown historical barriers to collaboration; (4) the combination of collective experiences and resources with diverse student populations can enable students to achieve greater success and to build personal networks; and (5) alliances built with outside entities can be established and nurtured on a level playing field with external entities by working collectively with other organization partners rather than as individual departments.
Connor, K. A., & Leigh-Mack, P., & Scott, C. J., & Chouikha, M. F., & Kelly, J. C., & Velez-Reyes, M., & Abraham, S., & Bekolay, M., & Nare, O. E., & Eldek, A. A., & Ndoye, M. (2021, July), A Super Department Model for Multi-University Collaboration Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36618
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