The College’s strengths include our unifying commitment to social change and community-relevant action as well as existing research and projects that cross disciplines and integrate systems. These strengths, combined with our nationally recognized experts, position the Morgridge College of Education to lead the way among our peers and establish a new standard for the way that we create solutions to complex systemic challenges and ensure that they improve the lives of the people who are most affected by the challenge. Three tenets below, established in our 2019-2024 strategic plan, will focus our efforts, inform action items and guide investments in the next five years.
Form action-oriented teams focused on complex challenges identified by the community.
We will partner intentionally and deeply with our community to identify their priorities. By aligning our collective expertise, skills and interests with these priorities, we will identify the complex societal challenges and opportunities that offer the greatest potential for impact. We will then form Think & Action Collaboratives, solutions-oriented teams composed of faculty, community partners, students, staff and alumni that will facilitate multi-directional learning and ensure that our priorities are relevant to those we serve.
Work across disciplines and systems to generate knowledge and create solutions.
Our Think & Action Collaboratives will be intentionally interdisciplinary to address complex, systemic problems. For example, we know that education and social class continue to be highly correlated, and that individuals with a college education are likely to experience health and economic mobility. In tackling these kinds of issues, sectors such as education, health, policymakers and business have tended to operate in isolation from each other. We will create a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary approach so that the key players are working together to create meaningful change.
Advance a culture that promotes the creation and scaling of solutions to improve the lives of marginalized communities.
In order to bring solutions to scale and enhance our impact, we will focus on:
- Maintaining trusting and reciprocal community relationships throughout our work from identification of priorities, to developing solutions, to implementation.
- Embracing technological innovations that increase our reach, improve our evaluation and decrease expenses.
- Creating a pipeline of students who are skilled in working across disciplines and systems.