We decided to release our plan as a website rather than the more traditional paper volume because we wanted it to be dynamic; we expect it to evolve over the next 7-10 years as the world, higher education and CC change. We also don't want it to be a plan that just sits on the shelf. By adding this page we can provide the entire CC community with updates on our progress. It will also help us to be accountable for implementing the exciting ideas that the Year of Planning generated. More details on implementation »
The Charge: CC’s full academic experience available to all students regardless of income and to free the imagination to do even more with the block, we will eliminate all program fees.
Tinka Avramov '16 talks about her experience in HY200 – Art in Context: Art History and Cultural History in 19th Century Paris
What’s Happening: In order to establish a financially sustainable solution that will allow the college to remove all program fees, CC took the first steps toward the goal by awarding additional financial aid to students participating in a block course that included a program fee. In the 2013-2014 academic year, $203,450 was awarded to 78 students who participated in a “block away” course. On average, these awards covered nearly 80 percent of the program fee for the students, who participated in one of 16 programs varying from study in Serbia to Germany to Paris to Chile. The program with the highest participation was in Lyon, France, where 12 students attended a class on contemporary French society taught by Gail Murphy-Geiss, associate professor of sociology. This program funding will continue in 2014-2015.
The Charge: Host an event to showcase Colorado College’s innovators and innovations, and to further the discussion about innovation at CC.
What’s Happening: Led by leaders from six of CC’s co-curricular programs, the college held its first Innovation Showcase April 7-9. More than 400 students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrated the power of the Venture Grant, the impact of the State of the Rockies Project, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives the Big Idea. The showcase also recognized how the Public Interest Fellowship Program promotes active social change in Colorado, applauded the interdisciplinary thinking fueled by the I.D.E.A. Space, and investigated the change-making practices of the Global Sustainability Internship program. Two keynote speakers addressed the campus: Dan Pallotta shared his experiences as a social innovator, raising hundreds of millions of dollars for charities over the past decade, and Michael Soulé explored the paradigms of large landscape conservation in the Rocky Mountain West. One student participant said, “Dan Pallotta looked me in the eye and told me that the world doesn't need more practical people, it needs more dreamers; he made me believe that I truly can make a change in this world if I remember that an expert is simply someone who will tell you exactly why something cannot be done; he openly assured me that love is the greatest motivator of all.”
PIFP: "A Different Kind of Payday"
The Big Idea
The Charge: Develop a shared leadership philosophy and set of competencies, and create programs for staff and faculty to build those identified skills.
What’s Happening: Our Leadership Philosophy Action Team finalized an aspirational vision of what leadership should be at Colorado College. This leadership philosophy was shared with all faculty and staff members via email and at the all-campus lunch April 7. This philosophy will now guide the formation of the college’s professional development program in our pursuit of workplace excellence. The vision of leadership at Colorado College is that it is the privilege of every member of our community to lead in each role and position. Leadership means pursuing opportunities and assuming responsibility to advance the college’s mission. View the full CC Leadership Philosophy.
UPDATE: Special “Block Breaks” for Alumni and Parents
The Charge: Develop new opportunities for alumni and parents to engage in lifelong learning and be intellectually engaged with the college and each other.
What’s Happening: “One has to admire the human spirit's will to survive and to do what one needs to do to create a life. Cubans love their country; they just want their lives to be better than the previous generation and their children to have better lives than theirs,” said Anita Pariseau, director of alumni relations, of her experience immersed in Cuban culture during CC’s first special block break. On March 30, 32 alumni and friends accompanied Pariseau and Sean Pieri, VP for advancement, on the sold-out trip to Cuba led by Associate Professor of Sociology Eric Popkin. Participants traveled for nine days, soaking in history, culture, and Cuban perspective, and navigated historical context from a social and economic perspective with Popkin’s guidance. Interest in the program was so strong that the college will consider repeating it in 2015. Pariseau and Pieri are exploring adding 6-12 other new programs in 2015.
CC alumni and friends in Cuba, Spring 2014.
2014 Dynamic Half Block
The Charge: Develop new Half Block programming that will enhance the existing “for-credit” programs, yet be focused on helping students explore interests, develop new skills, and enhance existing skills.
What’s Happening: The group led by VP of Student Life Mike Edmonds organized 21 new courses and outdoor education programs ranging from graduate test preparation, IT skill building, public speaking, leadership, careers in healthcare, and craft production. Three hundred ninety-eight students participated in the new courses, which culminated in a dinner class on etiquette. One participant in the new Half Block had this to say: “I thought it was fantastic, and love that they offered career oriented classes, especially because I would be disinclined to think about career stuff during a class, especially a hard one. It was a lull on campus and a great time to think about how to advance career/internship searches during the block.”
Kendall Bentsen talks about her half block GMAT course
CC's Mellon Fellow in the Arts Idris Goodwin talks about his new half block course on spoken word called "The Vocab: Critical Approaches to Spoken Word Writing and Performance."
The Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching
The Charge: Set in motion specific pilot projects to demonstrate how the center will contribute to the mission of the college.
What’s Happening: The Center Action Team — led by Anne Hyde, director of the Crown Faculty Center — has awarded ten grants totaling $75,000 and ranging from peer tutorial services supporting oral communication; to new text analysis protocols on student motivation and the advantages and disadvantages of the Block Plan; to developing a CC Alumni Climate Change Symposium for Parents Weekend this fall. See more information about the Center.
Premier Summer Learning Experience
The Charge: Create summer programs consisting of linked thematic blocks.
What’s Happening: A group led by Dean Sandra Wong developed three signature programs for Summer 2014: The Colorado Documentary Institute, The Outdoor Leadership Institute, and The Student Journalism Institute. The programs have seen robust interest and student registration has already begun.