On November 3 Guttman received three Strategic Investment Grants from CUNY as part of Chancellor Milliken’s and CUNY’s Strategic Investment Initiative. Campuses were invited to submit up to three proposals for promising initiatives related to university priorities and the performance management process goals. A number of staff and faculty worked together to submit three proposals through the Provost’s Office: “Sizing Up: Growing the First Year Experience,” “Experiential Learning Opportunities: Breaking Boundaries at Guttman Community College,” and “Prep for Success: 21st Century Skills in Demand Internship Initiative.” All three proposals were funded for a total of $292,000.
Proposal #1: Sizing Up: Growing the First Year Experience (Assistant Professor Alia Tyner-Mullings):
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (GCC) was designed to incorporate the best, evidence-based practices of higher education. GCC is unique nationally in housing a cluster of these high-impact practices in the one institution. Many of these practices are embodied in our First Year Experience (FYE), which makes the FYE highly complex. This proposal will enable proper scaling of the FYE so that as the student and faculty populations continue to grow, faculty will be able to continue to provide the FYE with fidelity and the highest quality of curriculum and pedagogy.
Proposal #2: Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO) (Associate Dean Laura Gambino):
Strategic investment initiative funding for ELO: Breaking Boundaries will enable Guttman Community College to increase student engagement and academic success, expand the use of and access to digital technology, and strengthen students’ global perspectives and practice. ELO: Breaking Boundaries will provide a range of professional development opportunities for faculty, increasing their capacity to develop, deliver, and assess effective experiential learning activities that leverage academic technology. Increasing faculty and staff capacity through professional development will result in an increase in the quality and quantity of global/experiential learning opportunities for all Guttman students.
Proposal #3: PREP for Success: 21st Century Skills in Demand Internship Initiative (Director of The Office of Partnership and Community Engagement Valora Blackson):
To more effectively prepare Guttman students for the 21st century workforce, the Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement (OPCE) will scale the Guttman experiential learning model by expanding current internship offerings to create an innovative, strategic skills-based internship initiative to help Guttman students develop and apply critical job readiness skills. The CUNY grant will assist in covering costs associated with establishing and building out the skills-based internship initiative. Securing grant funds for this project will allow OPCE to hire part-time Job Developers to manage the marketing and student/employer outreach and provide an inaugural group of 20 students with a $3,000 stipend to engage in a high impact, skills-based internship during the Spring I session. The College will be able to support this hire after the end of the grant period.