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LVAIC Thought Leadership Workshop: the Changing Landscape of Higher Education Showcases Understanding of Regional Environment

August 17, 2018, @ 9:54 AM
Lehigh University group gathers with President John Simon to continue the discussion at the 2018 LVAIC Thought Leadership Workshop on the changing landscape of higher education at DeSales University on August 14, 2018.

Lehigh University group gathers with President John Simon to continue the discussion at the 2018 LVAIC Thought Leadership Workshop on the changing landscape of higher education at DeSales University on August 14, 2018.

LVAIC hosted a one-day thought leadership workshop on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. This event focused on the changing landscape of higher education and the impact the changing environment has on our campuses and our community.

Participants were invited to this workshop to share their best thinking on these issues and to participate in developing and implementing LVAIC’s next steps to address them as a higher education community. The outcomes of this workshop were for participants to be able to: 1.) Understand key internal and external challenges facing higher education; 2.) Advocate and engage their campus and LVAIC colleagues in this discussion to increase dialog and understanding; and 3.) Participate in campus and collaborative opportunities and initiatives to respond to these challenges in the campus and local community.

Themes emerging from the day included adapting and changing, support for students, adapting for students rather than students having to adapt to the campus environment, utilizing the geographic partnerships of the LVAIC community, utilizing technology to more effectively share curriculum and faculty without transportation barriers, and the need to continue this momentum of the discussions back on the member campuses.

Panelists Rebecca Seaman, Cedar Crest College; Eric Hagan, DeSales University; Chawne Kimber, Lafayette College; Donald Outing, Lehigh University; Leah Breisch, Moravian College; and Kathy Harring, Muhlenberg College along with workshop facilitator Thedore P. Long, Ph.D..

Panelists Rebecca Seaman, Cedar Crest College; Eric Hagan, DeSales University; Chawne Kimber, Lafayette College; Donald Outing, Lehigh University; Leah Breisch, Moravian College; and Kathy Harring, Muhlenberg College along with workshop facilitator Thedore P. Long, Ph.D..

Over one hundred participants gathered to discuss these topics and explored collaborative opportunities. Attendees met inter-institutionally and intra-institutionally, both with peers across roles and with peers among their own campuses, under the facilitation of Theodore P. Long, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Elizabethtown College. This included a panel of faculty, staff, and administrators from across the LVAIC community: Rebecca Seaman, Cedar Crest College; Eric Hagan, DeSales University; Chawne Kimber, Lafayette College; Donald Outing, Lehigh University; Leah Breisch, Moravian College; and Kathy Harring, Muhlenberg College.

Those interested in learning more about the workshop can visit the LVAIC website. This includes the workshop website with materials from the event, more information on the facilitator, and those who participated. Participants also continued the conversation on Twitter using #LVAICChange2018 and the archive of these conversation is available here.

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