During our April 2018 meeting at the University of Denver, we identified four working groups to move along our agenda.
1) Redefining CLAC (Convener: Danielle Salaz, UC Boulder): The goals of this group are to investigate the various ways CLAC has been defined and to reshape and clarify the definition of CLAC for the 21st Century. Goals for this group are to a) develop a definition of CLAC that is easily understood by newcomers b) establish a foundation for advocacy and publicizing CLAC initiatives. Elements will include the philosophy of CLAC as well as descriptions of different kinds of established and emergent programs.
This ad hoc group, comprised of institutional representatives, will meet in a virtual environment on a bi-monthly basis with the goal of developing a final definition by the end of Spring 2019 semester. Meeting times will be determined by the group at mutually agreed upon times.
2) Digital Presence & Education (Convener: JY Zhou, Stockton University): This group is focused on developing a path for CLAC’s digital engagement and presence agenda. This includes professional development, training, webinars, social media channels, CLAC Clearinghouse, and the CLAC website. Developing a strategic plan for branding and defining.
3) Advocacy (Convener: Bernd Estabrook, Illinois College): The Advocacy Group will look at strategies for promoting and sustaining CLAC programs on campus. We will address questions such as: How can we better integrate CLAC programs into the existing curriculum? In a time of shortened means, how can we demonstrate the value of CLAC to the campus mission, to provide resources for new CLAC programs, or to enhance existing opportunities? What technologies, media, and platforms are most useful for getting the word out?
4) Assessment: (Convener: Deb Reisinger, Duke University): This group will not begin meeting until a working definition emerges from the REDEFINING CLAC group. This group aims to 1) gain an understanding of how CLAC is currently assessed at member institutions 2) determine assessment gaps and needs 3) create and administer a large scale assessment across consortial members 4) share out best practices for internal assessment.