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Welcome and General Session -
A Conversation with Dr. Lande Ajose:
Facilitating Session One and the discussion that follows: Radhika Seshan, dean, College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University
Gearing up for 2030 and Beyond: Evolution of Education
This presentation challenges conference participants to re-imagine PaCE educational responses in the decade ahead to meet changing economic and regional educational needs. This session considers current trends in economic and community development and how educational needs will evolve in the next 10 years. The session addresses how PaCE units can reconsider program development in light of current and changing academic strengths of their campus, emerging fields, and changing demands for traditional and alternative credentials. The presentation also outlines imaginative education models for universities to explore.
Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning - Reimagining Professional and Continuing Education
How does one reimagine the work of a PaCE unit in institutional and regional contexts? As a new dean of professional and continuing education at CSUCI, and also a new staff member at a CSU campus, a year was filled with surprises (“why's and how's", “what do you mean by CI-way?" and plenty of “Aha!" moments), and a rapid learning curve linked to reimagining possibilities. This session will share a new dean's journey for the last year 18+ months at CSUCI and provide personal and professional perspectives on navigating the “uniqueness" of a young campus in the largest U.S. public university system.
Reflection on the National Conversation to Couple 4-year Degrees and Competency-based, Life-long Certifications
Over the past year, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Workcred, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), with support from the Lumina Foundation, has convened experts from universities and accredited certification bodies to study this issue, forge relationships, exchange information, enhance the mutual understanding of the unique value of degrees and certifications, and create a framework for pilot programs to embed certifications into degrees across institutions. This presentation will highlight how coupling certification with bachelor's degrees can improve student employment outcomes and life-long career readiness. The genesis and progress of this project, key findings to date and opportunities to engage will be shared.
Issuing Digital Credentials and Badges for Noncredit Training ProgramsThis presentation will explore how and why CSUDH PaCE considered an external partnership to address the challenges of expanding capacities to offer digital credential and badges, and how CSUDH implemented it with a third-party vendor's (Parchment's) technical team. This stimulus session will share lessons learned, best practices, and how CSUDH imagines next steps and emerging opportunities.
Imagine and Creating New Approaches for Responding to Societal Challenges: The CSU5's ReLAY Institute
This session introduces creation of innovative platforms through CSU5 and public-nonprofit partnerships and creation of the ReLAY Institute (Reconnecting Los Angeles Youth – ReLAY). ReLAY provides an innovative platform to improve outcomes for the region's opportunity youth – ages 16-24 who are out of school and work, involved in foster care and/or probation systems and have experienced homelessness. We will examine how, through collaborative action, ReLAY provides leadership to improve the lives of opportunity youth. This session examines ReLAY's role in capacity-building for public and private providers by capturing and sharing data, identifying best practices through evidence-based evaluative research, innovation and fostering networks.
Paths with Purpose:
Leveraging Strengths and Creating Shared GoalsThis presentation will identify strategies for removing institutional barriers and will examine opportunities to inform campus colleagues about the value of self-support and the role of PaCE in redefining and serving students.
Using Expertise in Online Education to Build Purposeful and Engaged Campus Relationships
The session will begin with a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings for instructional design for online education. Presenters will discuss effective use of digital education by a CSU PaCE unit as a resource for the broader university, and expansion of the relationship among PaCE, the faculty and the university overall. This session invites a reimagining of PaCE as an innovative hub that allows the university to take steps forward as it works to change how and what it teaches. This reimagination involves PaCE units using their command of the educational power of digital technologies to become a hub for developing new and successful digital education approaches for the university overall.
Keeping PaCE with State Authorization
As state authorization rules evolve, PaCE units must imagine new ways to provide and expand access to their programs for a wider range of students nationwide. This session will discuss experiences and processes to manage approvals and explore how changing regulations impact online learning, practical experiences and professional licensure.
Expanding the Possibilities: Building Community Through Partnership
This presentation will explore how and why PaCE at Humboldt State University partnered with North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to manage and promote SBDC small business development workshops. The presenters will also share the benefits of saying “Yes!" to unconventional community partnerships and thinking creatively about possibilities for responding to changing opportunities.
Don't Reinvent - Invent
What if you had the opportunity to start from scratch given what you now know? This presentation will share how CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) has joined the fight to address the current opioid epidemic gripping communities. CSUB is responding by creating an accelerated/intensive 12-month program that would combat the opioid crisis statewide and nationwide in different ways. This presentation will ask Counterparts participants to consider how their universities with the help of PaCE capabilities can rethink/reimagine how their university can have a significant impact on major challenges facing their regions (and beyond).
Part One: Understanding the Future of the University-Prepared Workforce in Globally Connected Regions
What is a globally connected world of work? How can CSU PaCE units imagine responses to the growing need for a university-prepared workforce (at the baccalaureate and graduate levels)? How do we draw on the size and the capacities of each CSU (or a collaborative group of CSUs) and ability of PaCE units to provide California with the university-prepared workforce needed to remain a leader in a completive global economy?
The region needs an expanding university-prepared workforce. In the next 10 years, California will have a shortage of more than one million university-prepared individuals needed to maintain the economy.
Even if all the universities in California graduate students at the projected rates, we know far less about which fields will grow, and how degree programs should be crafted (or redesigned) to prepare students for current and future working environments.
What degree programs should we create (or expand) now to meet demands 10 or more years from now?
How urgent is it for CSU PaCE units to be future-focused, ready to imagine, and prepared to find new ways to do what is essential for the CSU's service to California? In this session, participants will explore these questions and responses required in the years ahead.
Finding the Data and Looking at the Bigger Picture for the University-Prepared Workforce
The Tseng College at CSUN expanded and refined CSUN's ability to respond to L.A.'s need for an extensive university-prepared workforce in the years ahead. What do Los Angeles and Southern California need from the CSU? Where are the biggest gaps between the university-prepared workforce and workforce needs? The Tseng College commissioned a broad economic study from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC)'s economic research unit to address this issue and how the university-prepared workforce will shape the regional economy in Southern California.
A representative from LAEDC who played a lead role in the study will talk about the results, talent development and the role that the CSU must play in the future of California.
Remarks on the Urgency of Getting Really Good at Imagining