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Institutional Development Grant: Objectives

Objectives relating to:

  1. Community impact, cross-participant impact, and institutional impact
  2. Cross-community impact, participant impact, and institutional impact
  3. Community impact, participant impact, and cross-institutional impact
  4. Community impact, participant impact, and cross-institutional impact

1. Objective related to: Community impact, cross-participant impact, and institutional impact

 

What work will be done? What activities will the program undertake?

The CEAP program involves faculty across the campus, but mainly in the sciences, who each dedicate a regular lab session or project to collecting data that contributes to an overall assessment of the environment of the campus and adjacent areas. Classes form working teams surrounding related environmental problems. Data is reported at a poster session and ideally becomes integrated into the campus planning process.

What is the expected result of the work or activities described above?

Results to be expected are: 1) Students are expected to better understand the interdisciplinary nature of problems. 2) Students will have more experience with group work and using other classes as resources. The activities will model real-life work settings. 3) The college will have a living data base of environmental parameters.

How will you measure the impact of your activities or quality of your work?

Statistics will be kept on the numbers of students involved in CEAP over time, the number of established working relationships between classes, and the number of students who participate in the poster session. In addition, each faculty member will evaluate the value of the activities with his/her class at the end of each semester.

By what standard will you gauge success?

Success will be gauged by the number of students and faculty involved in the project as well as by formal evaluations of the impact of the project on students at the end of each semester.

How many individuals will benefit?

The program will involve approximately 200+ students each semester. We hope this number continues to increase.

Objective statement

To increase the engagement of students and faculty in the sciences (SEAMS courses) in Academically-Based Service-Learning.

2. Objective related to: "Cross-community impact, participant impact, and institutional impact"

 

What work will be done? What activities will the program undertake?

CEAP classes in such areas as Technical Writing and Urban and Regional Planning, will work with science CEAP courses to develop CEAP projects that work at forming cooperative initiatives with adjacent neighborhoods, municipalities, and locally-based environmental groups, with goals of improving relations between Calvin and its neighbors, better serving the needs of such groups, and developing cooperative efforts that lead to the overall improvement of quality of life in this part of the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Region.

What is the expected result of the work or activities described above?

Better communication between Calvin and its neighbors is expected to result from this program. In addition, we expect improved effectiveness of locally-based environmental groups, particularly the one concerned with the quality of the local watershed. This improvement should arise from the better data, increase in awareness through CEAP activity, and increase student and faculty interest in the area’s environmental quality.

How will you measure the impact of your activities or quality of your work?

The campus architect will be asked to write an evaluation of the impact of CEAP on his work, which involves extensive interaction with Calvin’s neighbors. In addition, the Service-Learning Office will keep a record of the types of CEAP projects initiated that involve community groups.

By what standard will you gauge success?

We will gauge the success of the program by the increased engagement of Calvin faculty, students, and staff in the work of making positive moves towards protecting and improving the environmental quality of the area within which Calvin sits.

How many individuals will benefit?

The hope is that this project can serve as a model for urban planning for the entire Grand Rapids Metro Area and be transferred to other campuses.

Objective statement:

To provide a context in which students, faculty, and the administrative planning process on campus are meaningfully linked with the surrounding community,

3. Objective related to: "Community impact, participant impact, and cross-institutional impact"

 

What work will be done? What activities will the program undertake?

The CEAP program involves faculty across the campus, but mainly in the sciences, who each dedicate a regular lab session or project to collecting data that contributes to an overall assessment of the environment of the campus and adjacent areas. This collaborative research activity will create a context within which Calvin College can become better connected to its local neighborhood and regional organizations.

What is the expected result of the work or activities described above?

The expected result of this research is better information about the interactions of natural systems in the region of Calvin College. We expect this information to lead to better informed decision-making and planning by Calvin College and by the adjacent municipalities who share the same natural region.

How will you measure the impact of your activities or quality of your work?

The measure of the impact of this research will be on the extent of its use in the planning process and decision-making. The impact of CEAP activities will also be measured by the changes in way Calvin College sees its role in the community, moving from Calvin serving the community (one-directional), to a view of service that involves seeing Calvin being situated within the context of a community with shared concerns.

By what standard will you gauge success?

We will gauge our success by its use in the decision-making process. This will largely be done by an evaluative document written by the college architect, who is key to the physical planning of the campus and its relation to surrounding neighborhoods and municipalities. In addition, the Service-Learning office directors will evaluate the impact of CEAP on Calvin’s philosophy of service.

How many individuals will benefit?

The Calvin College student body and staff (5000) will directly benefit from improved information and decision-making, in addition to the adjacent neighborhood, whose residents use the campus as open-space will also benefit. Finally, the City of Grand Rapids will benefit from Calvin’s reconception of what it means to be a part of the metropolitan area.

Objective statement:

To provide data for an overall environmental assessment of Calvin College and its surrounding neighborhoods, and through this process, provide a model of service based on mutual interests and shared space.

4. Objective related to: "Community impact, participant impact, and cross-institutional impact"

 

What work will be done? What activities will the program undertake?

The CEAP program involves faculty across the campus who each dedicate a regular lab session or project to collecting data that contributes to an overall assessment of the environment of the campus and adjacent areas. Working groups of courses will both collect data and use it for projects that work at social change. This data will thus be used to provide a link with existing local environmental groups, land use planning committees, and neighborhood groups.

What is the expected result of the work or activities described above?

The expected result of this activity is to broaden the work of the Calvin Community Partnerships Taskforce (CPT) and other Calvin-initiated community services to conceive of partnerships and service to the local community that moves beyond the typical foci of such programs such as poverty and K-12 educational improvement.

How will you measure the impact of your activities or quality of your work?

The measure of the impact of this program will be on changes in Calvin College’s articulated philosophy of community engagement that arises out of CEAP. CEAP philosophy focuses on outreach based on shared space and proximity and thus is more cooperative in nature rather than one-directional.

By what standard will you gauge success?

The Service-Learning office directors will evaluate the impact of CEAP on Calvin’s philosophy of service.

How many individuals will benefit?

The Cities of Grand Rapids, Kenwood and East Grand Rapids will benefit from Calvin’s reconception of what it means to be a part of the metropolitan area.

Objective statement:

To model a different conceptual model for community engagement which includes the sciences, is based on shared space, and is more cooperative in nature rather than one-dimensional.