Individuals aged 25 and over, or as otherwise defined in DSU policy
Refers to an activity that involves real-world problems that mimic the work of professionals. It is an activity that involves presentation of findings to audiences beyond the classrooms, uses open-ended inquiry, thinking skills and metacognition. It is where students engage in discourse and social learning in a community of learners, and where students direct their own learning in project work.
A comprehensive polytechnic university provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. The university model is specifically characterized by the dimensions of applied/active learning, career-focused degree programs and readiness, the infusion of professional expertise and organizations within the learning experience, and the integration of liberal arts and sciences with major degree programs.
Any disparity in a metric, like graduation rate or term-to-term persistence, along racial, socioeconomic, gender, or other demographic grouping.
Refers to inclusive teaching and learning that recognizes all student’s entitlement to a learning experience that respects diversity, enables participation, removes barriers and anticipates and considers a variety of learning needs and preferences. The design of inclusive teaching and learning aims to eliminate equity gaps based on gender, age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity neuro-cognitive-physical ability level, and other unique circumstances.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A university ethos where students, faculty and staff continually generate new ideas and convert those ideas into viable and adoptable solutions, products, systems, and practices and then design, launch and operate a new entity, operation or practice to implement the idea. Skills that enable innovation and entrepreneurship include curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, systems analysis and GRIT that are best learned through active and applied learning.
Refers to “Open Education”, which is a particular way of providing education, often using digital technologies. Its aim is to widen access and participation to everyone by removing barriers and making learning accessible, abundant, and customizable for all. It offers multiple ways of teaching and learning, building and sharing knowledge. It also provides a variety of access routes to formal and non-formal education, and connects the two. Open education is characterized by transparency, sharing, collaboration, community and the 5r Model of retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute educational content.
Through open education, each and every individual, at every stage in their lives and career development, can have appropriate and meaningful educational opportunities available to them. These include access to content, courses, support, assessment and certification in ways that are flexible and accommodate diverse needs. For example, barriers to entry and cost, are reduced or eliminated.
DSU will adopt elements of the OpenEdu framework created by the European Commission in 2016 and adopted by universities worldwide.1 The OpenEdu framework features ten dimensions of open education, including “what” is opened and “how” education is opened. The six core dimensions defining the “what” are: 1) open access; 2) open educational resources; 3) open educational practices; 4) recognition/certification of formal and non-formal learning; 5) open research and innovation; and 6) collaboration. The four enabling dimensions define “how” education is opened: 7) strategy; 8) leadership; 9) technology; and 10) quality metrics.
1 Inamorato dos Santos, A., Punie, Y., and Castana Munoz, J. (2016). Opening up education: a support framework for higher education institutions. Joint Research Center Science for Policy Report, European Commission, Sevilla, Spain).
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Student Learning and Success
Student learning refers to an individual’s achievement of specified student learning outcomes defined at the institutional, program and course level. Student success refers to the attainment or completion of a degree, program of study or other educational goal, including holistic personal development.