Running head: INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE 2
INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE 2
Overview of the Institution & Analysis of Need for Change
Southern New Hampshire University
Overview of the Institution
The hypothetical institution selected is a 4-year or above private, not-for-profit institution in the category of A&S-F/NGC: arts & sciences focus. This is an institution where over 80% of bachelor’s degrees focus on science and art. In these institutions, “no graduate degrees were awarded in fields corresponding to undergraduate majors” (Canergie Classification, 2010). The instructional program of this institution focuses on undergraduate education, and this is regardless of the availability or extent of graduate education. The institution has a majority of undergraduate enrollment because it is a not-for-profit education and the most important component of the institution is undergraduate education.
Vision, Mission, and Goals for the Institution
The institution provides students with quality educational experiences in a diverse and free education setting leading to successful completion of degree programs and proficiency in basic skills. The institution focuses on career success by fostering critical thinking, creativity, cultural awareness, and effective communication. We strive to meet the needs of our student population, which is geographically diverse, by embracing equity and accountability through data-guided decisions and achievable learning outcomes.
The institution focuses on providing successful education opportunities to all students regardless of their background to ensure their needs are met and empower them to counter life challenges in the future.
Being a not-for-profit institution, its main aim is to ensure all students can afford education. They are empowered with enough knowledge regardless of their social or economic background in this age and era of globalization.
The Need for the Change at the Institution
There is a need to change the school’s curriculum to incorporate new technology and accommodate diverse learning styles. The institution is a non-for-profit, and it accommodates students from all over the world. This is why both internal and external stakeholders need a transition to technology and a learning environment that accommodates all students. So, the institution must ensure there are diverse learning styles by considering the backgrounds of all students. Students with different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds learn differently. Providing all these students is accommodated in a classroom is essential. It is also important to incorporate technology as it is playing a huge role in today’s learning environment.
According to Raja and Nagasubramani (2018), the learning and interaction of modern-day students increase with the use of technology. The authors assert that the transfer of knowledge has become easy and effective with the use of technology in the classroom. This provides enough reason why the institution needs to accommodate technology. Ellington and Benders (2012) state that adopting different learning styles will ensure all students are accommodated in a classroom with students from diverse geographical locations. This is an institution with students from all over the world and understanding their learning styles and adopting them is essential.
This change is required urgently because we are experiencing very fast growth in the use of technology in the field of education. Arkorful and Abaidoo (2015) assert that e-learning is now playing a huge role in higher education. Technology is also playing a huge role in the outside world, and it is important to prepare our students to face the future world that will have been taken over by technology. The use of technology will ensure students will be able to learn and communicate with their professors in whichever part of the globe they may be during their holidays. This is a change that will affect both students and the institution positively if implemented well.
Arkorful, V., & Abaidoo, N. (2015). The role of e-learning, advantages and disadvantages of its adoption in higher education. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 12(1), 29-42.
Carnegie Classification (2010). Classification Description: Undergraduate Instructional Program Classification. Retrieved from https://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/2010/descriptions/ugrad_program.php
Ellington, S., & Benders, D. (2012). Learning Style and it’s importance in Education. Accessed on 27th September 2021 https://www. researchgate. net/publication/256022625_Learning_Style_and_it’s_importance_in_Education.
Raja, R., & Nagasubramani, P. C. (2018). Impact of modern technology in education. Journal of Applied and Advanced Research, 3(1), 33-35.
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