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  1. David C. Paris
    March 7, 2014

    Thank you, Michael for a very accurate summary and insightful discussion. In particular, the notion that GEMs is the connective tissue between DQP and VALUE is spot on.

    With respect to the theory of change and “buzz saws,” AAC&U is well aware of the challenges of change and reform in higher education and have encountered some “buzz saws” in promoting the DQP and VALUE. I would only say that these two projects have more traction they did when they were launched a few years ago, mainly through the process of pilots and persuasion in a variety of contexts. We expect they will continue to gain momentum, and that GEMs will follow this trajectory.

    I don’t know if that counts as a full-blown theory, but it does remind me of Weber’s phrase about politics being “a strong and slow boring of hard boards.”

    David Paris, VP and Director of the GEMS Project
    AAC&U

  2. Michael Feldstein
    March 7, 2014

    Thanks for the response, David. I don’t think there’s an easy answer to the theory of change question right now, but I do think that campuses can and must find ways of getting better at having these sorts of conversations if they are going to survive and thrive. Phil and I have been experimenting with e-Literate TV as a vehicle for fostering such conversations, but it’s early days.

  3. Michael Feldstein
    March 8, 2014

    David, it just occurred to me as I was replying to Cliff’s comment that I had a similar conversation with a very different group not terribly long ago. We were talking about MOOCs and the difficulties that the original creators were having in getting their message out over the din of corporate and media hype. The conversation starts here and continues here.

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