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October 12, 2016

What are the goals of FACT? (Framework for Antioch College Transition)

  • Engage the Antioch community and key partners in a process to co-design a framework for the College that is innovative and effective in its use of the College’s curricular assets (Antioch Kitchens, Antioch Review, Coretta Scott King Center, Glen Helen, Herndon Gallery, Wellness Center, WYSO, etc.);
  • Address the educational and financial challenges and opportunities currently facing the field of higher education, including especially questions of durability, resilience, access, affordability, equity, inclusion and diversity;
  • Move the College to a more synergistic use of its resources, one that provides more financial durability and curricular distinction;
  • Assure that Antioch College will deliver on its mission and vision and boldly distinguish itself from other colleges;
  • Move the College away from a deficits/scarcity approach and towards an asset/abundance model of fostering change;
  • Expand the possibilities and practice of community and shared governance at the College;
  • Develop Design-Build and the related technologies of design thinking as a portable tool and skill set for Antiochians; and
  • Build the College’s capacity to offer Design-Build as a revenue-generating program.

What is the FACT Implementation Team (FIT)?

In September 2016, President Tom Manley created the FACT Implementation Team (FIT) to support Antioch College in the creation and implementation of the Framework for Antioch College’s Transition (FACT). FIT will design and implement a process for collecting, prioritizing, and incentivizing ideas that will support our ultimate goal of integrating the assets into a new educational platform for the College. FIT – which
consists of people from across the College including faculty, staff, and students – will engage the larger community throughout the FACT process. 

How will we know if the goals of FACT are achieved?

FACT projects and ideas that are moved into the implementation phase will have metrics and timelines that will measure their progress towards achieving the goals of FACT.

What will the process cost and where will the funds come from?

A minimum of $300,000 over three years plus additional expenses for related capital improvements and special projects. These latter expenses will be funded through a comprehensive philanthropic campaign developed and launched in its silent phase in the spring of 2017. The president, board and advancement team will raise the dollars for FACT Fund. Individual and foundation donors will support it.

These funds will develop our competency with the Design-Build process, design and outfit flexible spaces for project work, conduct workshops around specific topics, bring skilled facilitators and advisors, document work, and support related field trips. The President’s Office, in consultation and coordination with the FACT Implementation Team, will budget and manage the funds.

How much time will the process take?

This will vary depending on an individual’s desire and capacity to be involved. In the first phase, summer 2016, most workshops and activities will be scheduled over a one-week period because the process is a community building and shared governance opportunity. Whenever possible we will use existing meeting times or bank meeting slots to be devoted to FACT work. We will try not to schedule sessions during term breaks.

Why are we doing this instead of just doing what we do now better?

Incremental changes are important; we should always look for ways to improve what we are currently doing. However, Antioch College and higher education in general is in need of new thinking, bold innovation and transformational change to address macro trends such as changing college demographics, emerging technologies, increasing demands for credentialing and crippling student loan debt. Antioch College with its passionate community and vision of “new and better ways of living” is uniquely positioned to create a new, more sustainable framework that both addresses the College’s needs and aligns with
larger trends in higher education.

What is a design-build approach and how can it be applied to our circumstances?

Design-Build is an approach that unites the visioning and development phases of a project, in our case, around solving organizational problems. It recognizes the emergent nature of both problems and solutions and the value of collaboration in planning and implementation. In our use of the term we are also enlisting the fuller practice of “design thinking.”

Are we actually going to build anything physical?

We will actually make things through the workshops and projects. Most of these things will be non-physical structures, but in some cases we may be producing objects and renovations on campus and in the wider community.