As part of the Red Balloon Blog we are highlighting campuses which are starting to launch their own Red Balloon initiative. We are hoping that these ideas will help you as you begin the initiative on your campus. We will follow the progress of these campuses throughout the year.
Today we are highlighting California State University, Fresno. The Red Balloon Campus Leader is Ellen Junn, Associate Provost.
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California State University, Fresno first became excited about the Red Balloon Project during the Summer of 2010. At that time a group of faculty, staff, and administrators came together to form the Red Balloon Project Steering Committee. This team has been facilitated by Dr. Ellen Junn, Associate Provost & Interim Senior Academic Technology Officer. The Steering Committee has been meeting together since its inception discussing ways to engage the various stakeholders of the University into a creative and productive dialog focusing on re-imagining higher education.
The Red Balloon Launch event will feature national visionary and Higher Education Red Balloon Project inspirational leader Dr. George L. Mehaffy. At the Launch faculty, staff, administrators and students will have the opportunity to focus on one of the six Red Balloon areas and collaborate with colleagues to develop ideas. This collaboration will result in more than simply creating a vision. Participants will find out how they can get involved in a project team to move toward implementing those ideas to revolutionize higher education here at California State University, Fresno. This event will take place on October 29, 2010.
Following the Launch event, all interested parties will be able to self-select an area of focus and participate in planning sessions and virtual meetings of these teams throughout the year. Each team will have a team leader selected from those who expressed interest in that particular Red Balloon area. It is our goal that each of these teams will be capable of producing several suggestions that can be adopted by the campus community resulting in a real change in the years to come.