Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


To maintain viability in the 21st century, state comprehensive institutions of higher education must act with strategic purpose now to be able to accomplish future curricular, operational and financial objectives—for the students they serve, for the communities where they operate, and for the states that appropriate their budgets. Survival is at stake for such institutions as they compete for enrollment in a forbidding economic context, while seeking funds from legislatures struggling to cope with revenue shortfalls. The state comprehensive university must innovate to adapt to emerging and unforeseen realities. One model for adaptive design is The Seven Revolutions Initiative (7 Revs), an American Democracy Project collaborative project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the New York Times, and an initial cohort of scholars from eight AASCU institutions to adapt content for the university classroom. Close examination of this collaborative project reveals a strategic roadmap that is valuable to state comprehensive universities on both the curricular and institutional levels