The Open Pathway requires the institution to undertake a major Quality Initiative designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The Commission assumes that strong institutions are continuously engaged in improvement, without guidance from the Commission. It asks the institution to select one major improvement project that meets its current needs or aspirations and to designate that project as its Quality Initiative. The Quality Initiative takes place between Years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway cycle. The Quality Initiative must have scope and significance but there is no requirement that it encompass an entire institution. The Quality Initiative is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure.
The title of our Quality Initiative is “BOLD Faculty Engagement.” It is part of a larger, on-going initiative at the heart of Marygrove College’s Strategic Vision. The Quality Initiative, BOLD Faculty Engagement, aims at a major objective of Building Our Leadership in Detroit (BOLD): assurance of the sustainability of high-quality leadership development programs by creating in the faculty a deep appreciation for the links in education, leadership, and community change.
Marygrove’s Strategic Vision, developed by the campus community and formally adopted by the Board of Trustees in May, 2006, commits the College to “capitalize on its location in the City of Detroit” and work to become “widely recognized for its commitment to the metropolitan Detroit community” with “a national reputation for expertise on contemporary social, cultural, political, educational, and economic issues in urban areas” offering “degrees and programs that develop students’ understanding of these issues as well as students’ leadership skills, particularly those skills necessary to lead in urban communities” and to serve “as an institutional leader by undertaking projects related to current issues of significance to the City.” This Strategic Vision uniquely focuses on urban and leadership issues, representing a long-term, strategic commitment to positive social change with the community.
Building Our Leadership in Detroit (BOLD) is grounded in the belief that everyone has potential for leadership if given the proper support and guidance and is designed to make Marygrove a significant leader in the drive to rebuild Detroit. It is being underwritten by a $1.5 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.