July 26-28
Michigan State University

The T-Academy:  "Ramping for Campus T-Vitality and T-Success

You are invited to join us at T-Academy 2017 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, taking place July 26-28, 2017.

At Michigan State University, we were proud to be connected to the T-Summits initiated in partnership with IBM and others for the last three years.  We are now building on that experience with the creation of a new action-oriented educational effort -- the T-Academy -- designed to aid ourselves and others as we work to envision and implement the challenging promise of campus change through the creation of a next-generation learning environment.  An imaginative learning environment in which:  (a) the walls of the classroom become invisible as a result of the innovative use of engaged learning opportunities; (b) students are challenged to define and refine their purpose, gain insignt from others, take risks, and act with integrity; and (c) through experiential opportunities that strengthen their abilities to span the boundaries between disciplines and systems in order to adapt innovatively to a rapidly changing, and increasingly technological, world.  In other words, a learning environment intentionally designed to foster the professional characteristics embedded in the T-Shaped model.

This inaugural year of T-Academy programming at MSU kicks off with working sessions for campus teams who will spend time struggling with how to design learning environments that foster T-Shaped abilities.  Whether your institution is just beginning to envision a new learning environment for your students, and needs design guidance, or you are now trying to drive institutional change in order to align teaching, campus policies, procedures, curricula and structures to facilitate a T-Shaped campus with T-Shaped students, the T-Academy has been developed for you.

Teams of at least three, but ideally five to six, members representing various campus sectors, inclusive of academic affairs, student affairs, faculty, and administration, are invied to apply for participation in the summer 2017 session of the T-Academy.  The design of the session is emergent, and depends, in part, on the campus possibilities and challenges that each institutional team brings with them to the T-Academy.  However, experts in design, higher educational institutional change, and groups facilitation will be on hand to help drive innovative thinking and ensure progress.

At the T-Academy, teams will spend tiem working intensely with their team, as well as across, and within, various institutional groups.  All teams will use their time together to reflect on the campus change dynamics inherent with a shift to being T-Shaped, and create action plans for use upon return to their home campuses.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Creating intentional opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of who they are and what they are passionate about -- purpose, confidence, and awareness.
  • Designing learning experiences that foster boundary-spanning abilities (i.e. working in diverse teams, collaboration within, and across, systems, etc.).
  • Utilizing partnership and experiential learning as a critical and rewarded component of a degree program.
  • Defining deep learning in a fast-paced technological era.
  • Characterizing the value-added of the T concept.
  • Assessing T abilities.
  • Considering the dynamics of change on your campus and how to align your own systems and efforts to be T-Shaped.


Applying and Registering

We are asking participating teams to apply for the T-Academy by sending an expression of interest with a roster of the attending team (names and roles), a description of the current state of campus efforts concerning the development of T-Shaped students, and a statement of the specific challenge/opportunity the team wants to use the T-Academy to address.  These expressions of interest should be sent to John Beck at beckj@msu.edu.  Only one expression of interest is needed from each attending team, but institutions can apply to bring multiple teams to the T-Academy.  Space will be limited, so apply as early as possible.  The T-Academy staff will build a participant list to ensure the greatest diversity of campus experience and available synergies for mutual learning and development.

Pre-Academy team preparation, and reading assignments, will be sent out with the confirmation of attendance.

All sessions of the July 26-28, 2017 T-Academy will take place at MSU's Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.  The formal agenda starts with dinner and the opening session on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and ends on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday are included in the schedule and cost of the program.  Parking at the Kellogg Center is also covered in the registration fee.

Please email John Beck at beckj@msu.edu or call him at 517-432-3982 with any questions that you  have concerning the July 26-28, 2017 session of the MSU T-Academy.


T-Summit History

In March 2014, leaders from higher education, industry, government, foundations, and professional associations met in San Jose, California to discuss how to design innovative educational models that foster and develop T-shaped characteristics that are in high demand today and in the future workforce. The summit generated dynamic discussions regarding how higher education and industry can collaborate to cultivate the talent development required for the 21st century workforce. T-shaped professionals need educational and work experiences that help them to learn on how to handle information from multiple sources; advance professional relationships across organizations; contribute innovatively to organizational practices; and communicate with understanding across social, cultural, economic and scientific boundaries.

T-Summit 2015, held on the campus of Michigan State University in March 2015, pushed the conversation further to determine how these groups can best work together to prepare students to be professionals who use new technologies, business models, and societal innovation to make a positive impact on the world.

Participants at this event discussed: higher education and employer partnerships that develop T-shaped competencies; employer practices that advance T-shaped competencies; higher education partnerships that promote T-shaped education; metrics and competencies that define the "T"; and cultivating entrepreneurs and innovators. Participants in the second annual T-Summit shared experiences and best practices to create a common language for both higher education and the corporate sector to use synonymously surrounding T-shaped development.