Open Pathways require institutions to undertake a major Quality Initiative designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The Quality Initiative takes place between years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle. A Quality Initiative may be designed to begin and be completed during this time or it may continue an initiative already in progress or achieve a key milestone in the work of a longer initiative. 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 ultimate goal for the CSB and SJU Quality Initiative is for all college students to have healthy and thoughtful gender identities. This Quality Initiative aims to build crucial links between those on campus who do research on gender development and to build a culture of sharing gender research across and beyond campus to improve students' experiences in college. This project will lay the groundwork for a substantial change in the way we assess gender development, and that this change will take sustained effort, time, and resources.
For our Quality Initiative, we will implement seven projects led by faculty and staff from various parts of the institutions and involving multiple students as participants and researchers. Proposals were solicited from all community members and projects were selected by the Quality Initiative's principle investigators, with priority on projects that fill gaps in what we currently know about gender development at CSB/SJU. The following projects have been selected to be part of this QI: