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Institutional habits are the practices through which stakeholders live out the values that inform the institutional mission. MSU’s core values help us to cultivate certain institutional habits central to a Learning Design Strategy and to the larger MSU institutional strategy.

Habits are intentional actions. When we invoke the notion of “habit,” we are referencing the foundational nature of why and how character is formed, why and how people are persuasive, and why and how communities are created and nurtured. As individuals, and — we believe — institutions, habits shape and are shaped by how we behave. Habits are at work in each decision-making process, in the decisions made and in the behaviors that result.

If we associate habits with MSU’s core values and strategic framework, we come up with the following list:

  • The Core Value of Quality requires Habits of Excellence.
  • The Core Value of Inclusivity requires Habits of Attuned Inclusiveness.
  • The Core Value of Connectivity requires Habits of Networking/Relationship Building.

Figure 2: MSU Institutional Strategy — our core values, strategic framework and institutional habits.

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MSU Institutional Strategy

Core Value Quality
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance
Institutional Habits Habits of Excellence
  • Engage in strategic thinking in every decision.
  • Cultivate high performance in pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Cultivate high performance in pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Cultivate high performance in pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Craft outcomes that ensure accessibility.
Core Value Inclusivity
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance Increase research opportunities
Institutional Habits Habits of Attuned Inclusiveness
  • Habits of Attuned Inclusiveness
  • Be willing to adopt and adapt policies given historical and structural contexts.
  • Have attuned sensitivity to the experiences of traditionally underrepresented faculty, students, and staff.
  • Seek opportunities to listen to the needs and aspirations of the community.
  • Engage ethical imagination--imagining concrete ways to enact more just relationships and communities.
Core Value Connectivity
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance
Institutional Habits Habits of Networking and Relationship Building
  • Adopt practices and technologies that cultivate and enrich relationships.
  • Privilege collaboration and being attuned to partnerships inside and outside the university.
  • Engage in integrated reasoning and holistic thinking--acting on behalf of what is best for the whole over and above what might be in the interest of isolated parts.
  • Support open-access approaches and being as transparent as possible.
  • Have the capacity to amplify and celebrate the work of others.
Core Values Quality Inclusivity Connectivity
Bolder by Design Imperatives Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance Enrich community, economic, and family life Advance our culture of high performance Increase research opportunities Enhance the student experience Advance our culture of high performance
Institutional Habits Habits of Excellence
  • Engage in strategic thinking in every decision.
  • Cultivate high performance in pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Cultivate high performance in pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Cultivate high performance in pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Craft outcomes that ensure accessibility.
Habits of Attuned Inclusiveness
  • Habits of Attuned Inclusiveness
  • Be willing to adopt and adapt policies given historical and structural contexts.
  • Have attuned sensitivity to the experiences of traditionally underrepresented faculty, students, and staff.
  • Seek opportunities to listen to the needs and aspirations of the community.
  • Engage ethical imagination--imagining concrete ways to enact more just relationships and communities.
Habits of Networking and Relationship Building
  • Adopt practices and technologies that cultivate and enrich relationships.
  • Privilege collaboration and being attuned to partnerships inside and outside the university.
  • Engage in integrated reasoning and holistic thinking--acting on behalf of what is best for the whole over and above what might be in the interest of isolated parts.
  • Support open-access approaches and being as transparent as possible.
  • Have the capacity to amplify and celebrate the work of others.

The world knows Michigan State University by the values we embody through our repeated actions over time. Spartans Will and Spartans Do.

Feedback Needed

We want to hear from you. Please offer comments and reactions about our suggested institutional habits. Specifically, we are looking for comments on the following questions:

  • Do these institutional habits reflect your current practices? Why or why not?
  • Are there other institutional Habits of Excellence, Attuned Inclusiveness and Networking and Relationship Building that are crucial to a Learning Design Strategy that you would suggest?

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