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.