2012 STUDENT Sustainability Summit
For Students, By Students
Friday, September 28, 2012 — 11:30am to 5pm
Location: Governors State University 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
From Novice to Expert, come find out what sustainability is and how you can move it forward on your campus and in your life. Join students from colleges and universities of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium in learning about student-driven sustainability efforts and initiatives.
Register by September 25, 2012
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Minority males in the Chicago Southland region lag behind their white counterparts in college completion rates. To stem this trend, the Consortium has developed a regional peer-based academic and social integration program called Brother to Brother (B2B) which assists minority males to persist and graduate from college.
The B2B program is modeled after the nationally recognized Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) program. "The Student African American Brotherhood Organization is a dynamic organization established specifically to assist our participants to excel academically, socially, culturally, professionally, and in the community. SAAB is primarily comprised of male students who strive for academic excellence and make a commitment to plan and implement programs that benefit their community at large. Participants are encouraged to embrace leadership by being positive examples for each other through a strong commitment to academic achievement, brotherhood, and community service.”
The Consortium provides regional programming to promote networking among students and staff. Building connections throughout the educational continuum fosters, in students, a sense of comfort and belonging on college campuses and will build a vertical support network. This structure will create seamless transitions between high schools and community colleges and community colleges and 4-year institutions.
South Metro College Compact
In fall 2009, SMHEC began work on the South Metro College Compact. The Compact will guarantee that beginning students from the six SMHEC community colleges, who meet institutional requirements, can transfer, without loss of credit, to any of the six SHMEC universities. These common articulation agreements will be developed in 12 majors. Agreements in Elementary Education, Engineering and Business will be completed by the summer 2010 and will be in place for freshmen students in fall, 2010.
Health Care Initiatives
To receive a copy of the Standard Clinical
Affiliation Agreement click here
In 2006, the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) spearheaded the development of an affiliation agreement for use by health care providers and educational programs. This Agreement is designed to minimize the extent to which providers and educational entities need to customize an affiliation agreement for every health care program requiring a clinical rotation, thereby reducing the personnel time spent on contract review, and freeing the staff to focus their efforts on other critical activities. The expeditious signing of the agreements places students in clinical rotations faster, thus improving student satisfaction with the clinical experience.
A task force including: SMHEC, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), Illinois Coalition for Nursing Resources (ICNR), and hospital staff and educators representing the entire metropolitan Chicago area participated in the development and review of this document. A number of hospitals and colleges in the Chicago Southland region volunteered to pilot the document for one year, beginning in the summer of 2006. As a part of the pilot process the document went through a series of reviews and revisions by attorneys, hospital and college staff. The year long pilot was completed in spring, 2007, and the document is now available in updated form for use in Illinois colleges, universities and health care institutions which provide clinical experiences.
The Consortium is partnering with the Southland Healthcare Forum in the Southland Health Career Program. To learn more about that program click here.
Previous Health Care Workshops & Summits
Legislative Briefing-Health Care Education
Exploring Creative Partnerships in Health Care
Partnerships in Health Care Delivery
To learn more about the exciting opportunities in nursing,click here.