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Crowdsourcing the University's Future

Call for Strategic Initiatives from Students, Faculty and Staff

CROWDSOURCING is the popular term coined to describe the act of delegating to the collaborative efforts of large group of people (hence 'crowd') tasks traditionally performed by an individual or small team. Also called collective intelligence or the wisdom of crowds, the term applies to a range of practices associated with democratic idea generation and collaborative production.

Crowdsourcing came to Cal State Fullerton with President Gordon’s Sept. 17 invitation to all members of the CSUF family "to suggest possible strategic initiatives for the university . . . . initiatives that will result in specific projects that match our strengths with our opportunities."

"What does the future hold for public education?" asks Michael Parker, interim director of university planning.

"Now the CSUF family has an opportunity to suggest the problems, challenges and opportunities the campus should consider."

Viable suggestions will address the campus as a whole, Parker explains, and should include: 1) the problem or opportunity to be addressed; 2) the way to address this problem or opportunity; and 3) indicators of success.

Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, by e-mail to . Only e-mail submissions, written collegially and concisely will be considered, Parker notes. For more information, please see Strategic Planning at CSUF.

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