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Core Strategies

In the pursuit of these objectives, GAPS will employ five key strategies:

  1. Address gaps in knowledge and awareness of access issues across the globe
  • Gather existing data on the current state of access and student success across the world and identify gaps in knowledge
  • Develop a collaborative research platform for the sharing and co-production of knowledge, ideas, policies and research
  • Design a collective agenda for addressing research gaps
  • Enable global learning around issues related to access through the GAPS web site, social media, congresses and forums
  • Track and report on the impact of GAPS data development & dissemination efforts
  1. Build the collective capacity of the access community globally and locally
  • Champion the creation of a global access network through outreach to the existing access community and other key stakeholders (see Target Audience below)
  • Work collaboratively to build consensus around a shared vision for the GAPS Network
  • Develop appropriate governance policies, processes and structures and a sustainability model to achieve GAPS’ medium-to long-term objectives and to have a measurable impact on equality of student opportunity at a global level.
  • Develop the GAPS business model and multi-year GAPS Network development plans.
  • Build on the existing successes of the World Congress series & GAPS regional forums as a key vehicle for promoting global partnerships, collaborative initiatives and collective advocacy within the GAPS Network.
  • Track & report on the growth and impact of the GAPS Network.
  1. Make the case for equity of access & student success through collective advocacy
  • Develop and implement a GAPS Network branding and communications strategy and short-, medium- and long-term communications plan.
  • Define a collective advocacy platform and strategy for reaching short-, medium and long-term advocacy goals to be defined
  • Develop the business case for widening access & supporting student success
  • Define appropriate metrics for GAPS advocacy
  • Collectively advocate for equality of access & student success with key stakeholders & influencers, including the promotion of policies and resources to support access and success related initiatives at scale
  • Track & report on the impact of GAPS advocacy efforts (e.g. through a GAPS Progress Report)
  1. Serve as a catalyst for change and innovation through community engagement, mobilization and knowledge transfer
  • Establish globally representative GAPS Working Groups or Liaison Committees around the following key issues and challenges: Inclusive Excellence; Minority & Indigenous Populations; Information & Communications Technologies (ICT); Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).
  • Identify evidence-based practices and the criteria for their inclusion.
  • Enable collaborative learning, build partnerships and generate collective commitments within and among members of these groups online, through social media and through GAPS world congresses and forums.
  • Co-design and implement collaborative projects within and among GAPS Network partners that will support transfer of evidence-based policies and practices within and among GAPS Network partners and promote change and innovation.
  • Be a champion for inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, including the use of indigenous knowledge and learning approaches and the concept of inclusive excellence.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse and laboratory for new approaches, new technologies and methodologies (teaching and learning models and approaches, student services, educational delivery systems and technologies, community learning and engagement models) that may contribute to widening access and student success.
  • Become a source of expertise in place-based strategies to widen student access and success within and among cities and regions.
  • Highlight issues and opportunities related to equality of access and student success in those disciplines and fields of knowledge traditionally beyond the reach of students from minority and other underrepresented populations, including but not limited to engineering, mathematics, sciences, advanced and emerging technology fields and interdisciplinary programs.
  1. Ensure that the voice of current and potential students and the student experience is central to these efforts
  • Identify and engage student leaders and potential student leaders from around the world as equal actors, from both within and beyond student movements
  • Ensure that the voice of current and potential students in all of its diversity is well-reflected in the GAPS agenda and that GAPS initiatives are co-designed and co-produced with students
  • Develop student leadership capacity to advocate and implement on access issues as part of a GAPS Ambassador network.
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