The SEER Institute is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Institute was initiated through a supplement grant of the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Aspire Alliance, which was designed to sustain the efforts of the National Change Initiative.
Our mission is twofold:
Understand and advance equitable and systemic reform in higher education amongst two- and four-year institutions and other higher education-focused organizations (e.g., STEM disciplinary and professional societies)
Build individual and organizational change capacity through effective scoping of change activities, the development of an equity lens, the application of the intentionally iterative SEER Process, and the cultivation of productive, ongoing dialogue with constituents.
Our work is rooted in the SEER Framework, which consists of four interlocking components that help organizational change leaders and project teams better See their project within larger system dynamics, Enact informed and collaborative actions, Evaluate the success of interventions, and Revisit goals, actions, and evaluation strategies.
The SEER Process is guided by the Inclusive Professional Framework (IPF) developed by the National Change Initiative of the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Aspire Alliance. The IPF centers the journey of building an equity mindset through the examination of identity and intercultural awareness and humility, and emphasizes cultivating trust and clear and transparent communication for the relational domains across campus roles and responsibilities. The IPF can provide a common language for change teams to begin to frame desired change.
Key Questions and Answers
What services are provided by the SEER Institute?
Organizational change consulting
Evaluation of collaborative and dynamic change programs and initiatives
Fundamental, applied, and participatory educational research
Professional development for your team and constituents focused on organizational change, the Inclusive Professional Framework, effective and inclusive teaching strategies, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ)
Facilitation of dialogue and community building listening sessions, mission re-evaluation, and strategic direction retreats
Who can benefit from the SEER Institute?
Higher education systems, institutions, colleges, and departments
Higher education constituents such as faculty, administrators, staff, and students
Higher education-related associations, organizations, societies, alliances, collectives, and centers
K-12 institutions and districts
Education-focused change initiatives, grant-funded projects, and community organizations
For profit and non-profit organizations
What can SEER do to help you and your organization?
Deepen your understanding of the system dynamics affecting your change efforts
Help you create an equitable and collaborative change vision
Support you in identifying and implementing doable and sequenced change levers
Cultivate productive dialogue between you and your constituents to advance collective change efforts
Collect and analyze data to measure change and inform team decisions
Provide strategic and “just in time” training, listening, and retreat sessions to prepare for and promote change