Student engagement

Designing the Future(s) initiative welcomes its second class of Future(s) Fellows


On a September Saturday, the Designing the Future(s) initiative welcomed its second class of Future(s) Fellows with a retreat in ethicslab in Healy Hall.

Designing the Future(s) had a range of activities planned for the Fellows over the course of the four-hour retreat. The event began with a comprehensive look at the curricular programs being advanced through the Red House and presentations by Georgetown faculty and staff members involved in the work.

Fellows also had the opportunity to learn from each other and faculty mentors throughout the retreat, as they participated in discussions and design sessions about crucial questions in higher education. Fellows were asked to imagine the world as it will be in 2030, and to create new infrastructures—and dismantle defunct systems— for a university that would produce ethically-minded global citizens. When imagining a world full of new technologies, politics, and financial systems, Fellows explored how the institution of higher education might have to respond to continue to affect the world in a positive way.

The Future(s) Fellows will continue to meet throughout the semester to engage with faculty and guests in more design sessions, aid in the development of curricular projects, and help to reimagine a Georgetown education for the 21st century.

Launch of the Georgetown Student Dashboard Initiative

We’re excited to announce that we have launched the Georgetown Student Dashboard Initiative. Over the next several months, students will work with faculty, staff, and administrators to create an online platform that tracks progress in learning and personal development.

The dashboard will be every student’s portal to what we might think of as their “authentic learning record,” a record that measures outcomes beyond just credit hours and grade point averages. Resilience, empathy, well-being – outcomes like these are the toughest to measure, but often the ones that matter the most, a dilemma that Provost Groves addressed in his blog post last week. That’s why we’re aiming to give students a more holistic idea of their development during their time at Georgetown.

At its core, the dashboard will be a space designed by students for students. So, we started by asking students to imagine what their personal dashboard might look like. Take a minute to see what they had to say.

As you can see in the video, students imagine tracking a wide range of measures, from health statistics and time management to campus networking and extracurricular involvement. They envision the dashboard as both a private space to track personal goals as well as a public interface to display sharable metrics. Ultimately, the dashboard will serve as an instrument that enables them to take charge of their own personal formation.

While we’re still in the beginning stages of this initiative, our objective is to test early versions of the dashboard throughout the fall.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved, email me at or track the Future(s) website for further updates.