Boise State University, the College of Southern Idaho and Magic Valley leaders renewed their shared commitment to educational access for Magic Valley students at the 2022 Boise State Day, a signature community engagement event at CSI. Boise State Day connects locals and students to Boise State leaders and staff.
Adriana Martinez-Saldana, Boise State’s extended studies coordinator based at CSI, led planning efforts. “This event showcased all the wonderful opportunities Boise State has to offer to local students and connected Boise State to our higher education partners, Magic Valley businesses and their employees looking to enhance their skills in the changing business climate here,” she said.
A joint meeting between Boise State college leaders, staff and faculty with CSI counterparts to collaborate on ideas and expectations of the partnership was an important part of the day. Shelley McEuen, CSI department chair for social science and communication, was in attendance. “The event allowed me to put faces with names and programs — this is priceless,” she said. “Making these kinds of connections enables collaboration at a more fundamental level. Plus, it’s simply fun to meet colleagues in a setting where we are positioned as partners.”
Boise State partnered with the United Way of South Central Idaho to support a local Leadercast as part of Boise State Day at CSI. Leadercast brought 140 Magic Valley leaders together and connected them to leadership training and professional development opportunities. This aligns with the Division of Extended Studies and Professional and Continuing Education goals to support professional development and lifelong learning programs that empower individuals, fulfill workforce needs and strengthen communities.
Boise State Day at CSI also implemented best practices in enrollment management to market programs to recruit, retain and graduate an increasing number of transfer students. Individual one-on-one meetings, small group discussions, classroom visits and a tabling event demonstrated shared pathways to obtain higher education.
Several events are now in the planning phase for specific departments to strengthen partnerships with their counterparts at CSI and showcase several transfer pathways for students at CSI & surrounding communities. If you want to create an individualized event for your department or program, please contact Adriana Martinez-Saldana via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.