Dr. David Anderson, the director of COMPASS, developed its predecessor, Healthy Expectations, to help first-year students as they transition to college. First implemented in 2000, the program was based on seven life health principles designed to create healthy communities by fostering a positive and supportive culture for students on campus.
In 2005, as Senior Editor for George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, I led the editorial process for the multimedia version that earned a model program award from the U.S. Department of Education. A product of hard work, this successful project unlocked a decade of achievements. It was my first taste of remote freelance editing, and I’m forever grateful to David for the opportunity.
The project that grew around COMPASS (creating, optimizing, mapping, planning, achieving, steering and succeeding) was an intensive exercise in autonomy, mastery and purpose, long before Daniel Pink brought “Motivation 3.0” to the mainstream. Brainstorming the name and brand, developing the ux and curriculum, and managing diverse contributions from 30+ experts, each brought unique challenges that still inspire me today.
U.S. Dept. of Ed assessment (PDF) http://bit.ly/us-dept-of-education-compass-excerpt
COMPASS website https://compass.gmu.edu/