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Work Plan

Academic Priorities:

  • Academic excellence
  • Student, faculty and staff success
  • Research, scholarship, creative work, and innovation
  • International Education
  • Inclusive excellence

Key Focus Areas:

  • Strategic Plan, Campaign

 

Initiatives for 2015-2016

2015-2016 Projects

Initiative

Priority

Action Items

Lead

Status/Notes

Review hiring infrastructure and strategy; develop targets of excellence concept Faculty success, inclusion, research and academic excellence Develop strategies for joint hires, start-up packages, part-time hires, cluster hires, and targets of excellence Haefner, McDonald, deans Proposal drafted for budget hearings
Develop strategy to enhance graduate program portfolio to meet strategic plan goals Academic excellence The strategic plan calls for graduate students to make up 30% of total enrollment in 10 years. This initiative requires a strategy and balance of professional and research programs. Flores, Haefner, deans From strategic plan. Consider online, interdisciplinary professional (non-research) programs that require a co-op
Implicit bias curriculum and implementation Faculty success, inclusive excellence Develop university-wide curriculum and support college work in this area; establish annual meetings of P&T faculty, search and award committee faculty Laverne McQuiller Williams, Kim Shearer, David Schwartz Task force formed
Welcoming environment goals Faculty success, inclusive excellence Develop university and college curriculum for creating welcoming departments Council of Chairs Completed: Council of Chairs session; best practices
Dual Career initiative Faculty and staff success ADVANCE to provide a recommendation for the University to develop and implement a dual career program ADVANCE, Lynn Wild, Haefner, deans, Sue Provenzano Task force formed-Judy Bender
Faculty Evaluation Support Faculty success Establish a robust infrastructure to support the evaluation of faculty; specifically focus on the annual review ADVANCE, Lynn Wild, Haefner, deans, Sue Provenzano Task force formed
Explore informal Council of Chairs All priorities Develop concept of Council; use informal steering committee, survey chairs, develop POW Haefner, deans, Provenzano Completed
Lead budget process revisions including research support All priorities Hone top requirements from deans; secure president support; work with F&A to implement Haefner, deans Ongoing conversation with deans and F&A
Secure approval and implement process to release numeric data from student rating system Student and faculty success, academic excellence With taskforce,  senate and student government, develop policy and technology to release numeric data from Smart Evals Laver, Naveda, Haefner, deans Completed
Search for new GCCIS dean All priorities Form search committee, identify search firm, recruit and hire Haefner Ongoing; campus visits in February
Review intersession viability Academic excellence Form campus taskforce to review viabiility of intersession and make recommendations Naveda Completed
Faculty retention strategies Faculty success Identify additional strategies to insure institutional priority to retain faculty Deans, MacDonald, Haefner Post-doc diversity proposal
Study abroad pathways International education Departments and advisors to establish career- and life-enhancing study abroad pathways for each undergraduate program Deans, Myers 50% completed by colleges
Advance interdisciplinary environment Faculty success, research, and academic excellence Topics to consider: definitions of centers, cluster hires, T&P commmittee training; manage RFP for interdisciplinary teaching DeMartino, Hall, Haefner, deans Completed for 2015-2016: 6 projects identified from RFP process
Advance ontime graduation Student and faculty success, academic excellence Policies and practices; marketing; metrics Licata, Student Success Steering Committee Subcommittee of University Student Success Steering Committee
Address the part-time faculty environment Faculty success Propose title changes, look at compensation practices, identify improvements Haefner, deans, HR Benefits increased
T-shape learning outcomes Student success, academic excellence With student affairs, ODI, EMCS: establish a campus-wide taskforce to recommend learning outcomes for the T-shaped graduate Hall, Boita Tiger Team formed
         

Continuing initiatives that require attention

Initiative

Priority

Action Items

Lead

Status/Notes

Support the ADVANCE initiatives Faculty success and academic excellence Known initiatives: Dual career, faculty evaluation, implicit bias, NSF indicators, Connectivity series and grants ADVANCE, Bailey Ongoing
Campaign All Preparation work Cauda, Haefner, deans Ongoing
Set college goals - fund-raising, research, diversity All priorities Re-calibrate 5-year goals with deans, Raffaelle, Cauda, Haefner, MacDonald Deans, MacDonald, Haefner, Raffaelle, Cauda Completed
China roll-out International education Develop communication plan and implement; form work groups to work on details Myers, Justice, Mozrall, Haefner Awaiting MOE approval
Middle States Accreditation study All priorities Prepare self-study Licata, steering committee, work groups Ongoing
Establish unified academic practices for academic issues between global campuses and Rochester International education Establish working group with representation from Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo, deans, associate deans to make recommendations concerning policies and practices Myers Work with AS task force
Campus-wide meeting of all faculty on T&P committees Faculty success, research, inclusion and academic excellence Meeting to discuss best practices, campus values, expectations. Items to consider: interdisciplinary work, new forms of scholarship, diversity, implicit bias Haefner, deans Completed
Master space plan; make progress on space issues and policies Faculty success and academic excellence Next steps to research space issues; prepare for drafting a Master Space Plan Provenzano, Raffaelle, deans Vendor to perform audit
Grow online portfolio Academic Excellence Increase # of professional masters degrees online; provide intensive internal communication for online and f2f support; build capacity to attract adult learners Hair Ongoing; 23 online programs
Implement new program review process Faculty success and academic excellence Implement 1st year approach for program review process Haefner, Licata, deans Conversations with all colleges and schools
Adjust summer program - increase enrollments Student success, academic excellence, faculty success Analyze enrollment shortfalls, implement a data-driven framework for summer offerings, visit and possibly change budget and compensation models, form single source for courses and promotion, increase marketing Naveda, deans, budget office Ongoing
COACHE survey Faculty success Prepare for next survey cycle; develop communication plan Wild, ADVANCE 2nd survey to be distributed in January
Revisit Activity Insight Faculty success, research Secure buy-in from President Haefner, deans, Provenzano From Provost