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Indiana University Northwest

Strategic Planning Committee

Outcome 3

2008 Strategic Planning

Outcome #3 By 2008, IU Northwest will enhance accountability for the campus climate by:

  • Completing its faculty and staff merit/equity study.
  • Obtaining from each administrator, dean and director a written description of the process used within the unit to promote respect and mutual support.
  • Communicating progress of 2007 action items.

2007 Outcome 3 & Status Report

Outcome #3 A
Relevant administrators, faculty and staff have completed merit based salary and equity evaluations for all eligible faculty and staff and have used the results to develop a plan for funding and submitted it to the President and Board of Trustees. 

Status Report:  The report of the faculty analysis following discussion by Deans and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs was submitted to the Cabinet on December 17, 2007.  As of that date the staff report had not yet been submitted.  These reports will be analyzed by the Cabinet during January 2008, and then subsequent steps will be taken regarding developing plans for funding.  However, because of the lateness with which the plans have been submitted, the timeline regarding discussion with the President and Chief Financial Officer will be delayed. 

Outcome #3 B
The administration will complete the action items in the October 2006 list developed after the Campus Climate Survey and focus groups.

Status Report:  This outcome has many action steps contained within it.  The steps arose from the process which involved first, the implementation of a campus climate survey, next, the holding of focus groups to discuss the results, and finally, the holding of town hall meetings to discuss those results further.  As a result of those various meetings, a set of actions were identified and the status, with regard to those actions, is as follows:    

  • IU Northwest Employee Newsletter:  Regular issues are being published with the first one having been published on October 8, 2007.
  • Handbook and Operational Manuals for Units:  As of December 17, 2007 over 50% of the units across the university had produced manuals.  After review of the variety of types and styles of manuals, a decision was made by the Cabinet to develop a template for the manuals and to ask the units to reorganize material so that there would be a common form for the materials across various units.  The Staff Organization will be asked to assist with development of the template and then units will be asked to reformat their manuals during the first three months of 2008. 
  • Police notifications of suspicious or criminal activity:  Currently e-mail notification is sent out by the IU Northwest Police and a daily crime log is available on the University Police website. 
  • Uniform procedure for communicating with students:  Effective July 1, 2007,     e-mail has been designated as the official means of communication with students.
  • Use of OnCourse by faculty:  Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is encouraging faculty to use OnCourse.
  • Possible formation of a staff group:  Meetings to discuss the possibility were held on February 13, April 26, June 18, June 19, August 23 and October 10.  A staff group, referred to as The Staff Organization, was formed and held it’s initial meeting in October 2007 and has been meeting on a monthly basis since then. 
  • Bi-monthly meeting of Cabinet, Deans, Faculty Organization leadership and other administrators:  Meetings were initiated on December 18, 2006 and have been held on a bi-monthly basis since that time.  Data gathered after each meeting regarding satisfaction with the meetings will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the meetings.
  • Administration develops a scorecard of critical leadership skills and a plan for leadership training:  The draft list of leadership skills has been developed and has been discussed with administrators and deans.  The list was circulated to the Faculty Organization on December 20 of 2007.  In 2008 leadership training workshops will be developed and implemented for interested parties. 
  • Administration commits to posting the agenda and action minutes of the Chancellor’s Cabinet on the Web:  These were initially published on January 9, 2007.  The process for dissemination was revised and currently the documents are located on a website on the Chancellor’s webpage.
  • The Chancellor and Vice Chancellors commit to meeting with each department and academic unit each year:  These meetings began in March of 2007 and are being held on a regular basis.  A survey will be implemented in January to evaluate the effectiveness of these meetings. 
  • The administration commits to working with full-time staff to identify professional development opportunities:  The Cabinet has developed a list of employees participating in professional development.  Summary comments regarding the number of employees pursuing professional development will be provided at the beginning of 2008, and a survey will be implemented to assess staff interest and satisfaction.
  • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs commits to meeting with each academic unit once a year:  These meetings were initiated on January 31, 2007 and are being held on a regular basis.  A survey will be implemented to assess the effectiveness of these meetings. 

2007 Strategic Planning Outcome 3 Highlight

Outcome #3

  1. Relevant administrators, faculty and staff have completed merit-based salary and equity evaluations for all eligible faculty and staff, and have used the results to develop a plan for funding and submitted it to the President and Board of Trustees.
  2. The Administration will complete the action items in the October 2006 list developed after the Campus Climate survey and focus groups.

2006 Strategic Planning Outcome 3 Highlight

Outcome #3 (Chancellor Bruce Bergland, chair):  IU Northwest demonstrates increased capacity to value and appreciate the contributions and aspirations of all members and commits to cultivating respect throughout the campus community.

2006 Outcome 3 Spring Report

2005 Strategic Planning Outcome 3 Highlight

The IU Northwest campus community will have knowledge of and be accountable for the IU Northwest Statement of Principles and the Shared Code of Conduct.

See Academic Handbook, Student Code, Hourly Staff Handbook (Clerical & Technical Staff - CWA Local 4730), and Professional Staff Handbook for specific Codes of Conduct.

In compliance with the IU Northwest Student Center Principles all students are required to be informed of information designed to make their experience at IU Northwest as productive as possible. The Student Acknowledgement of Receipt will help IU Northwest ensure the all students have been provided the IU Northwest Statement of Principles and the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

2005 Outcome 3 Final Report,

2004 Strategic Planning Outcome 3 Highlight

Outcome #3 (Prof. Dave Klamen, Sponsor): 2004, Campus community has created a shared code of professional conduct.

  • The committee met 16 times throughout the year.
  • Four requests for feedback on draft documents were extended and approximately 200 individuals responded; about 50% of the responses were from students and 30% were from faculty.
  • A statement of principles, with respective handbooks as guides, and the proposed creation of an online forum on human relations were both produced.

2004 Outcome 3 Report

2004 - 2006 Outcomes

2004 Campus community has created a shared code of professional conduct.

2006 Behaviors specified by the code of professional conduct have been integrated in the recognition, reward and evaluation processes

The committee for Outcomes #3 is currently investigating the ways in which members of the university community may have experiences or sensed a lack of support or respect. Additionally, we are working to generate ideas for creating a forum to cultivate and grow a communal commitment to shared respect and support.

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