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December 20, 2006

Dear Campus Community,

Indiana University Northwest Strategic Planning Team held its Fall Retreat in November 2006. The focus of the Retreat is to continue work that envisions an institution that will promote change in order to provide better service to students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve.

With a significant amount of progress that has allowed the University to build a strong foundation, we look to make further strides; our goals are multi-faceted. Here are highlights from the IU Northwest Strategic Planning Fall Retreat:

  • Review of progress in achieving 2006 outcomes:
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    • Relevant staff, faculty and administrators have aligned current standards for individual recognition, reward and evaluation with the Academic Excellence Standards adopted by the campus in 2005 and have revised recognition, reward and evaluation documents to reflect that alignment.
    • The campus has implemented the first phase of the updated General Education goals and objectives, as approved by the faculty, that ensure IU Northwest students are prepared for lifelong learning, ethical practices, developing successful careers and effective citizenship.
    • Indiana University Northwest demonstrates increased capacity to value and appreciate the contributions and aspirations of all members and commits to cultivating respect throughout the campus community.
    • Indiana University Northwest has increased its efforts to recruit, hire and retain a more ethically and racially diverse faculty, staff and administrative workforce; in order to be more reflective of our campus community, the primary focus of these recruitment, hiring and retention efforts in 2006 were African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.
    • Indiana University Northwest demonstrates fiscal responsibility and flexibility to sustain excellence in its programs and services, and to respond to new opportunities for funding of programs that support the Vision, by reviewing its organizational structure and proposing a plan for revision of that structure.
    • In support of its aspirations for academic excellence, IU Northwest has defined its relationship with community colleges in the regions we serve.
    • Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors and Department Chairs make decisions consistent with relevant student-centered principles and unit service philosophies.
    • Indiana University Northwest has established a comprehensive plan for outreach including instruction and service focused on our unique identity, which identifies and works with appropriate external partners in the regions we serve.
  • The Strategic Planning Team developed the following outcomes for 2007 in alignment with the goal of achieving 2010 outcomes:
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    • Administrators have documented that their recognition, reward and tenure practices are in alignment with academic excellence.
    • The Faculty Organization has adopted the learning experiences that deliver principles two and three of the General Education Program. All units have adopted measures that assess student preparation for lifelong learning, ethical practices, developing successful careers and effective citizenship.
    • 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. B) The Administration will complete the action items in the October 2006 list developed after the Campus Climate Survey and focus groups.
    • The Enhancing Minority Attainment (EMA) Committee has completed the Diversity Portfolio and external review process, part of which documents and contributes to IU Northwest’s increased efforts to recruit, hire and retain a more diverse faculty, staff and administrative workforce.
    • Relevant administrators, faculty and staff have developed recommendations for organizational structure, and have completed training on zero-based budgeting.
    • Indiana University Northwest has a shared understanding of what it means for a program or service to be academically excellent, and has a process in place for confirming whether or not programs and services are academically excellent.
    • Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors and Department Chairs have incorporated processes developed in 2006 to make decisions consistent with relevant student-centered principles and unit service philosophies into unit performance evaluations. Units have developed measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the process.
    • Indiana University Northwest has established a unified campus plan for instructional outreach, focused on our unique identity. The Center for Regional Excellence (CRE) has implemented a comprehensive plan for outreach including instruction and service, focused on our unique identity, which identifies and works with appropriate external partners in the regions we serve.

Note:   Individuals and groups who will have primary responsibility to ensure compliance will be identified in January 2007.

  • Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP):

Working in tandem with the Strategic Planning Team, IU Northwest has developed an Academic Quality Improvement Team consisting of members from various University units and programs. The AQIP team’s primary responsibility is to aid in the assessment and improvement of university processes and outcomes. AQIP offers a method in which this University, as well as other universities and colleges around the country, can measure the effectiveness of current processes used by their institutions. There are nine (9) categories employed. These categories provide a framework that allows the University to evaluate their methods of campus operations to ensure that energy and resources are being used effectively.

Through the AQIP Teams, information is gathered for each of the nine categories. This information includes activities currently underway at the University, as well as recommendations for changes/inclusions, in response to the AQIP feedback. The AQIP Team Chairs provided updates on each category. Based on the information received, the IU Northwest Strategic Planning Team has prioritized the recommendations and will place emphasis on:

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    • Succession Planning
    • Assessment of Student Learning
    • Institutional effectiveness with continuous improvement

An AQIP Quality Checkup will be conducted on campus, within the next year (no specific date has been given, at this time). The Quality Checkup consists of approximately two (2) evaluators visiting campus for approximately two (2) days (the number of evaluators and days on campus may vary). During this site-visit, the evaluators will ask questions of students, staff, faculty and administrators, while observing the University’s day-to-day operations.

  • The Vision-Based Long-Range Facilities Required plan was reviewed with the following changes being made during the Fall 2006 Strategic Planning Retreat:
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    • Aesthetically significant facility to house interdisciplinary and multidimensional activities and projects within our areas of excellence, cultural discovery and learning, and sustainable regional vitality.
    • Provide a space to which priority is given for community outreach meetings and activities. (Added as a short-term high priority until bullet item above is achieved).
    • The design, location, proximity and scale of signage that optimizes our unique identity, IU Northwest, cultural discovery and learning, and sustainable regional vitality. (This bullet item was moved to the high priority listing).
  • Review of IU Northwest Information Technology Plan: This plan’s long-range requirements did not change. We will continue to use the priorities established in 2006 as a guide.
  • SWOT Analysis: Along with the opportunities presented through the AQIP process, the Strategic Planning Team members reviewed the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) update to identify critical issues. Initial brainstorming took place and the group identified key areas that require additional research. One such area is Human Capital Planning. The IU Northwest Human Resource Director, with consultation, will make a recommendation to the Chancellor’s Cabinet on a process for the IU Northwest Human Capital Plan by the summer Strategic Planning meeting (August 2007). It was suggested that research of model programs (i.e. University of Michigan) be conducted in order to incorporate ideas into the recommendation for the University’s program. The group remains focused on determining the feasibility to increase the campus student population to 10,000 over a 10-year period. This will include the close examination of the University’s infrastructure, people, technology and programs.

Sincerely,
Toni Lieteau