The Path Forward–Strategy Implementation Team met at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Lucas-Dodge Room (#256) of the Iowa Memorial Union. Team members in attendance were: Rod Lehnertz, Bruce Harreld, Sue Curry, Tom Rocklin, Cheryl Reardon, Georgina Dodge, Erin Brothers, Cornelia Lang, Peter Snyder, Lena Hill, Matthew Watson, Monica Madura, Christina Bohannan, Artem Durnev, Peter Matthes, Keith Carter, H.S. Udaykumar, Sherry Watt, and Ted Yanecek. Also in attendance were Diane Slusarski, John Keller, and Terry Johnson.
Rod Lehnertz chaired the meeting. The April meeting will be chaired by newly appointed Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Sue Curry. The minutes of the Feb. 17, 2017, meeting were distributed along with the meeting agenda.
Lehnertz asked that SIT subcommittee chairs prepare semi-annual reports to be posted on the Path Forward website summarizing their subcommittees’ activities and/or recommendations. SIT 1 (National Research Standing) and SIT 8 (Strategic Enrollment Management) have prepared reports utilizing the format developed by former Provost Barry Butler. It is yet to be determined if the entire report or portions thereof will be posted. It was suggested that the Operations Team subcommittee on communications take up this issue. It was also suggested that the “Butler format” include a simple “Yes/No” indication as to whether the subcommittee’s recommendation has budgetary implications—either a request for “Strategic Initiative Funding” or simply a call upon current operating funds.
Cheryl Reardon distributed a draft of a slide (or handout) she proposes to include in new employee orientation sessions that outlines the Path Forward process. She asked SIT members contact her if they have additional suggestions/comments.
Terry Johnson distributed a document: “Path Forward Process versus Strategic Initiative Funding Process.” Johnson indicated that he had received feedback that there was confusion regarding the relationship between these two processes. He reviewed the timeline for submission of proposals to the Strategic Initiative Funding Process. The SIT and OT will be reviewing the proposals submitted by the VPs and Deans at a May 2 joint meeting. There was lengthy discussion. It was suggested the full SIT review proposals submitted by the SIT subcommittees and prioritize and submit a prioritized list to the Strategic Initiative Funding process rather than seek a “sponsor” (VP or Dean). Discussion will continue at the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9:17 a.m.