The Path Forward – Strategy Implementation Team met on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. in the Nebraska Room (#335) of the IMU.  Team members in attendance were:  Barry Butler, Rod Lehnertz, Carroll Reasoner, Peter Snyder, Jacob Simpson, Georgina Dodge, Peter Matthes, Frank Durham, Erin Brothers, Christina Bohannan, Cornelia Lang, Bruce Harreld, Tom Rocklin, Lena Hill, Matthew Watson, Dan Reed, Keith Carter, Monica Madura, Samantha Lange, H.S. Udaykumar, Jackie Lewis, Sue Curry and Ted Yanecek.  Also in attendance were Diane Slusarski and John Keller.

The minutes of the September 6, 2016 meeting were distributed along with the meeting agenda.  Barry Butler noted the progress on the new UI Strategic Plan and the interplay between the new Strategic Plan and the activities of the SIT.

Dan Reed reviewed the recommendations related to SIT 1: National Research Standing:

  1. Prioritize Hiring, Nurturing and Retaining Mid-Level Faculty,
  2. Strategic and Selective Research Investment,
  3. Promote a University Culture that Prioritizes and Celebrates Research,
  4. Nurture Optimal Research and Compliance Structures, and
  5. Implement a Research Incentive Plan.

Discussion followed regarding faculty retention and recruitment, and the resources needed and assets currently in place to improve UI’s research standing.  The task force was challenged to come up with actionable items and a plan for achieving the recommendations.   Barry and Dan will develop such a plan for presentation and discussion with the Deans.

John Keller distributed a “Resource Inventory as of September 2016” related to SIT 2: URM Participation in Graduate/ Professional Programs.  While not all colleges have yet responded to the request to provide an inventory of programs within their college, John noted that the inventory as distributed is an impressive list of programs currently in place at the University.

Tom Rocklin reported on SIT 3: Undergraduate Academic Experience.  Three items of particular interest to the task force are: (a) pedagogical development, (b) impact of high quality experiential learning and leadership experiences for students, and (c) mentoring.  The Team discussed the importance of mentoring and the involvement of faculty, staff, students and alumni in mentoring programs.

Georgina Dodge reported on SIT 4: Campus Inclusion/Climate activities including a “deep dive” into the UI’s affirmative action report.  She noted that based upon employment pool availability the UI was doing well with respect to URM hiring.  Discussion regarding “the pool” and how the UI measures its success in this regard followed.

Rod Lehnertz noted that the SIT 5: Strategic Budgeting Process task force will soon be issuing its final report.  It will be distributed to all members of the SIT and OT.   Tom Rocklin reported that SIT 6: Student Housing and Dining has had its kick-off meeting.  A survey regarding “affordability” will be conducted.  (Note – in the OT meeting, Rod mentioned the UI is participating with the cities of Iowa City and Coralville in hiring a consultant to study the demographics of the area student housing market.)   

SIT 7: Intellectual Property has held its first meeting and a second meeting is scheduled.  Among the issues to be addressed is an update to UI’s current IP policy in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and a review of the UI’s IP revenue distribution policy.

An eighth task force is being formed – SIT 8: Strategic Enrollment Management, to be chaired by Brent Gage.  Membership on the task force is being established.

The new Path Forward website was briefly reviewed and it was requested that the minutes of the SIT and OT meetings be placed on the website.

The Team meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m.