The Path Forward – Strategy Implementation Team met on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room (#256) 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, Sherry Watt and Ted Yanecek.  Also in attendance were Diane Slusarski, Cori Peek-Asa, Terry Johnson and John Keller.

The minutes of the August 2, 2016 meeting were distributed along with the meeting agenda.

Barry distributed an updated “Golden Wheel” and highlighted 3 items: (i) the addition of “shared governance” groups annually contributing top 10 issues lists; (ii) utilization of subject area experts recommended by shared governance groups in the investigation of issues by the Teams (under the “additional planning” heading); and (iii) next steps following SIT/OT action may involve the Cabinet, Senate, or Deans in the implementation of recommendations. 

Dan Reed distributed a report from SIT 1: National Research Standing and introduced Professor Cori Peek-Asa, a member of the SIT-1 Task Force, to review several recommendations:

  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.

John Keller reported SIT 2: URM Participation in Graduate/ Professional Programs continues to inventory programs currently in place at UI.  Tom Rocklin reported SIT 3: Undergraduate Academic Experience will be focusing on (a) affordability of high impact practices (HIP); (b) availability of internships and helping students navigate to internships; (c) capstone and career-readiness courses; and (d) research experience. Georgina reported on the first meeting of SIT 4: Campus Inclusion/Climate.  Terry Johnson distributed a document developed by SIT 5: Strategic Budgeting Process, which outlines a budget process and provides a timeline for budget development.  This Task Force has an additional meeting scheduled and hopes to have its final recommendations in place shortly thereafter.

Barry distributed the charge to a new Task Force, SIT 6: Student Housing and Dining.  A seventh Task Force is being created, led by Dan Reed, to address the University’s Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and IP Value Enhancement. 

The Team meeting adjourned at 10:43.