SLU-led teams will address selected focus areas. For many focus areas, the Provost and CFO will jointly appoint two senior sponsors (one staff, one faculty), an initiative manager and team members (size will vary depending on initiative needs). Timelines and goals will vary. Leadership of focus areas that involve matters of academic programming or faculty workload will be led by the Provost.
Each initiative will follow the same three-step process:
Below is an overview of the improvement focus areas that have launched so far, including listings of initiative team members.
The Academic Reinvention Initiative Team is led by Provost Nancy Brickhouse and includes deans from academic units of the university: College of Arts & Sciences, Cook School of Business, Doisy College of Health Sciences, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Parks College of Engineering, College for Philosophy and Letters, School for Professional Studies, College for Public Health and Social Justice, and University Libraries.
Given principles of shared governance, a modified version of the usual three-step process is employed for Academic Reinvention. Deans will prepare school-specific proposals in consultation with faculty. Proposals approved by Provost move on to implementation over a 1-3 year period. The process will also adhere to the Faculty Manual which covers key issues such as academic reorganization, program dis-establishment, notification periods for contract non-renewals. Proposed actions are developed over time (November 2016 to April 2017) with many planned discussions among Provost and Deans to: (1) assess implementation risks and (2) evaluate interdependencies and (3) build/enhance collaborations.
While the approach to faculty engagement and consultation will vary by academic unit, Deans have committed to working with faculty input with the following goals:
Invest in additional strategic efforts to increase undergraduate applicant yield by one percentage point as soon as fall 2019
Develop solutions that hold constant SLU’s overall level of scholarship support and admissions standards, while considering the capacity of available academic programs
Katharine Smialek, Recruitment Specialist, Doisy College of Health Sciences