Metropolitan Affairs Committee
Monday, Nov. 7th, 9am
Minutes from the previous meeting were accepted by consensus.
Lorraine Blackman reported on her
meeting with Charlie Nelms, IU Vice President for Student Development and
Diversity and Mike Sample, Vice President for University Relations &
Corporate Partnerships regarding the mission differentiation process. They described this as a process ongoing over
many years. There is a push to develop
closer connections with K12 education in
Knowing there is competition for
college students, Mission Differentiation will try to
decrease competition AMONG IU campuses.
For example, pending approval by IU Trustees, a major emphasis at IUPUI
is and will be Health Sciences.
Similarly, mission statements must be approved to clarify the specific
There was discussion about the language of IUPUI’s focus which seemed to focus narrowly on economic development rather than community development/engagement more broadly. There were also questions about how this community engagement focus will translate into the reward system for faculty, particularly in the promotion and tenure system which seems to pull the focus of faculty more toward national engagement rather than state or local. It was also discussed that it was the function of the leadership of the University as a whole to ARTICULATE the vision and mission of our institution. Leadership could/should be charged with the role of developing a culture of productivity about civic energy.
Some discussion was held around the faculty role was held: “A 21st century scholar who assesses the needs of the community and focuses their teaching and research around those needs”.
RECOMMENDATION: The Metropolitan Affairs Committee recommends that the IU Faculty Council plan workshops wherein the University President can clarify to IUPUI faculty this increased emphasis on economic development and regional community engagement. This would be particularly helpful at new faculty orientation, but would be helpful also to more senior faculty. Lorraine Blackman will convey this recommendation to the IUPUI Faculty Council.
It was also discussed that there needed to be media and public relations development to identify and promote the many research findings and faculty service efforts that are of importance for the local and state community. A media clearinghouse was mentioned as a possibility to enhance community awareness of what we are currently doing and will do in the future in regard to community engagement.
RECOMMENDATION: Invite Amy Warner, IUPUI Interim Vice Chancellor for External Affairs to share with this committee at its next meeting her ideas on the following concerns:
Diagram Below shows how civic engagement becomes the interface between identified community needs (including economic, environmental, health, social and educational) and the University (encompassing multiple faculty roles of teaching, research, and service).
Next Meeting: December 5, 2005, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM in ES 4112.
Submitted by Lisa E. McGuire, 12/2/05