The Regional Campuses of Indiana University will work together in all areas in which collaboration contributes to greater effectiveness and efficiency, as we pursue our shared and individual missions to accomplish our shared and individual campus aspirations.
Pervasive inter- and intra-campus collaboration allows students to succeed in obtaining degrees of life-long value by increasing access to more disciplinary knowledge, more faculty expertise, and more options for advising and additional support tools, and by improving transfer opportunities. For faculty, pervasive inter- and intra-campus collaboration facilitates partnerships in research, teaching, and professional development, as well as greater access to teaching and research support. And pervasive inter- and intra-campus collaboration allows the campuses together to ensure consistent high-quality education and services, improved operational efficiency, a more robust presence in the state, reduced student debt burden, more comprehensive local and regional engagement, and more support for development to promote stronger, more attractive campuses.
The overarching purpose of collaboration is to leverage scale while maintaining the distinctiveness and local responsiveness of each campus. The collective scale of the Regional Campuses, and IU as a whole, permits access to resources, experience, and expertise; facilitates productive interactions between students, faculty, and program staff; creates visibility and influence; and provides opportunities for efficiencies and economies of scale while avoiding unnecessary duplication. Collaboration properly covers a spectrum of forms and intensity.
A. Create and support organizational structures that encourage and simplify numerous forms of collaboration.
- Maintain and support existing organizational structures that guide and facilitate collaboration among the campuses, such as the Regional Campus Cabinet, the Regional Faculty Caucus, the Center for Regional Campus Excellence, and regular meetings of staff in correlative functional areas.
- Grow affinity groups of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, especially statewide meetings of faculty by discipline to address curriculum, pedagogy (particularly in connection with the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching [FACET]), and research, through regular in-person or virtual meetings.
- Encourage collaboration between regional and core campuses, in both academic and administrative areas.
Advances Bicentennial Priority One, Action Items 4 (enrichment and efficiency in education); Priority Two, Action Item 2 (faculty networks).
B. Implement and, with experience, refine the following principles of collaboration so they best serve the shared mission and activities of the regional campuses.
- Collaboration adds value
thoughleveraging scale to createopportunitiesand gain efficiencies.
- Campuses participate on equitable terms.
- Participation by all campuses is not always required, though opt-outs cannot decide the terms of collaboration by participants.
- The potential value of collaboration is always weighed together with the unique regional campus missions.
- Policies and practices that create unnecessary barriers to collaboration will be identified and remedied.
- Collaboration should ultimately expand net revenue and avoid unintended redistribution of revenue among campuses.
- The form and intensity of collaboration covers a spectrum of activities that includes sharing best practices, coordination, establishing uniform policy and procedures, sharing activities, harmonizing processes, and formal or ad hoc affinity groups.
- Ultimately, intercampus collaboration is engrained in the culture of the IU Regional Campuses, is pervasive, and is always considered as an option for accomplishing campus missions.
Advances Bicentennial Priority One, Action Item 4 (enrichment and efficiency).
C. Establish and promote the Regional Campuses of Indiana University as a national model of intercampus and interinstitutional collaboration.
The financial model for higher education in the United States is under a great deal of stress, and it is likely to undergo many changes in the coming years. There are many predictions but little firm knowledge of future patterns. Pervasive collaboration provides a resilient model for the challenging present by leveraging resources to create opportunities, embracing flexibility and individual initiative, and harvesting efficiencies. To accomplish this, we will:
- Work with accreditors to enable pervasive collaboration
- Seize opportunities to promote the IU model of regional campus collaboration with national university organizations, governments, and foundations.
MEASURES OF PROGRESS AND SUCCESS
Number and description of joint programs offered
- New programs in development
- Number of students enrolled, number of degrees conferred
List of intercampus disciplinary commons and description of their activities
List and descriptions of collaborative grant applications and awards