THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON Engagement Council Meeting Minutes – December 7, 2010 Members Present: D. Ayers, C. Beller, T. Beyerle, K. Herold, D. Hickey, B. Jenkins, B. Jordan, J. Kovatch, B. Kraus, A. Mast, J. McHugh, E. Perduyn, K Ross-Alaolmolki, J. Savery, M. Shermis, S. Zachariah, J. Zipp Chair: H. Harris Bane Recorder: K. Haverkamp TOPIC Work Group Report: Challenges/Barriers DISCUSSION ACTION Per Provost, someone needs to look at the perception of RTP: Barriers between cross discipline work & RTP. Faculty perceives they are not rewarded for their work. Group look at strategies as a team: What is process of how we look at it? What is problem and how to rectify? Identify product – insert in every RTP document This is area of faculty prerogative – get faculty involved to make decision. Business processes slow to change: How to institutionalize flow chart for new markets. Systems between Universities. Systems within University. Identify & Provost will get them rectified. Work Group Report: Research/ New Market Development Discussed flow chart to show people how to get through process of taking a product to a new market. Focus on new market/outreach programs. How to vet ideas – when need to involve other stakeholders. Accommodate unique features of Colleges and use in model. What are barriers to new market – help define direction of process. Add Zac to this group Work Group Report: Best Practices Discussed information gathered from colleges. The information was gathered by facet to face meetings asking their opinion of engagement. (power point presentation was emailed prior to meeting) Add Denise Testa to this group Engagement activities were put into six categories. May need another category for pure outreach/provide own expertise. Ex: CPA students do a performance at Miller South to excite kids about music/dance. Best practice examples were identified in each category. Programs sufficiently reciprocal? Programs pertain to Vision 2020? Best practice characteristics were identified. What are characteristics of relationship if want program to count as engagement? Consistent assessment – Community partner involved in assessment, ongoing assessment & adjustment. How do partners value what we are doing? Amy Mast send link from HLC – see criteria 5. Questions generated at meeting: How do we make sure program is institutionalized? – is it selfsustaining/embedded into whole system? What are the priority strategic partnerships based on Vision 2020? How do we help stimulate economic development & well being of economy? – we need indicators if we are going to drive economic development. Is all engagement equal? – Some engagement is a priority based on the point & time. Should we have a campus wide conversation?: What is UA’s definition of Engagement within parameters of Vision 2020? What process/mechanisms need to be in place to institutionalize engagement initiatives? Should there be a repository with access for internal & external people? If yes: What is the purpose What would it look like How often & what mechanisms use to update Look at other Carnegie engaged schools – how do they list engagement activities Look at Characteristics from PowerPoint – what are unique to UA and distinguishes us as an engaged university (Vision 2020). Curricular Engagement Survey John will pilot survey with Engagement Council in January. Survey scheduled to go to campus faculty in February. The survey will not include an assessment question, but it will identify faculty so an assessment follow-up can be done after survey is complete. Announcement ABIA Women Entrepreneurship Program is in the pilot stage. Science teams and Law teams will work together. COB is looking for applicants to the program – graduate students, faculty, and/or industry. Applicants need to be adept in their field. Contact Corrine Beller for more information.