Over the course of the next year, as Program Prioritization enters the final review and implementation phase, McCord and Streb will monitor progress and facilitate collaboration on initiatives that cross-divisional lines, particularly those related to administrative programs.
They also will provide feedback and ensure that effective communication continues between and among all stakeholders.
“Chris and Matt believe strongly in Program Prioritization and the foundational compass it provides,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “I am grateful to both of these busy campus leaders for their willingness to take on these important tasks going forward.”
McCord and Streb were members of the Administrative Task Force, of which Streb was a co-chair.
While their upcoming work provides structure for the administrative program follow-up, NIU will honor existing, well-established policies and processes for recommendations regarding academic programs.
“We are working toward the day when both the academic and administrative programs have a routine and institutionalized cycle of evaluation and improvement,” said McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Matt and I are filling a bridging role, assisting in the short-term with the implementation of administrative program recommendations.”
“The Administrative Task Force recognized the need to transform several functional areas, many of which require complex conversations across multiple divisions,” added Streb, a professor in the Department of Political Science. “I look forward to having the opportunity to help those conversations progress with the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of those functional areas.”
Members of the Administrative and Academic task forces completed their work in April with the release of their final reports.
Yet keeping some of those key players involved the Program Prioritization process is valued by members of NIU’s Resource, Space and Budget Committee, who urged Baker to do so in a letter.
This committee of the university is charged with advising the executive vice president and provost on academic priorities and strategies for the achievement of those priorities, including the establishment of priorities in budgeting.
Its vice-chair has been asked to play an important role in the implementation of program prioritization, working with the Executive Budget Committee to develop recommendations to President Baker, and to review the processes being developed to link NIU’s priorities and budget processes.