Michigan Tech desires to hold another University Climate SURVEY of which Jill Hodges and Beth Lunde are the leads. This will include all faculty, staff (union and non-union), and students. The committee is leaning toward hiring externally to do this study and based upon discussions held in the Unit Climate Group (AMP-UP) is also leaning toward a confidential survey instead of an anonymous survey. A confidential survey will get at the unit issues in a way that an anonymous survey will not.
Dr. Nina Mahmoudian is featured as one of the 2016 Emerging Scholars in the recent issue of Emerging Scholars of the Diverse Magazine. Read her profile below on page 21
The Advance Matrix Process-University Programs (AMP-UP) teams have been established and there has been two rounds of meetings held for the Initiative teams and one round for the Process Teams. A google web-site has been established to assist these team with agendas, minutes, reference materials, and task management.
All teams have discussed the importance of setting data standards (i.e. define how to group STEM departments, define reporting of Faculty, Academic Administrative, Tenure and Non Tenure, etc). The University Climate Study Committee and the Unit Climate AMP-UP team met together to begin coordinating their efforts. The Programs Team is starting to create an inventory of internal department level programs in each of the three areas (Scholarship/Research, Climate, Dual Careers) as well as benchmark with programs at other universities. The Continuous Improvement Team has three requests in place. One for a dual career focus group, one for dual career data collection, and another to hold a kaizen to standardize the administration of data for research, teaching, and other.
Kaizen 1 mapped the faculty career path from selection and hire to retirement. Kaizen 2 mapped the pre-tenure career process while Kaizen 3 mapped the post-tenure career process. Kaizen 4 mapped recruitment and retention issues and processes and Kaizen 5 mapped metrics to data sources at the university. Report-outs of the Kaizen sessions held in 2014-15 are available here:
Kaizens 2 & 3
Kaizens 4 & 5