Self-implementation: A unique opportunity
TIER@Iowa is one way in which University of Iowa is responding and adapting to the changing landscape of higher education, including the unique needs of our students and community. We were provided the opportunity to self-implement our own plans, which have been approved by the Board of Regents. We are carrying out those plans and tracking our progress. The UI is fortunate to have this opportunity to control and create our own destiny, and the involvement and support of the campus community is critical to the success of these plans.
Consultation with college/unit leadership and impacted staff is a core component of all the TIER@Iowa implementation plans. The goals and required outcomes of TIER@Iowa have been defined, but we are making every effort to be flexible about how those goals are achieved in consideration of org needs.
Each TIER@Iowa initiative is structured according to its own specific goals, timelines, and desired outcomes. Some implementations are coordinated across initiatives, and others are being implemented separately. The process is very much a dialogue with orgs, in order to ensure that our ability to deliver the core mission is maintained — or better still, enhanced. Implementations may involve a broad range of participants, including college/unit implementation teams, project teams, change consultants, and communication ambassadors to ensure that impacted faculty and staff are engaged appropriately and that the process progresses smoothly.
Measuring and sustaining success
Each of the three Regent Universities reports on the percentage of TIER activities they have completed, the percentage of their target savings that they have achieved, and the number of hours they have saved through their efficiency efforts. In addition to these three metrics, the UI has identified additional key performance indicators (KPIs) specific to our campus.