IEC Charge (Updated October 2019)

Goals and Strategies

It is important to keep in mind that the primary and ultimate goal for our institution is sustainable effectiveness in serving our mission. Our current Strategic Plan speaks to this overall goal with specific emphasis on student success, human resources, research and creative endeavors, community engagement, and diversity/global understanding. Although we will be updating our institutional strategic plan in the next few years and will be developing new strategies for a variety of objectives, everything we do must eventually rise to this singular commitment. The creation of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee is directly related to this goal in that it is charged with assessing institutional effectiveness and making recommendations regarding strategic planning and resource allocation.

The IEC has a three-part charge going forward:

General, Ongoing Charge

The IEC shall facilitate continuous improvement towards the goal of sustainable effectiveness in serving our mission through the following strategies: 1) regular review of campus units for institutional effectiveness, 2) review of, and participation in the planning and budgeting process, 3) collection and review of strategic and operational planning documents for the purpose of facilitating an integrated planning approach, and 4) the review of any other information or processes germane to continuous improvement outcomes.

Structural Charge

The IEC shall establish a process for ongoing review of institutional effectiveness of campus units. It shall also recommend an ongoing planning and budgeting process in collaboration with the UA Little Rock Budget Office and other appropriate governance bodies at the institution. A long-term structural goal is to incorporate the IEC into the formal governance structure of this institution.

Short-Term Charge

For the remainder of fiscal year 2020, the Chancellor requests the following from the IEC:

  1. Provide a recommended process for at least the budgeting part of the annual planning and budgeting process by the end of October 2019.
  2. Provide recommendations to the Chancellor for resource allocation review in three stages. Provide the first set (which may be based on the February 2019 report) by the end of October. Provide the second set by the end of February 2020, and the third set by the end of May 2020.
  3. By the end of the fiscal year, or shortly thereafter, submit a recommendation for a full planning and budgeting process for review by the campus community and campus leadership.

-Chancellor Drale, October 2019