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FY 2018 Presidential Goals

As part of the yearly evaluation process for the president, the president and the Board of Trustees have agreed to a series of goals and metrics to measure the accomplishment of those goals. The board approved the presidential goals at its special meeting on October 19, 2017 and the metrics at its special meeting on November 16, 2017.

  • Enhance recruitment
  • Increase retention
  • Increase student success

Goal Measurement (Success Criteria)

Recruitment
  • Increase new undergraduate students (fall 2018) by five percent from fall 2017
  • Hold new graduate students (fall 2018) flat from fall 2017
  • Develop method and establish baseline in FY18 for student credit hours produced in on-line and off-campus programs
    • use to establish goal for FY19
  • Deploy eight to ten new online/off-campus programs
Retention
  • Increase Fall 2018 overall retention by 0.5 percent from fall 2017
Success
  • Finalize equity gap goals/strategy for four and six year graduation rates
  • Increase tuition revenue
  • Increase philanthropy
  • Align budget with mission

Goal Measurement (Success Criteria)

Revenue Growth
  • In line with our enrollment goal, a five percent growth in new undergraduates would result in an increase in gross tuition and fee revenue from new undergraduates of $2.3M.
  • Increase discretionary revenue ($) from sources other than appropriations, tuition and fees in a manner consistent with mission. By the end of FY 19, increase IPEDS Other Revenue by five percent over FY16.
Philanthropy
  • Report total funds (inclusive of new gifts at full value, new pledges at full value, non-cash gifts at appraised value where appropriate) raised on goal of $17.5M, with goal of increasing support for unrestricted scholarships.
  • Increase foundation money expended on behalf of NIU for scholarships and fellowships (relative to FY17 baseline) by ten percent at end FY19.
Increase Alignment of Mission and Budget
  • Align expenditures (exclusive of auxiliary) per student FTE with mission, using IPEDS peers as a guide.
  • Control administrative costs: achieve and maintain administrative instructional cost ratio (as defined by ACTA) less than or equal to 0.18
  • Administrative Programs
  • Academic Programs
  • Advance data-informed culture

Goal Measurement (Success Criteria)

  • Implement 80 percent of recommendations regarding administrative programs from the president's November 2016 report by June 2018
  • 75 percent of academic programs planned for transformation or elimination- complete by June 2018
  • 25 percent of new academic programs proposed- implementation in progress by June 2018
  • Develop strategy and template to ensure that continuous improvement activities identified through the program prioritization process are being institutionalized in ways that allow progress to be tracked and new improvement activities to be identified
  • Increase transparent practices
  • Decrease critical audit findings

Goal Measurement (Success Criteria)

Transparency
  • Post president’s travel and hospitality expenses to web (quarterly) starting in FY18
  • Implement the University Budget Process recommended by Executive Budget Committee (EBC), including expectation that EBC will engage NIU’s Resource, Space and Budget Committee, and thereby facilitate involvement of the larger NIU community in the budget process. Expectation is to have budget process 100 percent determined in FY18 and fully implemented for FY19
  • Decrease ambiguity associated with NIU policies and procedures by implementing policy library, and university-level compliance program
Audit
  • Decrease the number of critical financial and compliance audit findings (allow for two cycles to resolution)
  • Implement reports designed to increase university leadership’s awareness of and responsiveness to critical internal audit recommendations
  • Increase divisional responsiveness to requests from Internal Audit such that requested information that is available in an acceptable format is provided within three working days, and most other requested information is provided within ten working days
  • Increase regional engagement
  • Initiate research cluster strategy

Goal Measurement (Success Criteria)

Regional Engagement
  • Increase number of new partnerships initiated and sustained
    • FY18- Implement tool for establishing baseline and counting new partnerships, guided by Carnegie Foundation definition of partnerships
    • FY19- Track and report new partnerships with a goal of five percent increase in partnerships for the university. Also, track and report of FY18 partnerships sustained with a target of 20 percent retention
  • Number of students engaged in community projects or internships
Research Cluster Strategy
  • Initiate at least one research cluster/year in FY19 and FY20
  • Have two new doctoral programs through the NIU curricular process and proposed to the IBHE by the end of AY 18-19
  • Increase student satisfaction with support services
  • Increase student engagement

Goal Measurement (Success Criteria)

Student Satisfaction
  • Develop a coherent strategy for measuring student satisfaction, based on a limited number of annual surveys focused in key areas, with implementation to start no later than AY 18-19
Engagement
  • Develop a way to capture and report the number of students participating in experiential learning/high impact educational practices- and use to develop baseline and FY19 goals