Ensure that all of the public and private resources entrusted to IU are used as effectively and efficiently as possible in pursuit of the Principles of Excellence.
- Accountability. Undertake continuing analysis, including appropriate metrics, to measure and evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of all aspects of IU’s operations.
- Excellence in administration. Provide outstanding administrative services in support of the Principles of Excellence and IU’s broader missions.
- Communicating excellence. Ensure that the accomplishments of IU are widely known throughout Indiana, the nation, and the world.
The resources available to Indiana University, as with public universities throughout the United States, must face the fact that each of our five major sources of revenue is significantly stressed, and all are likely to remain so in the foreseeable future:
- Major increases in tuition are out of the question; the public will no longer bear tuition increases significantly above average inflation.
- The State of Indiana is only slowly recovering from the Great Recession. While IU has done relatively well with the state’s performance funding formula, we must expect essentially flat state funding in the near future.
- Federal research funding is stressed and more competitive.
- A decline in reimbursement rates for medical services provided by IU Health endangers the support it provides for the IU clinical and health education enterprises.
- Private philanthropy sets higher education in the United States apart from the rest of the world and has significantly contributed to its preeminence. IU is the beneficiary of extraordinarily generous alumni and friends, and their generosity has truly made the difference between good and great. Nevertheless, no major university today can sustain itself only on philanthropy, and here, too, IU must compete with other worthy causes for philanthropic support.
To build a sustainable fiscal future for IU, we must optimize our resources by discovering economies, leveraging our scale, and ensuring strategic alignment of resource allocation; we must enhance our revenue through the exemplary execution of our existing mission while we seek new revenue-producing opportunities; and we must ensure the highest standards of operational efficiency.
IU’s core missions of education and research are supported by a broad array of necessary, and often mandated, administrative functions—from information systems to public safety, from building maintenance to health care, from admissions to career advising, from fiscal management to legal representation. Each of these essential functions must be performed with the highest levels of professionalism and expertise, customer service, internal controls, and efficiency. Each requires IU to recruit and retain experts and professionals in their respective fields. IU simply could not be the university it is now, nor could it hope to maintain greatness, without the expertise, knowledge, and sound judgment of its dedicated and hard-working staff.
Just as competition for students and faculty is increasing, so is competition for the most talented administrative personnel. The recruitment and retention of talented staff, as with the best faculty, require competitive compensation and benefits, as well as positions that are professionally challenging, intellectually rewarding, and offer the potential for advancement through systematic programs of career development and succession planning. It also requires support for an inclusive, respectful, family-friendly, and healthy workforce and work environment. University Human Resources is reviewing all existing programs for effectiveness and will recommend where additional programs might be initiated.
Public Safety, Health, and Wellness
In the last decade, the health and safety of students and other members of university communities have become a matter of widespread public attention. While American college campuses are and remain safe places where millions of individuals productively work and study, tragic incidents like shootings on campuses have underscored the need to take steps to prevent to the extent possible, and to respond effectively, to a wide range of hazards. More recently, attention has focused on the unacceptable incidence of sexual assault on college campuses.