Completed Action Projects

These NMU projects have been retired as action projects, although work on most of them continues as part of Northern's continuous improvement efforts.

Developing Feedback Mechanisms and Enhancing Leadership Communication - Completed 2012. This Action Project will develop processes for effective leadership-guided communication and recognized feedback mechanisms. It will review the communication role for all levels of leadership, develop clear expectations of leaders’ communication, and provide for its evaluation. Current methods of disseminating information on decisions and collecting feedback will be studied in order to build effective two-way communication channels into the university infrastructure.

Academic Program Review - Completed 2012. Northern Michigan University will study current processes for academic program review conducted by its academic departments and colleges; review past university-wide procedures; identify and analyze best practices used internally and externally; and develop a cyclic academic program review process that can be applied campus-wide. The baseline process must be systematic and standardized. While accommodating program accreditation requirements and  reflecting best practices and standards for academic program review, it must strive to efficiently align curricula and program offerings with student’ and  employers’ needs.

Internships/Work Experiences - Completed 2012. This project will undertake a thorough review of all forms of internship and work experience programs at NMU, enable campus-wide discussion of a draft set of common guidelines and procedures that monitor structured experiences and internships, consider legal issues, and collect and track data on these entities. A goal of this project would be to establish a strong on-going relationship between the Career Services office and department internship coordinators.

Knowledge Management System - Part II - Completed 2011. Concludes a 2009 Action Project through the systems development, pilot testing, training and implementation phases of a new information system. The 2009 action project, "A Process for Managing NMU's Strategic, Operational and Resource Performance," developed a knowledge management information system infrastructure to support the NMU strategic plan, Road Map to 2015. For successful implementation, development of a project of this magnitude and complexity must include thorough testing using live data to evaluate and modify the system.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Laptop Goal: Enhancing Student Recruitment – Completed 2010. This Action Project will articulate a process to evaluate if the Laptop program has increased the capacity and quality of the NMU student body, and it will use this process to assess if this recruitment goal has been reached at this time.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Laptop Goal: Enhancing Student Learning
– Completed 2010. One goal of the TLC initiative was to create a learning environment that: a) embraced technology to enhance student access, b) promoted the development of independent learners, and c) encouraged greater student-faculty communication and collaboration.  This Action Project will articulate a process to evaluate this goal on an ongoing basis, and will use this process to assess progress towards the goal at this time.

A Process for Managing NMU’s Strategic, Operational and Resource Performance – Completed 2010. The project will include documenting the process for using the NMU Knowledge Management System (KMS) to monitor, analyze, and communicate university performance related to its strategic, operational and resource management efforts.

Documenting and Benchmarking the NMU Outcomes Assessment Process Action Project – Completed 2009. The goal of this project is to review and revise the means by which departments use the data they collect and devise a mechanism by which these reports and plans are reviewed, so that we can “close the loop” of the quality improvement cycle of “plan, do, check and act”.

Aligning Unit Mission Statement Action Project – Completed 2009. This Action Project presents an opportunity for all units to reflect upon the revised mission of NMU, and determine how their activities can best help the university achieve its mission.

Benchmarking the NMU Road Map to 2015 Action Project – Completed 2009. The goal of this project is to assign benchmark measurements to the goals and priorities described in the Road Map.

Sustainable NMU Action Project – Completed in 2008.  Northern’s AQIP Sustainability Committee laid the groundwork for establishing an ongoing and conscious effort at making Northern more sustainable.

Online Learning Action Project – Completed in 2008. The 2006-2007 Online Infrastructure Committee envisioned the AQIP project to change or improve admissions, scheduling, marketing, curriculum development and review, provision of academic resources, technical training for faculty and students, and established processes for course evaluation, including how these changes or improvements might influence promotion and tenure.

Enhancing Scholarship Action Project – Completed in 2008. During the 2007-08 academic year, Northern Michigan University undertook the AQIP Action Project entitled “Enhancing the campus climate for scholarship.” A working committee was established to study the status of scholarly work and to determine how faculty perceived the climate for scholarship on campus. In particular, the committee was asked to identify real and perceived barriers to scholarship and to make recommendations to alleviate these barriers.

Student ID Action Project – Completed in 2005. Northern Michigan University no longer uses Social Security numbers as university identification numbers, except where required by law.

Superior Edge – Implemented in 2006. The Superior Edge Action Project has resulted in one of NMU's most successful programs.  The Superior Edge Program encompasses a wide range of in- and out-of-classroom experiences that provides NMU students with a distinct advantage by better preparing them for careers, graduate school and life as engaged citizens.  We note with pride that this Action Project is listed in the AQIP Directory (http://www.aqip.org/InnovationExchange/) as one of its Innovative Programs.

Review of NMU’s Advising Process – Completed winter 2007.  The AQIP advising subcommittee turned in its final recommendations, which have not fully been implemented due to several procedural, staffing and budget reasons.  This project is bring revisited as a priority of NMU’s new academic strategic plan, The Road Map to 2015 (www.nmu.edu/roadmap2015).

Development of Departmental/Unit Outcomes Assessment Plan – Completed 2005.  This project resulted in all academic and service units on campus submitting an annual report and plan describing their objectives and how those objectives will be met.  A second phase of this project is one of the proposed action projects for 2008-09.

Other Related Projects

The following three completed projects were not chosen as AQIP priority action projects, but were on the list of proposed projects and were completed as part of NMU continuous improvement efforts.

Increase External Research Funding  – In 2006, NMU hired a grant writer to assist faculty, staff and students in securing more external funds for research and scholarly works.  In 2008, the university hired a grant manager to help assist the significant increase in grants.  2007-08 marked the third consecutive year that NMU received more than $5 million in grant income.  This includes over $500,000 for research projects, which is more than double the amount from 2006-07, and the highest level of research dollars NMU has had in the past 15 years.

Create Web Site for Student Research – The project is in the testing phase and will be rolled out to the campus community in late fall 2008. It is modeled after the site created for faculty and staff as part of the “enhancing the climate for scholarship on campus” project.

Class Roster with Photos – Debuted to faculty in fall 2007.