Proposed Action Project: Developing Feedback Mechanisms and Enhancing Campus Leadership Communication

September 1, 2011 - December 15, 2012

Project origination: AQIP feedback, campus discussions, AQIP Strategy Forum

Proposal developed by: 2011 Strategy Forum Team

Project description: 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.

Project rationale: The Systems Appraisal identified, and campus discussions affirmed, opportunities to develop and enhance campus communication. A need exists for better dissemination of information and feedback mechanisms to address two issues: perceived lack of decision transparency and realization that feedback does not always make its way up or down the leadership chain. Expectations for communication skills for leadership positions and communication must be clarified through campus-wide processes.

Project outcomes:

  • Development of ongoing assessment of information dissemination through recognized campus communication channels and leadership communication roles.
  • Creation of defined process for a feedback mechanism to funnel ideas and opinions up and down the leadership chain.
  • Implemented leadership communication strategies that include, but are not limited to:
    • Inventory developed of needed communication traits of successful leaders
    • Communication expectations defined for each leadership position with updated job descriptions on file
    • Revised leader evaluation form(s) and procedures as it relates to communication that are pilot tested
    • Leadership communication skills training plan built and resources identified based upon a needs analysis
  • Creation of a plan for Action Project assessment as a long-term measure of effectiveness that can be incorporated into the Systems Portfolio.

See Strategy Forum 2011 for background on why and how this project was determined.


By August 1, e-mail comments on the project's scope or suggestions on ways to proceed to aqip@nmu.edu


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