September 1, 2011 - December 15, 2012
Project origination: AQIP feedback, campus discussions, AQIP Strategy Forum
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.
- 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. For example as a post-test, the initial procedure used to identify leaders’ current understanding of their communications role and perceived current state of feedback mechanisms could be replicated, comparing the results to the pre-project data.
- Possible ancillary benefits are increased employee trust and morale, time-savings due to increasingly efficient communications, and enhancement of the selection of future leaders.
Strategy Forum 2011 has background on why and how this project was determined.
Campus article discusses project - July 14, 2011
Campus article launches employee survey - September 30, 2011
NMU Communications Audit Final Report - December 2011
AQIP Action Project Update Report - Reviewed - October 2012
AQIP Action Project Final Report - December 2012
Task Force Members (2010-11)
|Cindy Paavola, co-chair||Communications and Marketing, Director|
|Ann Sherman, co-chair||Human Resources, Director|
|Michael Cinelli||Art & Design, Department Head|
|Jill Compton||Internal Auditor|
|Gerri Daniels||Admissions, Director|
|Felecia Flack||Information Technology, Director|
|Kathy Frazier||Controller's Office|
|Art Gischia||Business & Auxiliary Services, Director|
|Chris Kibit||Technology & Occupational Studies, Faculty|
|Pam Johnson||Financial Services, Assistant Manager|
|Ron Sundell||Faculty member, President of AAUP|
|Harvey Wallace||College of Professional Studies, Dean|
|Dawn Wilder||Mathematics & Computer Science, Principal Secretary|
Task Force Meeting Dates
Fall 2011 Semester
Nov. 3, 2012
Winter 2012 Semester
Feb. 3, 2012