Goal Area: CSE Culture

Rationale

Strengthening effective communication, sustainable operations and the engagement of CSE students, faculty, and staff is fundamental for fostering a thriving and interconnected College environment, where CSE becomes a destination of choice. Effective communication strategies enhance transparency, collaboration, and understanding among students, faculty and staff, promoting a cohesive and informed community. Prioritizing sustainable operations establishes long-term fiscal stability for the College and allows the College to focus on strength areas and opportunities.  Community engagement ensures that the CSE actively contributes to the well-being of its members, promoting mutually beneficial relationships.

Strategies

  1. Establish a clear, visible, and consistent culture where all members of CSE are valued and empowered.
  2. Encourage positive engagement of CSE community members including students, staff, faculty, and administrators, especially between units.
  3. Develop and implement an internal communication plan between CSE administration and all members of CSE (students, staff and faculty) that includes an effective feedback loop to improve the flow of information and increase transparency.
  4. Develop sustainable operations that ensure long-term fiscal stability and are grounded in decision-making processes that are data-driven, follow best practices, and incorporate shared governance.

Tactics

Ease bureaucracy. Make committee work more effective to allow increased time spent on scholarly endeavors (discipline-specific, interdisciplinary, and education-driven) and mentoring of students. This includes providing training for productive meeting leadership and reducing # of faculty on committees when appropriate, but also setting a strong leadership culture. [Supports Strategy 1, 3]

Establish best practices guides and establishment of formal processes for college operations and communications including departmental, inter-departmental, and college-level committees and meetings. Existing examples are the Inclusive Meeting flier, or the Standard Operating procedures referenced in GES by-laws. [Strategy 1, 2, 3, and 4] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Establish a communication space for sharing ideas and experiences for all. [Supports Strategy 1,3]

Foster and support consistent CSE-specific social or scholarly events to encourage interactions across departments and offices, employee groups, undergraduate and graduate students. These include CSE-level or inter-program seminars, workshops, or semi-formal gatherings that foster collaborations and peer-to-peer sharing. Provide support for CMU hosted collaborative events.  [Supports Strategy 1,2,3] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Start and maintain morale boosting initiatives for staff and faculty. For instance, develop awards and ways to meaningfully recognize fixed term faculty, staff and students at the college level. [Strategy 1, 2] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Develop and implement a culture of empowerment for staff and fixed-term faculty at the departmental and college levels. Encourage bylaws changes tthat include staff and fixed-term faculty in decision-making processes. [Supports Strategy 1, 4] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Establish and implement a transparent communication model that explicitly ties internal data to internal decisions (for example, provide data on recruitment, retention and assessment based on data provided by department). This includes “closing the loop” with program reviews and annual reports. Use program review to identify actionable items. [Supports Strategy 1, 2, 3] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Promote the use of collaborative spaces that already exist. Communicate spaces to all (including students). Facilitate cross-building usages. Consider establishing a graduate student/staff/faculty writing space. [Supports Strategy 1, 2, 3, 4] [also supports Goal area Scholarship]

Develop college-level strategies regarding curriculum to identify areas of improvement for inter-departmental collaboration, development of courses for non-STEM majors, and inter-disciplinary and experiential learning. [Strategy 4] [also supports Goal areas Student success, Scholarship]

Identify program- and college-specific recruitment opportunities that incorporate participation from students, faculty, staff, and administrators. [Strategy 4] [also supports Goal areas Beyond CSE, Student success]

Create a guide and establish practices for hiring based on broad needs of the college with specific attention to employee retention. [Strategy 4] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Encourage and foster on-going discussions of what constitutes professional behavior while recognizing the ways in which bias and racism have impacted definitions of professionalism and our university culture. [Strategy 1] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Metrics

  • # of events that are college-level or interdepartmental.
  • Yearly surveys of satisfaction, sense of belonging, with reporting back every year and actions taken based on survey results.
  • Track number of students, faculty, staff participation in events.
  • Success and celebration of success of all CSE community members shows up on CSE yearly meetings, webpages, and social media.
  • # of communications within CSE that contain feedback, data.
  • # of potential student interactions / events 
  • Calculate and report the effective cost and productivity of committee work

 


 

Please share your feedback with this goal area below by Friday, February 23, 2024. Comments on which strategies and tactics you like and/or dislike will be most helpful.