Mindset: Strategic Innovation Strategic Innovation is the creation of growth strategies, new product categories, services or business models that change the game and generate significant new value for consumers, students and the university. Strategic Innovation can challenge the university to look beyond its established business boundaries and mental models and to participate in an open-minded, creative exploration of the realm of possibilities.
Focus: Redefine the Business
Tools: Layers of Technology Webmaster Marketing Communications International Education CTL Library Business Marketing Computer Science EdTech IPT
Example positions & approaches Dir. of Prof. Dev & Innovative Initiatives, Virginia Tech Dir. of Learning Innovation, Minn. Institute of Arts Dean of Academic Affairs, Online Programs, Pacific Oaks College Dean of Continuing & Innovative Education, UT Austin Assoc. Provost Non-Curricular Arts & Initiatives, MIT Entrepreneurship Center, MIT LaunchPad, University of Miami Strategic Innovation Initiatives, U of I http://www.uidaho.edu/innovations
AVP/VP of Strategic Innovation
Goals of position Foster an institution-wide cultural shift and mindset toward innovation to solve problems, support entrepreneurship, become outcomes-focused, and explore the boundaries between what is and what could be. Establish and support communities of innovation at BSU. Visualize strategies, and generate, implement and evaluate ideas. Serve as a liaison for faculty, administration, and staff who wish to engage in innovative practices, projects, research, and teaching. Work with organizational and corporate partners to support and sponsor strategic innovation at BSU. Develop state and national relationships that would support strategic innovation at BSU. Leverage marketing outreach and social networks as a way to share results, impact others, and support recruitment and retention. Identify resources to support innovation. Encourage and reward the development of innovative new programming.
Early objectives of position Establish “Idea Lab,” an office dedicated to supporting faculty and staff who have innovative projects/courses/teaching they would like to pilot. Establish an “Innovation Board” to review and fast track the most promising ideas. Develop, implement and evaluate a strategic plan across assigned areas. Build an innovation portal to give people access to innovation tools, data, and to share their ideas. Host an annual “Innovation Forum,” open to university and community members. Develop a set of metrics to track innovative inputs and outputs. Reward/recognize those who participate in innovative activities, whether they fail or succeed. Centralize all BSU training in the CTL, and create a central learning presence on the web. Add workshops in CTL that support educational innovation, creativity, small group leadership, group dynamics, etc. Re-think Academic Technologies to support educational innovation at BSU. Establish a university-wide advisory committee for AT. Provide department community portals in Blackboard. Adopt web-based video conferencing university-wide, and integrate it into our daily work. State TIG grants should support faculty innovations that can be adopted university-wide. Identify options for mobile access to coursework/communications. Liaison with marketing to promote ongoing theme of innovation and leadership in higher education. Webmaster: clean up site, integration of RSS feeds and video in department sites, showcasing of student and faculty work and outcomes, embed and use analytics for improvement.