On September 23, 2014, then President Beverly Warren charged the 1 University Commission, as follows:
The 1 University Commission (1UC) will include representatives from the following university constituencies: administration, faculty, staff, and students from across the University’s eight campuses. The Commission will (i) receive its charge; (ii) consult with appropriate University stakeholders to collect and review data during the Fall 2014 semester; and (iii) provide a summary report of findings and recommendations to President Warren prior to Spring Recess in March 2015. With a primary focus of reviewing the relationship between the Kent and regional campuses, the commission is charged to consider and make recommendations on four main topic areas, as follows:
Structure and Leadership
- The appropriate title for the head of each regional campus (currently, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer).
- The appropriate title for the highest-level administrator of the regional campus system (currently, Associate Provost for KSU Systems Integration).
- The placement of the highest-level administrator of the regional campuses in the overall administrative structure of the University (currently, Provost’s Office).
- The need for a centralized regional campuses office and the appropriate duties and/or staffing, if such is recommended.
Academics and Curriculum
- The need for coordinated policies on scheduling, which could address but not be limited to the following:
- The locus of authority to schedule courses (e.g., regional campus deans or Kent campus academic unit administrators).
- The need for and/or feasibility of system-wide course scheduling.
- When students take face-to-face courses on multiple campuses, the appropriate distribution of enrollment revenues in the context of the University's RCM budgetary model.
- The need for coordinated policies on distance learning (DL), which could address but not be limited to the following:
- The locus of authority to determine whether a campus and/or campuses will offer a DL course.
- The need for centrally provided, mandatory training to prepare faculty members to offer DL courses.
- The appropriate distribution of DL revenues in the context of the University’s RCM budgetary model.
Faculty Roles and Responsibilities
- The locus of authority for the review of faculty and/or approval to teach various courses (e.g., content, level) and/or in various formats (e.g., face-to-face, DL).
- The need for and/or feasibility of faculty mobility throughout the University system for more efficient course scheduling.
- The need for and/or feasibility of more programs to increase collegial interactions between faculty members at all campuses.
- The need for consistent policies on faculty hiring throughout the system (e.g., are regional campuses expected to hire Kent Ph.D.s when running searches?)
- The need for and/or feasibility of creating leadership development opportunities for students across all campuses.
- The need for and/or feasibility of promoting student interactions across campuses.
- The appropriateness of automatic admission to a regional campus for those students who are not accepted for admission on the Kent campus (e.g., branding, scholarship opportunity).