Innovation Audit

How innovative is your school?

This final section of the JMC Innovation Project draws on the interviews with 70 deans and directors to identify elements that collectively contribute to a sustainable culture of innovation in JMC schools and colleges. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to innovating, the Project found five core elements of a culture of innovation. These core elements are presented here in an audit framework that can be used as a guide for assessing the scope and status of innovation in your school. 

Inspirational leadership

  • Do school leaders exhibit a proactive, forward-looking mindset that inspires innovative thinking and practices throughout the school?
  • Have school leaders articulated a clear vision that promotes innovation?
  • Are school leaders actively engaged in seeking internal and external support for innovation initiatives?

Strategic focus

  • Does the school have a shared vision and strategic plan that incorporates innovation as a strategic priority and represents the perspectives of all school disciplines?
  • Does the school measure the impact of innovation efforts to gain insights for improving innovation inputs, processes and outcomes?
  • Does the school’s branding and marketing showcase innovation?

Dedicated resources

  • Does the school provide up-to-date technology for students and faculty?
  • Is the school investing in faculty and staff recruitment and training to advance innovative thinking and practices?
  • Does the school provide dedicated space for collaborative endeavors?
  • Does the school offer incentives, recognitions and rewards for innovative work by faculty, staff and students?

Collaborative spirit and approach

  • Does the school structure encourage interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, staff and students?
  • Is the school collaborating with other disciplines across campus and other universities to address emerging challenges and opportunities?
  • Is the school engaged in industry and foundation partnerships – including research collaborations – that advance innovative thinking and practices in education and industry?

Curricular currency

  • Does the curriculum integrate new technologies and emerging issues?
  • Does the curriculum offer the flexibility and adaptability needed to keep pace with technological and other changes?
  • Does the school support experiential/experimental/immersive learning opportunities for students and faculty?

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