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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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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