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This monograph presents the Strategic Directions Charter of Indiana University, which recommends ways the university should change in order to adapt to constraining circumstances and to emerge as the model of America's New Public University. It discusses in detail the 30 recommendations of the Charter, developed by 250 members of the University community. The recommendations are grouped into three major categories. First, the 12 recommendations concerning "the community of learning" include: improving teaching methods, providing special tutorial programs, expanding mentoring, and increasing opportunities for alumni lifelong learning. Second, the "responsibilities of excellence," are addressed in nine recommendations such as directing exceptional resources to programs that have national distinction; strengthening international programs in teaching and research; and ensuring the recruitment, appointment, retention, and encouragement of women. The third area, "accountability and best practices," is covered in nine recommendations. Among these are: refining responsibility-centered management, creating additional sources of revenue, reassessing tuition pricing and financial aid policies, and ensuring a consistent system for reporting to the public on the university's success in fulfilling its missions. Appendices list the recommendations and offer a table of cross-references. (MAH)

Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Objectives, Excellence in Education, Finance Reform, Higher Education, Improvement Programs, Institutional Role, International Programs, Lifelong Learning, Long Range Planning, Mentors, Organizational Development, School Community Relationship, State Universities, Strategic Planning, Teaching Methods, Tuition, Tutorial Programs, Womens Education

Author: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.


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