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Streamlining by Going Online with Faculty Promotion and Tenure Resources

Streamlining by Going Online with Faculty Promotion and Tenure Resources | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |
Facing the administrative burden of promotion/tenure for roughly 240 candidates each year, the University of Florida developed an online promotion and tenure work process.


After only a year and a half of full implementation, outcomes have included:

  • a 90 percent reduction in paper, 
  • a reduction in printing and administrative costs, 
  • a marked reduction in work time for faculty and staff, 
  • consistency and conformance within the tenure review process, 
  • easier accessibility to promotion and tenure packets for academic reviewers, 
  • improved transparency at all review levels, and 
  • the ability for tenure candidates to monitor their progress throughout the cycle. 

The cost savings for the first year alone was nearly $203,000.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Here's a university that did something to update the wasteful and inefficient tenure review process.  This included reducing paper-intensive practices by 90% and providing progress reports to tenure candidates.


It remains to be seen how other universities handle the larger promotion and tenure process in the 21st century, connected with changes in higher education as a whole.  ~  Deb

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The Professors, Yes, the MOOC Hype is Worth It: Disruption in Higher Ed

The Professors, Yes, the MOOC Hype is Worth It:  Disruption in Higher Ed | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

Professors were asked, do they believe MOOCs "are worth the hype." 79% said yes.


In the largest survey of instructors who have taught massive open online courses, The Chronicle heard from critics, converts, and the cautious.


Hype around these new free online courses has grown louder and louder since a few professors at Stanford University drew hundreds of thousands of students to online computer-science courses in 2011.

Since then MOOCs, which charge no tuition and are open to anybody with Internet access, have been touted by reformers as a way to transform higher education and expand college access.

Many professors teaching MOOCs had a similarly positive outlook: Asked whether they believe MOOCs "are worth the hype," 79 percent said yes.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 18, 2013 12:40 PM

There is some synchroncity here that this article is showing up while I'm listening to a professor at UM talk about Harvard choosing a MOOC for accounting for their entry level accounting (Brigham Young) and outsourcing professors.

Can paths to efficiency and worker health co-exist?

Professor:  Wally Hopp, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Herrick Professor of Manufacturing, Ross School of Business   Positively Lean: A Path to Efficiency and Energization?

Examples:  Henry Ford, Joe at GM Powertrain, FelPro (300% ROI on Employee Benefits, no turnover > sold to Federal Mogul)

Key themes in the blend:

  • Share the gain
  • Appeal to pride
  • Cultivate a community
  • Pursue a higher purpose <motivation>  (Sugar water or change the world)


Apple >> Change the world

Patagonia  >> Corporate responsibility  (Don't buy what you don't need)
University of Michigan  Uncommon education for the common man  (President James Burrill Angell) 


  • Is the key challenge aligning organization & employee benefits from efficiency gains?
  • Or is it cultivating a sense of higher purpose?
  • Or something completely different?