ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
(Approved: BFC 3/7/89)
The Bloomington Faculty Council endorses the intent of those initiatives contained in IU: One University--Indiana at its Best that seek to assign a more active role to the university in promoting Indiana's economic development, subject to the following conditions:
- 1. That no initiatives be adopted that are not fully in accord with our central academic mission of teaching and research.
- 2. That special care be given to safeguarding academic integrity and faculty autonomy in the determination of research programs.
- 3. That continuing faculty oversight of these initiatives be established in order to assure that they are, in fact, consistent with our central academic mission and that the proposed emphasis on local and regional problem solving does not unduly distort the research balance necessary for IU-Bloomington to remain a major academic research university. New faculty advisory committees may need to be established in some situations.
- 4. That those developing a specific proposal for establishing a center for the study and analysis of regional economic development (like other new programs) be required to seek the advice and consent of appropriate faculty bodies before it is established.