Interdisciplinary

Tom
Strategic

Associate





August 12, 2015


Charge
Recommend actions that could be taken to provide better support,

sustainability, and promotion for our interdisciplinary graduate programs.


Relationship to
Goal 1 – Enhance distinctive identity and reputation of Mines
Strategic Plan
• Create new and enhance existing large research initiatives focused on

the global challenges related to the earth, energy and environment.

Goal 3 – Build and diversify revenue streams and auxiliary enterprises

• Diversify federal research funding across multiple agencies while

increasing corporate and private research support.


Membership
Boyd (Chair), Terri Hogue, Greg Jackson, Mark Jensen, Ivar Reimanis, Tina

Voelker


Context
Enrollment (~12% of total graduate enrollment in Fall 2014) in graduate

interdisciplinary programs is given below:



• Materials Science - (54 total, 46 PhD) (2-CBE, 7-CH, 1-MECH, 36-

MME, 8-PH)

• Hydrologic Science and Engineering - (46 total, 18 PhD) (19-CEE, 26-

GE, 1-GP)

• Nuclear Science and Engineering - (22 total, 8 PhD) (3-CH, 1-MECH,

11-MME, 7-PH)

• Geochemistry - (13 total, 6 PhD) (7-CH, 6-GE)

• Underground Construction and Tunneling - (6 total, 2 PhD) (4-CEE, 2-

MN)


• Interdisciplinary (OR) - (11 total, 11 PhD) (1-AMS, 2-EB, 1-EECS, 7-
MECH)



These programs are heavily PhD based, and enhance size and diversity of

Mines research portfolio and our institutional reputation. Programs are

strongly aligned with the interests and activities of individual departments.

Thus, enhancing the strengths of our interdisciplinary programs enhances the

strength and identity of individual departments.



Critical issues affecting the health and success of our interdisciplinary

programs include:




• Inconsistent departmental and college recognition for the value of, and
support provided to interdisciplinary programs (e.g., recognition in

faculty workload assignments, credit, promotion and tenure;

administrative support for faculty, admissions process, and students).


• Inconsistent administrative support provided through departments.

• Need to enhance independence of interdisciplinary programs while still
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Strategic

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recognizing and encouraging departmental support for these programs.

• Limited and potentially ineffective advocacy for interdisciplinary

programs. Administrative structure does not “own” any

interdisciplinary program. As such, Deans and DHs may or may not be

effective advocates for resources being deployed to support

interdisciplinary programs. Programs thrive on the basis of support

provided, or withheld, by individual DHs.

• Convoluted and complicated hiring process because Departments do

not necessarily take ownership of the process.

• Limited budgetary support (e.g., student, operating, etc.).

• Lack of a place/home for interdisciplinary programs - no “front door.”


Recommendations
Administrative Recommendations:

• Revise organizational communication, reporting, and advocacy lines.
o For budgetary purposes, define reporting lines of the
interdisciplinary programs through the Associate Provost.
o Associate Provost leads Interdisciplinary Program Directors
Council that meets regularly to discuss program needs and issues.
o For each interdisciplinary program, Associate Provost organizes
once-a-semester meetings of relevant program leadership, DHs
and Deans to discuss program health, needs and issues.
• Establish operating budgets from the general fund to support each
interdisciplinary program.
o Include budgetary support for graduate student fellowships to
supplement departmental support and OGS foundation support to
improve the strength and recruiting ability of each program, and to
encourage faculty/departmental participation in programs.
o Include budgetary support for program promotion (e.g., web
development, brochures, travel support, etc.).
o Include program support in the form of budgets for student hourly
and adjuncts.
o Provide small amount of support for general operating (e.g., office
supplies, etc.
• Institute administrative support.
o Provide 1 FTE of centralized administrative support. This support
would supplement support already provided by Departments and
provide centralized support for program promotion (e.g., recruiting
support, promotional materials development, web support, etc.),
some centralized reporting support, and variable administrative
support across the programs.
• Encourage the listing of core courses for interdisciplinary programs
with interdisciplinary prefixes unique to the program, and allow for
more liberal cross listing of courses between interdisciplinary and
departmental courses.
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Strategic

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August 12, 2015
o It is recognized that for internal reporting purposes, unique course
identifiers are unimportant. Faculty instructional workloads are
computed irrespective of course identifier.
o Unique course identifiers for programs and departments do,
however, provide for unique visibility of course offerings that can
be important in promoting program viability to external audiences,
and course suitability to various internal audiences.
• Revise external reporting. We worked with the Director of Institutional
Research to better understand how graduate metrics are reported to
external agencies (see attached document). While much of the data
(e.g., graduate enrollment, graduation rates, faculty, etc.) reported to
external agencies are aggregated as defined by the agency, some of the
aggregation we control. Based on our review of this reporting we
recommend:
o Revise reporting to ASEE so that interdisciplinary program
activity is better aligned with host department activities. Currently
all interdisciplinary activity is reported to ASEE as occurring in a
department named “Interdisciplinary.” ASEE does allow us to
report interdisciplinary activity across individual Departments.

Academic Recommendations:

• Input into the Promotion and Tenure process for faculty participating
in interdisciplinary programs.
o Revise Handbook language to formally allow faculty to request
letters of review from interdisciplinary Program Directors as part
of the P&T process.
o Letters should be added after receipt of external evaluations, but
prior to departmental review of the package.



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Tom
Associate

July 23, 2015

To:
T. Hogue, G. Jackson, M. Jensen, I. Reimanis, B. Voelker

From: Tom Boyd, Associate Provost

cc:
T. Parker, R. Graves, M. Kaufman, K. Moore

RE:
Reporting of Graduate Metrics to External Constituencies

The Office of Institutional Research and the Office of Graduate Studies provide a variety of annual reports to
external constituencies that summarize the size and scope of our graduate programs. Broadly speaking, these
metrics characterize our graduate efforts in terms of graduate enrollment, graduation statistics, faculty size and
characteristics, and research expenditures. Additionally, in many instances the manner in which this information
is aggregated and reported is dictated by the external agency.

A summary of how we report metrics related to our graduate programs is provided in the tables below.

Graduate,Enrollment,Reporting
Data,Aggregation
External,Agency/Survey,ID
Importance/Use
Department CIP,Code*
Major
Notes
Interdisciplinary*program*enrol ment*currently*
ASEE
Accessable*through*ASEE*data*mining*tool*to*ASEE*
x
x
reported*to*"Interdisciplinary"*department.*We*
members.*Primary*peer*comparison*data*set.
could*change*this*to*assign*interdisciplinary*
activity*to*departments.
Report*col ects*data*on*graduate*applications,*firstD
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
CGS/GRE*
time*enrol ment,*and*total*graduate*enrol ment*by*
x
Majors*reported*via*CGS/GRE*taxonomy*and*
field*across*all*fields*of*graduate*study.*Available*
then*aggragated*into*super*majors*as*dictated*
through*CGS/GRE*reports.*
by*CGS/GRE*(e.g.,*Engineering).
Statutory*obligation.*DHE*produces*legislative*
Colorado*Depart.*Higher*Ed.
reports*and*documents*higher*education*public*
x
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
good*from*these*data.
Institutional*Enrol ment*Report
Internal*report*available*via*the*Mines*Website.
x
x
Participation,*federal*requirement.*IPEDS*gathers*
information*from*every*col ege,*university,*and*
technical*and*vocational*institution*that*
participates*in*the*federal*student*financial*aid*
IPEDS
programs.* These*data*are*made*available*to*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
students*and*parents*through*the*Col ege*
Navigator*col ege*search*Web*site*and*to*
researchers*and*others*through*the*IPEDS*Data*
Center.
AAES's*Engineering*Workforce*Commission*
monitors*engineering*job*statistics*that*help*
Engineering*Workforce*Commission universities,*corporations,*and*government*set*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
salary,*hiring,*enrol ment,*and*degree*trends*in*
the*marketplace.
National*survey*of*the*total*number*of*graduate*
students,*postdoctoral*appointees,*and*doctorateD
Aggregation*by*"organizational*unit."*We*have*
level*nonfaculty*researchers*by*demographic*and*
choosen*departments.*Interdisciplinary*
NSFDNIH
other*characteristics*such*as*source*of*financial*
x
enrol ment*rol ed*into*appropriate*departments.*
support.*Results* used*to*assess*shifts*in*graduate*
Report*allows*for*flexibility*in*reporting*
enrol ment*and*trends*in*financial*support.
departments*and/or*programs.*
Thompson*Reuters
Used*to*produce*Thompson*Reuters*"World*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
Rankings."
Used*to*produce*US*News*graduate*program*
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
US*News*and*World*Report
rankings.
x
Majors*aggragated*into*super*majors*as*dictated*
by*US*News*(e.g.,*Civil*Engineering).
*CIP*D*Classification*of*Instructional*Programs.*Generally*track*majors.*Assigned*by*DHE.




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Graduate,Graduation,Reporting
Data,Aggregation
External,Agency/Survey,ID
Importance/Use
Department CIP,Code*
Major
Notes
Interdisciplinary*program*enrol ment*currently*
ASEE
Accessable*through*ASEE*data*mining*tool*to*ASEE*
x
x
reported*to*"Interdisciplinary"*department.*We*
members.*Primary*peer*comparison*data*set.
could*change*this*to*assign*interdisciplinary*
activity*to*departments.
Report*col ects*data*on*graduate*applications,*firstD
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
CGS/GRE*
time*enrol ment,*and*total*graduate*enrol ment*by*
x
Majors*reported*via*CGS/GRE*taxonomy*and*
field*across*all*fields*of*graduate*study.*Available*
then*aggragated*into*super*majors*as*dictated*
through*CGS/GRE*reports.*
by*CGS/GRE*(e.g.,*Engineering).
Statutory*obligation.*DHE*produces*legislative*
Colorado*Depart.*Higher*Ed.
reports*and*documents*higher*education*public*
x
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
good*from*these*data.
Institutional*Enrol ment*Report
Internal*report*available*via*the*Mines*Website.
x
x
Participation,*federal*requirement.*IPEDS*gathers*
information*from*every*col ege,*university,*and*
technical*and*vocational*institution*that*
participates*in*the*federal*student*financial*aid*
IPEDS
programs.* These*data*are*made*available*to*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
students*and*parents*through*the*Col ege*
Navigator*col ege*search*Web*site*and*to*
researchers*and*others*through*the*IPEDS*Data*
Center.
AAES's*Engineering*Workforce*Commission*
monitors*engineering*job*statistics*that*help*
Engineering*Workforce*Commission universities,*corporations,*and*government*set*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
salary,*hiring,*enrol ment,*and*degree*trends*in*
the*marketplace.
Thompson*Reuters
Used*to*produce*Thompson*Reuters*"World*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
Rankings."
Used*to*produce*US*News*graduate*program*
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
US*News*and*World*Report
rankings.
x
Majors*aggragated*into*super*majors*as*dictated*
by*US*News*(e.g.,*Civil*Engineering).
*CIP*D*Classification*of*Instructional*Programs.*Generally*track*majors.*Assigned*by*DHE.


Graduate,Faculty,Reporting
Data,Aggregation
External,Agency/Survey,ID
Importance/Use
Department CIP,Code*
Major
Notes
ASEE
Accessable*through*ASEE*data*mining*tool*to*ASEE*
x
members.*Primary*peer*comparison*data*set.
Participation,*federal*requirement.IPEDS*gathers*
information*from*every*col ege,*university,*and*
technical*and*vocational*institution*that*
participates*in*the*federal*student*financial*aid*
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
IPEDS
programs.* These*data*are*made*available*to*
Total*faculty*only*reported.
students*and*parents*through*the*Col ege*
Navigator*col ege*search*Web*site*and*to*
researchers*and*others*through*the*IPEDS*Data*
Center.
Thompson*Reuters
Used*to*produce*Thompson*Reuters*"World*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.
Rankings."
US*News*and*World*Report
Used*to*produce*US*News*graduate*program*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
rankings.
*CIP*K*Classification*of*Instructional*Programs.*Generally*track*majors.*Assigned*by*DHE.


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Research,Expenditure,Reporting
Data,Aggregation
External,Agency/Survey,ID
Importance/Use
Department CIP,Code*
Major
Notes
ASEE
Accessable*through*ASEE*data*mining*tool*to*ASEE*
x
Reported*as*expenditures*by*Department*and*
members.*Primary*peer*comparison*data*set.
by*Research*Center.
Participation,*federal*requirement.*IPEDS*gathers*
information*from*every*col ege,*university,*and*
technical*and*vocational*institution*that*
participates*in*the*federal*student*financial*aid*
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
IPEDS
programs.* These*data*are*made*available*to*
Reported*as*total*institutional*expenditure.
students*and*parents*through*the*Col ege*
Navigator*col ege*search*Web*site*and*to*
researchers*and*others*through*the*IPEDS*Data*
Center.
Used*to*produce*Thompson*Reuters*"World*
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
Thompson*Reuters
Rankings."
x
Reported*by*super*majors*as*dictated*by*
Thompson*Reuters*(e.g.,*all*engineering).
US*News*and*World*Report
Used*to*produce*US*News*graduate*program*
x
Mines*does*not*control*report*aggregation.*
rankings.
Reported*as*total*institutional*expenditure.
*CIP*N*Classification*of*Instructional*Programs.*Generally*track*majors.*Assigned*by*DHE.

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