Call to Action

Creating a culture of stewardship and economic restraint

An institution’s greatness is revealed in its response to challenges in times of trial. East Tennessee State University has weathered significant crises in its nearly one hundred year existence through the good will and collaborative efforts of not only the immediate college community but also through the steadfast support of outside constituencies and the greater East Tennessee community. It is our recommendation that these valuable stakeholders be called upon to participate in solving this crisis.

Governance

The Faculty Senate The Faculty Senate must play a major role in utilizing the expertise and experience of its membership to design and recommend courses of action to help establish a culture of stewardship based on accountability, efficiency and transparency. The faculty, through the Faculty Senate, has a unique perspective from which to identify and contribute recommendations for efficiency.

The Staff Senate The operations of this University are fundamentally dependent on the experience and expertise of our Staff, and that expertise is also critical to developing an action plan to promote our economic well-being. The Staff, through the Staff Senate, can provide a collective voice through which to make recommendations for efficiency.

Student Government Assoication Our students are the primary reason for the existence of the University and their success is the measure of our efforts. The Student Government Association both as a major stakeholder and as an active participant in the life of this enterprise must play a central role in developing recommendations for efficiencies. The students, through the Student Government Association, have a unique vantage point from which to identify and contribute recommendations for efficiency.

Academic

Academic Councils Academic Council, Deans’ Council, and Council of Chairs have experience and expertise to help develop proposals for the most critical aspect of this crisis, maintaining the quality of instruction. As the academic leaders of the institution, the councils must serve as strong channels of two-way communication between the academic decision-makers and their constituencies. As leaders they must serve as examples of our commitment to a culture of stewardship.

Academic Units Each academic unit should explore, design and recommend implementation of practices, policies and procedures that enhance revenue, reduce or eliminate unnecessary expenditures, contain cost, and maximize efficiency.

Administration

Senior Staff As administrators charged with decision making and leadership responsibility, senior staff should strive to set an example of stewardship for the University, maintain the highest levels of communication in their areas of responsibility, and act in all things consistent with the first principles enunciated in this report.

President´s Council President’s Council must communicate with the various constituencies both in bringing forward suggestions and concerns to the President, and in communicating administrative actions quickly and accurately to their constituencies.

Administrative Units Each administrative unit should explore, design and recommend implementation of practices, policies and procedures that enhance revenue, reduce or eliminate unnecessary expenditures, contain cost, and maximize efficiency.

Community

The ETSU Foundation, Alumni Association, Athletics, University Relations and other entities that reach out to the greater East Tennessee Community must make every effort to enlist the full support of the business, political, health and social service sectors to ensure ongoing recognition and collaboration. Each entity has the opportunity to enhance the mutually supportive nature of the enterprise that is East Tennessee State University.