Metric Chart: Percent of Contracts and Grants Proposals That Are Interdisciplinary. 2023 Goal: 15% increase. 2017 fiscal year baseline: 26.0%. 2018 fiscal year progress: 28.4%. 2019 fiscal year progress: 30.4%. 2020 fiscal year progress: 30.4%. 2023 fiscal year goal: 29.9%.
Growing our interdisciplinary activities requires new policies, programs, governance, programming, assessment and reinforcement structures that will be developed by a new university-wide, faculty-led, council responsible for promoting interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning activities.
The goal to increase interdisciplinary research and teaching activities is born in the belief that innovation and new discoveries are found by juxtaposing research, methods, and insights from different fields onto each other.
The value proposition and expectations of growing interdisciplinarity require changes in long-standing traditions for program governance and evaluations of faculty contributions that are deemed valuable for tenure, promotion and merit pay.