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Organizational Excellence

2016 Bold Ideas Recap



  • 146 Bold Ideas were submitted.
  • 70 faculty and staff members (CAIFE alumni) reviewed and ranked the ideas and provided feedback to the Cabinet.
  • 5 ideas were selected as winners - one idea for each strategic priority (2 ideas were combined for strategic priority #2)
  • 7 ideas were recognized with Honorable Mention.
  • 98 ideas are being sent to departments/schools/colleges for review.
  • 20 ideas are currently in progress; 21 ideas were not feasible.

2016 Winners

Dr. Jesus Larralde-Muro, Arturo Mendoza, Dr. Larissa Mercado-Lopez, Nancy Kobata, Dr. Dvera Saxton

Idea Summary Idea Submitter Next Step
Change course substitution policy so the form can be entered electronically into the system by the individuals responsible for overseeing compliance with curriculum. Dr. Jesus Larralde-Muro; Associate Dean, Lyles College of Engineering A CAIFE team worked to streamline this process and make necessary updates to the procedure.
Develop and foster a tiered "Welcome to Fresno State" 'opt in' ambassador program for faculty and staff new hires.* Arturo Mendoza; Library Services Specialist II, Library

A new employee on-boarding program was created and designed in collaboration with Human Resources, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Office of Organizational Excellence.
Design a new faculty fellows program to provide training on the nuts and bolts of navigating the university and opportunities to share research with other cohort members.* Dr. Larissa Mercado-Lopez; Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Create an application or online notification system to provide traffic updates, construction updates, emergency or other information on routine events taking place on campus. Nancy Kobata; Administrative Support Coordinator and Liaison between University and Army ROTC Emergency and non-emergency updates are sent via the Fresno State mobile app.
Create a calendar that highlights extra-curricular programs, workshops, performances, etc. that are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.  Dr. Dvera Saxton; Assistant Professor, Anthropology Recommendations were made to the President's Cabinet about potential solutions moving forward.

2016 Honorable Mentions

Arthur Montejano, Dr. Fariborz Tehrani, Helen Bailey, Cher Travis Ellis, Janice Brown, Dr. Don Simmons, Steven Koobatian

Idea Summary Idea Submitter Next Step
Employ the concept of "choice architecture/nudges" to guide students and faculty into choosing to adopt high impact practices. Arthur Montejano; Leadership Programs Coordinator A CAIFE team will be organized to pursue this idea.
Develop a dual-career service center to function as a hub to provide assistance for dual-career couples/partners. Dr. Fariborz Tehrani; Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering This idea was passed to Human Resources and Faculty Affairs to explore making a reality.
Streamline the process for the Students with Disabilities office to give a scout pass to injured students who are temporarily disabled. Helen Bailey; Administrative Support Coordinator, University Advancement A small work group was assembled  to implement a solution to this problem in time for the fall semester.
Modernize the ID card process to online carding.  Cher Travis Ellis; Coordinator, Bulldog Card & Imaging  The Bulldog Card Office will implement this idea.
Create a high tech center focused on the development of accessible instructional materials. Janice Brown; Director, Services for Students with Disabilities A CAIFE team was assembled to address this need and presented potential next steps to the President's Cabinet.
Create a centralized volunteer management database to promote volunteer opportunities; train, affirm, recognize and track volunteers serving on campus. Dr. Don Simmons; Faculty, Sociology Recommendations were made to the President's Cabinet about potential solutions moving forward.
Create a comprehensive business resource center that provides one stop consultation services with local businesses to help them solve real world problems. Steven Koobatian; Faculty, Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Recommendations were made to the President's Cabinet about potential solutions moving forward.


Ideas Challenge Launch:
August 18, 2014

Submit your Ideas:
August 18 to September 19, 2014

Winners Announced:
2nd week of October 2014

Project Work Begins: Mid-October 2014

President's Showcase of Excellence:
April 2015