Rutgers University-New Brunswick is conducting a self-study on its innovation and economic prosperity initiatives as part of obtaining the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) designation from the Association of Public Land Grant-universities (APLU). The process for achieving this designation will help the University have a better understanding of how it maximizes knowledge generation, the innovation ecosystem that supports it, and the economic impacts it generates. It will also help identify where improvements can be made to facilitate these efforts and to increase the benefits of the university to broader society.
The IEP designation process will require the involvement of many faculty, staff, students, and administrators to capture the efforts across the campus. Information from external stakeholders will be collected as well.
The Bloustein Center for Survey Research is assisting with the collection of information from the stakeholders through interviews, online surveys, focus groups, and workshops. These efforts will start in April 2023 and will continue to January 2024.
As part of this self-study, stakeholders will be asked questions about their work and how it incorporates talent, innovation, place, and economic prosperity, as defined below.
- Talent – education and workforce development that help prepare students (traditional and non-traditional) for jobs, careers, and a lifetime of success.
- Innovation – research, service and outreach programs that support innovation, technology-based economic development, and entrepreneurship, which fuel the innovation economy.
- Place – public service, outreach and extension, and community engagement that contribute to social, cultural, or community development and the stewardship of place.
- Economic prosperity is measured as impact with emphasis on how the outputs of University-produced knowledge and innovation improve the human condition either through direct intervention or indirectly through changes in government or business policies and practices. Examples of specific impacts could include: industry-research partnerships, technology transfer, technical assistance to businesses, entrepreneurial development, industry training and education, jobs created, new businesses created, sustainable and resilient businesses, communities, and environments.
Please note that information collected during interviews, online surveys, focus groups, and workshops will be included in the IEP designation application to the APLU. As such, if there is sensitive information that interviewees would like to remain confidential, please do not disclose such information.
A logic model is a systematic approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs. For the IEP designation process, the following logic model describes that by conducting this self-study, the University will have an internal awareness of innovation and economic prosperity programs as well as the recognition of areas of growth and improvement. Ultimately, the self-study will result in increased visibility, partnerships, and improved community.