Creativity And Innovation For Excellence (CAIFE)

CAIFE engages faculty, staff and administrators in the process of institutional transformation in order to harness and embrace a lasting culture of innovation and creativity. The program blends individual development with focused efforts to enhance organizational effectiveness. These efforts combined in one professional development program encompasses innovation, transformational change and continuous improvement. 

Twelve collaborative teams participated in the pilot year of CAIFE in 2014/15. The teams included representation from faculty, staff and  administration. Participants attended a series of professional development workshops focused on process improvement, innovation and change management and were charged with assessing and planning campus wide initiatives selected from the Bold Ideas Challenge.

For an update on the work of the original CAIFE teams visit their project pages. 

President Castro called for more Bold Ideas in January 2016. 146 ideas were submitted and the CAIFE alumni helped to review, rank and prioritize the ideas. The Cabinet ultimately selected 9 ideas to pursue in CAIFE 2.0. 72 individuals from across the university were appointed to serve. 

The 9 CAIFE teams worked throughout 2016/17 to evaluate and implement the ideas that they were presented. Team members participated in professional development programs focused on continuous improvement, innovation and navigating and leading change.

The 3rd Bold Ideas Challenge launched in January 2018, and 10 Bold Ideas were selected to move forward as CAIFE projects.  CAIFE teams will begin project work in September.