TransformUS reports now available
Members of the campus community,
The TransformUS task force reports are now available online at transformus.usask.ca, officially concluding the role of the task forces in the TransformUS process. I am impressed, as I am sure you will be, with the time, effort and careful consideration the task forces placed on their role in this process. I cannot thank the members of the task forces enough for their dedication to our university.
Each task force completed its report independently of the other, placing all academic programs and academic and administrative support services into one of five quintiles, ranging from candidate for enhanced resourcing to candidate(s) for phase/phasing out, subject to further review. For a description of the quintiles please see the TransformUS website. The task forces estimate that approximately 60 per cent of programs and services resources have been prioritized in categories that may indicate reduced resources, reconfiguration or elimination. The university requires $20-25 million in permanent savings, or approximately five per cent of our total operating budget from this process to address our projected deficit of $44.5 million by 2016. As such, the task force reports and recommendations are one important element informing the final decisions we make, although not the only element.
Today begins eight weeks of listening, by myself and other senior leaders, to the campus community in the consultation and feedback phase of the process. We encourage you to provide your feedback and reactions to the task force recommendations – information we can use to better inform the decisions we make.Read More
TransformUS reports to be released December 9
The U of S campus community,
We are writing today to let the campus community know that the task forces are on schedule to deliver their TransformUS reports to President Busch-Vishniac on the November 30 deadline.
As a reminder, our TransformUS task forces, consisting of faculty, staff and students at a position no higher than a department head or director, are volunteers who were selected through an open, institution-wide nomination process in February. Task force members have put in hundreds of hours of work since March in support of developing two prioritization reports with recommendations for how the university allocates resources to support priorities. Within their reports, academic programs and academic and support services will be placed in to five quintiles:
- Candidate for enhanced resourcing
- Maintain with current resourcing
- Retain with reduced resourcing
- Reconfigure for efficiency/effectiveness
- Candidate for phase out, subject to further review
Approximately 60 per cent of programs and services will be prioritized in quintiles 3, 4 and 5. We know individuals may have concerns over being placed in these quintiles, and may be anxious over the future of their program or service. We are looking for $20-25 million in permanent savings, or approximately five per cent of our total operating budget. We want to remind you that the task force reports are one element of the process, and further analysis will be undertaken before decisions are made.Read More
TransformUS and town hall update
The U of S campus community,
We want to thank those of you who were able to join us, either in person or online, for today’s financial town hall. For those unable to attend, a video version of the town hall in its entirety will be posted online by the end of today at www.usask.ca/finances.
Today’s town hall provided an overview of the process that will follow the receipt of the reports from the TransformUS task forces. Information did not differ from what was communicated by the president in her letter earlier this month. Instead, our focus today was on answering your questions regarding this process and other projects underway.
To recap the TransformUS process, on November 30 the president will receive two reports – one from each task force. These reports will place all programs and services into one of five quintiles, ranging from increased resources to recommended for elimination. The president will provide the reports to the campus community on December 9 which will kick off eight weeks of opportunities for campus community reaction to the reports. From February to April 2014, the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP) will take the reports and feedback, and meet with leaders to begin to develop an implementation plan. All possible decisions which may form part of this implementation plan will be carefully considered to ensure they are the best decisions for the future of the university. The plan will be shared with the university community in late April and decisions will be implemented through the normal governance procedures beginning May 1, 2014.
Some of you have asked why we aren’t simply executing the recommendations of the task forces. There are three key reasons why we expect to take nearly six months to finalize decisions:Read More