University of Saskatchewan

U of S Reports

Outcomes for Priority 3: Working Together More Effectively across Boundaries

The university is committed to developing a shared understanding of its goals and challenges and the importance of collaboration between administrative and academic units. Some accomplishments from 2008-09 include:

University-level highlights:

  • Implementing a collaborative model to carry out our plan

Making progress on our priorities is not only about what we do, but how we do it. Thirty-one commitment leaders were named in fall 2008 to lead, or co-lead the plan’s 20 commitments. Most commitments are completing, or have completed, environmental scanning and have consulted with groups across campus to ensure collaboration and mutually beneficial results. This model will continue to be used over the planning cycle.

A Collaborative Working Model for an engaged University

  • Engaging with communities

The university’s Senate and Regional Advisory Councils participated in multiple discussions about the university’s core activities, including top issues like the student experience, enrolment, accountability and community engagement.

  • Defining an information strategy for the university as a whole

The university’s capability to collect, process, interpret, store and provide information in an effective manner has been greatly increased through the adoption of a university-wide information strategy. This strategy supports planning, decision-making and assessment activities, addresses accountability and transparency demands and responds to requests from external agencies or accrediting bodies.

  • Adopting a common web content management system

Through the leadership of the Information Technology Services division, the university adopted a web content management system that helps ensure information across the university’s website is accurate, relevant, current, consistent and shared. Nearly 50 websites have migrated to the new technology.

Some college and unit highlights: 

  • Launching the first provincial graduate school in public policy

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was formally established in 2008, signifying a significant collaboration and program offering between the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.

  • Reviewing admission and communication procedures for new students

An external audit and review of admission and communication process for undergraduate and graduate students has been conducted, led by Student Enrolment and Services Division. Recommendations from this audit will be used to streamline, simplify and speed up admission processes.