University of Saskatchewan

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Supporting Strategies

Accomplishments are grouped by commitment area and include the activities led by colleges, units and commitment leaders. The 20 commitments are 20 areas identified in the second integrated plan where the university, as a whole, expects to see progress.

People Resources

The University of Saskatchewan will enhance its efforts to become an employer of choice in Saskatchewan and Canada, by recruiting and retaining the best faculty and staff, and supporting their development as they progress through their careers.

Faculty, staff, and students and alumni all take tremendous pride in the accomplishments of the University of Saskatchewan and are committed to, and passionate about, maintaining its pride of place within the higher education environment as the university embarks on its second century. Examples include:

  • continued development of staff and faculty complement plans in units across campus
  • utilizing results of the Employee Opinion Survey to develop action plans to address areas where needs exist

Financial Resources

The University of Saskatchewan will continue to strengthen its financial position and stewardship through sustainable budgeting, developing existing and new revenue streams, improving our control environment, enhancing transparency, and implementing a process for more effective resource allocation.

Although the University of Saskatchewan was not affected to the same degree as other Canadian universities by the recent worldwide economic downturn, we were not immune to the external financial situation. As budget adjustments have been implemented across colleges, units and central funds, we have seen some creativity and effort committed to finding new, more efficient ways of operating. Examples include:

  • financial scenario analysis to minimize the potential impact of the recession on all aspects of the university’s activities
  • a comprehensive budgeting system in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
  • university-wide progress on internal control (direction, monitoring and safeguarding of the university’s resources) and transparency of financial activity
  • review of fees for facilities management services
  • financial professional development for deans and senior administrators
  • exploration of models of resource allocation at other universities, developing principles and draft concepts for a University of Saskatchewan model as part of the first phase of the resource allocation-reallocation project
  • development and implementation of a multi-year budget and forecasting plan for all nursing programs
  • implementation of an accurate financial and reporting system that supports informed operational and strategic decisions in the College of Nursing
  • piloting of an activity-based costing in the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education
  • a review of the university’s overall compensation and rewards model to ensure a comprehensive approach is maintained
  • a plan to address the pension shortfall created by the global economic downturn

Infrastructure and Capital Resources

The University of Saskatchewan will continue to enhance its physical environment by completing current capital projects, by working with the Province to develop a long-term strategy for deferred maintenance, and by identifying the next phase of projects to enrich our teaching, learning and research environment.

Capital planning, whether it is about buildings and space, land, infrastructure, information and communications technology or equipment, is an ongoing, systematic process. For more information on all of the key activities, please see the Annual Capital Plan (2010-2011). Highlights include:

Quality and Accountability

The University of Saskatchewan will put forward a comprehensive quality improvement and assurance framework and communicate progress at regular intervals.

By measuring ourselves against others, we seek to better ourselves, adapt leading edge practices and demonstrate excellence. What we must now do is ensure there is increased understanding internally and externally about our shared progress. Activities include: