In efforts to continue to engage the faculty in important future planning initiatives related to the Academic Plan 2010-2015, task forces have been formed to help generate specific recommendations that will move goals forward. The Provost staff and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee have jointly crafted charges for each group as well as identified potential membership. Recently, it was suggested that we form a Process Streamlining Task Force to address issues related to Goal 6 in the Academic Plan. This task force will focus on the development of key strategies and actions that will:
1. Create incentives, and remove disincentives, related to efficient and effective management of the university’s human resources, including administration, faculty and staff.
2. Streamline responsiveness of all processes within the university, including the following actions under Strategy G, Goal VI of the Academic Plan.
Implement automation and workflow enhancements of key financial and human resource processes to improve productivity and performance and become a “paperless” campus.
Enhance responsiveness of all offices, establishing realistic levels of staffing to achieve appropriate support for functions.
Achieve greater innovation and revisions to all administrative processes.
Support efforts to seek independence from the State with regard to purchasing and human resource issues and establish high standards of internal accountability in these areas.
3. Explore alternative and efficient models of centralization of administrative services and support at the level of the major sub-units within each Division (e.g., at the college level within Academic Affairs) aimed at sustaining or enhancing services, computing resources, and increasing cost-effectiveness.
4. Consider alternative and cost effective mechanisms of delivering routine administrative services to the campus community (e.g., e-mail, telephone service, electronic procurement, budget creation, submission, and reporting, secure instant messaging, web portal, and more efficient electronic communications such as instant messaging and unified communications and collaboration software and enhancing energy efficiency), while giving attention to quality of services and implications of the alternative mechanisms.