The University of Saskatchewan is currently engaged in a program prioritization process, known as TransformUS. Two task forces were struck in April 2013 – one looking at academic programs and one looking at support services. The programs of the Gwenna Moss Centre were analysed along with nearly 400 other support services representing every aspect of the university – from groundskeeping to human resources, from financial management to library services. The support services task force consisted of 6 tenured faculty members, 10 professional staff members and 2 students.
The task force grouped programs into “quintiles” with descriptors:
- Candidate for enhanced resourcing
- Maintain with current resourcing
- Retain with reduced resourcing
- Reconfigure for efficiency/effectiveness
- Candidate for phase out, subject to further review
The programs (major functions) of the Gwenna Moss Centre were evaluated as follows:
- Director’s Office – quintile 5 – Candidate for phase out, subject to further review.
- Administrative & Operational Support – quintile 5 – Candidate for phase out, subject to further review.
- Curriculum Development & Instructional Design – quintile 5 – Candidate for phase out, subject to further review.
- Educational Development – quintile 5 – Candidate for phase out, subject to further review.
This was a very surprising result for the leadership and staff of the Gwenna Moss Centre. We wish to point out that this report of the task force is only the first step in the program prioritization process and that the report is presented as advice to the President and Provost, who will be making decisions regarding our future in the next few months. The University is now engaged in a process of feedback and consultation (through January 31, 2014).
Public comments are invited at http://words.usask.ca/transformus/reports/sstreport/ or you can post a comment below. Private comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The full task force report is publicly available at http://words.usask.ca/transformus/files/2013/12/Support-Services-Report.pdf.
Decisions regarding the fate and future of the Gwenna Moss Centre and its programs will be forthcoming in the next few months.
Meantime the staff of the GMCTE will be continuing with business as usual. We believe that the functions we perform for the campus are necessary and valuable. All of our planned programming for the upcoming term will continue including:
- Courses for faculty and graduate students
- Our workshop and presentation series
- Faculty teaching award programs
- Indigenous Voices faculty and staff development gatherings,
- Our SoTL symposium will happen in early May
- Our curriculum innovation team will continue working with academic units as usual
- Our instructional designers will be offering an online course in teaching with technology and running the course design institute in May
- Consideration of funding requests to the Curriculum Innovation fund and Experiential Learning fund will continue
All commitments made to graduate students, faculty and academic units for consultations, curriculum support, course design and development, will be honoured as we work with University leaders to re-imagine our future.
Again, we invite your feedback.