On Thursday May 23 the task force sponsored a town hall event at which we presented the draft version of the template that we will be using to gather information about the academic programs we will be reviewing. This was our first opportunity to engage members of the university community in discussion of this document.
This week, we are posting the draft template on our website and inviting questions and comments about it. The academic units responsible for the five programs selected to be used as a test sample will be also be asked to comment on whether the template is clear and comprehensive. As the template will be finalized in mid-June for circulation to all of the units responsible for academic programs, we are asking that any feedback about the template be conveyed to us before June 7. This may be done by using the co-chair e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting a comment on the web page at www.transformus.usask.ca.
Accompanying the templates when they are sent to units for completion will be two other documents. One of these is a worksheet that can be used to assist in the process of calculating what resources and costs should be attributed to individual programs. This worksheet will include centrally-produced university data concerning a number of factors. The use of this university data will ensure that the information base the task force is using is as consistent as possible across programs.
The other document that will accompany the template is a guide to its completion. A copy of this guide is also now available on the website. The guide is designed to articulate the expectations of the task force in relation to specific questions, and to provide advice about how the questions may apply to programs with different characteristics.