Research funding

Since the release of the templates and worksheets, we have had a number of questions about how research funding (the amount indicated as “Grants and Contracts” in the financial data distributed) should be allocated to various programs.

To begin with, it should be noted that the template asks that this information be recorded in two different places. The first is in connection with Criterion 4 (size, scope and productivity); the second is under Criterion 7 (revenues). Continue reading

Interdisciplinary programs

We have received a number of questions about the completion of templates for interdisciplinary programs, and in this message we are providing some general advice on this topic.

Given the way central university information is organized, we thought it necessary to assign interdisciplinary programs to a “home” unit, in order to make it clear which unit is responsible for completing the template. The centrally-provided data permit the “home” department to calculate its contribution to the interdisciplinary program and enter the results on the template. Continue reading

Academic scoring rubric

In the past week, the task force has released a flood of documents connected with the academic programs prioritization process, including the customized templates and worksheets, a guide to the completion of the template and a final list of programs to be reviewed. This release also included a scoring rubric developed by the task force to guide us in the process of reviewing the completed templates.

Unlike many of the evaluation processes, the program prioritization process we have adopted requires that all members of the task force assess all programs. This approach is being used in order to be sure that there is as much consistency as possible, and that the review of every program includes the wide range of perspectives reflected in the membership of the task force. Members of the task force come from many different disciplines and are familiar with many different aspects of the operations of the university; this diversity is an important component of the assessment model that is being employed. Continue reading

Template access

Over the last week, those responsible for completing templates to be used in the academic programs prioritization review have been given access to the final online templates and to worksheets prepopulated with central university data relevant to specific programs. In addition, a final version of the list of programs for review was posted, as well as a guide containing advice about the completion of the templates, and a scoring rubric that will be used by the task force in assessing the programs.
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Questions regarding the programs list

The co-chairs of both the academic task force and the support services task force have received a number of inquiries about the apparent absence of some aspects of university activity from the programs list, and about the assignment of some programs with an academic dimension to the support services task force for review.

The most common subject of the first kind of question is the Canadian Light Source, which is not listed separately on the programs list for either task force. It is evident that the university has made an investment in the CLS, and that many members of the academic community have utilized the CLS for the purposes of their research. The university is, however, a relatively small contributor to the overall funding of the CLS, and does not have direct administrative control over this facility. The decision was made, therefore, to treat the university funding for the CLS as part of the overhead for the office of the Vice-President Research, which will be reviewed by the support services task force. The university’s investment in the CLS is therefore being taken into account, although not in a separate template. Continue reading

Information Sessions Scheduled

A number of information sessions have been organized as part of the university’s TransformUS project. These information sessions will be useful to anyone who is completing task force templates or people who may want to know more about the TransformUS process.

Academic Program Transformation Task Force Information Sessions

  • July 9th from 1:00 – 2 p.m. in room Arts 146
  • July 11th from 10:00 – 11 a.m. in room Arts 241
  • August 6th from 1:00 – 2 room Arts 241
  • August 8th from 10:00 – 11 a.m. in room Arts 241

Support Service Transformation Task Force Information Sessions

  • July 10th from 1- 2:30 p.m. in room Arts 146
  • July 16th from 1-2:30 p.m. in room Arts 241
  • July 24th from 10-11:30 a.m. in room Arts 241
  • August 7th from 1-2:30 p.m. in room Arts 241

For more information on TransformUS, please see

Message from the Academic Task Force


We wish to begin by thanking you for your patience while we have developed a set of criteria and an information template that we believe will allow our task force to successfully prioritize all academic programs at the University of Saskatchewan. We know many of you are anxious to begin the next step in this process – the completion of the online template allowing you to tell us about your program(s).

We have now posted a paper version of the template on our blog. Although the online version is still going through final testing, we wanted to provide you with the opportunity to begin to collect information for your responses and to delegate the work where necessary. You will receive an email the week of July 8 providing you with information on accessing the online version, along with a supplementary, customized worksheet for each department or college/school that will assist you in preparing quantitative data. Continue reading

Academic Template, Scoring Rubric and List Released

The final version of academic template, list of programs, and the scoring rubric are now available.

Shortly, the guide to completing the academic template, and the on-line version of the template will be available, as will central data for each unit. Both task forces have released the paper version of the template so that the task of completing the templates may begin.”