To our campus community,
We want to begin by acknowledging how challenging the past two years have been for our campus community as the university has taken steps toward financial sustainability, and even more so in the past 16 months as we have undertaken TransformUS. We know there are big expectations in terms of the action plan developed by the provost’s committee on integrated planning (PCIP) in consultation and coordination with our deans, executive directors, associate vice-presidents and unit leaders. We hope you will see the work of our TransformUS task forces, feedback from the campus community, and conversations with leaders, students and governing bodies reflected in the action plan we are sharing with you today.
The action plan is characterized within four themes – simplify and amalgamate structures, focus on core mission, share services by working together across unit boundaries, and allocate resources to priority programs and services. There is a bias toward action in this plan: we are seeking to advance the university decisively rather than through small, incremental steps. As you read the plan, it is important to remember that TransformUS is not only about short-term cost reduction. It is about effective use of our resources, minimizing future costs and ensuring that our resources are focused behind our priorities.
In addition to the action plan, a series of project briefs and a document indicating how PCIP addressed all of the recommendations of the two task forces will be available online at transformus.usask.ca on Thursday, May 1 (NSID protected). These briefs will provide further information on specific projects outlined in the action plan.
Members of our campus community must remain focused on our goal: to be recognized among the most distinguished research-intensive universities in North America and world-leading in selected areas of education and research. Achieving this goal requires our collective energy. We thank you, the members of our campus community, for your contributions and perseverance in this journey through TransformUS.
We know you are likely to have many questions while reading the action plan and encourage you to speak to your dean or unit leader, visit the questions and answers page on transformus.usask.ca, and continue to engage in conversation with us on our blog. As projects within this plan progress, we will provide updates on our blog and through emails to the campus community.
Brett and Greg