In the past few days, this is the question we’ve been asked most frequently—where are the details in the action plan?
We believe there are some significant details in the action plan released to the campus community this week. There will be a reduction in our senior administration (23%) and by the end of 2014 two administrative units (Centre for Continuing and Distance Education and eMAP) will be closed. We will be seeking the disestablishment of the College of Graduate Studies and Research and changes so that two other academic units will no longer be standalone entities (School of Public Health and College of Dentistry). In addition, we are looking to merge a number of small departments. We have committed to reorganize services to best support our students and faculty. We have outlined the principles to make reinvestments in specific priority areas beginning in 2015-16.
At 30 pages the plan in fact exceeds the level of detail that PCIP was aiming for and committed to over the past months. In an organization like a university, this is what an action plan looks like.
It’s important to remember that universities have widely distributed authority and responsibility. The idea that one committee can specify how everything is going to go for everyone is quite foreign to our culture. Our university needs its leaders, students, faculty, staff, alumni, governing bodies and others to shape and determine the best ways to make changes such as those outlined in the action plan. Our university’s leadership team, including our deans and associate vice-presidents, will be the leads of the projects and will ensure that those who have the most knowledge are involved in developing final proposals to decision-makers and governing bodies.
We are at approximately the midpoint of the TransformUS process, the time when recommendations and discussion shift over toward action. Over the course of the next year, our campus community can expect to be engaged in further discussions of how many of these projects will come to life. As we know more details, we will share these with you.
Brett and Greg