TransformUS templates unavailable Wednesday 8 pm to midnight

In advance of Friday’s deadline to submit TransformUS academic templates, and in order to effectively support expected demand on the system on Thursday and Friday, hardware upgrades will be made to SharePoint, the system hosting the templates. These upgrades will occur on Wednesday evening from 8 pm until midnight. During this time all templates will be unavailable. Continue reading

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 p.m.in 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 http://www.usask.ca/finances/project_initiatives/transformus

Support Service Template, Guide and List Released

Dear Unit Leaders,

The final version of the self-assessment form/template for support services, a guide to assist in its completion, and the list of support services are now available.

Shortly, the on-line version of the template will be available, as will central financial and personnel data for each unit. We released the MS Word version of the template now, so that the task of completing the templates may begin. Continue reading

Support Service Transformation Task Force criteria finalized

Support Service Transformation Task Force
Final Criteria and Weightings

Importance to the University of Saskatchewan (26%):
This criterion will focus on the overall importance of the support service to the success of the institution.

Internal demand (17%):
This criterion will focus on factors related to the level of internal (inside the institution) need for the support service.

External demand (10%):
This criterion will focus on factors related to the level of external (outside of the institution) need for the support service, as well as external mandates influencing the support service’s efforts.

Quality (16%):
This criterion will focus on the quality of the support service.

Cost effectiveness (21%):
This criterion will focus on the resources consumed and the revenues generated by the support service relative to its output.

Opportunity analysis (10%):
This criterion allows the support service to describe the additional contributions it could make with specified additional resources.

The Support Service Transformation Task Force approved the above final criteria and weightings at its May 8, 2013 meeting. All feedback received via the blog was reviewed by the task force and some changes were made to the final criteria and their descriptors. The Support Service Transformation Task Force thanks all those that took the time to post comments and questions to the blog and provides the following responses to particular comments and questions. The criteria represent the highest level of analysis that will be undertaken. A guide is being developed to assist those tasked with completing support service assessment templates. Continue reading