UA Review

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Announcement: UA Review Update

The UA Review process is progressing. The seven review teams began their work in earnest in January and are at different stages in the process as of the middle of March. Nearly all have finished with their information gathering activities and are drafting or beginning to draft their reports. We expect some draft reports to be received by the end of March and the rest no later than April 15th. Each team is currently meeting with the leaders of the units they have reviewed to summarize their activities, early findings, and likely recommendations. After this meeting, the near final draft of their reports will be sent to the steering committee.

As the draft reports are received, the steering committee will share them with the leaders of the units that have been reviewed. The units will be given the opportunity to provide a brief written response to the steering committee that will be shared with the review team. After reviewing the response, the review team may choose to modify the report or elect to make the report final. Team leaders will also meet with the President to share directly with him their findings and recommendations and further discuss them with him.

As the final reports are received, the steering committee will review them and begin to summarize findings and recommendations. Once all are summarized, they will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provosts. They will determine which recommendations they support and forward their report to the President and he will share it with the Chancellors. The President and Chancellors, in consultation with other University Administration and campus leaders as appropriate, will make final decisions about which recommendations to accept and implement. A timeline will then be developed for implementation.

Announcement: Chancellor Susan Koch

Dear Colleagues,

I want you to be aware that President Easter has begun a broad, multifaceted assessment and review of many aspects of University Administration (UA) organization and functions and that several UIS faculty and staff have agreed to be part of the process.

At the November meeting of the Board of Trustees, President Easter announced that the university would undertake a thorough evaluation of UA units to make sure the organizational structure and allocation of resources are appropriate. He said the review should reinforce the understanding that UA units exist primarily to provide support and services to the campuses and their academic units.

Subsequently, President Easter appointed Bill Adams, former Associate Provost at UIUC, to serve as Senior Advisor to the President and lead the UA review. In consultation with the Chancellors, Dr. Adams has formed seven working teams of six members each, including deans, vice chancellors, faculty, and staff from all three campuses and UA. The teams will consult with the staffs of UA units, as well as their university and external clients. The teams will analyze each unit's scope of activities, financial and staff resources, reporting structure, and outsourcing opportunities. They will also review best practices at other institutions. The review is scheduled to be completed by the late spring of 2013 with implementation of approved recommendations in the summer of 2013, including a formal process for annual review of each unit's budget and performance.

I am pleased that several members of our UIS community will make key contributions to this work and I appreciate their willingness to serve. They are as follows:

UIS Business Dean, Ron McNeil, is serving on the Steering Committee for the UA Review project.

The team reviewing Administrative Information Technology Services, Human Resources, and the Office of University Equal Opportunity is chaired by Astrida Tantillo, UIC Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It includes Farokh Eslahi, UIS Associate Provost for Information Technology, and Laurel Newman, Associate Professor of Management and Director of Online Programs.

The team reviewing University Counsel, Labor Relations, University Audits, Risk Management, and the University Ethics Office is chaired by Mitra Dutta, UIC Vice Chancellor for Research, and includes David Racine, Interim Director of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.

The team reviewing Governmental Relations and University Relations is chaired by Robert Hauser, UIUC Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, and includes Ed Wojcicki, UIS Associate Chancellor for Constituent Relations. The team reviewing the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of Planning and Budgeting is chaired by Ruth Watkins, UIUC Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and includes Jim Ermatinger, UIS Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

The team reviewing the Office of the Vice President for Research is chaired by UIC’s Debba Dutta, Dean of the Graduate College, and does not include any UIS members.

The team reviewing the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO, University Accounting and Financial Reporting, Treasury Operations/Capital Finance, the University Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services, and Utilities is chaired by Larry DeBrock, UIUC Dean of the College of Business, and includes Aaron Shures, UIS Associate Provost and Director of Budget & Financial Analysis.

The team reviewing the Office of Business and Financial Services is chaired by Michael Pagano, UIC’s Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and does not include any UIS members. (This team and the preceding one will work together as necessary, due to the close relationship of the areas they are reviewing.)

I will keep you informed of other presidential undertakings as they emerge.

Sincerely,

Susan J. Koch
Chancellor

Announcement: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares

Dear Colleagues,

President Easter has begun a broad, multifaceted assessment and review of many aspects of University Administration (UA) organization and functions to lead us into a future likely to be characterized by increasing challenges and constrained resources.

At the November meeting of the Board of Trustees, President Easter announced that the university would undertake a thorough evaluation of UA units to make sure the organizational structure and allocation of resources are appropriate and that the business and support services UA provides are tailored to the academic needs of the university as it pursues its core missions of teaching, research, service and public engagement and economic development. He also stated that the review should reinforce the understanding that UA units exist primarily to provide support and services to the campuses and their academic units.

President Easter has formed seven working teams of six members each, composed of deans, vice chancellors, faculty, and staff from all three campuses and UA, and under the supervision of Bill Adams, Senior Advisor to the President. The teams will consult the staffs of UA units, as well as their university and external clients, to determine each unit's effectiveness and to devise improvements to optimize its performance. The teams will analyze each unit's scope of activities, financial and staff resources, reporting structure, and outsourcing opportunities. They will also compare best practices at other institutions.

The review is scheduled to be completed by the late spring of 2013 with implementation of approved recommendations in the summer of 2013, including a formal process for annual review of each unit's budget and performance.

I am confident that the team members from our UIC community will make key contributions, and I ask you to join me in thanking them in advance for their service. They are as follows:

The team reviewing Administrative Information Technology Services, Human Resources, and the Office of University Equal Opportunity will be chaired by Astrida Tantillo, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and includes Caryn Bills, Director of the Office for Access and Equity.

The team reviewing University Counsel, Labor Relations, University Audits, Risk Management, and the University Ethics Office will be chaired by Mitra Dutta, Vice Chancellor for Research, and include Richard Alpern, LAS Associate Dean for Administration, and Patricia O'Brien, Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work. The team reviewing Governmental Relations and University Relations includes Mark Donovan, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, and Albert Schorsch, Associate Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

The team reviewing the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of Planning and Budgeting includes Jerry Bauman, Dean of the College of Pharmacy. The team reviewing the Office of the Vice President for Research includes Demetra John, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Applied Health Sciences, and Michael Mikhail, Dean of the College of Business Administration.

The team reviewing the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO, University Accounting and Financial Reporting, Treasury Operations/Capital Finance, the University Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services, and Utilities includes Frank Goldberg, Vice Provost for Resource Planning and Management.

The team reviewing the Office of Business and Financial Services will be chaired by Michael Pagano, Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and include Todd Van Neck, Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Medicine. (This team and the preceding one will work together as necessary, due to the close relationship of the areas they are reviewing.)

I will keep you informed of other presidential undertakings as they emerge.

Sincerely,

Paula Allen-Meares
Chancellor
John Corbally Presidential Professor