The Administrative Innovation and Process Review Task Force (AIPR) was created in February by Phyllis Clark, vice-president (finance and administration), in order to find ways to manage the operations of the University of Alberta more efficiently. With a make-up of people from across the University, the Task Force has been asking all members of the campus community for ideas on how to make the administrative operations of the institution more effective and efficient. We’re hoping to reduce the often heavy administrative burden for many in faculties and units, and allow staff more time to focus on primary responsibilities. We’re also attempting to find savings through increased efficiencies, implementing best practices, sharing services, and so on; people might even have ideas for ways to generate some revenue. While it may not be possible in every situation, the first response will be to see savings reinvested into departments or business units. Centrally funded savings will be redeployed as appropriate as determined either by the responsible vice-president or Executive Planning Committee.
We have already received a number of excellent suggestions, and continue to look for more. Many of the ideas for improvement will come from those dealing with the university’s processes every day, but we we encourage anyone who has an idea to contribute to the discussion. We have created a webpage that outlines the goals of the taskforce, provides its Terms of Reference and a membership list, as well as provides contact information for any member of the university community who may wish to make a suggestion. There are also past example of efficiencies that have been implemented by the university. We encourage you to visit the webpage, and to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions you may have. Suggestions may also be left as comments in this post; they will be forwarded to us by the moderators of the blog.
Sheree Kwong See
AIPR task force co-chairs