In 2016, the State System undertook a strategic review of all of its operations, from top to bottom. The goal: to identify areas of necessary change to help ensure the long-term success of the 14 universities within the State System. The review resulted in recommendations based on input from students, faculty, staff, university and system leaders, legislators, community leaders, and a national consultant. Coming out of the review, the Board established three priorities:
Ensuring student success
Leveraging university strengths
Transforming the governance/leadership structure
In 2017, the System has moved from "review" to "redesign" mode. The Board of Governors affirmed its commitment to the long-term stability of all 14 universities in the State System so that each may continue to serve students, its region, and the Commonwealth. During Phase 1 of the System Redesign, the Chancellor developed a process to operationalize the System Redesign—establishing small, focused task groups to accomplish specific objectives related to the three strategic priorities. Based on the work of the task groups, the Board has begun cutting red tape and already is reshaping the State System to be more student focused and less bureaucratic.
PHASE 1 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
- Delegated authority to the chancellor to approve new degree programs brought forward by the universities—increasing the speed at which new programs move from concept to reality; this will allow students to have quicker access to new programs.
- Streamlined the processes for facilities planning and real property acquisition/disposal; this will allow the universities to operate more efficiently.
- Eliminated or updated more than two dozen outdated, unnecessary, or burdensome policies; this will enable the universities to be more nimble.
- Identified additional policy changes to provide greater flexibility to the universities; this will continue efforts to empower the universities to better meet the needs of students.
- Launched a webpage to enable everyone to engage in the System Redesign effort, provide comments on proposed policy changes, and track the progress of the task groups; this will ensure the involvement of all stakeholders in the process.
A successful redesign will have a positive impact on students, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire System, and ensure strategic changes that support the System's long-term success. We are redesigning the System to help our students and universities thrive into the future.