As you know, the System’s transformation process began two years ago with a top-to-bottom review aimed at ensuring the long-term success of our 14 universities. Based on input from stakeholders like you, the Board established three strategic priorities: 1) Ensuring student success; 2) Leveraging university strengths; and 3) Transforming the governance/leadership structure
Over this past year, we have undertaken a System Redesign effort that is guiding our decisions for the future. We developed a process to operationalize the System Redesign by establishing small, focused task groups to accomplish specific objectives. 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. Thus far, the Board has:
- 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 and allowing our students to have quicker access to new programs.
- Streamlined the processes for facilities planning and real property acquisition/disposal—allowing our universities to operate more efficiently.
- Eliminated or updated more than two dozen outdated, unnecessary, or burdensome policies—enabling our universities to be more nimble.
- Identified additional policy changes to provide greater flexibility to our universities—empowering them 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—ensuring you the opportunity to provide input into the process.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.