PLEASE NOTE: Project Team information has been moved to http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.html
About the Committees
Three new ad hoc campus-level committees have been formed to help with this initiative in 2010. These committees are charged with focusing on activities that affect university-wide strategic goals, that are cross-campus in nature, and that affect major resource allocations for the university. Activities that occur primarily within a department or college should be evaluated by those individual units and generally are not the focus of these campus-level committees.
- The Campus Steering Committee (CSC): this committee is comprised of deans and other leaders from across campus and is charged with (a) developing a process for stewarding excellence that is open, visible, and efficient; (b) developing criteria to be used in determining operations, administrative functions, and academic units that should be considered in the process; (c) formulating projects with clear objectives and constraints; (d) composing teams consisting of faculty, staff, and campus leaders to undertake such projects; and (e) coordinating feedback for the Provost and Chancellor based on project team reports. This committee will work in close consultation with the Council of Deans and the Academic Senate. The CSC is chaired by Dean Deba Dutta.
- The Campus Advisory Committee (CAC): this committee is comprised primarily of tenured faculty members who represent the diversity of the campus and have leadership and budgetary expertise. This committee is charged with (a) proposing activities/operations/units to the CSC for possible analysis in this initiative; (b) providing feedback to the CSC on the processes involved in the initiative; and (c) providing feedback on the recommendations brought forth by the project teams. The CAC will engage faculty, students, and staff as needed and advise the CSC on the impact of cost reduction strategies, revenue enhancements, and unit reorganization and reorientation. Members of the CAC also will participate in project teams that will be assembled to study particular topics and entities. The CAC is chaired by Professor Tony Liss.
- The Project Management Committee (PMC): this committee is comprised primarily of administrators who have expertise in project management, campus coordination, and/or campus communication. The committee is charged with (a) providing project management/facilitation support for the review teams; (b) developing project management tools for the teams (e.g., workplan templates, project status report templates; (c) tracking progress of project teams and of implementation activities; (d) assessing interdependencies across projects; (e) bringing issues to the Campus Steering Committee; and (f) launching and maintaining communication tools. The PMC is co-chaired by Stig Lanesskog and Mike Andrechak.
Throughout the process, the three committees will coordinate as appropriate with the formal university organization, which includes:
- Board of Trustees
- Offices of the President, Chancellor, and Provost
- Council of Deans
- Academic Senate
- College, school and unit-level governance
- Collective bargaining units
- Standing campus-level committees
- Alumni, parents, and other stakeholder groups
All of the above formal parts of the university are themselves aligning their meetings and processes to address the challenges we face. Success will depend on support for the change process by these bodies, combined with full engagement of these bodies in the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois initiative. We want to avoid surprises, but proceed with the speed and intensity that the situation demands.