INNOVATION, PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY TASK FORCE
Innovation, Productivity and Sustainability Task Force (IPSTF) Mandate
In order to address the fiscal realities in Ontario, our new Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA), strategic plan, and to prepare us for a changeable future, the President is establishing the Innovation, Productivity and Sustainability Task Force (IPSTF). Guided by the priorities of our strategic plan Advancing Excellence at OCAD University for the Age of Imagination, 2012-2017 and the related SMA submission, the Task Force will look for the following:
- Productivity and affordability gains in administration and delivery of teaching, learning and research, including more efficient use of space on campus;
- Innovations in academic and administrative delivery such as curriculum and curriculum support delivery, and policies and procedures that can be less cumbersome or streamlined and affordable;
- Sources of revenue generation.
The Task Force will:
- Undertake research to review best practices in the PSE sector;
- Seek input from faculty, staff, students and others to identify processes that are deemed to be inefficient and to identify opportunities for revenue generation or cost reductions/eliminations;
- Develop a prioritization system for areas and processes for review to ensure the focus is on areas that will realizes the greatest benefit to the institution over the longer term;
- Form working groups of members of the university community with the appropriate expertise to review selected priorities and make recommendations regarding optimizing processes;
- Consider all suggestions and endeavour to keep those who provided input advised of decisions regarding their proposal(s).
The recommendations will flow directly to the President and then to the Cabinet and Senior Management Group through regular updates during the process. It is expected that the IPSTF will conclude its work in the winter of 2014 and that interim reports will be prepared to supplement and assist in the 2013-14 budget planning process.
- Work toward achieving the priorities of Advancing Excellence at OCAD University for the Age of Imagination, 2012-2017.
- Savings realized will be apportioned according to institutional priority with a view to ensuring that a percentage of savings will be retained by the areas in which they are found.
- Improve the quality, service delivery for students.
- Enhance quality and service delivery to internal and external departments/stakeholder
- Enhance research capacity.
- Ensure that the review, its results and recommendations are transparent.
- All administrative or academic practice or process is subject to review by the committee.
- Optimize the operational efficiency and effectiveness of a process;
- Compliment the ERP implementation process;
- Respect and comply with all legislative requirements, regulations, provincial requirements and collective bargaining responsibilities.
IPSTF Executive Sponsor:
Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor
Task Force Steering Committee Co-Chairs:
Matt Milovick, Vice-President (Finance & Administration)
Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Vice-President (Academic)
Task Force Members:
Faculty of Art: Professor Peter Sramek
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Professor Rosemary Donegan
Faculty of Design: Professor Jeremy Bowes
Graduate Studies: Martha Ladly, Associate Dean
Director of HR: Nicky Davis
Director of Finance: Peter Fraser
UG Student Representative: Nicholas Smith
GR Student Representative: Stefan Hancherow
Secretary to the Task Force: Isabella DeVrij
The IPSTF will have two sub-committees with two members not included in the membership of the Task Force. The Administrative Efficiencies Sub-committee will explore non-curricular opportunities including those in academic administration and the Academic/Curricular Efficiencies Sub-committee will explore opportunities with respect to curriculum and academic delivery. In addition to finding cost savings within the institution, each sub-committee has the mandate to explore revenue generating opportunities.
Administrative Efficiencies Sub-committee:
Matt Milovick (Chair)
Isabella DeVrij (Secretary to the Sub-committee)
Academic/Curricular Efficiencies Sub-committee:
Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen (Chair)
Dr. Mary Wilson
Natalie Nanton (Secretary to the Sub-committee)
All members of the OCAD University community will be invited to submit their ideas for cost mitigations/reductions and/or revenue generation to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will review submissions and charge the sub-committees with assessing the feasibility of various initiatives. Project teams will be created around each initiative that moves forward and it is expected that community members will be invited to participate in the project development.