05/15- As part of the OE program, an initiative team was tasked with reducing the complexity of SLU’s student fee structure. Separately, the University considered the amount charged for student fees during its annual budgeting process.
04/25- As part of the OE program, Information Technology Services has underwent a series of transformations during the past year that have had a direct impact on faculty and staff across the institution.
04/06- Travelers are being encouraged to share feedback about their recent experiences with the new reimbursement processes.
04/06- Since the recommendations to enhance the travel booking experience were implemented, travelers have had a number of common questions.
03/27- Throughout 2017-18 we’ve been implementing a number of new systems designed to simplify and improve various processes for faculty, academic advisors, students and academic leaders.
03/19- The changes will immediately double the amount of indirect cost (IDC) revenue returned to faculty, ensuring their indirect costs grow as we succeed together in our goal to double our research enterprise.
03/09- The 10th initiative of the Operational Excellence Program seeks to strengthen SLU’s relationships with companies and corporations.
02/26- The Initiative Team sought input and expertise from many stakeholders, including students, faculty, advisors, deans and the OE steering committee.
02/26- Recommendations designed to transform the student advising experience have been approved and are now moving into the implementation phase.
11/14- The changes will give deans and vice presidents more flexibility and ability to invest in priorities and growth.
11/08- A significant shift in organizational support for research administration has been approved, bringing together key staff into three Grant Operation (GO) Centers, combining central and departmental functions.
11/03- Teams are developing plans to increase housing occupancy, optimize student fees, build more industry partnerships and improve ways of working for faculty and staff.
09/11- The initiative is on schedule with the development of a draft plan to be even more supportive of our students, from major selection to job prep.
05/31- The work of the Enrollment Yield Initiative Team complements ongoing efforts of the Division of Enrollment and Retention Management, a group dedicated to attracting the most talented and diverse student body to SLU.
05/30- As previously communicated, changes in the school related to the operational excellence initiative were delayed to give the new dean and vice president for medical affairs time to assess operations.
05/23- Plans have been developed and approved as part of the initiative, which seeks to maintain or improve academic excellence to create a distinctive SLU academic experience, delivered in a financially sustainable way.
05/16- After providing transparency and increasing shared understanding of the current resource allocation process, the focus now shifts to redesigning central aspects of the budget model and addressing a defined set of difficulties.
05/15- Four-six new members will be added to the Steering Committee, while responsibilities for program coordination will transfer to a working team comprised of six faculty and staff selected by Dr. Pestello.
04/27- The Magis Operational Excellence Program (MOE) will hold nine community discussion sessions for faculty and staff May 2-5, 2017.
04/27- SLU has existed for nearly 200 years and in that time was experienced periods of significant transformation mandated by changing student populations and changing educational, economic, and societal needs. We are in such a period now.
03/30- The new initiative seeks to improve the undergraduate advising systems, structures and services that support students from program/major selection to job placement.
03/28- The first-phase of the budget model initiative seeks to increase the SLU community’s shared understanding of how resources are currently allocated at the University.
03/07- Since my arrival, we made a commitment to be transparent, collaborative, and to continually provide honest and direct communication.
03/07- As a community of faith, we can call to prayer in solidarity with one another.
03/03- Our ability to make SLU more affordable, offer large scholarships, improve national reputation, and invest in new programs and resources for students depends on how well we run this University.
03/03- On Tuesday, March 7, divisional leaders and HR representatives will have a private and confidential conversation with each individual staff member and administrator whose position is being eliminated.
02/21- SLU is committed to ensuring that staff members are supported as they transition from the University. The severance package was developed after months of careful planning and thoughtful discussion.
01/24- The approved recommendations include increasing the threshold required for receipts, eliminating “transportation calculator” worksheet for mileage and allowing conference travelers to book hotels at or below the conference rate, regardless of the availability of the conference hotel.
01/18- As SLU moves through reductions, it will simultaneously focus on growth. A group of academic and other leaders is being formed to recommend programs and opportunities that are in line with the strategic plan.
01/13- The overarching goal is to achieve cost savings in ways that also elevate the quality of instruction, enhance our students’ experiences, and expand and strengthen faculty research.
01/10- The initiative seeks to design a university-wide approach to sponsored program support that provides effective and consistently high levels of customer-focused service.
12/02- This first phase seeks to increase shared understanding of the current resource allocation process at SLU. This is an information-gathering task with community-wide education.
10/10- The diagnostic report noted that organization design has a significant impact on creating a culture of efficiency and effectiveness.
10/06- As we move into the design phase of the Operational Excellence program, we plan to offer regular updates to the SLU community.
08/30- The report summarizes key findings and outlines a set of improvement focus areas selected for further development.
05/11- SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., co-project coordinator, provides some preliminary findings.
03/21- Nearly 1,000 members of the SLU community attended town hall meetings and community fora to learn more about the effort, to ask questions and to share concerns.
02/02- The new program will substantially fulfill the fifth initiative of Magis, SLU's new strategic plan: “Fostering a Culture of Excellence, Effectiveness, and Efficiency Deeply Rooted in Our Institutional Mission and Catholic, Jesuit Values.”