Nine Community Discussion Sessions to be Held in May

The Magis Operational Excellence Program (MOE) invites you to attend one of nine community discussion sessions for faculty and staff next week. As MOE approaches the completion of Organization Design and the end of the Academic Reinvention planning stage, attention turns to active and forthcoming initiatives to improve essential processes and grow the University’s recurring revenue. 

In addition to those critical improvement focus areas, MOE has also initiated work in the following focus areas, which were identified in the diagnostic report:

  • Travel
  • Student advising
  • Sponsored programs (aka, sponsored research)
  • Budget model

A team for undergraduate yield is being assembled now. More initiative teams will be launched during the next academic year, each with a specific charge, as well as tailored process/timeline for design and implementation of recommended solutions.

Scheduled to take place on the north and south campuses, as well as at the School of Law downtown, the community discussion sessions next week will begin with a very brief presentation about initiatives currently taking place or that will launch soon. 

The majority of time will be dedicated to comments and questions from attendees. A full report on Academic Reinvention actions and strategies will not be available at these sessions, as some planning is still ongoing. An online Fuze meeting will be available for some sessions, as indicated below. 

Please consider attending one or more of these community discussion sessions.  Questions in advance of forums are always appreciated so issues can be researched or facts gathered, if necessary. You can email your questions in advance to magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu or use the feedbackform on the project website.

Schedule of Sessions

  • Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m. 
    Tegeler Hall Auditorium (North)
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. 
    Tegeler Hall Auditorium (North), Fuze option available
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 8 a.m. 
    Learning Resource Center 112/113 (South)
  • Wednesday, May 3 at 9 a.m. 
    Learning Resource Center 112/113 (South), Fuze option available
  •  Thursday, May 4 at 1 p.m. 
    Busch Student Center Room 253 (North), Fuze option available
  • Thursday, May 4 at 2 p.m. 
    Busch Student Center Room 253 (North)
  •  Friday, May 5 at 9 a.m.
    Scott Hall Room 116 (Law School, Downtown), Fuze option available
  • Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m.
    Scott Hall Room 116 (Law School, Downtown)
  • Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. 
    Salus Center Classroom 1501 (South), Fuze option available

Fuze Meeting Information

(At times indicated above.)

Meeting ID: 34605898
Meeting URL: http://fuze.me/34605898
Phone 201-479-4595

Program co-coordinators Mickey Luna and Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., will facilitate the discussion. MOE co-sponsors Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., and CFO David Heimburger — as well as many initiative team members — will be in attendance to listen, answer questions, and share ideas. Members of the MOE steering committee will also be present to help capture community ideas for improving SLU. 

This dialogue and the work by so many people across the University is in pursuit of a key priority of SLU’s strategic plan – “fostering a culture of excellence, effectiveness and efficiency deeply rooted in our institutional mission and Catholic, Jesuit values.”  

You may share ideas or comments at any time by writing to magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu or using the feedback form on the project website.  You may also contact people working on any of the active initiatives; team rosters are found on the project website.

Thank you for your contributions to advance SLU’s mission.

Project Coordinators

Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., Associate Professor | armbrees@slu.edu 
Mickey Luna, Vice President of Human Resources | mluna@slu.edu

Save the Date: Research Town Halls 

The MOE Sponsored Programs Initiative Team will host Research Town Halls in May for faculty and staff to discuss emerging recommendations for enhancing pre- and post-award grant support and reducing barriers to successful application submission.  Look for an announcement or check Newslink in the weeks ahead. The Sponsored Programs Initiative Team is co-sponsored by Enrico DiCera, M.D., and Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., with project management support from Matthew Christian; the team roster is found here