June 2017

Missed a session at CAUBO 2017– or the conference altogether? Visit the Conference Learning Centre and view recorded content now!

CAUBO’s Conference Learning Centre (CLC) has been updated to include content from the CAUBO 2017 conference and pre-conference seminars. Attendees can access this content for free. Members who did not attend can purchase individual sessions or packages at low member prices. Stream content on your computer, mobile device, or tablet anytime, anywhere.

Here are just a few of the sessions that are available on the CLC from CAUBO 2017:

  • People Analytics Used to Drive Quality Decisions and Service Delivery
  • Relationship of Budget Models and Strategic Planning
  • Leadership, Mentoring, and Professional Development
  • The State of Procurement Transformation in Higher Education

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CAUBO: A Year in Review

This past year has been one of significant renewal for CAUBO, and the momentum continues. In 2016-2017, the organization laid the groundwork for many new projects. The CAUBO team and community tackled commonly faced challenges at institutions by using an issue-based approach that resulted in the expansion and creation of a number of dedicated new resources being available to members on topics such as cyber-security and divestment. Several other initiatives are being launched on topics such as ancillary services and operational benchmarking.

View the CAUBO 2016/2017 Highlights & Achievements brochure to learn what is available to you from our collective efforts.

FIUC Dashboards

CAUBO, in partnership with the Université du Québec Network – Head Office, has developed a new tool to explore and analyze the Financial Information of Universities and Colleges (FIUC) data.

This tool provides a new channel to view the FIUC data; these dashboards provide institutional income sources, expenses and operating expenses by function. Members can more easily access FIUC data in order to see sector trends in university finances and how various institutions, including your own, compare in this regard.

The dashboards are available online for members only.

Fraud Survey Results

The 2016 Fraud Survey results were presented at CAUBO 2017. The Fraud Survey is an annual survey of internal and external fraud cases within Canadian universities. It tracks the volume and value of fraud cases, fraud detection, the nature of control weaknesses exploited, the extent of anti-fraud policies and processes and the action taken against perpetrators.

The results are intended to help audit and other professionals better understand fraud and its characteristics in the higher education environment, and to help build awareness at the executive level of fraud risks and impacts. The presentation is now available in the Conference Learning Centre.

Ancillary Services Survey – Participate Now!

The Ancillary Benchmark Survey is a new initiative based on work originally piloted in Ontario. This series of surveys will collect information on the major ancillary areas (housing, food, bookstore, printing, parking, conference, child care and campus card), with a focus on housing, food services, and parking in the first year. The survey results will be compiled in a dashboard format to provide a national perspective on each ancillary service and allow universities to assess their institutional performance with that of peer institutions across Canada.

Preliminary results of the survey were presented at CAUBO 2017. The final results will be presented as part of a webinar in 2017-2018.

The survey remains open for institutions to participate. Institutions have been invited to participate; however, we encourage you to contact Elizabeth Taylor, CAUBO Analyst (etaylor@caubo.ca) if your institution is interested in participating or for more information.

ISI Post-Secondary Education Procurement Transformation Study

Interuniversity Services Inc. (ISI) recently completed the Post-Secondary Education Procurement Transformation Study. The study was commissioned by ISI to assess the current state of the procurement within higher education in Canada.

Results of the study were presented at CAUBO 2017 and the study is available in the CAUBO Knowledge Centre.

Take advantage of the opportunity to advance the conversation, network with administrative colleagues, and highlight best practices

Share your expertise and experience with your peers and colleagues! Submit your content proposals for the CAUBO 2018 Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Seminars which will be hosted by Simon Fraser University, BC from June 10-12, 2018 in Vancouver.

CAUBO provides peer-to-peer sharing to build on the capacity of leaders in the higher education sector by connecting them with colleagues and information, enabling them to pursue opportunities and create solutions for shared issues.

Our general themes are new or best practices in higher education administration related to managerial and operational efficiency, and using data to inform decision-making.


We’d love to see your proposal on a program or activity that:

  • Demonstrates innovation
  • Provides opportunity for transferability to other institutions
  • Improves quality of service delivery
  • Improves efficiency and process
  • Improves productivity within team or institution
  • Involves cross-functional collaboration
  • Informs a national perspective

Proposals accepted until Friday, September 8, 2017. Submit today!

2017 CAUBO Award Recipients

June is the time of year where CAUBO gets to celebrate the accomplishments of its members through two award programs: The Quality & Productivity (Q&P) Awards and the Member Recognition Awards. Both celebrated during the annual conference, these awards recognize member achievements.

At the CAUBO 2017 conference, three Q&P awards were given out in the themed category, three in the open category, and two honourable mentions were allocated. The Q&P Awards are the Oscars of best practices in higher education administration. View the 2017 winning submissions, or search by keyword, year, or institution to find innovative practices that can be applied to your institution in our Knowledge Centre.

CAUBO Member Recognition Awards celebrate and honour those who help build a vibrant CAUBO community and a stronger higher education sector through collaboration and leadership. Eight awards were given out to acknowledge some of these contributions. We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards! Find out which of your colleagues were celebrated at the CAUBO Recognition Awards ceremony for their leadership and volunteerism.

Upcoming Professional Development

Fundamentals of the Research Enterprise
October 16 – December 1, 2017

University Culture and Governance
January 15 – February 09, 2018