This research investigates organizational change in six Canadian universities framed as “prioritization,” which is a ranking method using predefined metrics for the comprehensive review and evaluation of academic and administrative programs. Our research found the following: (a) no prioritization process reached the implementation stage; (b) financial performance was not significantly impacted; (c) differences in pace, … Continue reading "Much Ado About Nothing? An Analysis of Prioritization at Six Canadian Universities"
May 9, 2019
From Wake-up Call to Transformation In the autumn of 2013 the University of Alberta experienced explosions in two labs, each resulting in significant injuries to a graduate student. The explosions represented a wake-up call, confirming that the university was not doing enough to improve its safety culture. After a review of best practices within both … Continue reading "Improving Organizational Safety through a Health and Safety Management System"
January 23, 2018
Statistics Canada has estimated that 20% of the current Canadian workforce (3.5 million) is 55 or older, with that expected to increase to 25% by 2021. Universities have realized a rapid increase in technology that has changed the way employees and students physically interact with their workspaces. This intersection of demographics and technology has resulted … Continue reading "Aches, Pains, and Office Strains"
January 22, 2018
Mobilizing Collaborative Leadership in Response to Modern Challenges in Higher Education: Carleton Leader
Universities are facing numerous emergent challenges in the higher education landscape that require us to challenge our thinking of traditional constructs and notions of leadership. The establishment of Carleton Leader five years ago demonstrates the university’s intention in setting an innovative course in developing its leadership capacity, and in so doing, a commitment to a … Continue reading "Mobilizing Collaborative Leadership in Response to Modern Challenges in Higher Education: Carleton Leader"
January 19, 2018
Addressing Climate Change: U of T’s Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – An Innovative Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund
The Utilities Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF), established in 2012, is UofT’s innovative approach to implementing a green revolving fund. This forward-looking project directly satisfies the commitments made by the university in the President’s 2016 report Beyond Divestment: Taking Decisive Action on Climate Change, as well as the mandate of the Committee on the Environment, Climate … Continue reading "Addressing Climate Change: U of T’s Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – An Innovative Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund"
January 11, 2018
Using the Lean 6 Sigma continuous improvement approach to boost new UQAC student registration rates. Defining the issue: Due to delays in issuing official admission decisions (acceptance/rejection letters) and in taking follow-up action aimed at converting acceptances into registrations, UQAC was losing students to other universities. Not all accepted applicants go on to register. This … Continue reading "Boosting Student Registration Rates at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)"
February 1, 2017
Responding to the identified need for a more comprehensive, efficient and effective way to enrol, transition and orient incoming students, York University created YU START. Piloted in 2012 and launched in its current form in 2015, YU START is an online transition tool that offers new undergraduate students an Online Enrolment Tutorial, an interactive University … Continue reading "YU START: York’s Online Transition Program"
January 25, 2017
The University of Manitoba’s Sustainability Policy outlines a commitment to excellence and leadership based on a strategy of broad engagement and integrated planning across the entire University community. In response to the Policy, the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability undertook broad engagement to identify priorities for the University. Based on the results, the … Continue reading "Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018"
January 25, 2017
Queen’s New Budget Model has had a profoundly positive effect on the university. Planning for the new model began in March 2012. Over the following four months, the development of the actual model benefited from a very considerable amount of consultation, and a great deal of hard work by many people. The first fiscal year for which … Continue reading "Queen’s New (Activity-Based) Budget Model"
January 24, 2017
THE SMRT (Sexual Misconduct Response Team): An Innovative Approach to Sexual Violence Response on Campuses
Statistically, it is known that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual misconduct in her lifetime. These experiences can be traumatic for students, impacting their ability to eat, sleep and concentrate. Over time, trauma can have serious long-term, negative effects on a student’s educational experience. A campus environment in which individuals feel comfortable coming forward … Continue reading "THE SMRT (Sexual Misconduct Response Team): An Innovative Approach to Sexual Violence Response on Campuses"
January 16, 2017
Page 3 of 8