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Redefining Financial Sustainability

Concordia University developed a sustainability policy back in 2015. The policy seeks to integrate four main university pillars of (1) its own operations (2) its research and academic programs (3) its investment approach (4) its funding/financing program. The proposal is with respect to initiatives we have implemented to pillars’ #3 and #4, which in effect redefined how we … Continue reading "Redefining Financial Sustainability"

June 29, 2020


Campus Map Visulization for Displaying Occupancy Related Data

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) developed a Transparent Activity-Based Budget System (TABBS) in 2012. This model has a new approach for allocating provincial operating funding, tuition and indirect costs. Indirect costs are defined as the operating costs of the administrative/support units and also central funds. One component of indirect costs is the cost of space, … Continue reading "Campus Map Visulization for Displaying Occupancy Related Data"

June 29, 2020


Performance Development Project

In 2020 Trinity Western University (TWU) will complete a multi-year project that redesigned and re-envisioned our staff performance development framework and system.   TWU is post-secondary intuition that is uniquely positioned as a liberal arts university in a competitive job market and needs to attract and retain top employee talent so we can achieve strategic … Continue reading "Performance Development Project"

June 29, 2020


FM Insider – Department Newsletter and Website

Facilities Management Maintaining a campus that supports our community The Mount Royal University Facilities Management department is responsible for the maintenance and growth of our internal and external environment. Facilities Management supports our community by providing services that save money, time and resources. Some of the services include, the cleanliness of the building, furniture, way-finding, … Continue reading "FM Insider – Department Newsletter and Website"

June 29, 2020


Dalhousie University Built Environment Accessibility Audit Tool

As the third province in Canada, Nova Scotia passed the Accessibility Act in April 2017. Administered by the Minister of Justice, the purpose of the Act is for the entire province to be accessible by 2030. In April 2020, the Nova Scotia Justice Department will prescribed post-secondary institutions as public sector bodies making them legislatively … Continue reading "Dalhousie University Built Environment Accessibility Audit Tool"

June 29, 2020


On-line Scholarship Application. This solution allows the University of Calgary to award $3.5million in numerous types of scholarships through one competition; utilizes data in the student system to identify potential scholarships for applicants; improves program level administration and review; and simplifies final Faculty of Graduate Studies adjudication and selection, all within one platform.

The University of Calgary receives over 1400 applications annually from graduate students applying for university scholarships, with most students applying numerous times over their University career. In support of improving the student experience and achieving administrative efficiencies, the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), in partnership with Information Technologies (IT), developed a secure on-line scholarship application … Continue reading "On-line Scholarship Application. This solution allows the University of Calgary to award $3.5million in numerous types of scholarships through one competition; utilizes data in the student system to identify potential scholarships for applicants; improves program level administration and review; and simplifies final Faculty of Graduate Studies adjudication and selection, all within one platform."

June 29, 2020


Planning a Research Trajectory: Strategies for Success

What if every University could set new faculty members up to have successful research trajectories early on in their careers? Starting in 2018, a team within University of Waterloo’s Office of Research set out to do just that.  Rather than continuing to offer piecemeal introductions to the variety of services available, the team members wanted … Continue reading "Planning a Research Trajectory: Strategies for Success"

June 29, 2020


Communications Calendar

The Communications Calendar is a dynamic tool – a calendar – synchronized with a project management system showing university-wide communication activities by product type (news, social media, events) as well as by university priorities.  The result is a simple but robust strategic planning tool providing the communications team with real-time updates on university activities resulting in communications.   … Continue reading "Communications Calendar"

June 29, 2020


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

With a desire to provide an efficient desktop service and improve the overall student experience, Saskatchewan Polytechnic invested in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) technology. With approximately 3,300 lab computers, supporting 150+ programs a strategic decision was made to shift to desktop virtualization to support the modern learning needs of students and set the foundation for … Continue reading "Virtual Desktop Infrastructure"

June 29, 2020


Planning for progress: Ancillary services’ multi-year strategic plans contribute to bottom-line success. Excellence in Administrative Efficiency – McMaster University

Over the last several years, the ancillary services group at McMaster University has generated a financial about-face, moving out of deficits and paying off debts while covering all of their own costs, including market-rate rent of approximately $5.5 million yearly, plus utilities and capital costs, as well as making additional annual financial contributions of $3.5 … Continue reading "Planning for progress: Ancillary services’ multi-year strategic plans contribute to bottom-line success. Excellence in Administrative Efficiency – McMaster University"

June 29, 2020


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