Tufts’ Effectiveness in Administrative Management Project Update
- April 24, 2013
- All Faculty and Staff
- Patricia L. Campbell, Executive Vice President
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent joint President/Provost/Executive Vice President open meetings on our three campuses. It was encouraging to see that almost everyone who attended is familiar with TEAM, and we appreciated the opportunity to respond to your thoughtful questions.
In my last message, I shared with you the specific administrative areas we are assessing in depth: Streamline Web Services, Sourcing and Procurement, Research Administration Support, Operations Division Use of IT Systems and Applications, Unified IT Customer Support Services, HR Strategy, Finance Services, Advancement, and Administrative Support.
These areas look very promising in terms of reducing complexity, streamlining processes, improving service, and lowering costs. We are on track to complete our assessment at the end of April, and at that time, I will be able to provide more detail about which areas we will pursue.
We are working closely with our Steering Committee members and with Deans and Executive Administrative Deans on the Boston, Grafton, and Medford/Somerville campuses in pursuing the most effective and efficient ways to deliver administrative services in support of Tufts' core mission of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and impact on society.
There will continue to be ways for faculty and staff to have input and be involved in TEAM. Over the next month, as we identify opportunities, we will form working groups to plan how change will be implemented. It will be extremely important to incorporate the perspectives of our community as we develop these implementation plans. Please watch for upcoming announcements about how you can be involved.
In the meantime, you can find the most current information about the TEAM Project at http://evp.tufts.edu/administrative-initiatives/team.
I encourage you to submit your questions to the mailbox on the website.
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