Members of the campus community wishing to submit feedback about the TransformUS process have until Jan. 30 to do so.
TransformUS is a program prioritization process by which the University of Saskatchewan will rate all academic programs and support services on a scale as to whether they should receive increased or reduced resources, maintain current support, be reconfigured to achieve greater efficiency or be cut altogether.
The consultation phase began on Dec. 9, 2013, when the TransformUS taskforce reports were released by University President Ilene Busch-Vishniac.
Four town hall meetings have been held — one solely for students, one for department heads and two that were open to the general public — where senior administrators were available to answer questions.
Despite the university’s efforts to gauge students’ thoughts on TransformUS, administration has been under fire for not adequately engaging students during the consultation phase. This sentiment led the University Students’ Council to put forward a motion of non-confidence in the TransformUS process.
The motion of non-confidence stands on the grounds that students have not been consulted thoroughly, that they have concerns about the implementation phase, that there is no student representation on the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning and that the consultation phase is not conducive to students’ schedules.
While Busch-Vishniac has confirmed that the consultation phase will not be extended, there has been a meeting scheduled for her to meet with USC and the Association of Constituency Presidents — a group of student association presidents.
Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn said that there will not be any student involvement on PCIP.
From February through April 30, PCIP will meet with senior leaders to analyze feedback and create an implementation plan that will be sent out to each of the university’s three governing bodies — Senate, the Board of Governors and University Council.
Each of the taskforce reports are available online.
Those wishing to submit feedback may email firstname.lastname@example.org