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From System Review to System Redesign
More than a year ago, the State System undertook a strategic review of all of its operations, from top to bottom. The goal: to identify areas of necessary change to help ensure the long-term success of the 14 universities within the State System. The review resulted in recommendations based on input from students, faculty, staff, university and system leaders, legislators, community leaders, and a national consultant. Coming out of the review, the Board established three priorities:

1Ensuring student success

2Leveraging university strengths

3Transforming the governance/leadership structure

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SYSTEM REDESIGN

The System has moved from "review" to "redesign" mode. The Board of Governors affirmed its commitment to the long-term stability of all 14 universities in the State System so that each may continue to serve students, its region, and the Commonwealth. A successful redesign will have a positive impact on students, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire System, and ensure strategic changes that support the System's long-term success.

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THREE PRIORITIES

Small, tactical groups are being used throughout the System Redesign to accomplish specific tasks that support each of our 3 strategic priorities: 1) Ensuring student success; 2) Leveraging university strengths; and 3) Transforming the governance/leadership structure. Below is a list of the existing task groups; others will be added over time and as these tasks are completed. You can submit your comments to be shared with the task group.

1Ensuring student success

Our universities already are focused on student success, and we want every student to graduate in a timely manner with a path forward that leads to his or her individual success.
  • TASK GROUP - Defining student success

2Leveraging university strengths

Each university has unique strengths. We need to capitalize on those strengths through greater collaboration. Working together, we can leverage the power of 14.
  • TASK GROUP - Collaborative pricing and regional affordability
  • TASK GROUP - Consortium procurement
  • TASK GROUP - Consortium services
  • TASK GROUP - Collaborative allocation of resources

3Transforming the governance/leadership structure

We are implementing best practices to move the Board of Governors from a focus on compliance to a focus on strategy and to empower our system and university leaders to make bold decisions that place the needs of student first.
  • TASK GROUP - Policy/procedures/reporting reform
  • TASK GROUP - Effective governance

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