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September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Progress made this reporting period:

  • Brown Bag lunch sessions have concluded. The sessions in the past two weeks focused on the staffing plans for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Shared Service Center (SSC), an HR workshop on coping with change, and a panel discussion on the Higuchi Biosciences Center SSC model. Twelve (12) sessions were held with a total of 239 attendees.
  • Staffing for the SSC has been determined based on campus discussion, and will involve:
    • Posting the SSC Manager and Lead positions to be filled by internal KU staff through a competitive interview process. (Note: these positions are internal to the University, not internal to the College.)
    • Conducting an activity assessment of current staff to determine what types of work activities individual staff are spending their time on as well the types of activities that individual staff would like to focus on in the future.
    • Forming a leadership team to identify staff to move from current positions into SSC positions: this will involve meetings with individual staff to understand individuals' preferences, as well as input from chairs and directors.
    • More information can be found here: http://cfe.ku.edu/documents/ssc/SSC_Staffing_Group.pdf.
  • The SSC Project Manager position is currently posted with a review date of 9/17/12: https://jobs.ku.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=460416
  • The Communication Leadership Committee met to provide input on the plans for the staff activity assessment. The assessment is currently under design, with a goal to conduct the staff surveys in early October.
  • Due to upcoming staffing needs, the Honors College will now be included in the first wave of the Liberal Arts and Sciences SSC implementation.
  • Eleven Process Improvement and Training Committees continue working to develop proposed business processes, identifying the communication and workflow within the SSCs, and identifying any challenges to moving specific activities to the SSCs.
  • The SSC Implementation Team continues to hold open office hours on Tuesday afternoons: please check the CFE SSC calendar for times and locations: http://cfe.ku.edu/documents/ssc/ssc-meeting-calendar.pdf.


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