Effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity initiatives

Honors College at The University of AkronThere are 13 Institutional Effectiveness, Efficiency and Productivity Committees (we have listed some committee participants and major areas of interest below).

Participants who are co-conveners of University Council Committees are involving their committees in discussions to be reported out at the University Council meetings so that recommendations, as appropriate, are made to administration for consideration for action.

(1) Operations Systems Review/Consolidation of Administrative Functions

Members: David Cummins (lead), Chand Midha, Nathan Mortimer and Bill Viau

Evaluate historical budget growth for alignment with priorities and strategies; staffing and cost analysis based upon peer sources and benchmark data

(2-5) Reorganization and/or Consolidation of Functions/Services/Staffing

Evaluate decentralized versus centralized structures and potential fiscal impact of reorganization; evaluate shared services structure for such type of support

  • Maintenance Functions – Joe Gregor and John Messina (co-leads), Tom Wistrcill, David Cummins
  • Communications and Marketing—Eileen Korey and Wayne Hill (co-leads), Roberta DePompei, John LaGuardia, Paul Herold, Tom Wistrcill
  • Financial and Human Resources Functions – David Cummins (lead), Bill Viau, Ted Curtis, Phyllis O’Connor
  • Consolidation of Information Technology Support Services – Nathan Mortimer, Chand Midha, Stephen Cheng

(6) Allocation and Administration of Scholarships

Jim Tressel (lead), Ravi Krovi, Dale Mugler, Julie Burdick

Implement as appropriate recommendations of Scannell and Kurz; understand how UA compares to the scholarship investment of other Ohio universities; assess fee remission/tuition reimbursement benefit; increase the number of student employees as appropriate to assist with completion

(7) Talent Recruiting, Development, Retention and Management

Becky Hoover (lead), Rex Ramsier, Elizabeth Reilly, Bill Viau, Lee Gill

Consider approaches that might leverage talent with the cycle of the academic year; explore alternative work arrangements that would enhance effectiveness

(8) Process and Continuous Improvement

Stan Silverman, Becky Hoover

Organize and launch formal process for continuous improvement

(9) Differential Tuition

George Haritos (lead), Ravi Krovi, Brian Davis

Explore opportunities for differential fees/tuition based upon program costs, etc

(10) Academic Program Delivery and Space Scheduling

Office of Academic Affairs

Evaluate teaching loads and course scheduling for all faculty, and optimize space utilization

(11) Course Delivery

Office of Academic Affairs

Evaluate course delivery for online, weekend and evening offerings

(12) Overhead Charges

Amy Gilliland (lead), Douglas Draher, John Messina, Laurie Madden, Neil Sapienza

Evaluate appropriate overhead charges for auxiliaries, departmental sales, regional campus; evaluate costs of services provided by campus units compared to external providers

(13) Procurement Initiatives

John Kovatch (lead), Paul Herold, Andy Roth

Ensure appropriate cost and reimbursable travel, catering and other activities and services (cell phones); ensure appropriate advertising and review processes to leverage lowest cost; leverage our resources (cost per copy, dining, residence halls, etc.)