Administrative Process Review
In response to Goal Four of the Strategic Plan and strategic realignment recommendations, active steps are being taken to enhance organizational efficiency at NC State by reducing bureaucracy and creating a culture of continuous improvement. Based on the recommendation of the Strategic Planning Resource Strategies Task Force, an Administrative Process Review Committee has been charged to oversee the review of administrative processes on a sustained basis.
The Administrative Process Review Committee will work collaboratively with central and unit-based personnel across campus to identify and evaluate new opportunities for efficiency improvement and cost reduction, including recommendations from the Strategic Planning Resource Strategies Task Force and from the review of major University financial and human resources processes. This committee will serve as the primary conduit for faculty and staff to suggest changes in administrative processes.
The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business will receive the committee’s recommendations and ensure that they are seriously evaluated and implemented. Recommended changes may take the form of small adjustments that simplify existing processes by removing unnecessary steps or reducing authorization levels, or they may involve major process or policy changes. The realignment of business operations will provide additional opportunities to review administrative processes and, to that end, the Executive Director of Business Operations will engage with the committee.
October 1, 2011 - The Administrative Process Review Committee is currently reviewing lengthy existing process lists generated by the Strategic Planning Resource Strategies Task Force, Research Operations Council, former Administrative Process Review Committee, individual faculty members, staff, and others. All previously-submitted processes are being evaluated for their relevance and applicability to the Committee's charge, then grouped into broad areas of recurring concern that appear to be symptomatic of significant systemic issues with widespread impact.
After these areas are identified, the Committee will reach out to the campus for specific input in regard to inefficient administrative processes within the areas of most urgency. Members of the campus community will be encouraged at that time to submit suggestions for needed process improvements in the identified areas. While related cultural and/or policy changes may be needed, process improvements only will be tackled by the Administrative Process Review Committee.