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Administrative Review, FY18

As part of President Choi's Fiscal Year 2018 budget planning efforts, the University of Missouri System conducted an assessment to identify administrative efficiencies, and streamline operations by reducing redundancies across administrative functions in the University System central office (UM) and Columbia campus (MU). Business functions under review were Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology. 

This assessment will identify opportunities for the University to consider for implementation or those that may require further evaluation. Outcomes and initiatives rooted in the results of this assessment will enable the University to invest in our strategic priorities (e.g., innovation, research, students, growth), drive efficiencies across our institution, and enable greater employee, student and faculty satisfaction throughout our campuses.

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Effective resource stewardship enables investments in programs, facilities, and activities that best meet our mission and maximize the benefits to our communities, state and nation. In order to free up funds needed for these investments, the University must identify areas to become more operationally focused and effective.

The UM System is not unique in this regard; pressure on revenue sources, including governmental funding and tuition, are forcing many universities to streamline operations to better serve students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.

 

Assess and review administrative functions to identify potential opportunities that drive efficiencies, reduce redundancies, and further streamline administrative services. The review focuses on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus (MU) and the UM System central office.

The review’s output is a report of opportunities for the University to implement, as it sees fit, at MU and UM System central office. To the extent opportunities are scalable, leadership will evaluate the feasibility of implementing opportunities systemwide.

 

Data analysis and stakeholder interviews with key representatives of these functional areas were conducted to inform the review process. Leadership will review results of the assessment, and evaluate and prioritize opportunities according to the opportunities’ alignment with our strategic goals, financial impact, and feasibility of implementation. Findings, opportunities and next steps will be presented at the December 2017 Board of Curators meeting.

Read the Administrative Review FAQs for more information.

 

Led by President Choi, a group of senior leaders at UM and MU, functional process owners and representatives from faculty and staff leadership have partnered with an outside consulting firm to conduct this assessment. A list of committee and team members is available in the "resources" section above.

University leadership recognizes how each member of the community is an integral voice in this collaborative process. Opportunities for feedback will be available as the process continues. Please check back as details become available.

 

Important dates

  • Spring 2017
    • Project announced as part of FY18 Budget Planning process
    • RFP distributed; bids received and analyzed
  • August 2017
    • Vendor selected
  • September 2017
    • Project kickoff
  • October – November 2017
    • Project execution
    • Finding and opportunities presented to leadership team
  • December 2017
    • Findings and recommendations presented to Board of Curators

Project scope

Within the project scope:

  • Operating units: University of Missouri-Columbia campus and UM System central office
  • Functional areas: Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology
  • Activities related to the functional areas being performed in departments other than those listed

Outside the project scope:

  • Operating units: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-St. Louis and University of Missouri Health Care
  • Areas related to research activities and computing, faculty labor or student service
  • Other areas outside the purview of the categories outlined above 

NOTE: The review’s output is a report of opportunities for the University to implement, as it sees fit, at MU and UM System central office. To the extent opportunities are scalable, leadership will evaluate the feasibility of implementing opportunities systemwide. View the report.

Read the Administrative Review FAQs for more information.

Reviewed 2018-06-05.