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The Carolina Excellence team continues to build positive momentum and expand our work in transforming the University’s administrative operations. This week we kicked off two new initiatives: improving the research project lifecycle process and clarifying roles and responsibilities across Human Resources, Finance and Research Administration.

  • The research project lifecycle design team seeks to reevaluate and improve the way the University manages research projects at all stages: from proposal review to the setup of an award to completion and close out of the project. By making this process more transparent, we can improve the faculty experience and eliminate duplication. Efficiencies may also enable an increase in the number of proposals submitted for research awards. This work will enable Carolina to grow its research enterprise in support of The Blueprint for Next.
  • Another design team is working to clarify roles and responsibilities across HR, Finance and Research Administration. This team will work to improve role clarity, collaboration and governance. and their work will build on the early efforts in hiring and procurement initiatives, and support the work to improve the research project lifecycle.
  • Employees in the first cohort of schools and units are implementing the new tools and resources in the human resources and procurement early impact projects. In a few weeks, we will begin to engage the second cohort of schools and units with these new tools.
  • On Wednesday, I shared an update at the Employee Forum meeting, discussing the rollout of the new tools and processes in hiring and procurement. Thank you to Shayna Hill, Employee Forum chair, and the Employee Forum members for giving me time on the agenda to share the Carolina Excellence team’s progress.

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