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Good afternoon,

As we head into November, we’re pleased to announce the design team members for the Data Use and Literacy project. The group will begin to meet on November 5th. Here are the new members of the design team:

  • Rich Arnold, Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement
  • Adam Beck, Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement
  • Vicki Bradley, Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement
  • David Churchill, School of Education
  • Chris Eilers, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Roseanda Hall, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Matt Hawkins, School of Medicine
  • Miranda McCraw, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Efrain Santiago, Information Technology Services
  • Scott Savage, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Dina Sikora, Hussman School of Journalism and Media
  • Lachonya Williams, Office of the Provost

Thank you to everyone who has agreed to participate. We appreciate your engagement and thank you for your time commitment!

In other updates:

  • Office of the University Registrar: We are finalizing the members of a pan-campus group who evaluate the current registration appointment set-up process and the group plans to meet for the first-time next week. We will share the names of the members when the group is finalized. As previously noted, the primary objective of this project will be to explore ways in which the criteria, methods, and processes surrounding registration appointment set-up can be redesigned to enhance transparency, equity, efficiency, student success, and overall satisfaction.
  • Early Impact: This initiative continues making solid progress, with over 900 staff hired this year at an average hiring time of 49 days.  This past week there were over 20 “wins”, meaning employees were hired in 45 days or less (including one in only 11 days!).  The early impact procurement initiative also continues making progress towards the goal of driving 95% of purchases under $250 to the most efficient purchasing method, thereby reducing the number of inefficient campus vouchers. 14 schools and units are at 90% or above, 9 are at 80-89%, and 5 are still below 80%. We’re getting close, but we encourage everyone to maintain their focus and diligence as we approach the end of our first year.

Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues. You can also visit our website to learn more about Operational Excellence, read my previous updates and submit feedback. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at I read every email.


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