Over the past several months we have shared a constructive dialogue through multiple venues including the SPARC and budget priorities process about new initiatives to excel People Reaching Optimal Performance and Excellence in University Life (PROPEL), Infrastructure for Innovative and Agile Science and Technology Applications (INSTAR), and Horizontally Accelerated Research Program (HARP). These people, processes and interdisciplinary programs are now taking real shape in visible activities. For example, the INSTAR initiative is well underway with the external review of the animal program at CSU. Another INSTAR activity just set to launch is an external review of our centralized and decentralized research administration infrastructure and operations.
We have engaged an outside consulting partner to assist us in the research administration review. Huron Consulting Group (Huron) will work with us to analyze the operational performance of research administration functions across CSU. The initial assessment phase of this initiative is anticipated to occur in April and May 2014. The central objectives of the review will result in a better understanding of the resources currently available to support the research endeavor and provide recommendations to:
1) Improve service to faculty
2) Increase efficiency and effectiveness of current research resources
3) Manage long-term costs and maximized investments in research administration
4) Mitigate compliance risks
Huron has conducted similar reviews at higher education institutions across the country and will provide a fresh perspective on our operations. They have performed work for more than 90 of the top 100 research universities in the US and more than 50 of the world’s top 100 universities. Huron is currently working with more than 50 clients on research administration related projects.
Undoubtedly, gathering input from stakeholders across campus will be critical to the success of this project. The Huron team will be on campus working with many of you to better understand the unique culture of CSU. The onsite interaction will help provide a holistic and comprehensive understanding of our current operations.
It is our intent to be open and transparent throughout this process, and we will continue to update the community on our progress as we move forward. An open forum will soon be scheduled to facilitate campus input. In the meantime, please send questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Alan Rudolph at Alan.Rudolph@colostate.edu. We are excited to begin this process in the coming weeks, and appreciate your full support in making this a successful review of our operations.
As you all know, research is one of the core tenants of our mission at Colorado State University and ensuring we are properly equipped to continue to grow as a research institution over the next few years is a critical component to our success. The Office of the Vice President of Research is dedicated to partnering with faculty, staff, students, and outside investigators to ensure that research conducted at CSU is of the highest quality and scientific integrity, and embodies the spirit of the land-grant university that is our heritage.