This ongoing review is an important part of creating a unified campus strategy for student success and supporting UMass Amherst through its next chapter of development. The guideposts for our institutional evolution are outlined in the executive summary of ‘Innovation and Impact: Renewing the Promise of the Public Research University' and the 'University of Massachusetts Diversity Strategic Plan'.
Our initial review was very compressed, but we were committed to ensuring that the process was as inclusive as possible. Dr. Linda Kuk served as the Chancellor’s consultant for this review. Dr. Kuk visited campus on October 3rd - 4th 2013 to meet with internal and external stakeholders. The resulting insights and perspectives informed the recommendations in her preliminary report.
In January 2014, Chancellor Subbaswamy directed me to proceed with implementing Model Three Option One. Embracing this model had three significant advantages for us: 1) it allowed us to maximize our resources to provide our students with excellent programs and services; 2) as a functionally aligned area, we emerged with greater capacity to be a strong partner to other campus stakeholders; and 3) it situated SACL more consistently with Chancellor Subbaswamy’s campus strategic plan.
Our new cluster areas are reflected in this organizational chart. As outlined by additional recommendations in the report, in April 2015, the SACL Matrix Working Group completed the initial review of financial operations and human resources policies and practices across Student Life. This review provided additional recommendations to guide future infrastructural planning. To facilitate ongoing collaboration with the organizational review process, in November 2015, Linda Kuk completed a SACL staff survey. The data from this survey and related recommendations and action items will be made public in a final report in Spring 2016 and will inform our next phase of planning.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life