UNC’s Faculty Executive Committee met Monday to talk cost cuts, red tape and the tension between excellence and efficiency.
The committee’s brief 45-minute meeting focused exclusively on the Carolina Excellence Initiative to streamline the University’s business operations. Rick Wernoski, senior vice provost for Business Operations, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Blouin spoke to the committee on the progress of the initiative, opening the floor for questions and comments on how the project may be fine-tuned.
Although recent meetings have discussed the future of Silent Sam, this week’s meeting touched on a less controversial subject: improving administrative functions in areas such as finance, procurement and research administration.
“Let’s face it; infrastructure is not the sexiest thing to talk about,” Blouin joked during the course of the meeting.
Discussion included topics such as feedback from faculty and administrators on operational “pain points” and a reevaluation of UNC’s hiring process. Wernoski emphasized that efficiency, not cost savings, is the goal of the initiative’s streamlining efforts, but that such savings would be a positive consequence of tighter administrative processes.