UNC’s Faculty Executive Committee met on Monday for a two-hour meeting to discuss the progress of the Carolina Excellence initiative, data retrieval, the possibility of UNC Libraries ending a big contract and UNC’s student IDs not conforming to voter ID laws.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Blouin started the meeting by reporting on the progress of Carolina Excellence, an initiative with the goal of creating a high-functioning administrative operation. The initiative’s two main projects include streamlining the hiring process and the way the University processes small-dollar purchases, two of the greatest administrative challenges identified by employees.
“This is not just about HR, it’s not just about procurement, it’s about everything that we do, and so this will be a perpetual project – it will not end – and so we will be hopefully creating a very strong culture, a big commitment to operational excellence at this institution,” Blouin said.
Blouin noted the tremendous progress observed in the HR and procurement pilots, which are now being implemented across the University in three phases.
Blouin then discussed the University’s focus efforts to restructure the current data warehouse that stores a variety of information ranging from student records to personnel files. He said data is difficult to extract from the warehouse, so the University is looking to improve accessibility by finding a system that will be adaptable and durable.