Budget roundtables – have your say
University staff and students are invited to participate in roundtable discussions with senior leadership. President Indira Samarasekera, Acting Provost Martin Ferguson-Pell and VP Finance and Administration Phyllis Clark will each hold a one-hour roundtable session over the next month and a half in order to discuss budget planning decisions and to listen to community members’ ideas. Roundtables are open to anyone in the university community. However, as space is limited to 24 participants per session, you must register in order to attend.
Acting Provost and Vice President (Academic) Martin Ferguson-Pell
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
3:15 – 4:15 PM
Vice-President Finance and Administration
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
10:00 – 11:00 AM
President Indira Samarasekera
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
2:00 – 3:00 PM
A maximum of 24 people may attend each session. Participants must register in order to attend
A month ago Change@UAlberta launched IdeaScale to provide the community with a venue to discuss ideas about the change process. IdeaScale is a platform for sharing, voting on, and discussing ideas.
Below is a short tutorial for those who are interested in joining the discussion but are not yet sure how it works.
IdeaScale is like a virtual café or agora. It’s a space designed to give all community members an equal voice. Members can post an idea they would like to share. Once an idea is up, others can comment on it. You can submit an original idea, comment on the ideas of others, and, if you're the quieter type, vote for the ideas you like.
Click on the yellow IdeaScale button. This will take you to the login page for IdeaScale. In order to participate on IdeaScale site, you will be asked to create an IdeaScale account. You may use your UAlberta email address and your real name, but are not required to do so. Participants may remain anonymous or adopt a pseudonym.
Once logged in, you will see that each idea is presented in its own box. The title of the idea is at the top. On the left hand side of the box is a mini polling station when you can agree or disagree with the idea. If you have more to say on the subject, or would like to see what others have said, click on the idea. You will then be able to view all the comments and add your own by using “add comment” on the bottom left hand side of the box. Please remember to adhere to community guidelines when commenting.
There is a lot of information in IdeaScale. In order to make it easier to find what you are looking for, there are a number of sorting options using themes, tags, or browse.
All ideas on IdeaScale belong to one of three themes: “MOU/Letter of expectation”, “Institutional Strengths”, and “Budget”. The themes are listed on the left hand column in IdeaScale. To only see ideas that pertain to Budget, click on Budget. Click on “All Ideas” to return to the mainlist
IdeaScale is full of wide-raging ideas and information. Tags categorise the material so it’s easier to find what you want. You can find the tags in the left hand column in IdeaScale under the heading “What we’re discussing”. If you’re interested in finding out more about what people are saying on a particular subject, simply click on that tag. IdeaScale will list all of the ideas that include that tag.
When adding an idea to IdeaScale you should add tags to help classify your idea. This will make it easier for people to find your idea.
There are several browse buttons at the top of the screen “recent” “Popular” “hot”. Clicking on this will change to sort order of the ideas without filtering any out.
University of Alberta community given until September to revise LOE
From the Edmonton Journal, April 12 2013:
President Samarasekera describes yesterday's meeting with the Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Education as "very constructive", indicating that the university community now has the opportunity “to completely reconstruct the letters of expectation by September.”
President Samarasekera will hold a Campus Forum on April 19, 2013 to update the community on:
- revised budget planning for 2013-14
- meetings with government, and
- the Board of Governors retreat (scheduled for April 16-18)
All employees and students are invited to attend. Please register for this event.
Friday April 19, 2013
10 - 11 am
1 - 440 CCIS (Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science)
The forum will also be livestreamed
In order to better organize the thoughtful ideas we have been receiving about the change process, we have added a link to IdeaScale, a platform for sharing, voting on and discussing ideas.
IdeaScale gives you more options for participating in the process and having your voice heard. You can submit an original idea, comment on the ideas of others and vote for the ideas you like. The more comments or votes an idea receives, the higher it is ranked.
In order to participate on the IdeaScale site, you will be asked to create an IdeaScale account. You may use your UAlberta email address and your real name. However, participants may also remain anonymous or adopt a pseudonym, should they so choose.
We have gathered many of the relevant thoughts submitted to Colloquy and sorted them into different themes:
- Institutional strengths
- MOU/Letter of expectation
IdeaScale is where community members can talk about solutions. Colloquy remains the place for in-depth discussion and debate.
Please take a moment to browse through the ideas on IdeaScale, add your comments, or vote for the ones you like. You can submit new ideas as well.
The third theme, Letter of Expectation, was initially open until Sunday April 7th at midnight. The theme was then temporarily closed so that ideas could be gathered and submitted to the senior administrative team before thier April 11th meeting with the Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Education.
Updated: April 11, 2013