Action Plan Objective 4: Culture Change

Overarching the other three objectives of the Action Plan is a strong commitment to promote and facilitate a collective culture of transparency and accountability throughout the institution.  The University of Alberta takes pride in its collegial governance—a system which is depends on a shared understanding of decision-making processes and lines of accountability, access to reliable, accurate information, and an ability to debate and discuss issues in an atmosphere of respect and trust. All members of the U of A community have a shared responsibility in fostering and participating in this culture.
  • Accountability

    November 2014 - The Office of the Vice-President (Finance and Administration) shares the Base Operating Budget Planning Table, 2013-2014 with the employees. The table shows: 

    - Where each faculty and support unit’s base budget began at the beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal year;

    - The cuts that each faculty and support unit was levied in 2013-2014 (in both dollar and percentage terms);

    - Other changes made to their budgets in 2013-2014 (in both dollar and percentage terms); and

    - The net impact that those cuts and changes had on their 2013-2014 base budgets.

    March 2014 - Dining Services, in cooperation with Aramark and students in residence, introduces a socially and environmentally conscious food management program. Food and environmentally sustainable packaging are procured locally. The program increases the availability of healthy menus choices and better monitors food waste. This creates and applied learning opportunity for students in residence as well as improves the quality of the student in residence experiences.

  • Communication

    Mar. 2013 - Change@UAlberta is launched. A website devoted to keeping the university community informed about strategic and financial changes taking place across the institution. 

    Mar. 2013 - The president asks the university community for input on the Letter of Expectation, a mandate letter from the Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education.

    Aug. 2013 - President Samarasekera launches a weekly bulletin for all employees. The bulletins are sent via email and posted on the University of Alberta's official blog, Colloquy. The president uses the bulletins to help keep the community up-to-date on university issues and to help inform them about the work of the leadership offices. 

    Mar. 2014 - The Offices of the Vice-President (University Relations) and the Vice-President (Facilities and Operations) host an Open Spaces symposium and Consultation process. Enabling a wide swath of the university community to share their thoughts on how space on our campus should be used. 

    Mar. 2014 - The Offices of the Vice-President (Advancement) and the Vice-President (University Relations) continue to build on the university's reputation for communications excellence. The portfolio wins ten Council for the  Advancement and Support of Education District VIII awards. The University of Alberta is the top award-winner in the District in 2014, winning 20 awards overall for communications and marketing excellence. The university wins the highest number of CASE communications awards in the district, which includes more than 130 post-secondary institutions in western Canada and the United States.

    June 2014 - The Office of the Provost and the Students Union work closely together to develop a proposal for a fall reading week. The proposal is put before General Faculties Council and is passed. 

    Sept. 2014 - Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Carl Amrhein and Vice-President (Finance and Administration) Phyllis Clark consult with the Graduate Students' Association Council regarding tuition fees for Sept. 2015.

    Oct. 2014 - Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Carl Amrhein meets with the Students' Union Council.