TORONTO, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario universities are improving
administrative efficiencies that result in innovative ways of employing
public funds for the benefit of students, according to a new report released by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
The report, called Innovative Ideas: Improving Efficiency at Ontario Universities, covers five areas: Streamlining Operational Processes, Innovation and
Partnerships, Managing Facilities Efficiently, Making Smart Purchasing
Decisions, and Planning for Safety. The report was released at a forum
hosted today by COU that will explore administrative and financial
efficiencies and share best practices, not just in universities, but in
all of the broader public sector (BPS).
"Individually and collectively, Ontario universities are making the most
of their existing resources and finding innovative ways to deliver
their services," says Sheldon Levy, Chair of COU and President of
Ryerson University. "They are focused on ensuring that every public
dollar is maximized for the benefit of students."
By implementing new and modern technologies, and partnering with other
organizations, universities are able to eliminate many time-consuming
steps and increase their response times to institutional processes.
Some examples include better document management, increased safety and
a more sustainable campus. Partnerships are with both private and
public sector organizations.
"Innovative partnerships at universities across Ontario are lowering
costs, optimizing space and stretching our resources," says Bonnie M.
Patterson, COU President and CEO. "Group purchasing agreements have
also helped to save money without sacrificing the quality of services
and products procured."
The forum, at which the report will be presented, will take place from 9
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall at Victoria University (University of
Toronto). Keynote speakers include Ron McKerlie, Deputy Minister of
Government Services, and Leslie Behnke, Vice-President of Process
Improvement and Service Quality at TD Canada Trust.
The event will provide an opportunity for attendees and participants
from the BPS to learn about projects at other institutions in greater
detail than they might have been exposed to otherwise.
SOURCE Council of Ontario Universities
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