As part of a one-time Government of Saskatchewan grant to support pandemic and post-pandemic recovery, efficiencies in academics and administration, revenue generation, and government priorities articulated in Saskatchewan's Growth Plan, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Health Sciences Deans Committee has approved charters related to two projects funded as strategic priority initiatives.
The Health Sciences Reorganization Project
The health sciences reorganization project will work to define a governance framework that will amplify each of the disciplines in the health sciences and model ways to connect while advancing shared academic and research priorities. The project is seeking to enhance collaboration between the university’s health science colleges, schools, and the administrative USask Health Sciences unit.
The project will:
- undertake an environmental scan of comparator institutions
- map the current state of internal USask structures
- engage with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of what “stands in the way” of collaboration
- develop a proposed “future state” organizational structure and articulate the administrative, governance, and budgetary infrastructure that will be required to facilitate implementation of the future state
NOTE: Any proposed changes will be implemented after approval via the standard USask tricameral governance processes. The Institutional Context Report released in June 2022 comprises a portion of the deliverables listed above.
In January 2022, the steering committee began the stakeholder consultation process on the above-listed projects funded as strategic priority initiatives. Between January and mid-May, meetings will have been held at nine health science faculty councils or faculty-staff meetings. Steering committee representatives will also have engaged with approximately 60 additional stakeholder committees, groups, or individuals.
If you are part of a group that is interested in learning more about these projects and stakeholder consultations, please contact a project support member.
USask faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share suggestions with the Health Sciences Strategic Priority Initiatives Steering Committee.
If you have insights or constructive feedback involving opportunities for the health sciences to connect across boundaries, please share them through the feedback form below.
For questions about these strategic priority initiative projects, please contact Interim Associate Provost, Health, Dr. Adam Baxter-Jones (PhD), or Health Sciences Projects and Planning Officer Dr. Erin Barbour-Tuck, PhD.