The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is focused on a future of excellence — to be a university that sets the standard in learning, teaching, research, scholarly, and artistic work, and community engagement.
Through the Horizons Project, USask has fully allocated a one-time investment of $31-million to 26 initiatives that will assist in building a foundation for a sustainable future, generating revenue and reducing expenses, growing our research, teaching, and community engagement, and helping our institution recover and transition from COVID-19.
Two of these initiatives — the Health Sciences Shared Courses Initiative and the Health Sciences Reorganization Initiative — have been approved and undertaken by the Health Sciences Deans Committee to help the university build an innovative and financially sustainable future.
The Health Sciences Reorganization Initiative
The Health Sciences Reorganization Initiative at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is one of 26 undertakings that comprise the Horizons Project. Initiated in late 2021, this initiative includes deliverables requiring a review of previous health science change efforts and recommendations at the university, an environmental scan of comparator institutes and internal structures, engagement with internal and external stakeholders, recommendations required for a sustainable future state organizational structure, and development of an implementation plan to achieve the recommended future state. The completion deadline for this initiative and all deliverables is April 2024.
Although the Reorganization Initiative is an independent project, substantial overlap and inter-project reliance exist between this project and other Horizons initiatives operating at the same time. The most noteworthy of these is the Administrative Services Renewal (ASR) Initiative.
The Health Sciences Reorganization Initiative 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; and
- 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: The Institutional Context Report released in June 2022 comprises a portion of the deliverables listed above.
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 initiatives, please contact Interim Associate Provost, Health, Adam Baxter-Jones, PhD, or Health Sciences Projects and Planning Officer Erin Barbour-Tuck, PhD.