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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Enhancing transparency

Two of my goals to improve operations in the college are enhancing our shared governance and improving our data and informational transparency. One simple step to advance both is to make it easier to find information about CLA governance online. We’ve developed a new governance page on our intranet that pulls together agendas and other materials for our governance committees and the Assembly. This new page is a work in progress and will become more robust in the weeks and months ahead. Please let me know at cladean@umn.edu if you have suggestions for what should appear on the page. If you are involved with a CLA governance or representative group that has a web presence, please let Ellen Miller know and we will add the link to the page. Ellen is new to the Dean’s Office, joining us recently as Executive Assistant to the Dean and Chief of Staff, the position formerly held by Kelsey Cook. Ellen provides administrative support for the Assembly and governance generally.

Another move toward improved transparency is making it easier to view data about the college. We have launched a new data portal called CLARA, for CLA Reporting and Analytics. The site pulls together data concerning budgets, enrollments, staffing, SERU survey results, and so on. Currently chairs, administrators, and select administrative staff have access to the site. We will soon be rolling out college-wide access.