Your May 2015 Guide: OE2C News and Highlights
OE2C May News and Highlights
Momentum continued in May with tangible impact coming from the Procurement, IT, Finance, and Travel and Entertainment Initiatives.
Purchasing decision leads to happy ending for CUL
A decision five years ago by SMU’s Central University Libraries to create a central supply repository led to what is now considered a campus model for purchasing.
The move to use one central purchaser – who has extensive knowledge of products, prices and vendors — basically came down to implementing best business practices, says Dean Gillian McCombs, director of CUL. Read more.
IT Initiative: listening, learning, moving forward
The IT Initiative has achieved several goals, including focus group interviews and a survey of all IT staff; faculty surveys and meetings in each school to determine teaching and research needs; and an analysis of strengths and weaknesses in PeopleSoft.
The team has sought to learn which IT-related systems and processes work best while also determining where obstacles are experienced. Read more.
SMU’s new paperless and more user-friendly online process for booking and reporting travel expenses is scheduled to begin soon as SMU transitions from its old cumbersome travel report process to the new Concur paperless system.
A new council of SMU faculty and staff will serve as a grassroots channel for gathering and disseminating OE2C-related information across campus and for providing important feedback from the campus community.