SRA ready for review

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Kelsii Kyto

The Strategic Resource Allocation (SRA) is now available for viewing online as of Friday, August 24, where the NMU community can provide feedback on NMU’s SRA website.

The reports were received in July and are anticipated to be reviewed until October.

The main purpose of the SRA is to involve the campus in strategic decision making regarding academic and support planning. Both of the two categories have separate task forces who produce suggestions on how to better distribute resources. Task forces were chosen through a call of over 125 nominations, and from there, the Coordinating Committee selected the members, who were placed in task forces relating to their campus duties, according to the FAQ section of the SRA website.

“[The SRA] will be posted for 30 days, during which everyone has the opportunity to provide feedback and comment. I really encourage [the NMU community] to do that. Comments and insights will be particularly helpful to the implementation team as they do their review,” Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Kerri Schuiling said during the fall convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Comments are limited to 200 words, and anonymity is not permitted.

In late September after the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, there will most likely be a forum for the entire campus, she added. A student-only SRA forum is in the process of being scheduled.

“I really want to thank all the people who work so hard on these task forces, led the task forces or were on the coordinating committee,” Schuiling said.

Ultimately, a formal proposal will be provided to President Fritz Erickson and will present the final recommendations for implementation to the BOT at its December meeting.

“I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the last couple of weeks reading the strategic allocation reports and the message I’m getting from reading those is that Northern is in the prime position for contended transformation,” Erickson said during convocation.

Throughout their speeches, each speaker thanked the task forces and all involved with the processing of the SRA.

“This kind of work is not for the faint of heart, and frankly, many universities just couldn’t do it,” Erickson said.

The Academic Senate has also been extensively involved in conversation regarding the SRA, Alec Lindsay, biology professor and Academic Senate chair said.

“In the coming year, I expect the Senate to be an important venue for review and feedback on the reports generated on that project,” Lindsay said during convocation.