Last year, Nancy Peterson (now retired) was awarded an SIA grant to pull together a small group to take a look at our “regulations.” I use quotes around the word since we are the only MnSCU school to identify policies and procedures as “regulations.” This is not a bad or good thing, it is just sometimes confusing for anyone studying our website.
One of the things that the task force wanted to do was to find ways to streamline what we do, how we document it, and how we proceed to implement. They found that often our regulations were really procedures, our procedures were not always followed or were loosely implemented, and we had some very out of date regulations that clutter up the lists.
So, a group of great people worked with Nancy to begin to sort out some of these tangles. In case you missed the report last year, I have attached it here along with Nancy’s presentation on the task force findings.
We are now in process of discussing a continuation of the task force with constituency groups. The purpose would be to finalize the proposed structures for re-writing and cleaning up regulations and perhaps moving toward an ongoing formal committee to review sets of regulations on a yearly schedule. The task force also suggested that we use “policies” and “procedures” language to clear up any confusion about what we mean.
Many thanks to the folks who worked on this report. I look forward to people having great discussions about the proposal.