By now you have no doubt heard about the Cost Containment reports focused on procurement activities, information technology infrastructure, revenue generation and cost cutting, and employee benefits. The complete reports from these committees, as well as President Destler’s cover letter, are available at http://www.rit.edu/president/productivity.html (DCE login required).
As a Staff Council representative and a member of the RIT Staff Council Executive Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all RIT employees to carefully review the recommendations outlined in the report. If implemented, these changes have the potential to greatly affect the way we all do our jobs. But right now, we are being given the opportunity to voice our feedback, advise Dr. Destler and his administrative team, and serve as a catalyst for positive change.
It is critical to the review of these reports that employees from all walks of life and all divisions across campus take the time to thoroughly read the report and share their individual feedback. No situation is too unique, no position too inconsequential in this process. While we recognize that many staff have very busy schedules and demanding responsibilities for their jobs already, we would like to emphasize Dr. Destler’s support of staff involvement in shared governance. He is relying on our input in order to make informed decisions on the suggestions put forth. If you are a manager, please encourage your staff to participate.
There are three ways in which you will be able to provide feedback:
- Contact your RIT Staff Council Representative. (Not sure who your rep is? Look here.) We can assure you that all responses will be kept confidential.
- Submit via the anonymous Staff Council Feedback Dropbox, located in the lounge area outside of the Staff Council Office (across from the Brick City Cafe in the Student Alumni Union).
- And announcing: Open community forums hosted by Staff Council’s Ad Hoc Cost Resources Committee – Schedule TBA shortly; forums will take place after fall break.
On behalf of Staff Council, I appreciate your taking the time to share with us your honest and open feedback. It is of great value to RIT’s system of shared governance and will help RIT Staff Council to assemble a detailed, diverse, and meaningful report that accurately represents the RIT staff community. Thank you.