We would like to provide an important update on the status of the review of the Academic Health Center.
In keeping with the charge from the President and Provost to the Executive Steering Committee, the overall objective of the review process is to identify the best organizational configuration for the collegiate, academic, and service units currently in the AHC to optimize the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the health sciences in alignment with the University's strategic objectives.
The Executive Steering Committee is exploring a full range of options that span the continuum from no changes in the current AHC structure, to significant AHC reorganization. Each of the three subcommittees -- Mission and Value, Administrative Infrastructure, and Academic Centers and Programs -- has been charged with the same task: to explore a full range of options and provide recommendations based on their findings. There are no predetermined outcomes for this review.
The charge letter from President Bruininks and Provost Sullivan laid out an aggressive timetable for the review, requesting preliminary recommendations by April 1, 2011, followed by a period of public comment, and a final report by early May. Given the scope of the review, the volume of information to be examined, and the level of consultation that is required, we requested and received an extension of the review timeline.
The proposed timeline for key phases of the review has been revised as follows:
March through May - consultation, data gathering and analysis
June 1 - preliminary recommendations published
June 2-17 - public comment period
June 30 - final report delivered to President and Provost
Updated information during the course of the Executive Steering Committee's review is available on this website. Check the site for updates and progress status.
Given the importance of this review we want to be sure to provide faculty and staff ample opportunities to provide input, both during the review process and on the preliminary recommendations. The Executive Steering Committee and the three subcommittees include faculty representatives, and subcommittees have already consulted with faculty governance groups across the University and will continue to do so throughout the review process. A survey will soon be fielded by the Mission and Value subcommittee, providing an opportunity for input from a broad cross section of the University. This website also provides a comment tool that individuals may use to submit input to the Steering and/or subcommittees anytime during the review process.
As indicated in the revised timeline above, there will also be a public comment period where members of the University community will be invited to provide input on the preliminary recommendations. All comments received during that period will be made public and reviewed by the Executive Steering Committee. Where appropriate, recommendations received during the comment period will be incorporated into the final report.
Sometime before the final report is complete, President Bruininks and President-Designate Kaler will send out a communication regarding their plans for reviewing and implementing the report.
We hope that this clarifies the goals, timeline, and process for the AHC Review. We will continue to provide periodic updates, and we encourage you to keep informed and look for opportunities to contribute.
Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School
Vice President for Research