The President’s Operational Excellence Initiative
As AUC moves past the initial crisis management of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must accelerate and strengthen our operational reforms across the University — reinforcing the work already underway as part of AUC’s strategic plan —through the formation of the following seven committees. Each warmly invites volunteers, proposals, concerns, and ideas from outside their immediate office teams and disciplines:
Chair: Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman
Mandate: Prepare for Summer and Fall 2020; establish alternative instructional and research modes for FY21 and beyond; oversee all matters dealing with academic planning, policies and procedures, and resource allocation recommendations.
Chair: Vice President for Digital Transformation Ayman Abdellatif
Mandate: Accelerate digital transformation and optimization of full online and blended capabilities for all degree and nondegree programs, and pan-AUC administrative operations; facilitate and improve remote access for all AUC users; and strengthen cyber security protocols, systems, and training.
Chair: Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sarah Refaat
Mandate: Advance HR reforms already underway, including regulating remote work policy after assessment of initial pilots; enacting a hiring freeze and eliminating vacancies with an approval process for rare exceptions based on documented critical need; revising overtime policy; conducting position review with area and unit heads.
Chair: Associate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Amir Habib
Mandate: Identify cost-reduction and revenue-increasing measures in each operating area to achieve a balanced budget; strengthen controls on expenditures both in advance and post facto; develop policies for freeze of travel, hospitality and other discretionary spending; streamline and strengthen procurement and property management; automate financial transactions to achieve a “cashless campus.”
Chair: Vice President for Student Life Deena Boraie
Mandate: Update student residence policies and streamline management operations; optimize operations of athletic facilities and programs; update and improve on-campus support services for all students, with a particular focus on special needs of international students.
Chair: Vice President for Management and Operations Shereen Shaker
Mandate: Streamline all operations to upgrade quality of service and eliminate waste; ensure cleanliness, sanitation, health and safety of all people, facilities and the environment; review capital projects; establish global best practice public health procedures and protocols to reopen physical presence.
Chair: Vice President for Advancement and the Americas Bruce Flessner
Mandate: Optimize relief under CARES Act; refresh strategies and operations for fundraising and international student recruitment; streamline U.S.-based operations and advance their integration with campus-based operations.