In December 2017, the non-instructional programs and offices submitted their SRAP questionnaire responses to the Non-Instructional review group. In February 2018, the academic units submitted their reports to the Instructional Program review group. The Instructional and Non-Instructional SRAP review groups spent many hours reviewing every report and supporting data and crafting their reports, which were submitted to the SRAP Steering Committee in May 2018. The Steering Committee has spent the summer months reviewing the work of both the Instructional and Non-Instructional groups. The Steering Committee has identified ideas and issues that can be acted on immediately and others that will require further consideration. Those requiring further consideration will involve committee action as part of shared governance, and committees with specialized knowledge, to help inform the strategic allocation decisions. The topics that the Steering Committee is exploring further include: Credit Requirement for Graduation and Reduction/Reallocation of Faculty FTE; Athletics, Recreation and Club Sports; Operations Staff Organization; Music Organizations; Faculty and Staff Development; and Staff Workday Flexibilities. We expect that there are several more months of work ahead of us.
The Steering Committee has organized this exploration work utilizing Target Action Groups, or TAG Teams, comprised of individuals with specific knowledge of, or interest in, the topics. We’ve also developed TAG Team charges to provide background and context, suggest goals and timelines, and outline the scope of each TAG team’s work. This work continues to be guided by the SRAP decision-making principles to stay true to the College’s mission, uphold the reputation and quality of the St. Olaf experience, contribute to our value proposition for current and future students, and identify strategic opportunities. The TAG Teams are also asked to abide by the principles and assumptions used by the Instructional and Non-Instructional Review Groups in their work.