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2013 Strategic Plan Review
Following extensive consultation over 2013, the four key Strategic Objectives of the UTS Strategic Plan 2009 - 2018 have been revised and Outcome Statements included to sharpen the Plan's focus at its halfway point.  For more information see the Strategic Plan Review or contact Lynne Blackbourn on x3123.


2013 Performance Report and Preliminary UTS Scorecard 2013

How UTS is performing against twenty-two key performance indicators and its progress along the strategic plan is detailed in the 2013 Preliminary Performance Report.  Now available at  Annual Performance Report. (Staff only access). 

The UTS Preliminary Scorecard 2013 results are also available.


Process Improvement at UTS: 

To support Strategy 4.3 of the UTS Strategic Plan – “Drive continuous Improvements that provide increased productivity and improved outcomes” – PQU has undertaken a series of Process Improvement projects. Details of these projects are summarized at Process Improvement@UTS.
Process Improvement projects are carefully scoped in order to remain focused, manageable and able to produce quick benefits to UTS.

For information about process improvement contact Lynne Blackbourn on x3123.


Supporting planning in 2014

2014 has seen the release of an enhanced Action Planning Tool (APT) to further support action planning by faculties and units.

These enhancements are based on feedback on our pilot system launched in 2012 and further refinements implemented throughout 2013. The enhancements include:

  • a dashboard that will enable local areas to see a snapshot of the progress of the plan
  • increased functionality in creating, publishing and reviewing the plan. A rollover function enables multi-year initiatives to be carried over to the next year. 
  • improved local faculty/unit reporting capability to monitor the progress of the plan and communicate achievements; reducing the duplication of effort for local areas in providing information to central units

Planners will identify initiatives, actions and outcomes for the year within the framework of the UTS Strategic Plan and Strategic Priorities.  At the end of each year, planners will be able to roll over any continuing initiatives to form the basis of their new annual plan.

The PQU APT team will be following up with all local planning coordinators to help with completing local action plans. In the meantime any questions can be sent to apt.support@uts.edu.au or contact Mark So on x7427
 


'Closing the Loop' with student feedback

Based on the recommendations from the 2011 Southwell Review of official UTS student surveys, PQU has taken steps to enable faculties to better ‘Close the Loop’ with students. ‘Closing the Loop’ basically refers to a cycle of collecting student feedback; following up with actions based on that feedback to improve a subject; improvements being effectively communicated back to students; student satisfaction with subjects increasing – along with their inclination to respond to these types of surveys.

A trial strategy was undertaken with Design Architecture and Building (DAB) in Autumn 2013 following consultation with over 450 academic staff across the university. Comments from every student who responded to the Student Feedback Survey (SFS) in Spring 2012 were analysed, and the most substantial themes from ‘Best Aspects’ and ‘Needs Improvement’ were reported. The faculty outlined a number of initiatives which were underway to address student concerns. This project is ongoing, and analysis of the Autumn 2013 student comments is underway, with a plan to run follow up focus groups on the effectiveness of the communication strategy.


Qualitative Analysis of Student Feedback

Since late 2011, qualitative analysis of student comments has been a service provided to interested faculties by PQU. Qualitative analysis includes quantitative data (numerical results of the survey, tracked over a number of years). The reports cover subjects or courses which have been chosen for deeper analysis by Associate Deans (Teaching & Learning) as well as faculty liaison staff from the Institute of Interactive Media and Learning (IML). These could include:

•    areas of high performance which deserve recognition and analysis of best aspects;
•    analysis of the impacts of new resources or directions;
•    Supporting documentation for (re) accreditation;
•    One source of supporting documentation to inform decisions on probation or promotion.

To date, reports have been completed for Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Health, and Faculty of Design Architecture and Building. In addition, analysis of staff comments from The Voice survey, results of the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) and the Student Satisfaction Survey are also completed by PQU. For more information or to request a report, contact Carolyn Newbigin on x 7924 or carolyn.newbigin@uts.edu.au