Office of Strategy, Planning, and Budget

SW Transformation FAQs

Statewide Transformation Frequently Asked Questions - April 14, 2016
(These will be updated as additional information is available)

Now that Johnsen has announced his decisions what will happen next?

Now that Johnsen has announced his decisions what will happen next?

Based on the decisions announced April 14, departments will begin to formulate plans to meet target timelines, and work with staff to implement changes. Each recommendation is accompanied by a check mark that indicates the anticipated implementation date of 30-, 60- or 90-days, done, or no change where appropriate. It is possible that some changes will take longer than 90 days.

When did the clock begin on implementation timelines?

When did the clock begin on implementation timelines?

The final decisions were made public and the implementation clock started as of the April 14 presentation to Statewide Staff.

How does this process relate to Strategic Pathways?

How does this process relate to Strategic Pathways?

The Statewide Transformation was underway before the Strategic Pathways framework emerged as a guide for improving efficiency in academic programs, but they share many of the same goals: to make the university stronger, more cost effective, more efficient and to provide better service to our campuses and students. It is a way to ensure our financial health through meaningful management actions and restructuring instead of across-the-board reductions.

Is there an estimate as to how much money this effort save the university?

Is there an estimate as to how much money this effort save the university?

Until final implementation tasks are established, we won’t know the exact budget impacts.

What will happen to impacted employees?

What will happen to impacted employees?

The human resources office and supervisors will work together with impacted employees. Impacted employees will be given as much advance notice as possible in this ever-changing environment.

If my job is eliminated or moved to a university, how much notice will I receive?

If my job is eliminated or moved to a university, how much notice will I receive?

Exempt employees will receive at least 3 months notice. Non-exempt (hourly) employees will receive at least 4 weeks notice.

If my job is eliminated will there be any assistance in finding another job in the university? If my job is moved to a university, will I have priority in re-applying for it?

If my job is eliminated will there be any assistance in finding another job in the university? If my job is moved to a university, will I have priority in re-applying for it?

Potential layoff employees will be considered for vacant positions within their statewide department for which they are qualified. The regional human resources office will also assist employees to find suitable employment within the university system. Employees are eligible to be considered as internal applicants for any other position, if qualified, but do not have priority for any vacant positions outside their statewide department.

How long after a layoff do I have health coverage?

How long after a layoff do I have health coverage?

An employee remains covered by the University health plan through the remainder of the calendar month in which the layoff becomes effective. The employee will be provided notice of his/her opportunity to continue health coverage under COBRA. Other benefits, including life insurance, long-term disability, and optional survivor benefits, will cease on the effective date of the layoff; the employee may apply for conversion of health insurance, life insurance, and/or long-term disability insurance during the first 31 days following the effective date of the layoff.

Will I get my sick leave back if I am rehired?

Will I get my sick leave back if I am rehired?

Employees who are rehired into a leave-eligible position within three years after layoff will have their previous accrued sick leave reinstated.

What happens to my annual leave if my employment is terminated?

What happens to my annual leave if my employment is terminated?

The salary equivalent of unused annual leave up to a maximum of 240 hours will be paid upon termination of an employee from the university. Anyone transferring from a position that provides annual leave to one which does not will have his/her accumulated balance, up to a maximum of 240 hours, paid at the effective date of the layoff.

What education benefits do I have after layoff?

What education benefits do I have after layoff?

If participating in the tuition waiver program, an employee and dependents may complete those courses in which they are enrolled at the time of layoff.

The employee also is eligible for additional tuition waiver of up to 15 credits in any semester, to be used on any university campus, for a period of up to two years from the effective date of layoff, up to a maximum of 60 credits.

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