As we all know, York is living in challenging times. The internationalization of education, intensified competition, the revolution in information and communications technology, and fiscal constraints are having a profound impact on the postsecondary sector and higher education policy. Successfully managing through this change agenda requires two things: adequate human and financial resources to support York’s academic priorities, combined with a workforce that is informed, engaged, committed and feels valued throughout the change process.
That’s why in 2010, the President established two key projects: PRASE and Creating a Better Workplace. These two initiatives are critical to ensuring that York achieves its goals. PRASE is all about finding ways of best aligning scarce resources with academic priorities; while Creating a Better Workplace is about doing this in ways that continue to value and engage people. Going forward, these two initiatives must work even more closely together.