Graham commissions cross-functional teams

By: Andrew Koch

President, Fr. Michael Graham, S.J., commissioned 10 cross-functional teams (CFTs) to evaluate various aspects of the university’s operations in order to improve student learning and development.

The teams, which Graham first announced in a letter to the Xavier community in July, are headed by an administrator and a faculty member and are composed of students, faculty and staff members.

Graham and the rest of the Xavier administration hope that the CFTs’ findings will help the university better fulfill its mission.

“(The teams) are part of the president’s ongoing commitment to steward the university’s resources in the best way possible to support student learning, the work of faculty and staff and the Xavier brand,” Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott Chadwick said in an email.

Graham asked each group to review its department’s structure to ensure that it fulfills the university’s mission and keeps student interests in mind. In addition, each CFT will make recommendations about how the departments can operate more efficiently.

“The focus of the CFTs is on consolidating and reorganizing structures and resources to deliver improved services in support of mission, strategy, future revenue creation and cost containment,” Graham said in a press release this summer.

Each of the 10 teams focuses on a different department. Together the ten teams explore athletics, Cintas Center, information technology, internationalization, diversity, enrollment management and student services, community engagement, undergraduate advising, academic programs and student health and counseling.

Eight of the 10 CFTs will submit their recommendations for their respective departments by Oct. 1.

The other two teams, those focusing on athletics and student health and counseling, will have deadlines later in the year.