Delta Teams Presenting Details On Initiatives

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Project Delta representatives have embarked on a series of presentations to the Boston College community in an effort to provide details regarding the planned implementation of Delta initiatives.

Representatives are scheduled to meet today with the Administrative Officers Council, and will invite deans, associate deans, departmental chairs and other University administrative and academic managers to discuss the implementation plan on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Project Delta Manager James Kreinbring said the presentations are aimed at keeping employees up to date on the transition now taking place in Delta, and the developments that will follow. The first implementation phase of Delta, which will cover the next 12 to 18 months, includes a series of initiatives aimed at improving academic and non-academic services for students and increasing faculty and staff use of technology.

"Now that Delta has moved from the design stage to implementation, there will be a lot of information to absorb," explained Kreinbring, a member of the Delta Executive Team. "We're very intent on getting the details out about the first phase of implementation so that any anxiety about what is going to happen and when can be minimized."

Other forums took place in late September and earlier this month that were aimed at Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, and the University's vice presidents, the Staff Advisory Senate, the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, and staff members of several offices particularly affected by the first phase.

Some of the services provided through these offices - the University Registrar, Enrollment Systems, Financial Aid, Admission, Student Accounts and Loans, and Student Collections - will be centralized and automated as part of a redefined student services organization.

The first implementation phase also will include the introduction of local technology consultants throughout campus, who will assist offices and departments in utilizing data, voice or other technology. In a related initiative, the University will make available to faculty a World Wide Web-based set of services known as "The Office of the Future," which will enable them to perform tasks such as ordering books, reserving library materials, or providing and updating course information, with little or no assistance.

Other Delta projects that will begin during this phase include: a self-study management review of about 60 offices and departments; a pilot project for the procurement card, which selected employees can use to make office-related purchases of up to $1,000; and creation of a simplified process for faculty to pursue and manage external research funding.

Information regarding Project Delta is available at the Delta Web site.

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