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Karen Lazenby WomenofKovsies
Dr Karen Lazenby strives for a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure.

A transformed University of the Free State (UFS) will be one that promotes social justice in everything it does, a university where its diverse people feel a sense of common purpose and engagement. The UFS is developing this through its Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP) introduced in January 2017. 

“The majority of the current systems and processes in student administration at the university are still manual. This lack of automation leads to inconsistencies and service failures,” says Dr Karen Lazenby. As Registrar for Systems and Administration, Dr Lazenby is responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient student lifecycle across all three campuses. 

With the ITP, the Governance: Systems and Administration work stream strives to have a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure with a single line of accountability in student administration across all faculties and relevant support departments on the three campuses. By ensuring this ease of use and access there will be an integrated student experience and greater empowerment of students.

“Our focus is on automation and self-services for students (such as the time-table, requests for additional and ad hoc exams and appeals), to ensure transparency and accessibility of rules and policies, decisions relating to admission, progression rules, awarding of qualifications and graduation and faculty and general rules,” Dr Lazenby said.  It will also entail the optimisation of PeopleSoftCampus (the Enterprise Resource Planning system).

“Through this automation, I would also like to get the university’s student administration to such a level that academic staff can focus their energy on teaching and research and student administration staff can focus more on quality assurance,” said Dr Lazenby.

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UFS participates in the World Conference on Higher Education
2009-07-21

 
Proff. Driekie Hay and Aldo Stroebel recently participated as invited delegates in the World Conference on Higher Education held at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris, France. More than 1 200 delegates attended the conference. The new Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, represented the African Union as Chairperson of the Ministers of Education in Africa. The 2009 World Conference provided a global platform for forward-looking debate on one of the most rapidly changing fields within the global learning landscape. It took stock of transformation in higher education since the 1998 World Conference on Higher Education and addressed the new dynamics likely to shape the strategic agenda for the development of future higher education policies and institutions. In November 2008 Prof. Stroebel attended the Regional Consultative session for Africa in Dakar in preparation for the World Conference.
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