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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 honours five alumni
2009-09-08

 
The University of the Free State (UFS) honoured five of its alumni during the Kovsie Alumni Awards that took place on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this past Friday evening. From the left are: Prof. Johan Grobbelaar, senior professor in the university's Department of Plant Sciences who received the Kovsie Alumni National Management Award; Mr Gert Grobler (South Africa's ambassador in Japan) who was named the 2008/09 Kovsie Alumnus of the Year; Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS; Dr Gert Marincowitz (RUDASA's Rural Physician of the Year) who received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award; Prof. André Venter, Chief Specialist of Paediatrics and Child Health at the UFS who received the Kovsie Alumni National Management Award, and Sekoati Tsubane (Kabelo in 7de Laan) who received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award.
Photo: Dries Myburgh

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