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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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The value of sport discussed by international figure
2010-03-31

 
At the presentation were, from the left, front: Ms Corrie Sears, University of Nebraska; Ms Martie Nortje, Corporate Relations at the UFS; back: Dougie Heymans, KovsieSport at the UFS; and Prof. Niel Viljoen, Vice-Rector: Operations.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

 
The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Divisions Corporate Relations and KovsieSport recently hosted the Director of Academic Marketing from the University of Nebraska in the United States of America, Corrie Sears. She conducted a presentation on “The value of sport for a university’s brand.”

According to Ms Sears, branding must be an integral part of a university’s awareness campaigns. This could help to increase attendance on sports days. Ms Sears’s presentation also left attendees with some good examples on creating the right atmosphere on the day that a sports game is played. The University of Nebraska is known for their more than 300 consecutive total sell-outs of their football games.

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