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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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Public Administrators and scholars to talk governance at UFS
2012-03-06

Government officials and Public Administration scholars will gather at the University of the Free State (UFS) to discuss the state of governance in Africa. This occurs during the centenary of the African National Congress (ANC). They will attend the 12th annual conference of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) that will take place on the Bloemfontein Campus from 7 to 9 March 2012.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Secretary-General of the ANC, will deliver keynote addresses at the conference. The Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality will also speak at the event.
Scholars from across the country and the continent will cover topics ranging from service delivery to community participation as well as relations between the ANC and the Judiciary.
 
The conference is hosted in conjunction with the Centre for Africa Studies at the UFS.
 
See the pdf document with times and venues for the different sessions.

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