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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 celebrates opening of gate at DF Malherbe Avenue
2007-10-02

 

The University of the Free State (UFS) this morning celebrated the opening of the new gate at the Agriculture Building on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The gate, which runs out of DF Malherbe Avenue, is the third largest gate built on the Main Campus. Prof. Frederick Fourie, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, said that the needs of the security guards who have to stand guard at the gates were taken into consideration with the design of the gates. From the left are: Mr Aggrey Litseho (Crime Investigation Officer of the UFS Protection Services Division), Mr Willie Frankim (Head of the UFS Protection Services Division) and Prof. Fourie.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 

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