The Division of Finance and Administration strives to act as an innovative partner, delivering excellent service to the Oregon State University community. Our primary responsibility is to ensure the fiscal and administrative health of the university, and our priority is the success of everyone learning and working at or with OSU.
We have created specific strategies and objectives that focus on achieving results and outcomes while honoring the talents and perspectives individuals bring to the university. We promote the overall success of Oregon State, provide safe environments that encourage the health and wellness of our people, and ensure that OSU’s resources are used effectively.
The DFA is responsible for identifying meaningful metrics, quantifying targets, and implementing plans to successfully meet them. This strategic plan is our roadmap to continuing success.
Finance and Administration: Ensuring success every day!
Innovating for a 21st century land-grant university.
The Division of Finance and Administration provides leadership, innovative services, creative solutions, and integrated systems enabling the university mission through collaborative stewardship of human and financial resources within an environment of transparency and exemplary service.
The people of the DFA strive to embody the university’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility by:
Empowering Others—We help students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders attain success. We support our employees in delivering excellent, effective and innovative service by providing training and resources, and placing decision-making authority at appropriate levels. We are individually accountable for our actions, results and behaviors.
Encouraging Openness and Transparency—We are collaborative as we work with the diverse communities within and across units and divisions. We strive to provide clear and effective communication. We focus on teamwork, and continuously work toward
improving current processes and policies in service to our customers and other stakeholders.
The Division’s leadership team formally adopted and is committed to the Provost Council’s Ethos for building and maintaining a community in which all members are committed to the growth, development and well-being of every other member. To achieve the community to which we aspire, each individual commits to:
Firmly rooted in the university’s Strategic Plan 3.0 and guided by our shared values, the Division aspires to be world-class in integrated planning and providing services. We will implement “highly efficient administrative processes to enhance the quality of service and improve productivity” (OSU Strategic Plan 3.0, page 15). We will support the goals of the Student Success Initiative. We will benchmark best practices and continuously improve in all that we do.
The Division is responsive to the short- and long-term needs of the OSU Community. Our work is organized around three primary goal areas:
These overarching necessities transcend specific goals and strategies. We use them to develop our plans and guide our actions.
To provide the highest levels of service in order to promote the success of OSU students, our colleagues in the OSU community, and the public using the best available tools, technologies and practices.
Strategy 1 – Develop, communicate and implement clear, consistent and customer-focused policies, processes and programs that focus on enabling and supporting student, faculty, and staff success.
Strategy 2 – Create a culture of service excellence that ensures the success of the OSU community every day.
Strategy 3 – Create a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters success throughout the OSU community.
To provide a safe environment that protects and encourages improvements in the health and wellness of all aspects of the OSU community.
Strategy 1 – Ensure our physical spaces and environments are safe and accessible for everyone.
Strategy 2 – Provide opportunities for people to enhance health, well-being, personal growth and professional development.
To ensure that all human, financial, physical, environmental, and animal resources entrusted to the university are deployed in an effective, efficient, transparent, and socially responsible manner.
Strategy 1 – Advance financial, social, and environmental responsibility at all levels throughout the OSU community.
Strategy 2 – Create and implement shared and integrated systems and resources.
Strategy 3 – Create a culture of innovation that supports efficiency, effectiveness and transformational ideas for doing business.
The goals, strategies and objectives outlined in the DFA Strategic Plan are efforts that we expect to continue over the long term. To focus our collective efforts during the 2017 through 2019 academic years, we have developed a set of division-level initiatives that detail what we will accomplish and how it will be done. Each initiative accomplishes several objectives within the overall plan, and taken together, will result in significant process toward our goals over the next few years.
Create a culture that respects and values the unique contributions of individuals, adding to the richness of the community. Offer staff educational opportunities that help them identify specific techniques to increase inclusiveness, to become a community of fully-engaged, collaborative, and effective problem-solvers.
Create transparent, efficient, compliant and responsive policies, procedures and processes. Integrate information systems and platforms to modernize how we conduct business at Oregon State. Develop a review cycle for policies to ensure they are effective for the needs of the community.
Protect the safety of people in the Oregon State community by preventing and preparing for emergency situations. Ensure the safety of researchers through lab safety training and collaborative compliance measures. Create a communication architecture that allows for efficient emergency response and business continuity planning.
Support the achievement of Oregon State’s mission and goals by building an integrated planning and budgeting system that engages the university community. Incorporate information from planning activities throughout all levels of the university. Align planning across academic and administrative functions, as well as across various fund sources.
Develop an efficient and effective way to deliver and track critical and mandatory training for all employees. Identify pathways and support for continued professional growth and career development.
Build and maintain physical infrastructures that respond to the needs of the Oregon State Community. Identify and prioritize the best ways to utilize limited resources to preserve the university for future generations.