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    May 31, 2006
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Planning and analysis functions reassigned

Temple President David Adamany announced two changes to administrative offices that support the University’s strategic planning and decision-making.

The Office of Planning and Policy Analysis (OPPA), which had reported to the Executive Office of the President, now reports to Temple Senior Vice President Clarence D. Armbrister. In addition, Adamany declared that the Office of Management Analysis (OMA), created two years ago to seek operational efficiencies, has largely met its goals and is being phased out.

“In only a few short years, the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis and the Office of Management Analysis have helped implement or improve many essential processes at Temple.

We are a much more effective and efficient operation because of their work,” Adamany said.

In addition to its core function of collecting and analyzing data on operational trends affecting the University, OPPA also oversees the usage of space in Temple facilities, provides academic record support for students and administrative offices, conducts institutional research, administers national tests for students and manages student evaluation of instruction. Since its establishment in 2002, OPPA, under the leadership of Executive Director Thomas M. Healey, has introduced a Web-based process for Course and Teaching Evaluation (CATE); implemented systems to re-number, plan and schedule courses; developed an annual personnel census; and revised class scheduling to achieve more efficient use of space during a period of significant enrollment growth.

OMA was created in 2004 as an in-house consulting service charged with enhancing productivity and efficiency in the University’s non-academic units. OMA recently helped complete a telecommunications study, which will achieve substantial savings on telephone rates and will provide a more accurate way of charging for the University’s telephone and data usage. The office also helped solicit and manage efficiency studies of custodial, utilities, fleet management, food service and printing services. Many of their recommendations have been adopted or will be by the end of this fiscal year.

As OMA phases out, the University is helping that office’s former staff members find new positions at Temple or elsewhere.