Campus Alberta plan lacks clarity, says provincial auditor

July 10, 2013

The department and institutions included under the Campus Alberta umbrella lack clarity on the mandates, roles, responsibilities, accountabilities, and interrelationships of collaborative entities and committees, says a report by Alberta’s auditor general. The audit found that “the department and institutions do not have well-designed systems to plan, govern, implement and sustain collaborative initiatives.” The audit focused on 3 non-academic collaborative initiatives to test the systems in place at institutions, and found that management lacks a clear understanding of the department’s strategic direction for Campus Alberta and of how specific initiatives fit into it. The auditor’s report recommends the department develop a business plan to clearly outline what it wants to achieve, how it will meet its goals, how much it will cost and where the money will come from, as well as implement a way of measuring the performance of Campus Alberta and publicly report the results and costs of initiatives. This spring, advanced education minister Thomas Lukaszuk issued mandate letters to all institutions directing them to increase partnerships and collaborative measures under the Campus Alberta banner. CBC (CP) | Edmonton Journal | Auditor’s Report