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HR Redesign site launches, planning underway

June 13, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to share developments in the Human Resources Redesign project that Dr. Rao announced earlier this spring. Today, VCU launches the Great Place: HR Redesign website, where we will share news and information about a new HR plan that focuses on you and your career. This project is a direct response to the findings from VCU’s Great Place Initiative, the 2013 research study that determined the need for more modern HR practices. The HR Redesign project will create opportunities for VCU staff to clearly map their career development within the university and align their everyday work with VCU’s strategic goals and vision.

VCU has the autonomy to redesign its HR system under Virginia’s Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act of 2005 (Restructuring Act), which provides public colleges and universities with more operational independence. Under the Restructuring Act, VCU will keep what we appreciate most about public employment (retirement, health benefits, due process, etc.) while making the improvements you asked for in the Great Place Initiative survey (career development, market and merit-based pay, promotional opportunities, etc.).

The new HR plan is on schedule to be offered starting January 2018, which means we have between now and then to design the details. It is during this time we hope to hear from you. Representatives from across the university have been appointed to several committees that will guide the development of the HR Redesign. I encourage you to visit the Great Place: HR Redesign website to learn more about what this could mean for you, track the project’s progress, and offer your input. Be sure to check the “truth-o-meter” in our “rumor mill” or submit a rumor yourself for the HR Redesign team to confirm or clarify. You can also follow Working@VCU on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

By working together, we can make VCU an even greater place — a place to do meaningful work and have thriving careers. I pledge continued transparency throughout the development of this project and I welcome your ideas. As always, I appreciate your support and I look forward to sharing news about the HR Redesign project as it progresses.

Thank you,

Cathleen C. Burke
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University