Recent contracts, resulting from strategic sourcing initiatives in key purchased categories, are currently achieving several million dollars per year in savings along with improved customer service. Print services and devices, office supplies, lab supplies and rental cars are just a few of the two dozen categories addressed to date. End-user teams collaborate closely with Procurement Services in each category to ensure that selected supplier partners are appropriate for Dartmouth and able to meet the needs of the user community.
Dartmouth's Print-to-Digital (P2D) project was undertaken to accelerate the adoption of digital media and improve the College's print services procurement procedures. A set of communications guidelines was developed to assist communications managers in their efforts to shift to digital media for materials as diverse as undergraduate applications, course packs, and newsletters. For ongoing print needs, a set of procedures was implemented to enable communicators to get the best possible price and service from a group of preferred vendors. With this project, the College now has a framework for encouraging staff to take a "Digital First" approach to communications and to enable those who do purchase print to work with the College's strongest vendors on the most favorable terms.
Over the last 18 months, Dartmouth has moved to streamline and reorganize many financial functions previously performed in central finance and individual departments to five finance centers. These centers enable a high level of expertise and rapid deployment of best practices, while maintaining close ties to customer departments. Service level metrics provide objective measures of performance, and additional functions and processes continue to transition into the centers.
Dartmouth is committed to being a leader in sustainability, as a learning laboratory that integrates world class academic research with excellence in execution and delivery. The sustainability roadmap, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees in 2012, will detail Dartmouth's commitment to sustainability and actions Dartmouth will take to meet specific sustainability leadership goals in the areas of energy, materials, and learning and culture. The team developing the roadmap consists of faculty, staff and students, and engages organizations across the community.
Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty are collaborating to enhance student academic support services through an advising structure that will more closely integrate faculty advisors, peer advisors, and the undergraduate deans as an advising team. A cornerstone of this initiative, the new advising center, will open in late 2012.
Last Updated: 3/5/12