The CU Shared Practices (CUSP) recognition program is accepting submissions Jan 1 – April 30, 2014. CUSP provides a great opportunity for departments from each campus to let the other campuses know about their innovations and improvements in business process, application of technology, communication, training, and other critical areas.
Last year — during the CUSP 2013 submission process — we heard about great ideas put into place at Boulder (5), Colorado Springs (2), Denver (1), and Anschutz Medical Campus (4).
Want to top last year’s record for your campus? Be a part of CUSP 2014. Tell us about your good work at www.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/cusp/?page_id=30.
We look forward to hearing from every campus!
Need training? Take a look at the recently reorganized folders in SkillSoft. Now, when you’re searching for our required or recommended online courses, you’ll find them under a more logical filing system.
The new navigation for online courses offered by the Office of University Controller (OUC) and the Procurement Service Center (PSC) is:
Log in to your campus portal > on the CU Resources tab, select Training > select Start SkillSoft > select Catalog. Open the University of Colorado – Courses folder > select Finance (or select Procurement).
In the Finance folder, you’ll see the online courses on the Cognos Reporting System, PeopleSoft Finance, Gift Fund Management, and Fiscal Code of Ethics. In the Procurement folder, you’ll find courses on Concur, CU Marketplace, Purchasing, and Travel. Previously, all these courses were listed under a single Budget & Finance folder. Now, they’re much easier to find.
Many thanks to Erin Russell of Employee Learning & Development (ELD) for creating these neatly organized folders. Questions? Contact your friendly neighborhood FinPro Help Desk consultants at 303.837.2161 or FinProHelp@cu.edu.
The Office of University Controller (OUC) is very pleased to introduce and welcome its new section of Payroll/Benefit & Trust Accounting. The eight-member team relocated from Employee Services to the OUC on January 2, 2014.
The unit includes: Judith Harlan (Trust Accountant), Matt LeDoux (Benefits Accountant); Jan Lund (Retirement Accountant); Ritu Martinez (Accounting Professional; Demetria Ross (General Accountant); Yuko Stossel (Trust Accountant); and, Peggy Watson (Manager-Payroll/Benefit & Trust Accounting). Heading up the team is the University’s Director of Tax, Gail Blandford, who will be retiring from CU this year. A search is underway for Gail’s successor.
We are happy to have these outstanding individuals join the OUC team. Welcome!
The 2014 CU Shared Practices (CUSP) Program is now open for best practice submissions.
The 2013 CUSP Program far exceeded expectations in number and quality of submissions … and in the subsequent sharing and re-purposing of ideas and innovative business processes. You can review previous successful CUSP ideas by visiting the website at www.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/cusp – click on Past Submissions and search by category: Communications & Technology, Customer Service, Finance & Accounting, Procurement, or Sponsored Projects & Grants.
And, after you’ve taken a look at the past, take a look at the present. Think about how you’ve made your department work better … and share your good work through CUSP. Let’s make this year’s Program even better than last year’s!
Would you like to encourage submissions from your campus/department? Invite CUSP Program Coordinator Fran Chapman to speak at one of your faculty or staff meetings – please contact Frances.Chapman@cu.edu.
The January 1 semiannual update cycle includes a few changes to policies, procedures, and forms. Among them:
- Alcoholic Beverages: Administrative Policy Statement, PSC Procedural Statement, and Official Function form clarify approval requirements when Fund 36 (development) monies are used
- Mileage Rates: PSC Procedural Statement Travel, Non-Employee Reimbursement form, and Concur Travel & Expense System updated to reflect mileage rates in effect as of Jan 1 (new standard rate is 50 cents/mile)
- $75 Receipt Threshold for Travel: PSC Procedural Statement Travel and Concur Travel & Expense System now identify that single-item travel expenses over $75 (and official functions in any dollar amount) require a receipt … previous threshold for travel was $25 and $25 remains the threshold for Procurement Card receipts
Questions? Contact FinProHelp@cu.edu.