The Committee to Strengthen University Management and Resources (SUMAR)
Chaired by the University's executive vice president, the Committee to Strengthen University Management and Resources (SUMAR) identifies and supports efficiencies in central and academic administration that enable the release of resources toward teaching, research, and the student experience.
Specifically, SUMAR identifies and facilitates projects that will strengthen our workforce, business operations, and services; enhance our efficiency; and appropriately utilize our resources. SUMAR encourages all departments to implement changes within their units if they have the ability to do so without central assistance. In cases that are interdepartmental in scope, SUMAR identifies managers to lead the related analysis and possible implementation.
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Recent Success Stories
- The University's new Travel and Expense Management program was launched for all of campus in July 2014 after an eight month pilot phase. The new program includes: a new travel agency, a new credit card to support travel and related business expenses, a new travel website, an online travel booking tool that incorporates Princeton contract discounts, an online expense management tool that replaces paper forms, and new mobile tools to support University travelers while on the road. With the new paperless process, expense report which would have taken weeks to process are now being processed in 3-5 days. In addition, an integrated Travel Care program has been implemented to help fulfill the University's goals to keep travelers safe and to provide support in emergency situations.
- As of September 2014, optimization software for automated HVAC control systems is operational in 40 out of a projected 68 buildings and has identified many control systems in need of equipment replacement or calibration. Annual cost savings for the 40 buildings is approximately $490,000.
- The purchase of remanufactured toner instead of new, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) toner provides the opportunity for up to approximately 49% savings depending upon the unit. Remanufactured toner matches the performance and reliability found in OEM toner and also advances the University’s sustainability objectives. Both the Library and OIT computing clusters have converted most of their purchases over to remanufactured toner without issue and saved in total approximately $114,000 in FY12. All units will be able to take advantage of this savings opportunity via the MarketPlace early in March 2013.