Archive March 2014

 
This quarter, our Continuing Professional Education (CPE) offerings are proving more popular than ever. All 14 courses are filling rapidly. And little wonder: These courses are designed to help you deepen your knowledge of the Cognos Reporting System, get organized for fiscal year-end, understand the intricacies of accruals, expand your proficiency in PowerPoint and Word ... and more.
Improving a business process in your department is a good thing to do. But sharing that improved process through the CU Shared Practices (CUSP) Program makes a good thing even better. It does this in two ways: First - A CUSP submission is a great way to provide improvement to University departments, inspiring them to apply, or expand on, the successful practices you describe. Second - A CUSP submission is a great way to provide recognition to University employees, highlighting their achievements and rewarding them for their innovations.
Congratulations to Ryan Day, Financial Systems Analyst, and Normandy Roden, Director of Finance & Procurement Business Services. The two recently delivered successful presentations at the Alliance 2014 Conference. Ryan led a popular panel session titled, "It's All in the (Project) Plan: A Communications Strategy for Upgrades, etc." Normandy delivered a pre-conference workshop, "Up with Apps! Mobile Applications to Enliven Teaching and Learning."
"Works great!" "Showed up beautifully!" "Very, very helpful!" The above statements reflect the enthusiastic reviews of actual report users at CU. They’re talking about the new m-Fin RECEIVABLES TRANSACTION FINDER. This new report assists in tracking down a project sponsor payment that might have been booked on the wrong FOPPS. Identify the specific payment amount you’re looking for … or identify the specific sponsor and look at all projects for that sponsor. Either way, you’ll get a simple list report that can help you figure out what happened.
The Cognos Reporting System is a fast-moving financial reporting tool. How do you keep up with OUC staff members Carl Sorenson and Sarju Khadka ... and their continuous Cognos improvements (enhancements to existing reports and development of new reports)?
Are you:
  • Interested in learning something new?
  • Conscientious about fulfilling your fiscal responsibilities?
  • Looking for a way to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?
The OUC is offering 3 days of CPE this quarter: April 10 (6 courses), April 15 (4 courses), and April 17 (4 courses). You can register now at https://content.cu.edu/controller/cpe/?page_id=1504
You've done good things. Tell CUSP about them. You have 6 weeks to share your best practices with the CU Shared Practices (CUSP) recognition program. The deadline for 2014 submissions is April 30. Learn how to share at https://content.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/cusp/.
An excellent response – in registrations and evaluations – to our Continuing Professional Education (CPE) offerings this quarter. We presented 4 new courses, and 2 popular repeats, at the Grant Street building in February. A hearty “welcome!” to the 10 participants who were completely new to the CPE Program. And a “thank you!” to all attendees, who gave us a 97% strongly/agree for effectiveness of instructors, relevance of topics, and delivery of learning objectives. We’ll open registration for April CPE classes soon.
The following topics are on the agenda for the March 17 Controllers’ meeting: Campus updates; PSC updates; Follow up on PSC policy terms vs. UCB policy; Introducing Bob Loosley (OUC's new Director of Tax); CORE update; Fin upgrade update; Journal entry fit/gap session; Net position calculation in SNP. Questions on discussion points from this meeting – or any other Controllers’ meeting – should be directed to the appropriate campus controller.
Don’t keep your business innovations bottled up. Turn them into cash prizes through CU Shared Practices (CUSP), the OUC's employee recognition program. That's what David Nicoll and Joshua Firestone did, in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boulder. They saw a way to enhance training on the MyLeave time-collection solution through development of brief online instructional videos. Their demos provide better service with less required staff time. And they won a cash prize for their innovative approach to business.