Committee for the Institutional Response to the Commission’s Recommendations (CIRCoRe)
The Committee for the Institutional Response to the Commission’s Recommendations (CIRCoRe) is responsible for Stellenbosch University’s processing and response to the Khampepe Commission Report. CIRCoRe will lead, implement, oversee and monitor the University’s response to the Report’s recommendations. CIRCoRe is responsible for the overall goals and objectives, direction-setting, guidance, and the integrated coherence and monitoring of the process. CIRCoRE leads, coordinates and manages the institutional response process for the two-year duration of the committee’s work.
A CIRCoRe Coordinating Office keeps the various dimensions of the process together, while the CIRCoRe governance committee, headed by the Rector, with the Deputy-Vice Chancellor for Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel as secundus, serve as the governance instrument that oversees the CIRCoRE Khampepe institutional response process. The CIRCoRe process will report back to CIRCoRe committee governance meetings once per term (i.e., at least four times per year).
The Terms of Reference is available here.
Against the backdrop of transformation as an institutional priority, CIRCoRE aims to develop urgent short-term proposals for immediate implementation. A medium and longer term implementation approach will also be pursued based on the complexity of organisational change and the need to embed such change within the operational culture of the institution. The recommendations of the response process will be fed directly to the Rectorate for consideration and implementation.
The CIRCoRe process is aimed at giving further momentum and impetus to SU's transformation agenda and should in no way be regarded as an add-on that disregards the existing transformational structures of the University. Our approach is that it will seek to enhance the work of said structures and a coordinated and phased implementation approach will be followed. CIRCoRe will also frequently report to the Rectorate, Senate, Council and Institutional Forum.
The CIRCoRE processes will develop short-term proposals for immediate implementation by its five workstreams. These workstreams are:
- Student life/communities
- Institutional culture
- Race, human categorisation and science
- Strategic organisational alignment
The workstreams will also generate medium and longer-term implementational recommendations. The recommendations of the response process will be fed directly to the Rectorate for consideration and implementation.