• This is an initiative designed for current UA faculty, staff and students.

  • Focus groups generally last an hour and participants answer a variety of questions, including:

    Which units are working well? Why?
    What do we do here that makes no sense to you? 
    What causes you and your colleagues the most frustration or confusion?
    What are the biggest barriers to getting things done? 
    What would make your work easier? 
    If there were one thing that you could change, what would it be? 
    What are things that we should start, stop, or change to save money or time?
    What are things that we should start, stop, or change to enhance revenue?
    What are things we want to leave unchanged because they’re working well?

  • In 1776 Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a pamphlet that offered "nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense" on the idea of American independence from Great Britain. Much like Paine challenged the authority of the British government, the UA Campaign for Common Sense is challenging established practices and structures and calling for a revolution of sorts in how we operate.

    NotableThomas Paine quotes:

    "...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a a superficial appearance of being right."

    "These are the times that try men's souls."

    "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered."

    "It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry."

    "We have the power to begin the world over again."



  • Status reports on each suggestion will be posted on the Campaign website and announced via UA@Work and other communication tools.

  • The Campaign for Common Sense Advisory Board reviews all suggestions and makes recommendations to President Hart. Ideas that receive a large number of votes receive special attention.

  • Please contact Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President for Human Resources & Institutional Effectiveness at 520-621-1684 or vaillana@email.arizona.edu .

  • Campaign for Common Sense Advisory Board members are conducting focus groups throughout the University. Members of the UA community may also provide suggestions through the Campaign website.