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Read the Report, Protest the Greed

A year after Rutgers implemented the Cornerstone Cloud Financials project, URA conducted an online survey to assess how the system has affected our members.

Our Contract Development Committee has produced a report on the results of the survey.  Among the findings:Among the findings:

  • Over half of respondents (55%) experience stress & frustration using Cornerstone and half (49%) report an increased workload.
  • Almost half of respondents give Cornerstone poor ratings based on their ability to monitor account balances (47%), manage grant-funded projects (45%), and transfer funds (40%).
  • Of those who mention workload or system problems, more than half (54%) have problems with reports producing conflicting, inaccurate, unreliable data.

We urge you read the report here (http://www.ura-aft.org/for-members/cornerstone/ura-cornerstone-report/).  The recommendations will be discussed at a future membership meeting.

URA and AFT’s national research department have tried to find out the costs of the overall Cornerstone project.

We have already provided a compilation (http://www.ura-aft.org/for-members/cornerstone/cornerstone-oracle-invoices-and-documents) of over $12M paid to Deloitte Consulting for overseeing the implementation of Oracle’s systems.

But it’s been a bigger challenge calculating the amounts paid to Oracle Corporation itself. This involves a mix of hardware, software, licensing, training and oh, so many consultants.  At times, management responded to our OPRA requests by denying that any such thing as Cornerstone exists.  That’s a tough position to take from a university that’s  said so much (https://cornerstone.rutgers.edu/)  about Cornerstone  for so long.

So URA has adopted an open-source approach to research on the true cost of Cornerstone.   You are free to study the information Rutgers provided under the Open Public Records Act.  These documents are provided as Rutgers provided them to URA.  Any redactions were made by Rutgers.  The order of the documents was also decided by Rutgers.  You can also use the spreadsheet compiled by the AFT research department to see what Cornerstone cost us for the period 2014–2017.

Old Queens has shown once again that RUTGERS HAS THE MONEY –tens of millions of dollars available for investment in priority items.  Performance is not an issue.

Let’s make people a priority investment at Rutgers.  Join us on April 10 at the Board of Governors, to get the contract we deserve.

Adverse Weather Conditions and University Closings Information


While we may be transitioning to spring we still are subject to extreme weather conditions so make sure you are knowledgeable about the rights afforded to you under Article 51 “University Closings” of our contact, which can be found here. County employees should follow the operating status for county facilities, not Rutgers, in regards to university closings. The Rutgers policy on “ATTENDANCE DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS”, also known as policy 60.1.29 can be found at https://policies.rutgers.edu/sites/policies/files/00015152.PDF. During inclement weather employees should be aware of the University’s Operating Status by checking their campus’ homepage. Also become familiar with Rutgers’ Emergency Action Plan for “Adverse Weather”, which can be found at http://eap.oit-nbcs.rutgers.edu/eap.html. A great way to stay on top of the campus emergency status is to be registered with the Rutgers Emergency Notification System (ENS) which can be done at this link. To our brothers and sisters working through the storm; thank you and work safely!