University Budget Advisory Council
Launched in academic year 2019-20, the University Budget Advisory Council (UBAC) has a four-fold purpose:
- Education. UBAC members will be expected to educate themselves about the University's operating and capital budgets, as well as the University's business model.
- Transparency. UBAC members will have the opportunity to better understand how resources are allocated at the University, as well as how resources are allocated in ways that comport with the University's mission, vision, and values.
- Advice. The higher education industry is currently beset by serious structural challenges that will likely substantially change the competitive landscape for colleges and universities over the next decade. In this tumultuous environment, the President and his Cabinet must make tough decisions about tuition and fee increases, enrollment targets, and resource reallocation. UBAC members will provide related advice to the President and his Cabinet.
- Communication. Because approximately a third of UBAC membership consists of vice presidents and vice provosts who play key roles in the University's operations, UBAC will be a natural venue for communication between administration and various stakeholders. UBAC members will be expected to make regular budget-related reports (or participate in town halls) to educate members of the community about the University's operating and capital budgets and the work of UBAC.
Composition of UBAC consists of seven (7) administrators, seven (7) faculty members, seven (7) staff members, and two (2) students. Faculty members are appointed for initial terms of staggered length by their respective unions. One staff slot is reserved for a member of the OPE (Local 3). The two student representatives are the presidents of the Associated Students of USF (ASUSF) and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), or their respective designees. The seven administrator slots are allocated to the occupants of certain administrative roles at the University:
- Vice Provost for Budget, Planning, and Analytics (co-chair, UBAC);
- Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Business and Finance;
- Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services;
- Vice Provost for Student Life;
- Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management;
- Vice President for Development; and
- A dean selected by the Provost to serve a three-year term of appointment.
- The remaining staff slots will be determined by nomination and election by all University employees. Nominations are limited to staff members who do not serve on the University's Leadership Team.
- The President and Provost of the University will serve on UBAC in an ex officio capacity and as their schedules permit.