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Budget Transparency Process

Allocation of Academic Operations and Central Support Funds from State Appropriated Formula Funds/Designated Tuition & Fees

Allocation of Research Funds

Optimal Allocation of Central Support Funds to Non-Academic Units Derived from State Appropriated Formula Funds/Designated Tuition & Fees

The budget transparency process is split into three sequential phases. Each phase will focus on a different part of the overall University operating budget.

 

The purpose of the initial phase 1 discussion is to explore how the Academic Operations Budget Allocation could and/or should be distributed in general. Discussions will focus on the merits and rationale for applying various decision-making rules to the budget allocation process. The discussion will not focus on the impact of implementing any such decision-making rules on current financial allocations to individual academic units.

Initial discussions within the Activity and the Performance subcommittees will be driven by a set of guiding questions developed by the Provost and the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

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Timeline

December 2018: Provost Short and VP A&F McShan met with President to clarify scope and direction of the overall budget transparency discussion.

January 2019: Provost/VP A&F developed an updated scope based on discussions with the President.

January 24, 2019: Provost/VP A&F met with steering committee to brief them on updated scope including the guiding questions to be considered by the sub-committees.

February 2019: Subcommittees meet to discuss their respective charges, guiding questions and develop recommendations for submission to the Steering Committee.

March 2019: Provost/VP A&F will work with the Steering Committee to develop a preliminary report for the President due late March 2018. This report will provide theoretical budget model(s) based on committee feedback to guiding questions.

March 31, 2019: Preliminary report due to the President.

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 The Outcomes / Activity Based Budget Model consists of a steering committee with two subcommittees.

Steering Committee:

Works with the subcommittees to develop final recommendations.

Members:

  • Paula Myrick Short, Co-Chair
  • Jim McShan, Co-Chair
  • Tony Ambler
  • Amr Elnashai
  • Lisa German
  • Bill Monroe
  • Dan O'Connor
  • Kathryn Tart
  • Joe Tedesco
  • Antonio Tillis
  • Steve Werner

Performance Subcommittee:

The Performance Subcommittee will focus on the methodology for defining how performance and outcomes would translate to revenue allocation.

Performance Subcommittee Report

Members:

  • Amr Elnashai, Chair
  • Jim Briggs
  • Alan Dettlaff
  • E. James Essien
  • Scott Gilbertson
  • Sabrina Hassumani
  • Cathy Horn
  • Norm Johnson
  • Raul Ramos
  • Lorraine Reitzel
  • Dan Wells

Activity Subcommittee:

The Activity Subcommittee will focus on allocations based on SCH generated, sharing revenue, library, administration, and facilities. It will be split into four areas: Non-Revenue Generating, Professional, Graduate, and Undergraduate.

Activity Subcommittee Report

Members:

  • Antonio Tillis, Chair
  • Tony Ambler
  • Raymond Bartlett
  • Anadeli Bencomo
  • Mark Clarke
  • Tom George
  • Lisa German
  • Michael Harold
  • Sheara Williams Jennings
  • Dan O'Connor
  • Kathryn Tart

Activity Subcommittee Areas of Focus:

The Activity Subcommittee will focus on four main areas: Non-Revenue Generating, Professional, Graduate, and Undergraduate.

Non-Revenue Generating:

  • Lisa German, Convener
  • Courtney Crappell
  • Bill Monroe

Professional:

  • Kathryn Tart, Convener
  • Lamar Pritchard
  • Earl Smith
  • Steve Spann

Graduate:

  • Dan O'Connor, Convener
  • Len Baynes
  • Doug Eikenburg
  • Sarah Larsen
  • Pradeep Sharma

Undergraduate:

  • Tony Ambler, Convener
  • Mary Dawson
  • J. Kastely
  • Teri Longacre

The Strategic Initiative Committee

The Strategic Initiative Committee was formed early in the fall of 2019, at the Provost’s request, and charged with responsibility of producing a proposal aimed at generating additional revenue for colleges and programs across UH.

Members:

    • Fleurette Fernando
    • Jonathan Williamson
    • Greg Vetter
    • JR Rao
    • Matt Johnson
    • Amber Mollhagen
    • Gary Randazzo
    • Duncan Klussman
    • Todd Romero
    • Shiv Halasyamani
    • Samer Shammas
    • Amanda Johnson
    • Michael Johnson
    • David Crawley
    • Ki-Joon Back
    • Christian Kelleher
    • David Buck

Strategic Initiative Committee Report

 

Research Funds Allocation Committee

Works with the subcommittees to develop final recommendations.

Members:

      • Provost Paula Myrick Short,  (Co-Chair)
      • Amr Elnashai, (Co-Chair)
      • Raymond Bartlett
      • Jeronimo Cortina
      • Mini Das, Physics
      • Andrew Davis
      • Jack Fletcher
      • Deniz Gurkan
      • Tahir Hussain
      • Tracey Ledoux
      • Frank McKeon
      • Sarah Narendorf
      • Claudia Neuhauser
      • Ezemenari Obasi
      • Vanessa Patrick
      • Pamela Quiroz
      • Hanadi Rifai
      • Amy Sater
      • Michael Twa
      • Dan Wells

Core Facilities & Research Management Subcommittee

Members:

  • Jack Fletcher (Chair)
  • Mini Das
  • Deniz Gurkan
  • Tracey Ledoux
  • Sarah Narendorf
  • Claudia Neuhauser
  • Hanadi Rifai
  • Dan Wells

Research Finance Subcommittee

Members:

  • Michael Twa (Chair)
  • Amy Sater
  • Raymond Bartlett
  • Jeronimo Cortina
  • Andrew Davis
  • Tahir Hussain
  • Frank McKeon
  • Ezemenari Obasi
  • Vanessa Patrick
  • Pamela Quiroz

Questions For The Research Transparency Committee:

Research Transparency Subcommittee Questions

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