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Planning and Resources FY2016

Standing Committees of the University Senate
Planning and Resources
Description: 

Planning and Resources (P&R): This committee provides the governance voice and works with administration officials and other governance bodies in the planning processes of the university, including such matters as institutional strategic planning, tuition and related budgetary proposals, and the physical environment of the university campus.

The Planning and Resources Committee shall be composed of four faculty members serving staggered three-year terms, three representatives from the staff serving three year staggered terms, and two students, an undergraduate and a graduate serving one-year terms, appointed by the Student Body President. The Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning and the Vice Provost for Administration and Finance shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.

Members: 

Chair: Katherine Clark, History (2017)
Faculty: Stacey Swearingen, Urban Planning (2018)
Faculty: Caroline Bennett, Civil/Environ/Arch Engineering (2016)
Faculty: Donita Shaw, Curriculum & Teaching, Faculty (2016)
Staff: Easan Selvan, Information Technology (2017)
Staff: Kelsey Fortin, Watkings (2018)
Staff: Deb Deering, College & Professional Sch SSC(2018)
Student: Trent Allen, Student
Graduate Student & Vice Chair: Angela Murphy, Graduate Student
Ex-officio: Deb Teeter, Director, Office of Insti. Rsch and Planning
                Diane Goddard, VP Adm & Fin & Comptroller

Charges: 

Approved by SenEx: May 27, 2015

Approved by University Senate: September 10, 2015

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Michael Williams mikewms@ku.edu.
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, SenEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 29, 2016 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 15, 2016.

Standing charges:

  1. Participate in the University’s planning processes by communicating with the Provost and the Provost’s senior staff on matters of capital strategic planning, infrastructure, IT resources, and sustainability, and examine how current financial circumstances (the health of the state economy, current university indebtedness, school-specific fees and charges, etc.) will influence such projects. Coordinate with ACEC of IT matters.  Report issues and any recommendations for action to Sen Ex. (ongoing)
  1. Monitor the University budget.  When current financial circumstances result in changes to annual spending plans, advise SenEx and suggest any actions the committee would deem helpful.  (ongoing)
  1. Provide committee representation at hearings held by the Provost and the Provost’s senior staff to review planning reports and budgetary submissions made by the various units.  Report issues and any recommendations to SenEx for consideration. (ongoing)
  1. Monitor changes in tuition plans and their effects on allocation of resources across the university. Report recommendations to SenEx for action. (ongoing)

 

Specific charges:

  1. Monitor and examine the partnerships between KU and outside contractors and consultants.  Coordinate with other relevant committees, for example, International Affairs.  Report areas of potential concern to SenEx.
  1. Report on the progress of implementing both the Campus Master plan and the Science Master Plan. (Contact for Science Master Plan-Tracy Horstman, Assistant Vice Provost for Capital Planning & Space Management and Jim Modig University Architect/Director, Design & Construction Management.)
  1. Review standing charges and recommend modifications.  Report to SenEx by March 1, 2016.
  1. Analyze the economics of the University.  Make an analysis of the financial information with respect to faculty and staff, student tuition, faculty/student ratio, real dollar pay, etc. over the past twenty years, showing structure and trends.
Final Report: 

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