Planning and Resources FY2017

Committee Details:

Committee: Planning and Resources
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2017

Committee 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.


Chair: White, Stacey Swearingen, Urban Planning (2018)
Faculty: Katherine Clark, History (2017)
Faculty: Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Aerospace Eng. (2019)
Faculty: Scott McEathron, Libraries, (2019)
|Staff: Kevin Fullerton, Pharmacy (2017)
Staff: Kelsey Fortin, Watkins (2018)
Staff: Deb Deering, College & Professional Sch SSC(2018)
Student & Vice Chair:  Mitch Reinig,
Graduate: Amy Schumacher
Ex-officio: Deb Teeter, Director, Office of Insti. Rsch and Planning
                Diane Goddard, Vice Provost, Administration and Finance  


Approved by SenEx: May 31, 2016
Approved by University Senate: September 8, 2016

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Joe Harrington 
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office ( 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 14, 2017 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, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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. Work with the University Senate President and Provost to develop a cost-benefit analysis of partnerships between KU and outside contractors and consultants. 
  2. Report on the progress of implementing both the Campus Master plan and the Science Master Plan. Obtain an analysis of funding sources and dollar amounts to be used to pay off interest and principal on the bonds used to finance both Plans, and how that portfolio of sources and amounts may affect the University’s credit and bond ratings.
  3. Work with Athletics Committee to produce a report detailing the University’s financial relationships with KAI. Determine how much income the University is receiving for licensing of its name, logo, colors, font, etc. Determine how much income the University is receiving for use of its facilities.

Meeting Minutes


Final Reports and Outcomes

Planning & Resources FY2017 Final Report (PDF)

Planning & Resources FY2017 Consultant Report (PDF)

Planning & Resources FY2017 Aviation Report (PDF)

Planning and Resources FY2017