Planning and Resources FY2018

Committee Details:

Committee: Planning and Resources
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2018

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: Scott McEathron, Libraries, (2019)
Faculty: Stacey Swearingen< White, Urban Planning (2018)
Faculty: Katherine Clark, History (2020)
Faculty: Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Aerospace Eng. (2019)
Staff: Heather MacBean, Libraries (2020)
Staff: Deb Deering, College & Professional Sch SSC (2018)
Staff: Kendyl Grender, University Career Center, 2020
Student & Vice Chair:  Reagan Walsh,
Graduate Student: Brodie Herrman
Ex-officio: Deb Teeter, Director, Office of Insti. Rsch and Planning
              Diane Goddard, Vice Provost, Administration and Finance 


Approved by SenEx: June 1, 2017
Approved by University Senate:

Standing charges:


Specific charges:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Suzanne Shontz
  • 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 13, 2018 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 13, 2018.
    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 on 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)
    1. Monitor and examine the partnerships between KU and outside contractors and consultants. Work with the University Senate President and Provost to determine the benefits of major consultancy contracts between KU and outside contractors and consultants.
    2. Follow up on the Cost Savings and Efficiency Enhancement Report to relevant individuals with the authority to make decisions.
    3. 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. 

Meeting Minutes

Planning and Resources Minutes October 9, 2017 (PDF)

Planning and Resources Minutes January 31, 2018 (PDF)

Final Reports and Outcomes

FY2018 Final Report (PDF)

Planning and Resources FY2018