Planning and Resources FY2019

Committee Details:

Committee: Planning and Resources
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2019

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: Meredith Schnug, Law (2021)
Faculty: Sara Morris, Libraries (2021)
Faculty: Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Aerospace Eng. (2019)
Staff: Heather MacBean, Libraries (2020)
Staff: Robert Waller, Budget Mgmt/Fiscal Services (2021)
Staff: Jason O’Connor, Business (2021)
Voting, Student: Lev Comolli,
Voting, Graduate Student: Sharad Richardet

Deb Teeter, Director, Office of Insti. Rsch and Planning
Diane Goddard, Vice Provost, Administration and Finance  


Approved by SenEx: May 21, 2018, revised by SenEx, August 28, 2018
Approved by University Senate:  September 6, 2018

For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Ruben Flores.

  • 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 26, 2019 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 15, 2019.

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.  Report issues and any recommendations for action to Sen Ex.
  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. 
  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.
  4. Continue to monitor changes in tuition plans and their effects on allocation of resources across the university.  Focus on out-of-state students receiving in-state tuition and the redirection of scholarships to in-state student with financial need. Report recommendations to SenEx for action.

Specific charges 

  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. Report on the Central district Master Plan. Monitor the funding sources and dollar amounts to be used to pay off interest and principal on the bonds used to finance the Plan, and how that portfolio of sources and amounts may affect the University’s credit.
  3. Evaluate the operational costs of all KU’s new buildings (and old) for the potential for green energy.
  4. Look into the use of course fees.

Meeting Minutes

Notes from Provost Budget Hearings - June 2018 (PDF)

Sept 21, 2018 Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Oct 28, 2018 Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Nov 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Final Reports and Outcomes

FY2019 Final Report (PDF)

Planning and Resources FY2019