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ABB Committees and Reports
Work began in 2009 to discuss and consider the possibility of a more transparent budgeting model for the University, which resulted in the implementation of ABB. Over the past few years, the Provost has chartered a series of committees that have been responsible for making recommendations from structuring the ABB model to changes needed after inception.
The key elements of each committee's is summarized in the information and links below (in descending chronological order).
ABB Oversight Committee (2017 - )
In January 2017, the Provost charged a new committee to address issues until the next major review of ABB will occur in FY2020. The charge letter to the committee is now available.
ABB Phase II Committee (2016)
Given the work of the ABB Review Committee, the Provost charged an ABB Phase II Committee with looking at the concerns that had been expressed. The charge letter is available here for review.
On Apr 06,2016, OPB met the Board of Deans and Chancellors (BODC) to provide an update on Phase II work in progress of the ABB committee and shared their findings and initial recommentations on the tasks assigned to them. Please see below for the materials that were shared at the meeting.
- Phase II Update for BODC
- Summary of instructor of record vs course of record
- Tuition distribution scenario's
Following a comment period for faculty, deans, staff, and students to review a draft report, the Activity Based Budgeting (ABB) Phase II Committee released a final report, which includes recommendations for improving the ABB model. The report was sent to the Provost in July of 2016, and any changes to the ABB model will be announced in the winter, and would take effect in FY18.
The Provost accepted these recommendations in December 2016.
ABB Review Committee and Faculty Council Reports (2012-2015)
When ABB was adopted in 2012, a commitment was made to leave the basic elements in place for five years to provide an opportunity to understand the consequences of ABB as it was initially structured. In the meantime, an ABB review committee was formed to monitor and review the current model and to provide recommendations about possible changes that might be considered.
The recommendations provided by the committee were taken into consideration by the Provost and the President and in July 2015, faculty committees were charged with investigating four areas of academic life that are imperfectly addressed by the current budget model. Committee charge letters and their final reports are available below:
- The Faculty Council on Academic Standards reviewed educational collaboration, with a focus on joint courses/degrees and new academic initiatives. The final report is available here for review.
- The Faculty Council on Research considered whether ABB affects collaboration in research. The final report on the effects of ABB on collaborative research is available here for review.
- The Faculty Council on Teaching and Learning investigated the current treatment of summer quarter as an Educational Outreach endeavor and exploring related implications on faculty salaries and research and the final report is available here for review.
- The Graduate School Council discussed cross-college hiring of graduate students and graduate student waivers and the final report is available here for review.
ABB committee members suggested that deans, administrators and faculty leaders receive a survey to provide feedback about ABB and make suggestions as to the scope of the Phase II committee work. The survey was released in early January, 2016 and the results of the survey are available here for review.
Original ABB Committee Work (2009-2011)
ABB Reports and Resources: The ABB Steering Committee provided recommendation for the adoption and implementation of the ABB model. Below are the materials from that implementation phase.
- October 21,2009 - UW Charge letter ABB Steering Committee
- ABB Steering Committee Report Attachments
- May 2010 ABB Steering Committee Final Report
- ABB Overview, March 2011
Peer Institutions: Initially, the ABB committee began by looking at other institutions that had implemented a similar budget structure. The following is the information gathered at that time.
- Indiana University - Responsibility Center Management
- University of Michigan - University Budget Model
- University of Arizona - Responsibility Center Management
- University of Pennsylvania - Responsibility Center Management
- IOWA State University - Resource Management Model
- UW Budget
- Tuition & Fees
- UW Data
- State Operations
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