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Budgeting review

Provost forms committee to review performance of RBB process


10:50 a.m., Sept. 30, 2013--University of Delaware Provost Domenico Grasso is charging a committee to review the performance of the responsibility based budgeting (RBB) process at the University. This review comes with the full support of President Patrick Harker and Executive Vice President Scott Douglass. 

RBB went into effect at UD in 2009 and many institutions that make use of the budgeting system recommend a review every four years, providing an opportunity for faculty and administrators together to step back and consider what works, what does not work and what could be done better.

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The University will implement a review to ensure that RBB continues to provide support for excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as in research.

“This is an important time in the history of the University of Delaware,” Grasso said. “As we begin the next phase of the Path to Prominence strategic plan, a strong budget model is vital, and having faculty members and administrators heavily involved in the budget review process and provide input is critical to our success.”

The review will be headed by Deputy Provost Nancy Brickhouse and Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute and chair of the Alison Professors.

“The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, in reaffirming UD’s accreditation two years ago, cited RBB for catalyzing profound change at UD and pushing decision making out and down throughout the institution,” Brickhouse said. “We agree, having found that the system is yielding more informed decision making, better stewardship of our resources, greater accountability for achieving established outcomes and a higher return on our investment. Moving forward, we must consider how to strengthen our budget model so that it is more fully aligned with our academic priorities.”

“RBB is more than a financial management system,” said Sparks. “It should be a mechanism that strengthens the University by empowering deans, directors, department chairs and faculty members.”

Also serving on the committee are Ann Ardis, deputy dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English; Titus Awokuse, professor and chairperson of the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics; Kenneth Barner, professor and chairperson of the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering; Gretchen Bauer, professor and chairperson of the Department of Political Science and International Relations; Prasad Dhurjati, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the AAUP Executive Council; Lynn Okagaki, dean of the College of Education and Human Development and professor of human development and family studies; Lynnette Overby, director of the Undergraduate Research Program and professor of theatre; Anna Papafragou, associate professor of psychology; Charles Riordan, vice provost for research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy; Nancy Targett, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and professor of marine science and policy; Gerry Turkel, professor of sociology and criminology and contract maintenance officer of AAUP; and Bruce Weber, dean of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and professor of business administration. 

Serving as resources to the committee will be Peggy Bottorff, associate provost for administration and enrollment services; Alan Brangman, vice president for facilities, real estate and auxiliary services; Kathy Dettloff, chief budget officer; Carl Jacobson, vice president for information technologies; Drew Knab, former interim budget director and now director of financial and management services in Facilities, Real Estate and Auxiliary Services; and John Sawyer, associate provost for institutional research and evaluation. 

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