Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2002 Action Plan - Context

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External Mandates

The first key feature is the general economic condition that indicates continuing pressure on the state budget. At present, we have been required to submit a plan to decrease state funding by 5% for FY 03 budget. In addition, there is a shortfall experienced as a consequence of conversion to the semester system, and a potential continuing shortfall for FY 02. A second feature is that the University System of Georgia (USG) has developed a large number of benchmark indicators (see Table 20 for a list of peer institutions) that are to be reported annually.

Internal Commitments

The primary commitment is to continue progress in the development of systematic planning and evaluation mechanisms and processes within the institution and in the accomplishment of other selected objectives. The University is considering an internal reallocation of the budget from programs of lower priority to targeted needs identified through the systematic planning and evaluation mechanisms.

Budget Considerations

Decisions will be guided by the following principles:

  1. For non-academic cost centers in support areas, consideration should be given to those areas with higher costs than comparable institutions and to those less effective/efficient or central to the strategic plan.
  2. For auxiliary units where revenues exceed projections, state funds may be shifted away from their support, dependent on auxiliary fund balances.
  3. For academic units, enrollment trends, program quality, and research productivity should be considered when assigning targets for reallocation.

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