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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

General Fund Strategic Budget Planning

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During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Joint Budget, Planning and Assessment & Evaluation Sub-Meet and Confer engaged in conversation reflecting on the University’s 2-year series of budget reductions.  The budget reduction process employed was heavily reliant on an across-the-board method where reductions were fairly evenly distributed across Divisions.  While this method was successful in generating base budget reductions for the University, several shortcomings were noted by the Joint body.  In Fall 2016, the Joint body recommended a process, timeline, and the formation of three work groups to bring forward a recommendation outlining a General Fund Strategic Budget Planning Process for the University.  The Joint body's recommendation was adopted by the University in May 2017 for implementation.

 General Fund Strategic Budget Planning Resource Materials

Reference Materials 

General Fund Strategic Budget Planning Process Timeline (Fall 2017- Fall 2018)

Data and Information Generation Phase Sept. to Nov. 2017

Timeline Process/Steps Support Points
Sept. 2017
  • Deans/VP confirm roster of Programs (e.g. Program Inventory for Academic Programs). Deans/VP in consultation with Programs identify Programs/Units for evaluation and Program Type for evaluation:
    o Undergraduate Award Completion Program
    o Undergraduate Award Foundation Program
    o Graduate Award Program
    o Non-Academic Program/Unit
Drop-In Sessions
September 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM; CSU201
September 21, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM; CSU201
September 25, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM; CSU201
September 27, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM; CSU201
September 28, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM; CSU201
Sept. 15 -
Nov. 15, 2017
  • Deans/VP distribute narrative prompts for narrative portions of evaluation criteria. Narrative prompts available on Strategic Budget Planning Web Site.
  • Programs complete narrative portions and submit to Deans/VP by Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.
  • For Academic Programs: Deans/VP distributed non-narrative criteria/indicator data by program. Deans/VP and Academic Programs consult with Institutional Research as needed on non-narrative portions of evaluation criteria.

Workshop Sessions
October 2, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM; CSU245
October 3, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM; CSU245          October 16, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM; CSU 245                October 17, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM; Taylor Center Johnson Alumni Room  
October 23, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM; CSU245
October 27, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM; CSU245
October 30, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM; CSU245
October 31, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM; CSU245
November 7, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM; CSU254/5
November 10, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM; CSU245

Late Oct. 2017 Establish Strategic Budget Planning Process Sub-Committee  
  Initial Categorization Phase  Nov. 2017 to Jan. 2018  
  Final Categorization Phase Jan. - Mar. 2018  
  Process Review and Evaluation Phase   Sept. - Dec. 2018