The USCB budgeting process is based on translating the identified strategic plan initiatives into financial resources. The budget is a collaborative effort of all the members of the Chancellor's Administrative Council. The guiding budgeting philosophy is to focus allocation of funds on the core mission of the campus in the academic areas of Instruction, Academic Support and Library thereby most directly serving the students and faculty. At the same time, attention is also paid to providing all necessary services and opportunities for a high quality, total, residential collegiate experience for our students.
Departments prepare prioritized funding increase requests based on the coming year’s strategic plan objectives and review of the prior year outcome. These budget requests are submitted through channels to the appropriate member of the Chancellor's Administrative Council, who presents these requests to the Administrative Council for review, discussion and disposition. This process allows the University to get maximum results from a limited amount of available funds and facilitates coordination and collaboration of new initiatives across organizational lines. The Administrative Council works to make informed judgments about the relative merits of new and continuing investments in programs and activities across the campus. The budget planning process and procedures are evaluated annually by the Administrative Council.