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Moving to a Financial Model That Rewards Innovation

It used to be that any funds an academic unit earned beyond earmarked expenses went back to a central budgetary pot. A broad-based committee of faculty, staff and administrators recommended a Responsibility Center Management system that allows colleges to keep those extra funds and decide how they will be used. The decision reflects the reality that limited state funding has stretched public university budgets to the limit. Responsibility Center Management encourages academic units to create courses and programs that promise robust enrollments and new revenue streams. The move to Responsibility Center Management is intended to do more than boost bottom lines; it is meant to spark new options and opportunities for faculty and students.