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Strategic Resource Allocation Model

In the fall of 2014, UCM launched a major initiative to develop new tools for strategic resource allocation. The Strategic Resource Allocation Model (SRAM) takes both a tactical and, more importantly, a strategic approach in considering how UCM will operate with a fixed amount of resources and how to use those funds to accomplish identified university goals. It also provides a means to consider new sources of funding and revenue generation, how to support a shift in net revenue drivers in support of the university mission, and encourage and promote the types of innovation required to preserve the UCM collegiate experience.

Differing from the traditional incremental budget model, SRAM is an endeavor that will have long-term benefits for the entire campus, but also continues to be a work in progress.

Basic goals for this model are:

  • Maintaining access and affordability;
  • Communicating UCM's unique value proposition through the Learning to a Greater Degree market position;
  • Expanding partnerships and strategic collaboration opportunities;
  • Increasing efficiency; and
  • Aggressively growing higher net revenue.

Among the main components of SRAM is a set of institutional strategic goals, which will help drive budget decisions. They are consistent with five performance funding indicators established by the state, and provide 11 additional metrics in which the university can achieve its strategy for growth in conjunction with student and programmatic quality.

The budget model has three organizational components that are tied to strategic priorities:

  • Academic Responsibility Centers, which include the four academic colleges;
  • Auxiliary Responsibility Centers, which are revenue-producing units; and
  • Support Units, which cover general and administrative areas, academic support, student services, technology, facilities, athletics, etc.