Budget & Planning
FY18 Early Budget Guidance
Early communications from the Alaska Governor's Office are asking agencies to plan for reductions in FY18 at a 5-10% level. It is very early in the process and UAF is reviewing its strategy for FY18 internal planning. It is important to note, any reduction targets from the state or legislature will not include fixed costs increases that UAF must cover, with or without additional state funds. A combination of budget cuts and fixed cost increases contribute to a funding shortfall or gap, which will be used as the basis for planning scenarios for FY18.
UAF continues to balance required cuts with sustaining the core mission and values of the institution, and its high-quality programs and services. The coming year is expected to be challenging, but UAF is committed to finding solutions to meet these budgetary shortfalls that are both strategic and sustainable.
Please feel free to provide feedback HERE as UAF works to implement solutions to these challenges.
UA is currently also leading a review of some key academic and administrative areas in an effort to streamline operations, known as the UA Strategic Pathways review. For more information on this review please visit the website.
FY17 Budget Guidance
UAF funding comes from a variety of sources. About 40 percent is from state general funds and the remaining 60 percent comes from things like externally funded research activity, student tuition and fees, and auxiliary activities. Because a large percentage of the UAF budget comes from the state, and because the cost of doing business rises with inflation each year, even flat state funding has a sizeable effect on UAF operations. In recent years, as state revenues declined, appropriations to the university have gone from flat to reduced.
In FY17, UAF is managing to a budget level equivalent to $35 million in reductions. Some strategic investment funds, available through the UA System, have provided some relief in targeted areas but does not alleviate UAF’s rising fixed cost obligations.
Travel and Hiring Restrictions
In light of the state's fiscal challenges and at the Governor's request, UA President Johnsen has suspended all non-essential travel and hiring funded wholly or in part by unrestricted funds, effective January 6, 2016. Unrestricted funds include general fund, recharge/auxiliary, event funds, TVEP and match. For additional guidance, see the FAQs and memo below.
Planning & Budget Committee (PBC)
The UAF Planning & Budget Committee (PBC) is charged with reviewing and assessing options provided by the Provost and Vice Chancellors in January 2016. Broad feedback will be collected and reviewed. PBC recommendations will be made to the Chancellor's Cabinet in March 2016, for discussion/implementation by June 2016. The FY17 budget cycle begins July 1, 2016.
In previous years, the PBC took feedback from the Budget Options Group and UAF community. For FY15-16 budget planning, the PBC agreed to guiding principles and a decision process that included Special Program Reviews, details below.
The PBC additionally created a UAF Vision 2020 document to guide its deliberations. Vision for the future, strategies to achieve goals and areas that may be reduced as a result, are noted. The PBC recommends this for consideration by other university evaluation committees, as applicable.
Special Program Reviews
The PBC recommended special program reviews of a number of non-academic and academic programs. Special committees are reviewing the operational and/or financial models for the following programs:
- Farms and large animal care
- Public information, marketing and communications
- Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning
- K-12 outreach/bridging programs
- Revenue enhancement options
For updates on current and completed special program reviews, click HERE.