In 2012, The University of Texas at Austin asked a group of 13 alumni and business leaders to examine its administrative structure and operations with the goal of increasing business productivity. This group, known as the Committee on Business Productivity, produced a report in January 2013, Smarter Systems for a Greater UT , that outlined three areas worthy of further exploration:
- Leverage existing assets
- Encourage innovation through greater technology commercialization
- Reorganize certain transactional administrative functions via a shared services model
The report marked the launch of a multi-year review that has included thoughtful, inclusive, and focused campus discussion.
The University remains committed to deploying its resources as efficiently as possible in an effort to keep a UT Austin degree as affordable as possible for our students and their families. We will also work to bring our own solutions for increased productivity from the grass-roots level.
Thank you to the Committee members for their expertise and hard work. Each member volunteered many hours and put their heart into the project. Once properly adapted to our environment, their recommendations will help The University of Texas at Austin transform our campus for the better.
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To keep a University of Texas at Austin degree as affordable as possible for our students and their families. This can be accomplished by freeing up recurring resources to invest in our core missions of teaching and research.
To make better use of our current assets in four ways:
- Examine how to make strategic investments, adopt policy changes and make building improvements that are intended to increase conservation of energy.
- Examine the possibility of selling excess electricity.
- Examine how to efficiently manage campus food services and price with a rational strategy that fits with the overall campus environment recognizing that the principal users are students, staff and faculty.
- Examine how to efficiently manage the use of its Main and Pickle Research Campus parking assets and price its use in accord with a rational pricing strategy that recognizes the principal users are students, staff and faculty.
To raise the level of Technology and Commercialization developed on our campus to spur innovation, foster entrepreneurship and generate economic growth in central Texas and across the state.
Administrative Services Transformation
To move to an administrative shared services model for finance, procurement, information technology, human resource, and payroll functions.