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UT Committee on Business Productivity Final Report January2013

UT Committee on Business Productivity Final Report January2013

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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTINOffice of the PresidentFinal Report of the Committee on Business ProductivitySteve Rohleder, ChairmanJanuary 2013
 
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Table of ContentsMessage from the President of The University of Texas at AustinExecutive SummarySection 1: Asset Utilization
ChargeSituationRecommendationsUtilitiesHousingFoodParking
Section 2: Technology Commercialization
ChargeSituationRecommendationsLicensing activityMarket outreachStaffing and incentive structure changes
Section 3: Administrative Service Transformation
ChargeSituationRecommendationsTraditional Administrative ServicesOperating modelWorkforce transitionImplementation roadmapBusiness case and implementation cost estimateUniversity Administrative Services (UAS)Strategies to pursue opportunities for UASEstimates of potential benefitCommunications strategy
ConclusionCommittee Member BiosAppendices – data and supporting schedules
 
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Message from the President
January 29, 2013Dear UT Family,As we all know, we’re going through very tough economic times, in the State, in highereducation, and here at UT. We’ve just been through a protracted recession that has tightenedstate funds for our university, state funds that were already at historic lows as a share of ourbudget. The recession has constricted our investment income, and it has made development agreater challenge. And certainly, it has affected families trying to send their children to college.The Texas economy is doing a lot better now, and certainly it has done better than the rest ofthe country. But we still see dramatic effects on our campus. We still have to be very creative onhow we use our resources to move the University ahead.To that end, in April of last year, I asked 13 distinguished leaders in business to cometogether and offer advice on aspects of the University’s business operations and processes thatcould be improved, streamlined, and leveraged to better effect. We called it the Committee onBusiness Productivity. They met several times as a full committee and even more times asworking subcommittees. In addition, the committee’s support staff, some of whom establishedan office here on the campus, conducted dozens of interviews with our own staff and with staffacross the country on different aspects of campus operations, campus assets, andcommercialization of intellectual property. I am happy to say that they report that our staff hasbeen tremendously supportive and open to new ideas.We have an academic mission that pursues goals unlike those of ordinary businesses,but we also perform functions that are very much like businesses, such as accounting,purchasing, and asset management. In these areas, we should be using the best businesspractices. That is what the Committee focused on so that we can use more of our resources tosupport our core missions of teaching and research.Today I am releasing the Committee’s report, “Smarter Systems for a Greater UT.” Thiswill start a process and dialogue about their recommendations. I am also addressing the UTcommunity to discuss the report in more detail. I want to thank the Committee members for all oftheir hard work. Decades from now we will look back on this moment as a turning point in ourability to serve all of our constituents better and focus even more of our resources and energyon our core mission.William Powers Jr.President

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