Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Provost seeks students to serve on budget advisory committee

By Mary Jo Frank
Public Affairs

Provost Teresa Sullivan is asking faculty or staff members who know students with a personal or academic interest in U-M’s budget process to encourage the students to apply to join the Student Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC).

The Office of the Provost is accepting nominations for the SBAC for the 2009-10 academic year. Eight to 10 students serve a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Sullivan established the SBAC in 2008 to make U-M’s budget process more transparent to students and to establish a forum for soliciting student ideas about the budget. SBAC members learn about the university’s budget model, sources of revenue, expenditure patterns and cost-containment efforts.

Students will advise the provost on a range of topics and discuss ideas to contain costs and enhance revenue. SBAC members also may be asked to communicate with other students about U-M’s budget practices.

The SBAC will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 10, March 11 and April 7. Students selected are expected to make a good-faith commitment to attend the meetings, but there are no additional assignments.

An application and more information about the SBAC are available on the Office of the Provost Web site, The application deadline is Sept. 30.

A selection committee led by Sullivan will select SBAC members; students will be notified of the decision in early October.