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6.3.3 Institutional Priorities Committee (IPC) (J, U)

Approved by Academic Council on May 16, 1996, President May,1996, Revised May, 1997, Revised April, 2011


The Institutional Priorities Committee (IPC) is the primary strategic planning and budgeting group of the University and serves as a principal advisory body to the President regarding the resourcing of University priorities. Regular, periodic consultation by the IPC with faculty, administration, staff and students is essential. The committee is delegated to oversee strategic planning and budgeting processes at the institutional level including:

1.  Review and update the University strategic plan and monitor University strategy and progress toward goals.

2.  Further the integration of strategic planning and budgeting processes by:

a)    recommending guidelines for strategic planning and budgeting processes;

b)    ensuring that budgetary investments and allocations align to institutional priorities; and

c)    integrating campus and program level plans and outcomes into institutional strategy.

3.  Establish the institutional strategic budgeting context by:

a) recommending strategies to achieve planning priorities;

b) formalizing budget assumptions;

c) reviewing and making recommendations regarding drafts of the annual budget; and

d) evaluating and improving the ongoing planning and budgeting processes as appropriate.

The members of the Institutional Priorities Committee include the President, the Provost and the vice presidents, five faculty members (including one faculty member from either the McGeorge School of Law or the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry), two deans, two administrative (professional staff) representatives, one Staff Advisory Council representative, and two students (one undergraduate and one graduate or professional student). If the McGeorge School of Law or the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is not represented by one of the faculty, staff or administrative members of the committee, a representative from that unit will be added to the membership.

The President annually appoints one of the faculty members as Chair. The Vice President for Business and Finance serves as Vice Chair.

The Academic Council elects four of the five faculty representatives to serve three-year staggered terms. In addition, the past chair of Academic Council or an Executive Board designee serves a one-year term. The Staff Advisory Council annually elects the Staff Advisory Council representative. The undergraduate student representative is appointed annually by the ASUOP President. The two deans and the administrative and staff representatives are appointed annually by the President. The graduate or professional student representative is appointed annually by the President. If a representative from the McGeorge School of Law or the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry needs to be added to the membership, the representative will be appointed annually by the President. Annual appointments are normally limited to a maximum of five years.