The following are an overview of some of the processes that the office Financial Planning and Analysis office supports as part of the overall mission of the university.
Annual Budget Process
FP&A conducts the annual budget process for the campus. The budget process begins in early February and concludes in May of each year. The Budget Advisory Committee reviews budget materials for all campus units. This committee evaluates all budget requests, with final budget approval and allocations at the discretion of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget.
2019 Budget Process Information
In order to facilitate effective customer service, each Organization has been assigned a specific FP&A analyst for the budget process. This analyst will be the primary FP&A point of contact for the Org and will be able to answer any questions throughout the budget process.
Service Level Agreements
In UCR’s decentralized budget model, the costs of Service Providers are distributed across the campus as indirect costs. Service Level Agreements, or SLAs, outline the menu of services offered by these units and act as a contract between campus Service Providers and customers to align expectations about the services provided and associated costs.
SLAs outline three levels of services offered by the various Service Providers:
- High quality services sufficient to address a unit’s operational needs
- Included in indirect expenses
- Do not require additional payment
- Added level of service on a long-term basis
- Take the place of separate MOUs
- Charges will be annually agreed upon by Service Provider and customer
- Address specialized needs at pre-established rates on an as-needed basis
There are currently 13 SLAs on campus:
Service Level Agreement
Budget Advisory Committee
Budget Advisory Committee
Established as an advisory committee to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget, the Budget Advisory Committee is composed of representatives of Schools/Colleges, the Senate Planning and Budget Committee, Auxiliaries and Service Providers.
Budget Advisory Committee Charter
- Represent campus units during Budget Advisory Committee meetings. While each member brings specialized focus and experience, the Budget Advisory Committee maintains a campus-wide charge. As such, it is the expectation that members will reach out to the units they represent in order to provide effective representation and clearly communicate concerns of the broader campus. Budget Advisory Committee membership will include the following:
Budget Advisory Committee Membership
Members with 3-year Rotating Terms
- Provost (Co-Chair)
- Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget (Co-Chair)
- Associate Provost
- Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Planning and Budget
- 2 Deans
- 1 Academic CFAO
- 1 Administrative CFAO
- 1 Non-Academic Org Head
- 1 Auxiliary Org Head
- Perform review of campus units to ensure that unit goals/objectives and financial management are in alignment with the overall strategic plan of UCR. The Budget Advisory Committee will review campus units in the budget process as follows:
- Ensure that service provision, quality of services and costs are in alignment with the overall strategic objectives of UCR and the needs of the customer units.
- Review each Service Provider’s actual performance as defined by Key Performance Indicators
- Review service levels and funding requirements for the upcoming fiscal year.
- Review the financial position of each unit to ensure that the unit’s resources are managed effectively.
- Ensure that a unit’s strategic goals are in alignment with campus priorities and planning.
- Review each unit’s performance as defined by specific Key Performance Indicators.
- Review recommendations provided by the Rate Committee regarding rates for these units.
- Make recommendations to the Provost and VCPB regarding campus rates and allocations to campus units.
Budget Advisory Committee Membership
1 Self-Supporting/Auxiliary Director
BAS- Auxiliary Admin
1 Service Provider
Chair, Senate Planning & Budget
To complement the budget model, FP&A maintains a number of COGNOS Financial reports. These reports provide decision makers at all levels of UCR with accurate, concise, clear and well-structured information in order to allow decision making with UCR goals and objectives in sight. Offering the critical data needed for leadership decisions in a format tailored to the specific needs and interests of individual campus leaders.
Contracts & Grants
Cost Center Report
Electronic version of the Profit and Loss (P&L) statement approved as part of the annual campus planning and budget process. This report enables a unit to compare its approved budget to actual performance on a quarterly basis in the format of the new campus budge model. The report also provides actual data from the prior fiscal year for comparative purposes.
Composite Benefit Rates
Consistent with the UCPath goals of standardizing processes and increasing efficiency, UCR established fringe benefit rates that are based on a percentage of an employee’s salary according to Employee Groups that do not vary by individual employee benefit selections. These rates are commonly referred to as Composite Benefit Rates (CBRs). CBRs were implemented in conjunction with the roll-out of UCPath with December 2017 earnings paid in January 2018.
Negotiated UCR CBR Groups and Rates. (Revised 12/20/17)
Employee Class FY 2018 Negotiated Rate FY 2019 Negotiated Rate Faculty 37.20% 39.10% Faculty Summer 10.80% 11.10% Food-Custodian-Grounds * 70.40% 73.50% HSCP Faculty 24.40% 25.60% No Benefit Eligibility 3.20% 3.20% Other Academic 40.00% 42.00% Partial Benefit Eligibility 19.00% 19.80% Post Doc 24.80% 25.70% Staff Exempt 46.50% 48.70% Staff Non-Exempt 56.30% 58.80% Student 1.80% 1.80%
Please review CBR Frequently Asked Questions for some of the commonly asked CBR questions. This document will be updated as further questions are received. Please send us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Facilities & Administrative Cost Recovery
With the implementation of the new budget model, UCR changed its distribution methodology of F&A. The entire F&A pool is distributed in General Funds (19900) as follows:
- 50% - Campus
- 25% - Schools / Colleges / Other Orgs
- 10% - Departments
- 10% - VCRED
- 5% - PIs
Please review the following documents for further information:
Capital Finance: Can we afford it and what resources should we use?
Through the process of integrated planning, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) partners with a diverse group of stakeholders to provide guidance and assistance in strategically funding capital projects that are outlined in the campus 10-year Capital Financial Program (CFP).
- Executive Leadership – Provide analysis and insight to executive leadership in areas that effect the financial aspect of the CFP process. Such analysis includes review of auxiliary business plans and auxiliary program pro forma analysis, capital project financial feasibility and campus debt capacity thresholds.
- Project Stakeholders – Ensure that capital project stakeholders are using resources in accordance with campus, public, private, state and government policy.
- Campus Customers – Provide guidance to campus customers regarding the use of campus resources (such as general funds, contracts and grants, endowments, gift funds or any other restricted fund source) for capital projects.
- Capital Project Debt – Maintain the campus Debt Affordability Model (DAM) to present to University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to ensure the campus debt ratios meet UCOP debt threshold standards.
- Capital Project Approval Process – Provide financial feasibility metrics to (UCOP) to ensure the campus can afford debt service payments for externally financed projects.
- Capital Improvement Budget – Provide Interest During Construction (IDC) calculations to capital project stakeholders to inform the Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) and the project’s financial feasibility reporting to UCOP.
- Capital Project Funding – Provide funding instructions to Accounting to sequester the appropriate resources that were approved to be used for a capital project.
Sales & Service
As stated in University policy, “generally, sales to a non-University customer should be considered a grant or contract, unless the sale is based on established unit prices, and like services or products are sold to other non-University customers or University department based on the same unit prices (allowing for the indirect cost differential charged to non-University customers).”
Per APM-020, “regulation 4 deals with services to individuals and organizations outside the University…Such service may be justified if it does not interfere with University commitments and if 1) it gives the individual experience and knowledge of value to his teaching or research; 2) it is suitable research through which the individual may make worthy contributions to knowledge; or 3) it is appropriate public service.” Additionally, Regulation 4 states that “University laboratories, bureaus and facilities are not to be used for tests, studies, or investigations of a purely commercial character, such as mineral assays, determination of properties of materials, the performance of efficiencies of machines, analysis of soils, water, insecticides, fertilizers, feeds, fuels, and other material, statistical calculations, etc., except when it is shown conclusively that satisfactory facilities for such services do not exist elsewhere.”
Therefore, if there are to be sales to non-university customers, by completing [an] application you are certifying that this is not grant or contract activity, and that these goods or services are not available in the private sector.
Applications for establishing a Sales & Service Fund can be submitted via eForms.
New Initiatives, Reports, and Publications
- Optimizing Resource Allocation – An Experiment in Activity Based Costing in Higher Education — Gates Foundation Grant — UC Riverside
- Community College Cost Management Model — Gates Foundation Grant — White Paper Addendum — Johnson County Community College
- Budget Model Redesign
- Budget Model and SLA Governance FAQ
- ABC Project Information — August 2015
- UCR Budget Briefing Book
- Redesigning a Budget Model with a Grassroots Approach