Responsibility Centered Management

Status of RCM Three-Year Review

Thursday, April 19, 2018
TO: UA Community
FROM: Jeff Goldberg, Acting Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
Gregg Goldman, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs & CFO
SUBJECT: Status of RCM Three-Year Review
DATE: April 19, 2018

In the fall, a team was created to review the first three years of the University's adoption of Responsibility Centered Management as its budget allocation model. The team was asked to identify potential improvements and modifications, and then forward recommendations to President Robbins.

Since then, the RCM Three-Year Review Committee has been working to collect data and feedback from academic and nonacademic units. Much of this work is being carried out by eight subcommittees (click here for more information).

As part of that work, deans and other leaders on campus are being asked for feedback about their specific experiences using RCM. As valuable as their insights will be, we feel it is important to hear from as many people on campus as possible. This will help provide a comprehensive understanding of how RCM has worked, which will inform the recommendations made by the review committee.

In the coming months, we will make visits to each UA college and school, as well as the service center units, in order to hold open discussions about RCM, and to hear from everyone within those areas about their experiences, perceptions, concerns, questions, and suggestions.

While we had anticipated that the review committee would complete its work this semester, we recognize that there is value in aligning the review of RCM with the strategic plan and efforts around redesigning the UA's general education program.

President Robbins has stressed to us that it's better to do this right than to do it rushed. So, at this time, we do not anticipate that there will be any impact on planning or allocations for fiscal year 2019.

It is our sincere hope that the RCM review, and the budgeting process in general, is as transparent as possible. To that end, we hope you will participate in the RCM discussions held in your units.

Once the dates are finalized, they will be posted on the RCM website.

We also welcome any feedback you would like to share. To submit your thoughts online, please visit http://rcm.arizona.edu/questions-comments.