Faculty Resolution, January 27, 2014

February 6, 2014

UT Austin Campus Community,

The following information is provided in response to the Faculty Council resolution dated January 27, 2014 regarding the Implementation of Shared Services Plans on the Campus of The University of Texas at Austin. This information will be periodically updated as new information becomes available. Below is the complete text of the resolution.

On the right information bar are detailed responses to each of the eight Faculty Council requests.

Kevin Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


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On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Chair Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural, and environmental engineering) submitted the following resolution regarding the implementation of Shared Services at The University of Texas at Austin. The Faculty Council will act on the resolution at its meeting on January 27, 2014. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president.

Dean Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Now that the plans for piloting some form of Shared Services in certain units on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin are being readied, the Faculty Council calls on the Shared Services Steering Committee (and Kevin Hegarty as committee chair) to provide true transparency for the process of implementing Shared Services. While we appreciate the Committee’s thoughtful approach, we are nonetheless very concerned about the harsh criticisms levied at the Shared Services models adopted or planned for adoption at other universities, such as the University of Michigan.  That university’s open letter from 1,100 faculty makes serious charges that such a reorganization will reduce faculty productivity and forfeit research funding and that “the process had been shrouded in secrecy and the details kept murky.”

Similarly, the UT Austin Faculty Council has heard from faculty and staff who are concerned that the Shared Services model is not proven to work and that there are no credible data to support the promises of greater efficiencies, quality of service, and job satisfaction. 

While we appreciate Mr. Hegarty’s numerous town meetings and other meetings with large and small groups on campus this fall, and while we remain hopeful that the information gathered will be incorporated into new plans that are kinder to the academic culture, we have some specific requests for greater transparency and robust data collection.  Specifically, we ask him to publish on the Shared Services website and in other appropriate venues the following:

  1. A list of the University units that have volunteered for a pilot.
  2. Regular reports on the process of implementation in these units.
  3. A report on the results of implementation of some form of shared services in the College of Liberal Arts and wherever else such programs exist already.  We assume that those programs that prove to be successful will be retained.
  4. The plan for data collection for the pilots. We suggest these data should include satisfaction levels of all participants in the program, as well as efficiency and cost-saving information. The Faculty Council Executive Committee would be happy to help draft the surveys and other data-collection tools.
  5. A plan for dissemination of the data and lessons learned from the pilots to faculty and staff.

We also ask for the following:1 

  1. A start to dissemination of information by Mr. Hegarty’s office to the faculty by the next Faculty Council Meeting (February 17, 2014).
  2. Information about the status, role and compensation for Accenture.

And, we respectfully request that at least one more non-administrative faculty member be added to the Shared Services Steering Committee. 

Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 17, 2014.

1Amendments approved by the Faculty Council on January 27, 2014.

Next Meeting Date

May 16, 2014

Committee Members

Committee Chair:

Kevin Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Academic Representatives:

Randy Diehl
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Liz Gershoff
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Tom Gilligan
Dean, McCombs School of Business

Ted Gordon
Faculty representative, Department Chair, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

Chelsea Jones
Student Leadership

Elizabeth Cozzolino
Student Leadership

Joe Sosler
Assistant Dean, College of Pharmacy

Jamie Southerland
Associate Dean for Business Affairs

Alexa Stuifbergen
Dean, School of Nursing

Administrative Representatives:

Cindy Brown
Assistant VP and Business Officer, Research

Pat Clubb
Vice President for University Operations

Erika Frahm
Chair, UT Staff Council

Debra Kress
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Gage Paine
Vice President for Student Affairs

Charles Roeckle
Deputy to the President

Dan Slesnick
Senior Vice Provost for Resource Management

Stuart Tendler
Graduate Admissions and Placement Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts

UT System Representatives:

Scott Kelley
Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, UT System

Andrea Marks
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Project Sponsors:

Brad Englert
University Chief Information Officer and ITS Chief Operating Officer

Mary Knight
Associate Vice President