Assessment and Planning

Resource Allocation Process (RAP)

The college's Institutional Planning Process ensures that allocation of resources supports the college's strategic initiatives and priorities. College resources consist of the budget and other resources such as space or facilities, data and information, human resources, professional development and technology.

The development of a resource allocation plan starts with the Strategic Master Plan. The Strategic Master Plan represents the college's strategic initiatives and institutional priorities. With the Strategic Master Plan, unit planning ensues.

When unit plans require additional resources, the requests are made to the appropriate senior staff member, and justified with specific reference to the college's Strategic Master Plan. These requests are then reviewed by the appropriate senior staff member, and, if approved, forwarded to the appropriate Vice President.

Unit resource allocation requests are then ranked in order of institutional priority by the president and vice presidents of each area. The ranked resource requests are forwarded to the Planning and Resource Allocation Council (PRAC), a broadly-representative body including faculty, staff, and administration.

The PRAC matches the ranked resource requests with the available resources, and makes recommendations for specific resource allocations to the President's Advisory Council (PAC).

The PAC reviews the recommendations of the PRAC, endorses or modifies them, and then sends its recommendations to the President for consideration. Because state allocation and student fees represent a significant source of operating budget, the final decision as to the number of requests the college will fund for the upcoming budget year is determined only after the legislature's budget appropriation becomes final.

During the implementation of the Resource Allocation Process, modifications are requested through the Personnel Executive Committee (PEC).