FY 2018-2019 Budget Hearing Outline


The budget hearings process will provide for a greater understanding of the LSU resource allocation process, allow for more transparency of operating budget development, and link the budgeting process to the LSU strategic plan.  The budget hearings will provide a framework for considering resource allocations and will do so in a manner that is both analytical and transparent.  It will value both strategic (long-term) and operational (annual) planning while focusing on scholarly productivity and progress toward achieving instruction, research and service goals at the department, college, and University levels.


The presentations will be scheduled for one hour.  Deans will give a 20-30 minute presentation with the remaining time allocated for discussion.  The presentation should include the following:

  • College/Unit context based on Department Metrics with brief description of current strategic and operational plan within the framework of LSU’s Strategic Plan goals.
    Describe challenges and priorities built around the LSU Strategic Plan.
  • One-time and new permanent funding requests with details (e.g. requests for new positions or resources for new programs should include discussion of what the incremental change produces for your unit from this to next year).
  • Include to what extent reallocation of current unit resources can be used to meet the needs of your unit.
  • Present resource allocation plan for FY 18-19 and projections for FY 19-20 and FY 20-21 within the context of the current plans and performance indicators. This should include personnel plans for faculty & staff.
  • LSU will implement a strategic reinvestment model that will retract a small percentage of each unit’s budget annually to be used toward institutional strategic priorities.  Discuss how your unit will become more efficient in order to adjust to a potential 1% strategic reinvestment cut.  
  • Suggest short and long-term actions which will increase net revenues and/or decrease net costs within the unit, the college, and the University.

Ground Rules:

Although we intend to provide faculty and staff pay raises, to facilitate your projections, please do not include.

Projections should include expected enrollment levels, multi-year commitments, faculty hiring plans and required start-up packages, and other anticipated expenses.

Requests for increased resources (such as new positions, additional support funds, and additional space) will be addressed in these budget hearings.  Units must highlight their highest priorities if additional resources were to become available.

Requests for new programs should also be presented at the meeting.

Budget Hearings
Location: 135 Thomas Boyd Hall
March 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM College of Music & Dramatic Arts
March 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM E.J. Ourso College of Business
March 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM Paul M. Hebert Law Center
March 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM College of Agriculture
March 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM LSU Libraries
March 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM College of the Coast & Environment
March 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM College of Science
March 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM School of Veterinary Medicine
March 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM College of Humanities & Social Sciences
March 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM College of Human Sciences & Education
March 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM College of Engineering
March 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM College of Art + Design
April 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM Ogden Honors College
April 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM Manship School of Mass Communication