Office of the Provost

[Student Information]

Student Outreach on Budgetary Matters

As part of her role as Senior Vice Provost for Academic & Budgetary Affairs, Amy Dittmar conducts outreach to various student groups to present on the annual budget and discuss budget issues such as tuition and aid. In recent years Dittmar has met with:

  • Central Student Government Assembly
  • Rackham Student Government Executive Board
  • Graduate Rackham International
  • Student Fee Advisory Committee
  • Enrollment Management Student Advisory Board

Dittmar also has presented to classes in LSA and the School of Education, and to campus boards with student representation, such as the Advancing Public Safety at the University of Michigan (APS-UM) Task Force and the President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN).

If you are interested in Vice Provost Dittmar speaking to your student organization or course, you are encouraged to contact her assistant, Kimberly Brown (

ALA 270: Where Does The Money Go?

In Winter 2021 Amy Dittmar and Karen Zaruba offered a 1-credit budget course for undergraduates titled “Where Does the Money Go: An Inside Look at UM’s Budget” (ALA 270, Section 005). The instructors intend to offer this course again, and possibly in a format that would include graduate students. If you have questions about this course, please contact

How Do Students Impact the Budget?

In the annual budget process, the Provost discusses budget needs with every academic unit as well as central service units. The units provide insights into student needs based on their close work with students, for consideration in the collaborative budget planning. The budget planning team also hears from student leaders, student advisory boards, and student organizations and clubs that advocate for the student experience at the University. The University also relies on surveys, evaluations, focus groups, town halls and other channels through which broad and diverse groups of students are invited to share input and feedback. Finally, the planning team monitors institutional measures of student success and satisfaction, such as retention, time-to-degree, graduation rates, academic performance, demand for courses, and participation rates in programs and opportunities. All of this information influences budget and policy decisions at the University and school/college level.

Student Budget Advisory Committee

In some years, the Provost’s office has convened a Student Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC). This committee typically meets six times during the academic year to give students an opportunity to learn about the budget process at UM and discuss budget priorities. Interest in serving on this board has been waning in recent years; subsequently the Provost Office has put this group on hiatus to focus on efforts to reach more UM students and engage more student leaders.


Updated May 27, 2021