Appendix C18: Provost’s Office and Academic Affairs Risk Analysis Profile

Functions: Oversight responsibility for:

  • academic programs and policies;
  • instruction and research;
  • academic administration, planning, and budgeting;
  • faculty hiring and evaluation;
  • institutional planning, assessment, and research;
  • communications and interactions with the UH System, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on academic matters.

Critical tasks:

  • Communications is the critical consideration for this office to be able to direct and coordinate activities in the event of an emergency.

Important tasks

  • Ability to approve, sign off on requisite paperwork affecting purchases, salaries, etc.
  • By the end of a week some provision needs to be made for resuming course delivery. This is a function of the academic schools and will presumably be noted in their responses.

Less Important tasks:

  • All others

Minimal emergency personnel:

  • Provost

Minimal emergency equipment and supplies:

  • Telephone. E-mail access, if possible. Emergency contacts (all of which the provost has available and can use from home, if need be).

General impact:

  • A shut down of more than a week is a disaster for summer school and would result in considerable disruption of the educational process in a regular semester.
  • If it is not possible to salvage a term, then the institution would be looking at refunds for tuition and fees, and some students could be delayed in their graduation plans – which could mean loss of prospective employment or salary increases.