Budget and Strategic Advisory Committee (BSAC)

Charge of the Budget and Strategic Advisory Committee (2018-19)

The President established BSAC in 2014 to provide analysis, assessment and recommendations around the strategic issues facing the college both in the short and long term. The committee is further charged with the monitoring and analysis of institutional performance through key performance indicators, peer benchmarking, and external rankings in an effort to ensure institutional health and continued excellence.

For the 2018-19 academic year, BSAC will serve as the steering committee for the continuation and renewal of the College’s strategic plan: Mapping the Future of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The renewed plan will use the existing framework based on the College’s unique location in a truly global city. Using Los Angeles as the backdrop, BSAC will work closely with three planning groups to develop strategic goals and objectives in the following key areas:

1. Academic Planning
2. Student Experience
3. Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

In addition, BSAC will focus on the following three areas. Which involve the ongoing, annual
operation and financial health of the college:

  • Annual operating budget development and multi-year projections/planning assumptions: Advise on annual tuition increases, financial aid funding, student headcount and retention and graduation rate assumptions, and salary pools for employees.
  • Institutional Health: Monitor the BSAC KPI’s and recommend goals for improvement; monitor institutional performance against peers and competitors in a benchmarking portfolio; monitor and analyze institutional performance in external rankings and recommend goals for improvement.
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Understand the challenges and opportunities being faced by the college and advise on the development of medium-term and long-term financial planning.

The Budget and Strategic Advisory Committee will serve as a conduit between senior leadership and the Occidental community for matters related to institutional budget, strategic planning and performance, committed to transparent and consistent communication to the college community.

BSAC Membership, 2018-19

Wendy Sternberg, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Amos Himmelstein, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Finance, Planning and Operations

Kristi Allen, Associate Vice President for Institutional Planning
Rhonda Brown, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Inclusion and Equity
Ronald Buckmire, Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Director of the CORE Program
Vince Cuseo, Dean of Admission and Vice President for Enrollment
Christopher Ferguson, Associate Vice President for Enrollment
Salvador Fernandez, Professor, Spanish and French Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Rob Flot, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs
Micol Garinkol '19, Politics Major, ASOC Vice President for Finance
Brandon Lehr, Associate Professor, Economics, Chair of SCOF
Jacques Lesure '19, ASOC President
Gretchen North, John W. McMenamin Endowed Chair in Biology, Faculty Council President
Christopher Oze, Associate Professor, Geology
Ester Rogers, Assistant Dean for Institutional Assessment and Accreditation
Marty Sharkey, Vice President for Marketing and Communications