Tuition Attribution Upgrade

The tuition attribution process manages a roughly one billion dollar annual revenue stream for the University of Minnesota. The process relies on legacy tuition tables, reports and institutional knowledge for support and maintenance. The Tuition Attribution Upgrade (TAU) will address technology concerns and work towards more effective reporting and analytics.

The objectives of this project include:

  • To reduce dependency on UM Reports and the Legacy Data Warehouse. 
  • To reduce complexity and bring transparency to the tuition attribution process.
  • To enhance connected data, reporting, and analytics for use by the entire University community.

As part of the Year One Business Process Analysis and Redesign phase, the project team will be reaching out to the University community to gather information about current processes and information needs. If you have questions or would like to offer feedback on tuition attribution, contact the project team at

Focus groups will be held on:

          Friday, November 15
          12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
          101 Walter Library

          Wednesday, November 20
          10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
          401/402 Walter Library

Space is limited for each session.  RSVP by emailing the project team at  Be sure to include which session you wish to attend.


Phase 1 (FY20): Business Process Analysis and Redesign:

  • Document the as-is end-to-end tuition attribution process and business rules.
  • Gather requirements from the University community on tuition reporting and data analysis needs through outreach and investigation.
  • Assess possibilities and opportunities for enhanced reporting
  • Recommend to-be process and reporting/analytics structure and outline priorities for Year 2 development.

Phase 2 (FY21+): Technology, Reporting and Analytics Upgrade (funding pending):

  • Develop, document, communicate, and roll out new system and reporting.
  • Year 2 scope pending based on recommendations and resource availability.

Governance Structure

Executive Sponsors:

  • Lincoln Kallsen, Institutional Analysis
  • Julie Tonneson, Budget Office
  • Sue Van Voorhis, Academic Support Resources

Steering Committee:

  • Andrea Backes, College of Biological Sciences
  • Carolee Cohen, Academic Support Resources IT
  • Steve Gillard, Office of Institutional Research
  • John Kellogg, Office of Institutional Research
  • Nathan Kopka, College of Educational & Human Development
  • Emily Larson, Budget Office
  • David Pappone, College of Science and Engineering
  • Tricia Sanders, University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Jaime Wascalus, Academic Support Resources IT
  • Amy Winkel, Office of Information Technology

Product Team:

  • Andy Fields, ASR-IT Student Finance BA
  • Marc Keaveny, ASR-IT Student Records BA
  • Emily Larson, Communications Liaison and Budget Office Analyst
  • Ashwini Rambhatla, OIT Data BA
  • Cindy Salyers, ASR-IT Student Data BA
  • Jaime Wascalus, Product Owner / Project Director
  • Amy Winkel, Scrum Master