FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between base budget and current year budget?

Budget – Financial resources allocated to an activity which provide financial support for a particular purpose.  These funds come from the major revenue streams of the institution (i.e. tuition). 

Base Budget – the default budget of an activity. The base budget rolls forward from fiscal year to fiscal year until actively changed.

Current Year Budget – reflects base budget and all one-time budget adjustments within the fiscal year 

What is InformSU?

InformSU is the university's reporting platform. Reports hosted by InformSU have been developed by both Institutional Research and the Office of Information Technology. InformSU is accessed via Internet browsers and requires a SU login.  To learn more visit the InformSU webpage.

To request access contact schoenm@seattleu.edu.

What is SUDDS?

SUDDS (Seattle University Data Delivery System) has been the university's data warehouse and reporting platform. Reports hosted by SUDDS have been developed by both Institutional Research and the Office of Information Technology. SUDDS is accessed via Internet browsers and requires a SU login and FERPA training.

The University Budget Office no longer provides SUDDS training as InformSU will be the reporting system beginning in FY18.

Are Financial Reports available?

There are four financial reports available in InformSU. Trainings for these reports can be found through EngageSU.

Who is responsible for my area's budgets?

A list of Seattle University's Divisional Financial Managers and School/College/Major Area Financial Managers is below.  You can also reference the Organizational Hierarchy Security report in InformSU.

Divisional Financial Managers

Academic Affairs Di Di Galligar
Executive Vice President & Athletics Monica Scott
Finance & Facilities Heather Geiger
Human Resources Matt Philip
Marketing Communications Kaily Serralta
Office of the President Anne Moran
Student Development Tim Wilson
University Advancement Takako Hopker
University Counsel Beyth-Erran Honea

 

School/College/Major Area Financial Managers

Academic Affairs Di Di Galligar
Albers School of Business & Economics Ilona Legesse
Athletics Mai Nguyen
Center for Community Engagement Tammy Shadair
College of Arts & Sciences Sally Hogan
College of Education Tat Lam
College of Nursing Toni Malaspino
College of Science & Engineering Robin Evans
Enrollment Services TBD
Executive Vice President Monica Scott
Facilities Administration Tim Mildren
Finance & Business Affairs Heather Geiger
Housing & Residence Life Tim Albert
Human Resources Matt Philip
Library Melissa Chamberlain
Marketing Communications Kaily Serralta
Matteo Ricci College Paulette Kidder
Office of the President Anne Moran
Planning & ITS Heather Geiger
School of New & Continuing Studies Heidi Carlson
School of Law Rick Bird
School of Theology & Ministry Beth Smith
Student Development Tim Wilson
University Advancement Takako Hopker
University Counsel Beyth-Erran Honea

What is a budget transfer?

The purpose of a budget transfer is to provide for increased budget authorization levels.

Budget transfers can be used to:

  • Transfer budget within an activity's major expenditure categories: Salary, Non-Salary / Travel and Equipment.
  • Transfer budget between activities, reporting units, and major areas, schools, and colleges. This generally funds expenditures exceeding original budget allocations.

Budget transfers are not for:

  • Charging or reimbursement between areas. This would be properly handled with a Journal Entry Request.
  • Transferring funds to other fund groups such as Agency, Restricted, Grants, Plant, or Endowment funds. (i.e. budget transfers can only be done between like fund numbers 11 to 11 or 41 to 41)

For more information on budget transfers click here or call Kerry Keller-Ash at X2206.

Who manages a certain budget?

Reference the Organizational Hierarchy Security report on InformSU (in the Finance & Budget, Official Reports folders) to find out who manages an activity, reporting unit, etc..