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:

  • reducing dependency on UM Reports and the Legacy Data Warehouse. 
  • reducing complexity and bring transparency to the tuition attribution process.
  • enhancing 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

Thanks to everyone who participated in Phase 1 of the Tuition Attribution Upgrade (TAU) project. The TAU team is currently planning the second phase of the project.  For the latest updates from Phase 1, review the following documents:


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:

  • 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