By implementing a shared services model and by modernizing its administrative systems, The University of Texas at Austin expects to eliminate about 500 positions during the next five years out of a workforce of some 12,000 staff members. This will save between $30 million and $40 million a year in perpetuity. The vast majority of the reductions in staff will be accomplished through natural attrition and retirement.
The positions being consolidated will be in administrative areas including human resources and information technology, which are currently spread across the campus. Centralizing these functions and operating more efficiently will free up resources for the university to focus on its core missions of teaching students and promoting world-changing research. There are no plans for immediate staff reductions.