Priority BA™ at UM Overview
What is BA™?
BA™ is departmental management accounting system licensed from Priority Software, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama.
The software was originally licensed at the University of Maryland College Park by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of Physics in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The Center for the Advanced Study of Languages joined the original license agreement during the first phase of the project.
Other campus Colleges and Departmental units expressed interest in using the software and the Division of Research assumed project management responsibilities in May 2005. The software is managed by a campus Governing Group and a Functional Users Group. It is now available to interested campus units on a fee basis.
The primary use of BA™ is to provide departments a useful tool for managing contract and grant accounts.
How do I get access to BA™?
Colleges and Major Administrative Units sign off on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to the basic principles of system use. Individual departments within those Colleges and Major Administrative units may then complete Statements of Use and obtain access to the software.
How much does it cost to use BA™?
The current license cost is $650 per licensed user, per year. There is no additional cost for Principal Investigators and Administrators that view reports on the web site. The Memorandum of Understanding also requires that licensed users attend a vendor provided training session. The training session costs approximately $200 per person, depending upon the number of people registered for the session.