GBAS Program Components for Professional Learning

GBAS Program Components for Professional Learning

The GBAS professional learning program consists of multiple components designed to support business administrators with varying skill levels. These components cultivate:

  • Increased knowledge and application of recommended business practices
  • In-depth application of fiscal, HR, and other administrative policies to support the institution
  • Professional support processes for college- and department-level business administrators
  • Opportunities to enhanced professionalism and interpersonal skills and,
  • Collaborative problem-solving to improve and increase the consistency of business management practices and stewardship of UF funds.

The GBAS components include an online orientation for new business administrators, competency-based foundation courses (Pro3 Series), GBAS Institutes, GBAS Workshops, a Mentoring program, and Certification. To register for the online orientation for new business administrators, Pro3 Series, GBAS Institutes or the GBAS Workshops, visit myTraining

GBAS Introduction Courses for NEW Business Administrators

The University of Florida’s Gator Business Administrator Services, commonly known as GBAS, announces the release of four new online Introduction Courses for business administrators (BAs) who are new to the University of Florida or new to the role of business administrator. The information in the Introduction courses is succinct, highlighting the big picture overview, and key concepts for the many functions BAs provide for the University of Florida.

These courses are foundational for all business administrators and we recommend that all new BAs complete this content within the first month of starting in their role. The courses replace the previous GBAS Orientation modules (myTraining codes: GBS101 and GBS102). Completing The Color of Money (PRO302) and Basic Accounting at UF (PRO304) will also provide credit for the PRO3 Series.

NOTE: These succinct courses also provide an excellent review of key information for many business administrators and can refresh your knowledge of best practices.

We suggest completing the course in the following order.

  1. GBS111 Welcome to UF and Getting Your Security Roles (UF_GBS111_OLT) Click Here to Register. This course introduces resources on campus and tips for getting your security roles. Participants will learn about the core offices, how to find your DSA and where to go for additional training.
  2. The Color of Money (UF_PRO302_OLT Color of Money) Click Here to Register. The University of Florida is a complex place with various funding sources. This course introduces UF’s sources of funds along with the accompanying rules which govern how each type of monies may be spent. Participants will learn about “allowable expenditures” for each funding source and have a chance to practice applying the rules to ensure uniform and consistent application of associated directives. This course is designed to ensure UF employees with fiscal responsibilities understand how funding sources can be used when completing financial transactions.
  3. Basic Accounting at UF (UF_PRO304_OLT Basic_Accounting_at_UF) Click Here to Register. This course will enable you to develop a basic understanding of the accounting structure, system and concepts used to manage the financial transactions and flow of money at the university. Participants will learn about ChartFields and the “Basic 6 Pack” for Accounting at UF. 
  4. GBS112 How Budgeting Works at UF (UF_GBS112_OLT) Click Here to Register. This course introduces how budgeting works at UF. Participants will learn about the budgeting model, budget terminology, and the budget timeline as well as examples from myUFL. The examples help participants understand what they are looking at in myUFL.

Foundation Courses with Pro3 Series – The Pro3 courses provide in-depth training for business administrators to cultivate competencies in fiscal management, and human resources/payroll management. For more information, visit the Pro3 section on the HRS website.

Institutes – Designed to deeply explore and develop business administrator competencies, these bi-annual events are an excellent way for business administrators to network with their peers. The events are structured to provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities and hear from a variety of experts. Timely and relevant topics enhance concepts from the Orientation and Foundation courses as well as current challenges.

“Attending the GBAS events exposed me to a higher level of understanding of the UF vision. I saw how my work connected to the success of the University. Interacting with a networking of my peers created a positive feeling of competition and the desire to “up my game” to a new level. These events inspired me to get even better at my job.”  --- former Advisory Council Member

Workshops – An important part of the GBAS effort is to ensure business officers “stay current” by providing opportunities to build skills, problem solve with peers and share best practices. These opportunities support a culture of continuous learning and professional growth. GBAS workshops are typically 2-3 hour sessions and focus on group exploration, discussion and hands-on training of complex topics.

Mentoring – Selected participants are paired with a more experienced business administrator on campus. They work together for a year to broadening the mentee’s knowledge base at an institutional global level. Most mentor pairs find this to be a reciprocal relationship and an excellent way to increase the knowledge and skill base of both participants.

“Making contacts and knowing someone is there for you to ask advice and keep confidence is a huge resource for getting every part of my job done, especially the parts where I'm stumped.  With a mentor, you are never stumped!” --- Anonymous from Survey Data

GBAS Certification

(Formerly the GBAS Credentialing)

The Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) vision is to create a network of high performing, professional business administrators committed to working collaboratively to support the University of Florida as a preeminent university. Completing the GBAS Certification is a step in that direction. The GBAS Certification is awarded to select GBAS participants who have effectively used a variety of the components offered by the GBAS program to the benefit of their unit, department, and/or college. GBAS extends invitations in June.

For more GBAS information contact Gwynn Cadwallader at gcadwallader@ufl.edu.