The University of
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice
To: Rocki DeWitt, Dean School of
Domenico Grasso, Dean College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Eleanor Miller, Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Fayneese Miller, Dean College of Education and Social Services
Rick Morin, Dean College of Medicine
Betty Rambur, Dean College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Abu Rizvi, Dean Honors College
Patricia Stokowski, Interim Dean of the Graduate College
Thomas Vogelmann, Dean College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Mary Watzin, Dean The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
From: John M. Hughes, Provost and Senior Vice
Richard H. Cate, Vice President for Finance and Administration
RE: Report on the Allocation of $3.2 million
previously announced and subject to final approval by the Board of
President and Provost have made $3.2 million available in the FY 2010
fund budget for reinvestment in the academic budgets of the colleges
schools. The allocation of these funds
has been informed by the April 29, 2009 Report on Budget Constraints
by Vice President Cate and Associate Provost Knodell based on meetings
deans, the April 13, 2009 Preliminary Fact Finding Report of the
Financial and Physical Planning Committee (FPPC) based on input from
faculty, and by recommendations from the Academic Quality Assurance
Task Force. Updated reports of the FPPC will be
to the deans as they become available. The
Task Force, a joint group of Faculty Senate committee members and
reviewed the two reports and presented five principles and priorities
President and Provost to guide their allocation decisions.
This report presents the results of this
process of consultation.
was a good deal of consensus between the two reports. A
key finding is that, as a result of the
budget reconciliation for FY2010 and efforts to reach target
ratios set for the various colleges and schools, more undergraduate
sections will be taught by full-time, tenure-track faculty and
lecturers. The size distribution of
course sections has shifted somewhat to larger sections. Consistent
with the recommendations of the
Task Force, much of the $3.2 million fund has been allocated to uses
mitigate the effect of higher teaching loads on scholarly productivity,
ensure adequate support for lab and discussion sections, and for
field supervision, and that protect the quality of the first-year
reinvestment allocations described below are all base funding
in the case of the School of Business Administration, where one-time
will be applied for FY 2010 and base funding for FY 2011 will be
after a permanent dean is appointed. The
specific instructional purposes of these funds will be determined by
in consultation with the Provost.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Due to the pressure of high enrollments and high student-faculty ratios in certain units, the reallocation will fund lecturers and offset base funding lost in the correction of a structural deficit in Extension, which provides some funding to this college. $190,000.
School of Business Administration: The reallocation will fund lecturers to maintain important curricular offerings, deal with some class-size issues and stabilize the School’s operating budget. $200,000.
College of Arts and Sciences: The College will receive funding for a new college-wide undergraduate teaching assistantship program, to assist faculty teaching larger sections of introductory courses. The College will also receive funding for its lecturer budget, which has grown to meet higher enrollments without commensurate new base resources. Some funding is also provided to assist with start-up packages for new faculty. $1,300,000.
College of Education and Social Services: The College will receive funding for lecturers to ensure adequate staffing for the supervision of education students in the field. $120,000.
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: The College will receive funding for graduate teaching assistants to assist faculty with larger sections, and for a tenure-track faculty position in a high-enrollment area. $250,000.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences: To address concerns about program viability, the College will receive funding for three pools of part-time clinical faculty to provide supervision for nursing students, and for two tenure-track faculty positions to cover integral areas of the curriculum. $800,000.
Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources: The College will receive funding for lecturers to address staffing needs in several areas, including the Environmental Program. $330,000.
Honors College: The College will receive new base funding to restore the Summer Seminar and to consolidate programming in support of undergraduate research across campus. $20,000 in new base funding, plus $100,000 transfer from Arts and Sciences to support the HELiX program in its new configuration.
addition to the $3.2 million reinvestment in the colleges and schools,
budget of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate
increase by $750,000.
table below illustrates that the combined academic budget will be
once these reinvestments, budget reductions, and salary increases are
of Arts & Sciences
of Agriculture & Life Sciences
of Education &
of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
of Business Administration
School of Environment & Nat Resources
of Nursing & Health Sciences
*$200,000 in additional one-time funding is being allocated to BSAD in FY2010.
Cc: University of Vermont Faculty, Staff, and
Board of Trustees