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College of Sciences Update - Budget Implications

Memo from the Provost

Date: November 19, 2012

To: University Leaders

From: Warwick A. Arden, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Subject: Update on College of Sciences - Budget Implications

During the College of Sciences implementation process, the Steering Committee has moved through a series of decisions, each one influencing the next. As I have detailed in previous updates, we have determined:

  1. The general scope of the biological sciences in COS,
  2. Which CALS departments will be impacted by the transition of the biological sciences to COS (Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Environmental and Molecular Toxicology),
  3. Which tenured/tenure-track faculty currently in the four CALS departments will join COS (44 T/TT faculty) and which will remain in CALS (19 T/TT faculty),
  4. Which academic programs in the four departments will be administered by COS, CALS or jointly across the colleges, and
  5. Which other CALS employees will need to transition to COS.

With those decisions made, our latest task has been to determine the budget implications for CALS and COS based on the transition of programs, faculty and staff. We considered the numbers of students and student credit hours (SCHs) moving from one college to the other. As points of reference, 39% of CALS student FTEs (majors) and 33% of its total SCHs will be transferred to COS.

Based on the review of several scenarios and their potential impact on CALS and COS, we will move 30% of CALS academic (16030) budget to COS. I will provide additional academic funds from Provost's Reserves to replace the agriculture research and extension funds (16031 and 16032 budget to remain in CALS) that provided salary and benefit support for some personnel going to COS. As a net result of these budget changes, CALS and COS will both emerge as stronger colleges. CALS will see an increase in its academic funding per student credit hour and have agriculture research and extension funds freed up for reinvestment in the college; COS academic funding per student credit hour will be higher than it currently is in PAMS.

Many thanks to the members of the Budget and Finance Implementation Team, especially the chair, Vicki Pennington, for their time and dedication in preparing and evaluating the myriad financial data.

Next Steps

I plan to provide another update in December which will include information on the work of two implementation teams, Student Support and Outreach and Space, Infrastructure and Shared Resources, who have been working behind the scenes throughout the fall.

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