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Division of Academic Affairs 2013 Budget Request. Strategic Budget and Planning Council July 1, 2011. Historical approach: non-strategic Increased enrollments to make up shortfalls–numbers over quality Part-time faculty absorb teaching load for 1 st year and gen ed’s

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Division of academic affairs 2013 budget request

Division of Academic Affairs2013 Budget Request

Strategic Budget and Planning Council

July 1, 2011


Budgeting approaches

Historical approach: non-strategic

Increased enrollments to make up shortfalls–numbers over quality

Part-time faculty absorb teaching load for 1st year and gen ed’s

Budget reductions – AA absorbs 80%

Non-strategic disinvestment in academic core mission

Current approach

Strategic investments contribute to learning and scholarly environment for faculty and students – enhance value

Implement quality and value-added initiatives, while remaining efficient and innovative

Align investments with Academic Plan

- Recruit and retain quality students and faculty

Budgeting Approaches


Fy2011 fy2012

FY2011 & FY2012

Rationale for Recommendation: 1)Transparent, credible, equitable 2) Significant savings FY11 ($1.1M) Distribute additional funding on the same basis as FY2011 permanent division reductions


Priority new resource needs for fy 13

Priority New Resource Needs for FY 13

  • Strategic Full-Time Faculty Hires

  • Support for Global Strategies: Chief Global Officer

  • Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement: Liaisons and Electronic Portal

  • Graduate Research Tuition Differential Fellowship

  • Coordinator of Summer School and Special Programs


1 strategic full time faculty hires

1. Strategic Full-Time Faculty Hires

Rationale: URI has added more than 4300 FTE students while the number of tenure-track faculty and lecturers have remained constant


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1. Strategic Full-Time Faculty Hires

Table1. Comparison of Institutional Investments in Instruction on a Per-Student Basis in 2009 and from 2000-2009

 Per Student Instruction Investment

Institution$ Per Student% Increase Over 10 Years

URI$ 6,54111.5%

UMASS$10,62933.2%

UNH$10,24974.2%

UVM$12,13128.5%

UMO$ 7,40519.9%

UCONN$20,141 114.1%

Rationale: URI invests less in instruction than our regional peers


1 strategic full time faculty hires2

1. Strategic Full-Time Faculty Hires

Table 2. Proportion of Institutional Budgets Expended on Instruction

Institution/CategoryInstruction Expenditures as % Total

University of RI23.6%

RI College33.4%

New England Land Grants29.6%

4-year Publics30.1%

Rationale: URI invests less in instruction than our regional peers

URI is among the most expensive public doctoral granting institutions

in the country with regard to OS tuition, fees, housing, and dining


Student to faculty ratio comparisons

Student to Faculty Ratio Comparisons

URI – from 14:1 to 15.5:1 --- target ~16.5:1

UCONN - 18:1 PSU – 17:1

UMASS - 18:1 UILL - 17:1

UNH - 19:1 UFL - 22:1

UVM - 17:1 UTA - 18:1

URI achieves lower ratio with disproportionate reliance on part-time faculty teaching intro courses


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1. Strategic Full-Time Faculty Hires

  • Total Projected Cost for FY 13: $1.46 million

  • Request FY 13 GF: $1.2 million

  • Academic Affairs Reallocation Cost-Share FY 13: $260,000

  • “Clusters” of three tenure-track/clinical faculty hires in each of the four thematic areas in the Academic Plan, with interdisciplinary and global emphases:

    • Health and Wellness

    • Environment and Green Economy

    • Science and Technology

    • Liberal Learning and Scholarship

  • Four full-time lecturers – courses that serve the university broadly

  • Projection for FY 14: 8 tenure-track and 2 lecturers

  • Projection for FY 15: 4 tenure-track and 2 lecturers


  • 2 support for global strategies chief global officer

    2. Support for Global Strategies: Chief Global Officer

    • Rationale: Internationalizing URI is a major goal of the Academic Plan and the President’s vision

    • Provide leadership to guide our international strategy, build partnerships and international opportunities for education and research, and increase enrollments of international students

    • Task Force on Global Learning has recommended that the University invest in an office that would integrate efforts across all academic units, and JCAP has endorsed

    • Build on our International Visiting Scholars Program and new ESL program

    • Capture revenue we are now missing (only 41 intl students)


    2 support for global strategies chief global officer1

    2. Support for Global Strategies: Chief Global Officer

    • Total Projected Cost FY 13: $260,000

    • Request FY 13 GF: $225,000

    • Academic Affairs Reallocation Cost-Share FY 13: $35,000

    • This investment would support salary, benefits, support, and operating budget for Global Officer

    • Projection for further investment in global initiatives for FY 14 and FY 15 would come largely from reallocation rather than new general fund requests


    Division of academic affairs 2013 budget request

    3. Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement: Liaisons to Academic Units and Electronic Portal

    • Rationale: Expanding experiential learning - internships, service learning, projects, and project-based courses – central in the Academic Plan and President’s vision

    • Creation of a “one-stop shop” to support faculty, students, and external constituents in building high quality learning opportunities – Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

    • Key element of student recruitment-retention

    • Development of electronic portal, learning contracts, faculty support, liability releases, funding mechanisms, data hub, link to Rhody-net and Career Services.

    • Key to this initiative is hiring liaisons that would bridge the Office and academic units to support faculty engaged with students in experiential learning


    3 office of experiential learning and community engagement

    3. Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

    • Total Projected Cost FY 13: $225,000

    • Request FY 13 GF: $120,000

    • Academic Affairs Reallocation Cost-Share FY 13: $40,000

    • Academic Affairs Soft Money Allocation FY 13: $65,000

    • Investment would support liaisons to academic units to assist faculty in experiential learning efforts and development of the electronic portal

    • Projection for FY 14: $100,000

    • Projection for FY 15: $75,000


    4 graduate research tuition differential fellowship

    4. Graduate Research Tuition Differential Fellowship

    • Rationale: In FY 10 the Fellowship was created to support faculty research and build vibrant graduate programs by providing matching funds to pay the OS and IS tuition differential for graduate research assistantships

    • Successful Program – in FY 11 - $1.15m in grad support

    • Adding investments made in FY 11 and FY 12, the program is now funded at a level of $1.45 million

    • The fully implemented program needs a $2 million investment to support our research and graduate education enterprise


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    4. Graduate Research Tuition Differential Fellowship

    • Total Projected Cost FY 13: $150,000

    • Request FY 13 GF: $75,000

    • Overhead Funds FY 13: $75,000

    • Projection for FY 14: $200,000

    • Projection for FY 15: $200,000


    5 coordinator of summer school and special programs

    5. Coordinator of Summer School and Special Programs

    • Rationale: URI’s summer program is unfocused, sessions are underutilized and under-programmed, and online learning opportunities are being missed

    • Better coordination and creativity of summer programs will help us develop and market new offerings, such as field-based, experiential, travel, artistic, international, and teacher programs – potential to increase revenue

    • Coordinator would be expected to generate an additional 5% in enrollments resulting in an additional $400,000 in revenues for the summer - thus, position pays for itself


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    5. Coordinator of Summer School and Special Programs

    • Total Projected Cost FY 13: $0

    • Propose funding the position on soft money for FY 13 and 14 as a pilot to determine if we can generate revenue and develop creative new programs

    • Projection for FY 14: $0

    • Projection for FY 15: $125,000


    Summary of requests for fy 13

    Summary of Requests for FY 13

    • Total General Fund Requests: $1,620,000

    • Total Academic Affairs General Fund Budget: $160,000,000

    • Percent Increase Requested: 1%


    Progress over last 12 15 months in strategic priorities

    New budget process was instituted that reflects academic strategic planning and enhances communication among units regarding strategic priorities

    Process allows for analysis of unit productivity, cost, effectiveness, and innovation

    Projections are made over three-year horizons that allow us to understand unit needs in the near future

    With budget constraints and reductions, the most important allocations have been strategic investments in faculty positions

    Progress over Last 12-15 Months in Strategic Priorities


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    Year Faculty retired/resigned Strategic Reinvestment

    Faculty Lines

    2010 9 14

    2011 28.5 39

    2012 23 16a

    aFY 11 mid-year reduction translated into a base reduction of 8 faculty lines for FY 12.


    Additional initiatives within academic affairs

    Additional Initiatives within Academic Affairs

    Other Examples of Reinvestment

    Graduate Tuition Differential Fellowships

    Office of Online Teaching and Learning, including

    – Online Faculty Fellows Program

    Admissions Staff Enhancement

    Multicultural Faculty Apprentice Program

    Grand Challenges course initiative

    Visiting International Scholars Program

    Undergraduate Research Fund

    Graduate Enhancement Fund

    Digital Classroom Upgrade

    Faculty Laptop Program


    Major capital investment requests

    Major Capital Investment Requests

    • Find new home for Admissions Office, possibly in Fogarty Hall after Pharmacy moves into its new facility

    • Capital planning will explore alternatives for use

    • of Fogarty in context of institutional priorities


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