This is the third year for campus-wide participation in the budget process. Each year has resulted in increased advanced planning and participation in the generation of requests and proposals from across the campus for the Cabinet to consider at the beginning of its deliberations.
The allocations which have been made represent budget additions from projected new revenue. Final decisions by the General Assembly and Governor, as well as changes in enrollment, could necessitate changes in the proposal.
Not included in the allocations are additions for salary increases, since the collective bargaining agreement is still in the negotiation process. We would anticipate the settlement to be fully funded in the Governor’s salary bill. We also expect that the funding required for salary annualization of Regents merit employees step increases required in the AFSCME contract to be included in the salary bill.
Each division will be expected to target reallocations of at least two percent toward achievement of our strategic planning goals. These are to be reported to the Cabinet on March 31.
Principal sources of income are state appropriations and tuition. The Governor’s budget recommendations for UNI, exclusive of salary increases, provide an additional $1 million to our base budget. This compares to a request by the Regents for UNI of $3,295,817. Tuition income is projected to provide an additional $1,423,063. Of this, 19 percent ($270,000) is designated for student aid by current practice. The total new revenue projected is $2,515,063.
The Cabinet proposes to distribute the funds as follows in support of the strategic plan.
GOAL 1: INTELLECTUAL VITALITY: Create and maintain an intellectually demanding and stimulating environment for all members of the University community.
|$300,000||Teacher Education for the 21st Century||Governor’s Budget (Regents request was $500,000).|
|$300,000||Master’s Degree in Social Work||Governor’s Budget. Fully funds Regents request.|
|$200,000||Performing Arts Center||Staffing and support to operationalize programming with the opening of the PAC January 1, 2000.|
|$150,000||Life Cycle Equipment Fund: Academic Affairs||Establishment of an equipment life cycle matching fund in the Office of the Provost. First year's allocation with an intent to expand next year. Faculty Senate priority.|
|$100,000||Improving Undergraduate Education||Governor’s Budget (Regents request was for $775,000). Supports increased faculty-student interactions and quality improvements in curriculum.|
|$100,000||Inflation on Library Materials||Governor’s Budget (Regents request was for $212,802).|
|$80,000||HPELS ($60,000), Athletics ($20,000)||Provides support for general education instruction in lieu of coaches having split assignments between Athletics and HPELS.|
|GOAL 2: COMMUNITY: Promote a sense of community within the University.|
|$270,000||Student Aid Set-Aside||This constitutes 19% of the projected increase in tuition income, consistent with our historic allocations. Of this amount, $31,090 is for graduate scholarships.|
|$90,000||Wellness Recreation Center||Staffing and support for WRC operations. Temporary allocations of $75,000 had been made the previous two years until the Center was fully operational and the amount needed was determined.|
|$35,000||Diversity Programming||One-time allocation, pending development of a campus plan.|
|$32,000||Employee Assistance Program||To fund an RFP for a service provider to provide assistance with workplace issues that affect performance and productivity and to provide employees with access to confidential assistance with problems in such areas as substance abuse, counseling needs, etc.|
|$1,200||P&S Council||To provide an operating budget for P&S Council work.|
|GOAL 3: RESOURCES: Effectively manage internal resources and aggressively seek external resources to support University programs and aspirations.|
|$145,000||Administrative Systems Software and Support||First installment of base budget for the purchase and operation of new software for human resources, payroll, general ledger, purchasing, accounts payable, and budget.|
|$140,000||Opening New Buildings: Performing Arts Center||Governor’s Budget; Regents recommendation. Funds utilities, custodial service, and related supplies for the PAC for the first half year, January-June, 2000.|
|$95,800||Inflation on Supplies and Services||One percent increase to be distributed strategically by each division.|
|$78,000||Information Technology Services||Improved internet connection speed, infrastructure, and network support (not personnel).|
|$60,000||Building Repair||Governor’s Budget (Regents request was $250,000). Enables progress on a performance indicator of the strategic plan.|
|$60,000||Technology Coordinator position for Educational and Student Services||Provides technology coordination and support across the division.|
|$50,000||Architectural Planner, Facilities Planning Office||To provide increased assistance to departments in planning for facility improvements.|
|$42,000||Life Cycle Equipment Fund: Administration and Finance||To provide for periodic replacement of large maintenance equipment, i.e. snow plows. First year's allocation with an intent to expand next year.|
|$25,000||Insurance||To meet cost increases.|
|$19,000||Board of Regents Support||To meet increased costs assessed to the institution.|
|GOAL 4: EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Develop appreciation and support for the values, programs, and services of the University.|
|$50,000||Institutional Promotion||Supports university-wide promotion to meet goals of the Constituency Relations Management Group Strategic Plan, especially in targeted cities.|
The items funded represent priorities of the strategic plan, the performance indicators presented to the Board of Regents, and the highest priorities of divisions of the university, as well as some areas of unavoidable or nondiscretionary cost increases. The total dollars requested from all areas of the campus were several times greater than the total funds projected to be available.
The Cabinet sincerely appreciates the thoughtful deliberations by the campus community during the proposal process.
As in the past, each Vice President and the Director of External Relations will provide a consultative process to seek employee and student comment on the budget proposal. Each division is asked to report back to the full cabinet by March 3. In that report, each VP/Director will be asked to identify proposed changes in the university allocation. Reallocations within each division for FY 2000 should be reported by March 31.
The web version of this document provides an e-mail response mechanism for those wishing to comment directly to the Cabinet. Greater weight, however, will be given to those comments which flow from each division consultative process.
After consideration of all comments, the Cabinet will publish a "near-final" draft to the WEB-site on March 24. There will be a one-week period for email input to this version. The final draft, to be presented to the Board of Regents, will be published on the WEB on April 9.
FY 2001 Requests
FY2001 budget requests should also be developed during this consultative process and forwarded by March 3. Most "business as usual" needs will fall into the internal reallocation process. Requests to the Board of Regents should reflect the strategic plan, indicate measurable outcomes, and be capable of generating political support.