UNC Today: Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Trustees Continue Discussion of Proposed Budget

Members of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees continued discussion of next year's proposed budget during the finance and audit committee meeting Wednesday, May 15.

No action was taken.

As mentioned in a previous report, the proposal calls for a 5 percent average tuition increase ($284/year) for resident undergraduate students and up to a 4-percent tuition increase for resident graduate students. UNC's resident undergraduate tuition is currently the lowest among the state's research universities. For more details on pricing, visit www.unco.edu/news/?5027.

Provost Robbyn Wacker addressed multiyear planning that takes a systems-based and entrepreneurial approach in informing the budget. The strategic framework for transformative education — defined as the intersection among academics, research, scholarship and creative works, and community building (see diagram) — sets the foundation for the nine interconnected core plans and five support plans in carrying out annual implementation.

For example, one component in the academic portfolio is academic quality and addresses supporting faculty and instruction. One way of doing that in the budget calls for piloting the delivery of classes in new ways (such as the concept of flipped classrooms, where "homework" takes place in the classroom and lectures are available online).

Another example is the Community and Civic Engagement Plan with investments planned for student experiences, such as standardizing internships and other co-curricular opportunities, such as conducting research, that connect with the community.

Such planning provides the structure for the multiyear budget process to intentionally invest in academic quality, student support, programs and employees.

Trustees are expected to consider the proposed budget as an action item at their next scheduled board meeting June 7.

Governor Signs Bill at UNC to Create State Grant Program

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Advanced Industries Accelerator Act on Wednesday, May 15, in the Panorama Room at the University Center. The bill creates a grant program in the Colorado Office of Economic Development for advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology.

Visit UNC in the News for coverage.

M Lot Closed for Most of Summer Starting May 28

M Lot will be closed from Tuesday, May 28, through mid-August for the removal and replacement of the existing asphalt pavement and concrete sidewalk improvements. Alles Drive will remain open for the duration of construction as will L and Y Lots. Please contact Nate Reinhard at 351-2383 for more information.

Power Outages at McKee, Michener May 18

On Saturday, May 18, work by a contractor on the electrical switches that serve McKee Hall and Michener Library will require a power outage to both buildings starting around 6 a.m. and lasting to about 8 p.m. Both buildings will be closed during the outage. If necessary, Sunday, May 19, will be utilized as a back-up date for this power outage. For additional information, please contact your building coordinator or Nate Reinhard at 351-2383.

Lower Level of University Center Closed May 20-June 2

The lower level of the University Center will be closed to pedestrian access and all businesses with the exception of the UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop will be closed May 20-June 2 while workers remove all the floor tiles, which are significantly deteriorated. The bookstore will observe normal summer operating hours, but access will be from an exterior entrance on the south side of the building. Please be aware of these other aspects of the anticipated two-week closure:

  • All retail dining outlets will be closed. Since the dining halls are also closed for their annual thorough cleanings, there will be no food service on campus for those two weeks. Please plan accordingly.
  • Bear Logic staff will be available to take and process phone and EIO orders, and to deliver equipment and supplies, but there won't be public access to the store.
  • The Computer Commons will be closed. However, the computer lab in room 101 in McKee Hall will be open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday- 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 20-June 2. The Computer Commons will re-open Monday, June 3.
  • Information about other lower level businesses can be found on the UC website, which also contains dates when the businesses are scheduled to re-open and up-to-date information regarding project progress and potential service disruptions.

Please be aware that installation of the new floor tiles after June 2 will be an ongoing process and is likely to last through the end of July or early August. As you navigate the University Center this summer, please be mindful of signs and other identifying markers designating walkways and construction work areas.

UC staff apologize for the inconvenience this important upgrade will cause and appreciate your patience and understanding. After months of planning, it was determined that there wasn't any way to safely provide pedestrian access while the tiles are being removed.

Benefits Open Enrollment Period for Classified Staff Ends May 17

Benefits open enrollment for classified staff ends Friday, May 17. Detailed information about open enrollment, including plan details, changes and logistics is available here or by contacting Human Resource Services at 351-2718. Supervisors are asked to share this information with classified employees who don't have access to email.

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