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UNC Trustees Approve 2014-15 Budget

The University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees approved the 2014-15 budget Friday, June 13, during the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

As previously discussed at the March meeting (http://www.unco.edu/news/?6447)) the budget planning process takes into account factors including affordability and price relative to UNC's peers in setting rates. Resident undergraduate tuition for 2014-15 will remain the lowest among Colorado's research universities, and the budget continues to set aside institutional discounting for scholarships and need-based aid at a rate of 25 percent of tuition, the equivalent of $24.7 million in institutional aid for students.

Tuition, fees, room and board account for 67 percent of university revenue while state funding represents 21 percent of the budget. Rates for the upcoming year:

  • Average resident undergraduate tuition: $6,024 per year (a 4.8 percent, or $276, increase from 2013-14). A primary planning objective is to normalize tuition rates to provide students and their families predictability from year to year.
  • Graduate on-campus tuition rate increase of 3 percent.
  • Extended campus and online rate increases between 2.9-7.7 percent depending on program.
  • Room and board: Room rates will remain flat for incoming freshmen ($4,800-$6,522 a year based on room amenities) with an increase of just over 1 percent for a 19 meals-per-week plan for the academic year ($5,560).
  • Fees: $1,284 for a full-time student — for Student Services, the Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), and Student Capital Fee.
  • Detailed rates and information will be posted at www.unco.edu/costs within the next week.

In other board action, trustees approved:

  • The Campus Commons Plan. The 114,000 square foot student-centric model features an integrated facility that completely transforms the way UNC provides support. Students will be connected with opportunities the moment they arrive in mapping out their personal path to graduation. With a single conversation a student will be able to access a full range of opportunities — from academic advising, financial aid, class registration, community connections, career planning, and co-curricular learning experiences. The Campus Commons will also become the gateway to campus for visitors, including alumni and community members, and will provide space for academic programs (Performing and Visual Arts, Nutrition, Hospitality and Business), rehearsals and performances, and exhibits. The facility will be connected to the University Center and be located south of the UC. Funding will come from a combination of state funds, donor funds and student fee-backed bonds. Pending state funding approval, design is expected to begin in 2015 with an anticipated opening in Fall 2017.
  • Tenure, promotions (PDF) and emeritus status (PDF) for recommended faculty.
  • Multiyear employment agreements for football, volleyball and women's basketball head coaches.
  • Faculty Senate-approved amendments to board policy to clarify course overload compensation rates, add a statement covering the procedure for academic appeals brought to faculty during a non-contractual period, and changes to subsections to describe procedures for biennial faculty reviews. (View PDF of changes)

In other news, Provost Robbyn Wacker announced the name changes for the following programs:

  • Social Studies Secondary Teaching B.A. - Africana Studies (formerly Africana Studies B.A. - Secondary Teaching Emphasis)
  • Social Studies Secondary Teaching B.A. - Mexican American Studies (formerly Mexican American Studies B.A. - Secondary Teaching Emphasis)
  • Elementary Education B.A. (formerly Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.)

Wacker also announced the following new minors, certificates and emphasis areas:

  • Criminal Investigation - Undergraduate Certificate: A five-course program through Extended Studies designed for criminal justice majors or working professionals in the field. It will provide students with knowledge to apply hands-on procedures and the latest scientific techniques for evaluating and processing crime scenes.
  • Geographic Information Science - Undergraduate Minor: Open to all UNC students, the minor includes courses necessary for anyone working with GIS technologies for mapping and analyzing spatial information — areas of expected demand include Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Business.
  • Sports Coaching emphasis (B.S. Sport and Exercise Science): The major, the only one of its kind in the state, combines sport specific content, scientific knowledge and pedagogical practices to prepare coaches to become leaders in the profession.

UNC Business Students Complete New Ethical Leadership Certification Program

Eleven students in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado recently earned Ethical Leadership Certification from the NASBA Center for the Public Trust.

Garett Lieber, Megan Loberg, Eric Roat, Kelley Robinson, Clay Reierson, Scott Schmaltz, Allison Snatchko, Patrick Sullivan, Jenna Vandenbark, Erika Wesselink, and Haley Zink were among the first college students in the nation to complete the program, introduced in January by the CPT, an arm of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

The CPT launched the program, available to colleges and universities nationwide, as an innovative supplement to instruction on business ethics.

Nine of the UNC students began the process of gaining the certificate during the spring semester in Professor Sharon Clinebell's Leadership in Organization's class and two pursued the certification independently through UNC's student chapter of the Center for the Public Trust.

In the future, other MCB classes, such as Business Ethics, will incorporate the ethics certification, and non-business majors will be able work toward the certification through UNC's chapter of the CPT.

Clinebell said that the ethics certification is part of the college's ongoing commitment to business ethics, which also includes involvement in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium, composed of eight universities in a four-state region.

"We're dedicated to providing students learning opportunities in business ethics through programs such as the ethics certificate, by bringing in guest speakers and developing ethics-related resources, which is made possible by being part of the Daniels Fund Initiative," Clinebell said. "We feel that students who earn the Certificate for Ethical Leadership from the NASBA Center for the Public Trust will add to their marketability when they graduate. The program increased their knowledge and provided them with practical guidance on being an ethical leader."

For more information about the program, contact Clinebell at 970-351-1217.

Be the Face of Bears Around the World

The Alumni Association is again sponsoring its interactive social media initiative, #BearsGo!, and is looking for photos of Bears demonstrating their UNC pride in interesting locations. Examples from last year's gallery and submission guidelines can be found here, If you have questions, contact Dan Rosplock.

Volunteers Sought for Poudre Learning Center Flood Restoration

UNC's educational partner, the Poudre Learning Center, seeks volunteers to help with flood restoration efforts at the center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 11. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register here or call 303-715-1010.

Volunteers will work to re-seed areas around the center that were inundated with sediment earlier this summer, restore washed out trails and pick up flood debris.

No experience is necessary. The minimum age for volunteers is 8.

Emergency Alert System to be Tested June 18

A test of UNC's Emergency Alert Messaging System will be conducted about noon on Wednesday, June 18. The test message will be sent to UNC email accounts, text-enabled campus phones, subscribed cell phones (text and voice messages) and campus emergency poles. If you want to sign up to receive emergency alert messages on your cell phone or if your cell phone number changed recently, instructions are available on the Emergency Alert System website.

Fraudulent Wells Fargo Email Warning

UNC's Information Security Team reports that an email purporting to be from Wells Fargo has been sent to some UNC Visa cardholders. The email states that Wells Fargo has temporarily disabled the recipient's online banking access and asks them to click on a link to provide their Wells Fargo login information, and possibly other information.

Please do not open the link in the email.

If you are not sure whether this or any other email purporting to be from Wells Fargo is genuine, please forward the questionable email to alta.herndon@unco.edu.

Classified Employment Opportunity

  • Dining Services II, Assistant Cook positions. Requires one year of experience. Apply by June 27 at www.colorado.gov/dhr/jobs or in the UNC Human Resources office, Carter 2002.

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