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Trustees Discuss Initial 2014-15 Budget

University of Northern Colorado trustees discussed the initial 2014-15 budget, which is in development, during the board's regularly-scheduled meeting March 7.

An update was provided regarding state funding, pricing, compensation and capital projects. A recommended budget will be brought to the board at the trustees' next meeting June 13.

Pricing recommendations are based on multi-year planning that takes into consideration such factors as the cost of providing a quality education and keeping UNC a top value in higher education. UNC's tuition and fees remain lower than all state research universities and among the lowest of the state's four-year colleges and universities.

Approximately 25 percent of new revenue from undergraduate tuition and 30 percent from graduate tuition goes toward institutional financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships, need-based aid, and other forms of institutional discounting.

Proposed pricing for 2014-15 includes:

  • 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.
  • Room and board: Room rates would remain flat ($5,000 for Tier 2 residence hall) and meal plan increases of less than 2 percent ($5,560 for a 19 meals-per-week for the academic year).
  • Fees: The replacement value of UNC's facilities is estimated at $716 million. Industry standards recommend $10.5-$18 million in capital investments annually. With limited state funds for construction improvements and maintenance, a new capital fee of $200 is proposed in order to cover deferred maintenance of existing facilities and build necessary new capital projects to successfully serve students. A portion of the capital fee would be set aside for institutional aid. Other fee increases are proposed for library and a one-time student success fee.
  • Compensation: A multi-year compensation identity plan developed in 2011-12 includes moving employee salaries to 90 percent of the average salaries of peers by 2017. The proposed compensation pool for next year is 3 percent of salaries.

The trustees also approved a Board Policy Manual amendment on Colorado Open Records requests to standardize the procedure, approved refunding of bonds and heard from Vicki Gorrell, vice president of alumni and development, who presented a summary of the strategic direction for alumni and fundraising.

Register Today for UNCAA's March 12 Community Conversation

Today is the deadline to register for the next presentation in the Alumni Association's series of Community Conversations - "Creativity for a Healthy and Balanced Life," - from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in UNC's Loveland Center at Centerra.

Connie Stewart, associate professor of Art Education and Art History, will lead an interactive discussion of the connection between modern art and modern life. Participants will work together to build meaning through sample art, have the opportunity to discuss art with Stewart and leave with expanded knowledge of how art can provide balance in our lives

Registration is $5 and includes light refreshments.

Call for Nominations: Inspiring Women Awards

If you know an inspiring woman at UNC who has a lasting effect on those around her and positively impacts the university community, nominate her for a 2014 Inspiring Women Award by noon March 28. An award is given in three categories: faculty, staff and student.

Additional information and a nomination form are available at the Women's Resource Center website. Forms can also be picked up the WRC in Scott-Willcoxon Hall, UNC's cultural centers or the University Center.

Employee of the Year Nominees Announced, Banquet RSVPs Due Friday

The nominees for CSC's 2013 Classified Employees of the Year Award and PASC's 2013 Exempt Employee of the Year Award, the winners of which will be announced at the annual Staff Recognition Banquet Monday, March 24, are:

Exempt Employee of Year Nominees

  • Glenn Adams
  • Beckie Croissant
  • Stephanie Kostick
  • Erin Poszywak
  • Stephanie Torrez

Classified Employee of the Year Nominees

  • Rex Burchett
  • Roseann Chavez
  • Shelly Ellerby
  • Norman Miller
  • Berniece Mitchell
  • Audrey Nelson
  • Steven Sanchez
  • Marsha Stewart
  • Susan Wehrenberg

RSVPs to attend the banquet are due March 14. More more information, visit the CSC website.

Classified Employment Opportunities

  • #1587, #1640 Police Officer Intern. See job requirements and how to apply at http://colorado.gov/dhr/jobs. Apply by March 17.
  • Dining Services II - Assistant Cooks. Several positions available. Requires one year of cooking experience. Apply by March 21. See job descriptions and how to apply on Human Resources' website or in the HR office in Carter 2002.

Call for Proposals: FRPB New Project Program

The Faculty Research and Publications Board invites faculty members who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment to submit proposals for the New Project Program with a deadline of March 19.

The New Project Program provides seed money for individual or group projects that are at the initial stages of a research or creative program. On-going work will not be considered for NPP funding. Preference will be given to initial or pilot work intended to result in external funding to support continuation and expansion of the research. Each NPP grant will be limited to a maximum award of $5,000.

The deadline for fall proposals is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Proposal guidelines and forms are available on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

For more information, contact your FRPB Representative or Sherry May, 970-351-1910.

Safe Zone Training For Faculty,Staff, Grad Students March 11

The GLBTA Resource Office invites faculty, staff and graduate students to help maintain and grow an inclusive campus of allies to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities by participating in the office's Safe Zone training session from 1-4 p.m.Tuesday, March 11. To register, email Meaggan Walters. For more information about Safe Zone Training, visit the GLBTA Resource Office website.

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