Trustees Continue Discussion of Proposed Budget

For an overview of the planning, download (PDF) the summary here.

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.

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