November 27, 2000
Faculty Council: Budget
By Michael Terrazas firstname.lastname@example.org
To open the Nov. 14 Faculty Council meeting, Provost Rebecca Chopp made
good on last years promise to involve the council at an early stage
of University budget deliberations. Chopp, accompanied by Emory financial
analyst Sabra Avery, outlined the budget process for the council, reviewed
income and expenditures from recent years, and detailed the Universitys
current cost drivers, or spending areas Emory has decided
to make its first priorities.
Chopp said she and all other budget decisionmakers would weigh very seriously
any input Faculty Council had to offer, and members asked Chopp various
questions about both the budget-approval process and the issues Emory
has earmarked for special consideration. These cost driverswhich
are general topics such as support for web applications, Americans with
Disabilities Act compliance, salary adjustments, language instruction,
etc.are not likely to change greatly from year to year, Chopp said.
Since Chopp attends all Faculty Council meetings, the group decided to
maintain an ongoing discussion until the final budget is approved by the
Board of Trustees next spring. Chopp invited comment and said council
input would be very helpful in prioritizing cost drivers.
Reporting for the faculty life course committee, Huiman Barnhart presented
a pilot project proposal for an emeritus college program. Proposed to
the council last year by Eugene Bianchi and John Bugge, the emeritus college
would help recently retired professors stay connected to academic life
through limited course teaching, advising roles, ongoing research projects,
The one-year pilot program would cost between $50,000 and $75,000, Barnhart
said, and the council decided to postpone a vote endorsing the proposal
until the committee came up with a detailed budget listing costs for a
part-time director, work-study and/or graduate student help, office space
and equipment costs.
Arri Eisen of the University Teaching Fund (UTF) said, after meeting
with Harriet King and Walt Reed, the UTF decided that its original mandateto
fund innovative teaching projectswas limiting its practice, as the
committee has not been able to exhaust its grantmaking budget partly due
to the fact that many proposals, while deserving of support, are not innovative,
Eisen asked the council to support a change in UTFs mission statement
and requested that the group be integrated with the more broaded University
Advisory Council on Teaching (UACT), with UTF perhaps serving as a subcommittee
of the larger group.
The council supported both Eisens requests in principle but asked
for a newly written UTF mission statement to approve rather than simply
a call for a change in wording. As for merging with UACT, the council
supported the move but said it was a decision to be made by the provost
and the UACT leadership.
The next Faculty Council meeting is Jan. 16, 2001, at 3:15 p.m. in 400 Administration.
have a question or concern for Faculty Council, send e-mail to chair Claire
Sterk at email@example.com.