Budget Chatt Q&A

The following are questions and comments with campus-wide interest, including the corresponding responses, previously submitted to the Budget Chatt website:

Question: Streamlining the admissions process for international students who come to UTC and are studying English full time in the UTC ESL Institute into UTC's undergraduate and graduate programs would be a good source of income for the university and bring many diverse cultural perspectives in the classroom, which is a win win situation for everyone. If more attention were paid to this potential student market and due care was offered in offering fully staffed and cutting edge English immersion programs, we could recruit students from all parts of the globe. This would be an ongoing and growing source of income for the university. (Submitted by Faculty Member)

Response: I totally agree with your comment. We need to increase our recruiting and involvement of international students in our ESL program. In the spring of 2014 we had an external review of our international programs. We are in the process of determining how we implement many of the recommendations which would result in growth and a new vitality to our international program efforts. We hope to transform our ESL program into a full-fledge ESL institute that enhances our ability to recruit international students to our campus. (Response by Provost Jerald Ainsworth)

Comment: There needs to be more accountability for wasteful spending. (Submitted by Staff Member)

Response: As we move through the 2015-16 budget planning and beyond, strong accountability metrics and operational assessments  will provide  major components of our review processes. With the many fiscal challenges that loom ahead of higher education institutions, we can never afford to "waste" even one dollar on non-mission critical functions. We certainly will take a very close look at current and future spending patterns to ensure institutional "effectiveness and efficiency." (Response by Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Brown)

Question: Will all staff areas be as scrutinized as academic areas on campus in the budget reallocation process? There are department inefficiencies, duplication of resources in administration, and low workload staff areas that are essentially pure overhead for the university. These should perhaps be even more scrutinized for cuts than the academic areas that bring in the revenue. (Submitted by Faculty Member)

Response: The UTC budget review and institutional reinvestment process will certainly include an open and transparent analysis of all administrative and operations support units. Consistent with the review of academic divisions, administrative units will be required to present peer/industry benchmarking and data driven assessments regarding  the efficiency and effectiveness of their units. Historical financial allocations and staffing data will also be used to determine current and future levels of fiscal investment. (Response by Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Brown)

Question: How were the faculty who represent the College of Arts and Sciences chosen for the Organizational Appraisal Committee?  And is it possible to have more representation from the College of A&S on this committee, considering the sheer number of faculty in this college (270+)?  (Submitted by Faculty Member)

Response: Committee membership for the Organizational Appraisal Committee and the Technology Committee were determined through a collaborative approach. Deans of each college were enlisted to provide recommendations and Faculty Senate was consulted, especially for the Technology Committee. There was no attempt to appointment members based on the proportion of faculty in each college, it was strictly two faculty from each college. The process the chancellor outlined indicated that each committee would have 14-16 members. The majority of each committee is composed of faculty. (Response by Provost Jerald Ainsworth)