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UNC Trustees Approve 2017-18 Budget

University of Northern Colorado trustees approved the 2017-18 budget at their scheduled board meeting Friday, June 16.

As part of the budget presentation, Chief Financial Officer Michelle Quinn said the university is bracing for its third-straight year of growth in new first-time freshmen and fourth-straight year of growth in new graduate students. UNC is on target to enroll over 13,000 students for the first time since 2010, and if the projection holds, the highest total fall enrollment since 2006-07 when 13,363 students matriculated.

The budget, which includes, tuition, fees and room and board rates, was proposed at the board's finance and audit committee meeting in February. It covers the new fiscal year from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

UNC's tuition and fees are the lowest of all state research institutions and below most of the state's four-year schools. For Colorado residents, the base tuition for full-time undergraduates will increase by $468 a year to $7,374 annually. Differential tuition, which is charged for some programs, will stay the same in 2017-18. Typical room and board rates for the year will increase $210 to $10,980. Graduate tuition will increase by 3-5 percent based on program.

UNC's investment in financial aid and discounting is budgeted to increase by over $4.7 million. The $34.7 million includes institutional-funded financial aid supporting scholarships, room and board waivers, graduate tuition waivers, and graduate assistantship stipends board for qualifying students.

A detailed breakdown of costs for the 2017-18 academic year will be available by Monday afternoon at www.unco.edu/costs

The board also approved:

  • tenure, promotions (PDF) and emeritus status (PDF) for recommended faculty.
  • capital construction priorities for five years, as required by the state, beginning in 2018-19.
  • separate Faculty Senate approved amendments to the Board Policy Manual to:
    • correct names and status changes in the Vision Statement,
    • clarify appointment of a parliamentarian by Faculty Senate and procedures for instances when a parliamentarian isn't present,
    • and an amended course scheduling policy statement recommended by the Academic Policies Committee.
  • a resolution related to refinancing bonds.

Also, during the meeting:

  • UNC President Kay Norton updated the board on efforts to further explore the possibility of hosting a private osteopathic college of medicine on campus at a renovated Bishop-Lehr Hall. The college would help prepare future physicians and would provide partnership opportunities for UNC health sciences programs. UNC President Emeritus Bob Dickeson is part of the group, Salud Education LLC, which planned on presenting the idea to the board last March before a funding partner withdrew from the project. Salud is now in the process of securing other funding sources and plans on conducting a feasibility study with UNC and securing pre-accreditation during the next year. UNC would also establish an agreement with Salud that sets principles whereby UNC would host the college. There's much more work to be done, but if all goes as planned, the college would begin enrolling students fall 2019 at the earliest.
  • Consultant Susan Rankin, Ph.D., presented the findings of UNC's Campus Climate survey, which she shared in town hall meetings with campus last spring (report and presentation here). Vice President of Campus Community and Climate Katrina Rodriguez followed up with the action steps, outlined in the campus memo she emailed Thursday, that the university is taking based on the feedback from the survey.

Options for Watching the Greeley Stampede July 4 Parade

UNC employees, retirees and their immediate household family members can view the Greeley Stampede Independence Day Parade on July 4 from reserved bleacher seating in front of the UNC Visitors Center. More info. Employees, family members and friends can watch the parade from elsewhere on campus property by reserving a spot in accordance with published guidelines. More info.

Writing Center Open for Summer

The UNC Writing Center, a free service for students who need writing tutoring, is open for the summer sessions. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday by appointment. For more information, call 351-2056 or visit the center's website.

Proposals for CCE's Next ‘Facing Project' Due June 30

On the heels of the successful completion of UNC's first year as a member of The Facing Project, a national initiative helping university campuses face issues in their communities, the Office of Community and Civic Engagement seeks proposals from faculty for issues to address as part of the project during the upcoming academic year, with a submission deadline of June. 30.

Examples of issues might include "Facing K-12 Education: Educating Greeley," "Facing Employment: Working Greeley" or another topic related to your teaching or scholarly expertise and interests.

Students will form writing teams and will receive professional training on interviewing techniques and storytelling. They'll then interview Greeley community members to collect personal stories on change. The stories will culminate in a published product due for dissemination in spring 2018.

For more information about this project or to participate, view this PDF or contact the Office of Engagement by June 30 at cce@unco.edu.

IDD Offering Canvas Boot Camps, Consultations This Summer

Instructional Design and Development invites faculty teaching this summer and who are new to Canvas to participate in a Canvas Boot Camp either in Greeley on June 19 or at the UNC Centerra Center in Loveland on July 17. Register for either of them on the IDD Workshop Registration site.

In addition, IDD continues to schedule individual and group online course design and development consultations for faculty throughout the summer. To schedule a consultation with an Instructional Designer, fill out their consultation request form.

To learn more about how Instructional Design and Development can help with your online courses, visit their website or call 970-351-2370.

UNC Bear Pantry Open for Those in Need

The UNC Bear Pantry is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in Michener L15 to supplement the food supply of students who may be experiencing hunger and are struggling to buy food and basic necessities. The pantry currently can provide up to five non-perishable, frozen or toiletry items twice a week. A UNC ID card is required. The pantry is always looking for donations of food or cash. For additional information, visit the Bear Pantry website.

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