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Budget in Flux, Brady Tells Senators

042011Headline_BudgetChancellor Linda P. Brady updated Staff Senate last week about budget matters. She has similarly spoken with Faculty Senate and the Parent & Family Council in the past two weeks.

She explained to the staff that the UNCG budget was in flux, as the state budget work continued in Raleigh. But she explained what is known at this time. “Our goal today is to really hear from you,” she told the senators.

She reviewed with the senators the budget principles adopted in May 2009, including protecting the academic core and considering the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-14.

And she spoke about budgetary planning priorities:

  1. Protect course availability.
  2. Support student-facing services, including recruitment, admissions and financial aid.
  3. Consider health and hygiene-related services such as counseling and housekeeping staff.
  4. Support Public Safety and Campus Police.
  5. Sustain 24/7 coverage of IT servers.

If the cut for 2011-12 is at 15 percent, “we’d lose 44,000 seats in courses,” she said. The budget proposal that came from the state House appropriations subcommittee the day before her Staff Senate presentation called for a cut of 17.4 percent for the system, she added.

The chancellor has noted that between 2007-08 and 2010-11, UNCG has already taken permanent cuts of more than $9.6 million. UNCG has absorbed another $39 million in one-time cuts and mandatory reversions during this period. These cuts have had a dramatic impact on the ability of the university to fulfill our missions of teaching, research and service, she has explained.

Among additional points she made in her presentation to Staff Senate:

  • Our tuition at UNCG has increased more than 29 percent over the last three years, she said. That is lower than the system average. That rise in tuition – coupled with financial aid being at risk at the state and federal levels – creates concern over access to education.
  • UNCG’s Academic Program Review should result in savings over time, but it is unlikely to have an immediate impact on savings.
  • UNCG will have a smaller freshman class in the coming academic year, as a result of UNCG raising the entrance standards. The enrollment for distance education is expected to rise and we expect more transfer students, she said.
  • UNCG’s budget plan would likely be modified based on the final state budget and on feedback received in meetings with Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Dean’s Council, the Student Government Association, the general faculty and Board of Trustees.
  • She indicated that UNCG’s budget web site would be enhanced in a couple of weeks, providing more context for items posted there. You may sign up for the budget listserv alerting you when new items are posted there.

“Times are difficult,” she said, explaining that the large budget cuts will be a “difficult challenge” for us.

“We’ll get through it,” she told the staff senators.

Note: Two upcoming discussions on campus will focus on the budget.

  • On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate hosts a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The chancellor will be among those speaking.
  • On Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library, a talk on “Where UNCG Fits Into the State’s Budget” will be given. The presenter will be Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor in UNCG’s Office of Government Relations. Tarrant will explain how UNCG is represented to state elected officials, how UNCG’s state legislative agenda works and how proposed budget cuts will impact UNCG. The program is open to the entire UNCG community.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Faculty Authors Were Feted

042011Feature_BooksFaculty who had books published over the past year – between January 2010 and March 31, 2011 – were recently honored at a reception held by the University Libraries and the Office of the Provost. Dean Rosann Bazirjian noted, “At the beginning of this academic year, the libraries undertook a new initiative to identify, collect and promote the books written and edited by UNCG’s faculty. Through our faculty authors, our acquisitions staff, department chairs and University Relations, we learned of 43 books in all that were published in 2010 and 2011. The books we’ve now received come from 23 departments — from the schools of Business and Economics; Education; Human Environmental Sciences, Music, Theatre and Dance; Nursing; the Division of Continual Learning, and the College of Arts & Sciences.”

The authors recognized by University Libraries, their department and book title:
Omar Ali – African American Studies “In the Lion’s Mouth”
Ann Millett-Gallant – Art and Liberal Studies “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art”
Nir Kshetri – Business Administration “The Global Cybercrime Industry: Economic, Institutional and Strategic Perspectives”
Jennifer Yurchisin – Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies “Fashion and the Consumer”
Albert N. Link – Economics “Public Goods, Public Gains”
Svi Shapiro – Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations “Educating Youth for a World Beyond Violence
Dale Brubaker and Misti Williams – Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations “Why the Principalship?: Making the Leap from the Classroom”
Christian Moraru – English “Postcommunism, Postmodernism, and the Global Imagination”
Christian Moraru – English “Cosmoderism”
Christopher Hodgkins – English “George Herbert’s Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton”
Kelly Ritter – English Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse
Mark Rifkin – English When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty
Mark Elliott – History “Undaunted Radical: The Selected Writings and Speeches of Albion W. Tourgee”
Robert M. Calhoon – History “Tory Insurgents”
David H. Demo – Human Development and Family Studies “Beyond the Average Divorce”
Hamid Nemati – Information Systems and Operations Management “Pervasive Information Security and Privacy Development: Trends and Advancements”
Hamid Nemati – Information Systems and Operations Management “Security and Privacy Assurance in Advancing Technologies”
Hamid Nemati – Information Systems and Operations Management “Applied Cryptography for Cyber Security and Defense”
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll – Interior Architecture “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color”
Donald A. Hodges – Music Education “Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology”
Laura J. Fero, Charlotte A. Herrick and Jie Hu – Nursing “Introduction to Care Coordination and Nursing Management”
Joshua Hoffman and Gary Rosenkrantz – Philosophy “An Historical Dictionary of Metaphysics”
Susan Buck – Political Science “Public Administration in Theory and Practice”
Heidi Gazelle – Psychology “Social Anxiety in Childhood: Bridging Developmental and Clinical Perspectives”
Jacquelyn White – Psychology “Violence Against Women and Children: Mapping the Terrain”
Jacquelyn White – Psychology “Violence Against Women and Children: Navigating Solutions”
Paul Silvia – Psychology “Public Speaking for Psychologists”
Charles Orzech – Religious Studies “Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras of East Asia”
Mark Smith-Soto – Romance Languages “Fever Season And Other Poems: A Bilingual Edition Selected and Translated by Mark Smith-Soto”
Ana Hontanilla – Romance Languages “El Gusto De La Razon”
Martica Bacallao – Social Work “Becoming Bicultural: Risk, Resilience, and Latino Youth”
Robert Wineburg – Social Work “Pracademics and Community Change”
Sarah Daynes – Sociology “Time and Memory in Reggae Music”
Ken Allan – Sociology “A Primer in Social & Sociological Theory: An Invitation to Democracy”
Ken Allan – Sociology “Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory,” 2nd edition.
Ken Allan – Sociology “Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World,” 2nd edition.
Francine Johnston – Teacher Education and Higher Education “Words Their Way with Struggling Readers: Word Study for Reading, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, Grades 4 – 12”
Dale Schunk – Teacher Education and Higher Education “Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance”
CP Gause – Teacher Education and Higher Education “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Education: A Voice from the Margins”
Deborah Bell – Theatre “Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study”
James Fisher – Theatre “Miller in an Hour”
James Fisher – Theatre “Wilder in an Hour”

When a faculty member publishes a book, please notify Kimberly Lutz, University Libraries.

By Kimberly Lutz

$1.9 Million for Study of Early Colleges

042011Feature_SERVEA groundbreaking study of North Carolina’s early college high schools by SERVE Center at UNCG will continue thanks to a new three-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

The additional funding will allow researchers, led by principal investigator Julie Edmunds, Ph.D., to continue tracking early college students and a control group of students in traditional high schools.

“We’re going to follow these students through high school graduation and beyond,” Edmunds said. “We’ll be making site visits and looking at how early colleges prepare students for postsecondary education. We’ll collect information about the number of college credits students earn during high school and where they enroll afterwards.”

The study already has found that ninth-graders in early college are more likely to be on track for college and much less likely to be suspended than their peers in traditional high schools, according to a 2010 report by SERVE Center. Early colleges also appear to shrink the performance gap between minority and non-minority students.

Early colleges are located on college campuses, serve fewer than 400 students, and allow students to graduate in four or five years with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or two years of college credit. They serve students in groups traditionally underrepresented in college: students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, students who would be the first in their families to attend college, and students who are members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

The SERVE Center study used a lottery to assign students to early colleges or traditional high schools. The research team tracked and compared the groups using a range of measures.

“The beauty of a study like this is that we can say that the results were caused by whether the students attended early college or not,” said Ludy van Broekhuizen, PhD, executive director of SERVE Center. “A rigorous, experimental study like this one allows us to take student selection bias out of the equation.”

The project’s research team is led by SERVE Center and includes the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina New Schools Project, Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy, Abt Associates, RTI International and faculty from UNCG.

UNCG’s SERVE Center is an education research and development center. It houses the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Southeast; the National Center for Homeless Education; and numerous other technical assistance, research and evaluation projects.

By Dan Nonte
Photography from University Relations archives.

Announcements: April 20, 2011

Chancellor Brady emailed this message to faculty and staff Friday, April 15:

Extension of Academic Program Review Timeline

I know that faculty and staff have been working very hard to respond by the impending deadline for the department and program surveys required by the program review process. I also know that the Office of Planning and Assessment’s Institutional Research staff have been working diligently to explain the data and to correct them. Furthermore, the members of the unit and University program review committees have begun meeting to prepare for their work. All of this activity has been taking place at the busiest time of the year. I deeply appreciate the dedication of our faculty and staff to this process, which is so important to the future of our University.

Circumstances have changed, however, and now we are fairly certain that we will have more time than we initially thought. We have learned that the General Administration committee that will review programs system-wide for the purpose of eliminating unnecessary duplication will not begin its work until later this summer. For this reason, we no longer need to rush to the finish line and can extend the process through the end of March 2012. More details will follow, but I wanted to let the campus community know that the University Program Review Committee agrees with my decision to extend the impending deadline to May 31 for programs to respond to program and department surveys. This will also allow time for questions about the appropriateness and accuracy of the data to be addressed.

The unit-level reviews will begin after we return for the fall semester, when our minds are fresh and we face fewer competing demands. Extending the process will not only provide faculty and staff with the relief they need, but will ensure that we complete this process with the care and diligence required of such an important initiative. I remain convinced that it is in the best interest of UNCG that we make the decisions based on a thorough understanding of how programs on this campus operate. Reaching this level of understanding would be impossible without undergoing a carefully planned and inclusive process of the type in which we are engaged.

Thank you for your continued dedication to UNCG and best wishes for a successful conclusion to the 2010-11 academic year.

Linda P. Brady

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate will host a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The chancellor will be among those speaking.

Notes: April 20, 2011

NotesIconWhere UNCG fits into the state’s budget On Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library, a talk on “Where UNCG Fits Into The State’s Budget” will be given. The presenter will be Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor from UNCG’s Office of Government Relations. Tarrant will explain how UNCG is represented to state elected officials, how UNCG’s state legislative agenda works and how proposed budget cuts will impact UNCG. The program is open to the UNCG Community. Registration is not required.

Program Review update and budget update On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate hosts a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” (This forum was originally scheduled for April 20.) It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

What do those bills mean for me? You may have heard about three bills proposed or passed by the state legislature:

  • Senate bill 575, Higher Education Efficiency and Flexibility (includes the action of separating SPA employees from Office of State Personnel and giving personnel authority of all UNC system employees to the UNC Board of Governors).
  • Senate Bill 265, State Health Plan changes
  • Senate Bill 391, SPA/Repeal RIF Priority Consideration

Jason Morris (HRS), Staff Senate chair, who notes that those links take you to the NC General Assembly page for the bills’ progress and history, has announced two open forums where those on campus can learn more: Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC; and Wednesday, April 27, 2 p.m., Maple Room, EUC.

CW summer schedule The last weekly issue of the semester will be May 4. In the summer months, CW publishes online every other week: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 10. With the Aug. 10 issue, we will return to weekly publication.

Cram & Scram will be June 4 Our campus’ annual move-out reuse program, Cram and Scram, is right around the corner. Starting Monday, April 25, specially marked bins will be stationed in each residence hall’s lobby, with signage for what is being collected for the big discount sale. The bins will be removed by May 6. All these items will be brought to our annual sale in the EUC Cone Ballroom on Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This sale is open to the public. Those with question may call 334-5192 or email recycle@uncg.edu.

Sustainability talk, panel discussion today, April 20 The Senior Sustainability Officer of the US General Services Administration (GSA), Stephen Leeds, will speak Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. in the new School of Education building, Room 118. (Please enter the building via the entrance in the courtyard near Bryan Building.) Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion about sustainability initiatives at UNCG and in Greensboro. Panelists include the city’s sustainability manager, representatives of local businesses and several UNCG faculty and staff who work on sustainability issues. This discussion will be open ended, with Q&A opportunities for the audience. It is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Transportation survey Take this brief transportation questionnaire which considers multi-modes of transportation (biking, walking, transit, and driving) with special consideration for campus expansion south of Lee Street, parking allocation, and campus access – and you could win one of three prizes:

  • SILVER: Zipcar membership (retail value $35)
  • GOLD: 30-day PART bus pass (retail value $60)
  • PLATINUM: Trek bicycle (retail value $500).

For prize eligibility, respond by April 27.

Campus People: April 20, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Lynne Agee and With the Staff [Read more…]

See/Hear: April 20, 2011

“Don’t say anything. I just let them assume I can do everything.” UNCG Theatre alumnus Chris Chalk ’01, recently starring in a Lincoln Center production in New York City, talks of his career and the play “When I Come to Die,” in a YouTube video. He also explains, amusingly, how one incident involving a classmate at UNCG is why he refrains from putting particular skills on his resume. (Thanks to alumnus artist Kyle Webster ’99, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and the New Yorker, for tweeting this video.)

Chalk was nominated for a Drama Desk award last year for his work in August Wilson’s “Fences,” as this interview from the nominees cocktail party shows.

Another UNCG Theatre alumnus continues to enjoy the spotlight in Manhattan – even if the stylish early-1960’s costumes in her latest musical, “Baby It’s You!”, are not so easy to wear. “I have the most unbelievably gorgeous clothes – and the most uncomfortable undergarments ever known to man,” Beth Leavel ’80 MFA says in a promotional video for the Broadway show.  See the  promotional video here.

She received a Tony Award in 2006 for her starring role in the hit musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Leavel was profiled in the Spring 2007 UNCG Magazine cover story.

WNBA Veteran Wendy Palmer Named Women’s Basketball Coach

042011NewsAndNotes_PalmerWendy Palmer, an 11-year WNBA veteran and former All-American at Virginia under Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Debbie Ryan, has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at UNCG. [Read more…]

Apply for Staff Senate Scholarship

The UNCG Staff Senate Professional and Personal Development Committee will begin accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Staff Senate Scholarship. [Read more…]

More Student Work to Be Archived

A new content policy for NC DOCKS will allow more student work to be archived. One criterion is that it must be nominated or sponsored by a UNCG faculty member. [Read more…]

Student Excellence Honors

Our campus held its 49th Annual Student Honors Convocation April 6. [Read more…]

First University-Level Workplace Wellness Conference

042011NewsAndNotes_WellnessThe all-day ‘Making the Grade in Worksite Wellness’ Workshop was held on April 1 in the EUC. [Read more…]

Indie-Lit Greensboro April 29

Founded in 2007 as the Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival, Indie-Lit Greensboro is an annual event that honors North Carolina’s rich literary heritage and brings to campus some of America’s finest editors and writers. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: April 20-27, 2011

Sustainability talk, Stephen Leeds, US General Services Administration
Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m., Room 118, new School of Education Building.

Faculty Senate forum, “Academic Program Review at the University Level”
Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Talk, artist John Ahearn
Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Music, String Orchestra,
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Earth Day activities
Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m., College Avenue and Foust Park.

Film, Anthony Fragola’s “Another Corleone: Another Sicily”
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Forum, on three bills considered by legislators.
Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC.

Music, Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Baseball vs. High Point
Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu