Endorsement of Resolution of Assembly of Professors
The General Faculty Council, as the representative body for the Academic
General Faculty, the Administrative and Professional General Faculty, and
the Senior Professional Research Staff of the University of Virginia, has
voted to endorse the resolution of the Assembly of Professors, dated October
14, 2002, recommending that tuition at the University be raised in response
to the current budget crisis.
Lynda S. White, Chair
General Faculty Council
October 22, 2002
General Resolution in Support of a Phased and Fair Rise in Tuition Fees
- The University of Virginia is absorbing unprecedented cuts imposed
by the state in its operating budgets ($33.8 million in this fiscal year
- Aggregate state funding for higher education in Virginia, by the state's
own formula, as fallen short by $300 million per year for the past twelve
- The University faces even greater cuts when the legislature reconvenes
in January 2003.
- Political leaders in Richmond show no indication of addressing the
structural shortfalls in state revenues by reforming the tax code.
- The effects of these cuts, both acute and chronic, threaten the ability
of the University of Virginia to fulfill its fundamental mission of excellence
in research and teaching.
We, the Assembly of Professors, RESOLVE
- To urge the administration and the Board of Visitors of the University
to take the necessary steps to introduce a phased and fair increase in
the rates of student tuition until it reaches levels comparable to peer
institutions such as the University of Michigan. This rise in tuition must
be guided by several core principles, namely
We further ask that the Assembly of Professors forward this resolution
to the Board of Visitors for its urgent consideration, and that the Faculty
Senate, the Student Council, and other constituencies throughout the University
consider, endorse and support this resolution.
Assembly of Professors
- the resulting increase in revenues should come directly to the University,
without further reductions in state funding.
- financial aid available to students should be commensurately increased,
with the goal of meeting the financial aid needs of every qualified student.
- the allocation of additional funds generated by the tuition increase
should be fairly apportioned by the provost so it will have the greatest
positive effect on the core academic mission of the University.