BOV approves 2000
tuition, Med Center salary increases
new board members took their seats at the April 13-15 meetings.
From left, Gordon F. Rainey Jr., U.S. Rep. Thomas J. Bliley
Jr. and Charles L. Glazer were appointed by Gov. Jim Gilmore.
Rector John P. Ackerly III opened the April 13 through 15 Board
of Visitors meeting by welcoming four new members. The entire
board then took up an agenda that included tuition and fee increases,
raises for Medical Center employees and a glowing report on the
continuing Campaign for the University.
new members -- U.S. Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr., Boston investment
firm head Charles L. Glazer, Richmond lawyer Gordon F. Rainey
Jr., and non-voting student representative Stephen Phelan -- took
seats near both ends of the long, oval table, as is the tradition.
(Ackerly noted that Bliley received an especially plum placement,
seated next to long-time board secretary Alexander "Sandy"
Gilliam and closest to the adjacent room containing the board
then got down to business. The meeting's highlights:
little public discussion, the board approved tuition, mandatory
fee, and room-and-board increases that will raise the total cost
of education for out-of-state, undergraduate students by 4.7 percent,
to $22,139 per year. Fee and room-and-board increases for in-state
undergraduates will up their total cost by 2.4 percent, to $8,890.
state ordered an in-state, undergraduate tuition freeze in 1996,
and rolled back in-state tuition by 20 percent last year. The
effect has been to bring U.Va.'s in-state tuition closer in line
with that of public schools in its national peer group; in 1999-2000,
U.Va.'s tuition was only $164 higher than its peers, versus $1,022
higher in 1998-99.
The in-state freeze has led to steady increases in out-of-state
tuition, with non-Virginians now paying nearly $4,600 more than
their out-of-state counterparts at peer public institutions.
Virginia's 15 public colleges and universities, U.Va. has the
third-highest in-state tuition and fees, behind Virginia Military
Institute and the College of William & Mary, and is the most expensive
for out-of-state students, having eclipsed William & Mary this
tuition and required education and general fees will rise by $806
next year, to a total of $17,370.
All undergraduates will pay an additional $30 in fees to support
auxiliary services, for a total of $977.
students will also see larger bills. In-state, grad-student tuition
and fees will increase by 2.2 percent, to $4,984. Out-of-state
graduate students will see a 4.9 percent increase, to $17,370,
mirroring the increase for their undergraduate counterparts.
professional schools -- Law, Darden and Medicine -- continued
their recent efforts toward financial self-sufficiency.
Tuition and fees for returning, in-state Darden School students
will increase by 6.3 percent, to $17,908. Incoming in-state students
will pay a higher rate, $19,114. Out-of-state Darden students
will pay $24,114, or 6.8 percent higher than this year.
In the Law School, in-state tuition and fees increase by 3.2 percent
to $15,730. Out-of-state students will pay an additional 9.1 percent,
for a total of $23,611.
In the School of Medicine, out-of-state tuition and fees will
increase by 4.9 percent, to $26,221. A tuition hike is being phased
in by class for Virginians, who will pay between $11,541 (fourth-years)
to $13,541 (for this fall's first- and second-year students).
Summer session fees will remain at $109 per semester hour for
in-state undergraduates. Non-Virginians will pay $571, a 5 percent
Contract dining rates were also increased, between 3.6 and 4.1
percent per contract plan. The board increased housing rates at
its February meeting.
cost is going down, pending action by the General Assembly. In
his veto package, Gov. Jim Gilmore included $2 million in state
funds to renovate Peabody Hall for the Office of Admission, to
replace a $20 increase in application fees imposed to finance
the project. If the legislators go along in their one-day veto
override session, the application fee will drop from $60 to $40.
Center salary increases approved
of the Medical Center will receive an average, merit-based pay
increase of 4 percent on July 1 under a pay plan approved by the
Finance Committee. Additionally, the Medical Center will create
a pool equivalent to 2 percent of current salaries to compete
for "critical personnel" in fields where labor is in
short supply, including nurses.
member Terence Ross asked hospital officials to further clarify
which positions would be deemed "critical personnel"
before the Medical Center's final budget comes before the board
E. "Nick" Carter Jr., senior associate vice president
for operations for the Health System, told the Health Affairs
Committee that the system was down 150 full-time employees, 85
of them nurses.
are stretched pretty thin and tired," he said. "They're
frustrated that they can't be the caregivers that they want to
would hire health care providers if we could get them," he
said, adding that the hospital is considering several recruiting
options, including looking overseas.
also reported on the progress of the Performance Improvement Project.
The estimated savings through streamlining efforts so far is $9.9
million, he said. Computer Sciences Corporation, the consultant
hired to assist with this initiative, predicts that the Health
System can save a total of between $13.9 million and $34.3 million.
stressed that patient care would not be compromised. "There
is physician involvement in this re-engineering," he said.
"We're being very careful."
Dr. Robert W. Cantrell, vice president and provost of the Health
System, reported that a new child care center would open soon
at a site near the hospital. The new, 15,000-square-foot center
will accommodate 170 children, 60 more than the old facility at
Blue Ridge Hospital, will have a sick room and will offer a summer
also reported that the School of Medicine had received $92 million
in research dollars this year, $7 million ahead of last year's
record pace, and that another research building, in addition to
the one currently being built, would be needed to meet research
space demands. He estimated the cost at $50 million.
Despite surpassing its $1 billion goal in December, the Campaign
for the University has not yet hit the expected plateau, said
Vice President for Development Robert D. Sweeney.
honestly believe we're going to blow the doors off [the goal]
at the finish line," he said. The current total stands at
approximately $1.1 billion, and he estimated that it could reach
$1.3 billion by the campaign's scheduled end date of October.
Since January, Sweeney's office has begun five solicitations of
gifts worth at least $20 million apiece, and expects to close
on at least three of them and possibly all five, he reported.
efforts are focusing on funding the recommendations of the Virginia
2020 commissions. "If it can't be funded, it can't happen,²
campaign is now working closely with younger alumni -- its future
donor base -- to thank them for their donations and solicit their
visions for the University in the future. One part of that effort
is to hold regional "e-summits," like the one held at
Cabell Hall last fall, in seven technological hot spots: Seattle,
Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta, California's Silicon Valley
and Austin, Tex.
to review Blue Ribbon report
To be sure that board members are aware of recommendations of
the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission that apply to all state
boards of visitors, Ackerly appointed a five-member committee
to study the commission's report in detail before the June meeting.
by Educational Policy Committee chair T. Keister Greer, the group
also includes Elizabeth A. Twohy, former chair of Educational
Policy; Timothy B. Robertson and Gordon F. Rainey Jr., board members
who also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission; and Elsie Holland,
the board's liaison with SCHEV.
"There are some suggestions [in the report] that surprised
me and that I think will surprise the board," Greer said,
pointing to six of the commission's 73 recommendations, mostly
in the section aimed at assuring educational quality.
report, presented in February, calls for governing boards to pay
particular attention to the general education curriculum, admission
standards, grade inflation, and tenure and post-tenure review
Robertson highlighted another area of the commission's work, the
report's framework for six-year institutional performance agreements.
"It will be up to us to develop our unique agreement,"
including performance measures and a commitment to enroll Virginia
students, he said, and then negotiate it with the governor and
Calling the report "an excellent piece of work . . . easily
the best of such reports over the past 25 years," Casteen
said that discussing the issues raised "will be an exciting
exercise that may help to open everyone's understanding of where
the points of accountability are."
noted that in most of the areas covered by the report, accrediting
bodies already set standards of quality that the board endorsed
during the most recent self-study for reaccreditation.
for areas not addressed by the commission, he pointed out that
one-third of the University's enrollment (its graduate and professional
students) and the largest source of revenue in the academic division
(sponsored research grants) are not included in the report.
Group examines Cavalier sports
professor Carolyn Callahan, U.Va.'s faculty representative to
the National Collegiate Athletic Association, briefed the board
on the athletics task force that has been meeting since December
as part of the Virginia 2020 planning initiative.
of the task force, which includes faculty, students, administrators,
and alumni, have been researching aspirations for the athletic
department in three areas: programs and facilities, academics
and student life, and finances and fund-raising.
issue is how we can stay competitive and, at the same time, constrain
expenses and increase revenue" to avoid deficits, athletics
director Terry Holland said.
Callahan said the task force hopes to present a draft report to
the board at its July 15 retreat.
contractors who once complained about bureaucratic inefficiencies
and delays in dealing with U.Va. projects are changing their tune,
thanks to procedural changes, Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer Leonard W. Sandridge told the Audit Committee.
Sandridge cited anecdotal evidence in his dealings with contractors,
some of whom had previously declined to bid on U.Va. projects,
but have now changed their minds. The number of bids received
for each project is increasing, he reported, which should drive
University's goal in dealing with contractors is to be "tough,
but fair," Sandridge said.
called the stadium expansion effort "the best capital project
I have ever been associated with," noting that it is well
within budget, and that the parking garage, previously projected
to open in October, may be ready for the first football game in
Board members expressed continuing concern with the cost of construction
projects, which is routinely higher than those undertaken in the
private sector, due to state regulations and procedures. Chief
Facilities Officer Robert Dillman suggested a better comparison
would be with projects undertaken by other public institutions.
"Our costs are comparable or better," he said.
L. Jay Lemons reported that the College at Wise's athletics program
has been accepted as a provisional member of the NCAA's Division
II and has begun a two-year period of compliance education.
college is a unique franchise that we're proud of," said
Ross, recommending that sufficient resources be devoted to the
compliance function there.
Lemons and George Culbertson, the college's provost and senior
vice chancellor, proudly shared the results of a national student
satisfaction survey in which students at the college gave academic
advising the maximum number of points on all six measures and
ratings nearly as high on instructional effectiveness. "Campus
life has the most room for improvement," Lemons said. "The
new student center will help a lot."
also described a new Center for Teaching Excellence, in partnership
with 16 public school systems in southwest Virginia and other
colleges in the area. The new center's first project will be a
reading workshop taught by faculty from the college and the Curry
School of Education.
other news ...
Even as stock prices plunged April 14, Treasurer Alice Handy
reported that the University's endowment had risen in value
to almost $1.7 billion as of March 31. Quick action on the part
of Handy, board members, and the offices of the governor and
state attorney general during a recent market downturn allowed
the University to save $100 million in potential exposure, board
member William H. Goodwin Jr. reported.
The Buildings and Grounds Committee gave tentative approval
to the design of a new language house at the corner of Jefferson
Park Avenue and Monroe Lane, where the Gildersleeve Apartments
will be razed. The 80-bed, four-story facility will mostly serve
Asian language students. The committee also heard a report on
plans to reseal the Rotunda terrace over the next four summers,
preventing water damage to the offices below. In addition, a
ramp will be installed to provide handicapped access to the
upper Lawn, and the Lawn's sprinkler system will be replaced.
Health System Associate Vice President for Finance Larry Fitzgerald
reported that the Medical Center's operating margin fell short
of budget in February but recovered in March.
board approved the creation of Spinner Technologies Inc., a
for-profit business venture of the U.Va. Patent Foundation.
The company will help University faculty form their own private
firms to commercialize their inventions, and will retain a small
stake in those start-up firms. It is hoped that the faculty
start-ups will eventually provide local jobs and help fill University-owned
Marc J. Kettmann was introduced as the new executive director
of the Health Services Foundation.
Board member Walter F. Walker missed the meeting, remaining
at his Seattle home with his wife Linda and their newly arrived
third child, Mary Louise Walker, born April 11. Faculty Actions
will be published in an upcoming issue.