of Visitors balks at athletics recommendations
Board of Visitors resolved
to receive rather than accept a report
from the Virginia 2020 athletics task force that recommends placing
the Universitys 24 varsity sports in a tiered system that
champions the strongest programs and reduces support for less
prominent ones. On April 7, the board passed a resolution charging
the Student Affairs and Athletics and Finance committees with
reviewing the reports recommendations.
board also passed a resolution to accept the other four Virginia
2020 commission reports, charging U.Va. President John T. Casteen
III with developing strategic plans to meet their goals.
board also passed one of the task forces recommendations
a one-year $50 fee to help support athletics. Board members
also approved 2001-02 tuition and fees for students, maintaining
the tuition freeze for in-state students and increasing out-of-state
tuition by 4.8 percent.
changes to athletics
members expressed concern that mens sports were being unduly
penalized in order to address fiscal problems and comply with
federal Title IX requirements of equal opportunity for female
athletes. The task force made its recommendations so the athletics
department could avoid a possible multi-million-dollar deficit
in the next decade, as well as to bring the University closer
to compliance with Title IX.
report recommends that the third tier, which receives some scholarship
money and a minimal operating budget, consist entirely of womens
sports, while the fourth tier, with only need-based aid and very
limited staff and travel resources, would comprise low-profile
a death knell for fourth-tier sports; they wont be able
to play in the [Atlantic Coast Conference], said board member
Terence P. Ross.
sports are already tiered, explained U.Va. Director of Athletics
Terry Holland. They dont have the same facilities,
the same number of coaches, the same scholarship funding, etc.
We want to create a different model, one that encourages
students [interested in third- and fourth-tier sports] to compete
locally, rather than in the ACC.
School professor Carolyn M. Callahan, chair of the 17-member
athletics task force and U.Va.s faculty athletics representative
to the ACC, said were operating under current law,
in making the recommendations. And personally speaking,
I believe very strongly that we have a moral obligation to make
opportunities for women students here equitable with those for
Board member Thomas J. Bliley Jr. pointed to the need to create
a strong endowment for athletics so were not in the red.
that end, the boards finance committee and student affairs
and athletics committee resolved to consult with the Virginia
Student Aid Foundation and report back to the board at the next
meeting in June. The board drew up guidelines for the committees
to follow, including looking for ways to cut or contain costs
and to keep all teams competitive with U.Va.s peers. The
resolution also states that the University should strive
to comply with the practical intent of Title IX.
sets next years tuition
the Finance Committee meeting, the board weighed the impact of
increased fees and tuition on students, as well as the impact
of increased enrollment on the physical plant.
board approved a 4.8 percent undergraduate tuition increase for
out-of-state students and a 7.8 percent hike in undergraduate
fees. The increase will bring out-of-state tuition to $18,268
from $17,370 and leave in-state tuition, frozen by Gov. Jim Gilmore
three years ago, at $3,144, not including fees.
categories of students will see fees increase $76, to a total
of $1,053. The increases in fees contain the one-year $50 hike
to go to the athletics department.
board also hiked tuition at Darden
and the Law School,
with current Darden students looking at an 8.2 percent increase
to $20,689 for in-state students and 6.5 percent increase to $25,689
for out-of-state students. Law students will see a 6.9 percent
tuition jump, pushing in-state rates to $16,187, while out-of-state
students will pay $25,243. Incoming Darden students will be charged
$22,189 and starting students at the Law School, $18,017.
students will see increases ranging from 5.6 to 6.1 percent, depending
on their year. Students who entered the system in 1998 will pay
$13,305 while students who started in 1999 and 2000 will pay $14,305
a year. New students will have to pay $15,305.
fee hikes were included in a review of tuition and fee increases
and dining contract costs presented by Colette Sheehy, vice
president for management and budget.
said that the University will be offering first-year undergraduates
with demonstrated need 100 percent of financial aid and soon hoped
to replace loans with grants.
members expressed concern that increases in out-of-state tuition
would price U.Va. out of the market.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard W. Sandridge
acknowledged this is an area we have to be sensitive to
from year to year, but noted that applications have been
steady, indicating that the increased tuition is not yet a problem.
also stressed that Darden and the Law School are seeking to become
self-sufficient in their tuition and fees.
committee also reviewed the Universitys meals costs. U.Va.
contracts with Aramark food service to provide meals to approximately
6,400 students under a variety of meal plans. The proposed contract
carries increases ranging from 2.9 percent to 6 percent.
said U.Va.s room and board costs would remain $253 below
the state average.
discussing enrollment projections, Ross objected to the State
Council of Higher Educations request that the school increase
enrollment by 100 undergraduates from 2006 to 2008, saying while
the state had been pushing higher enrollment figures, it had not
funded any capital improvements to accommodate the additional
think we need to cut back on enrollment increases to benefit the
current students, Ross said. This is a question of
fairness and I dont think we are doing right by our students.
board approved the enrollment projections.
boards Health Affairs Committee heard reports on the Medical
Centers financial condition and the steps being taken to
alleviate its nursing shortage.
Clinical Officer Pamela F. Cipriano updated the board on efforts
to recruit, retain and recognize nurses. From this springs
crop of graduates, U.Va. has hired 43 new RNs, she said, including
15 from U.Va.s School
of Nursing and nine from Piedmont Virginia Community College.
This will allow 30 beds to be reopened in the next few months,
she said. The beds had been closed due to staffing shortages.
like to hire about 150 more nurses to bring the Medical
Center to full staff.
Cipriano also told the board that the Medical Center has initiated
a wage pool that pays nurses a higher hourly salary for working
night and weekend shifts, but they dont get benefits. In
addition, the Medical Center hires travel nurses through agencies
to meet staffing needs. We also have a program to reindoctrinate
nurses whove been out of the profession for a while and
we have an in-house program to train and certify nursing assistants,
needs to become the wage winner in the area to attract and
retain nurses, Cipriano said. Right now, were on par
with Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Medical Centers operating expenses, excluding bad debt,
were $337.4 million, which is slightly above budget due to over-time
wages and escalating pharmaceutical costs, explained William E.
Nick Carter, senior associate vice president for operations.
The Medical Center operating margin, set to meet a 4.7 percent
target, is currently 3.8 percent.
Health System has taken measures to ensure that Medical Center
costs and operating margin stay within budget, Carter said in
presenting details on the HS Performance Improvement Project.
To date, teams have generated more than $15 million in quantified
cost savings and revenue enhancement ideas toward the $28.1 million
target, he said. Since October, the project has focused on implementing
plans to streamline administration; standardize the use of pharmaceuticals;
expand participation in indigent care drug reimbursement programs
(expected to save some $3.7 million annually); and adjust charges
currently below payment rates of local insurers (expecting $2.5
million in net revenues).
other business, the board:
approved the creation of a new degree, a Masters in Digital
Humanities, the first to be offered in Virginia.
established two endowed professorships, bringing the Universitys
total number to 455: the William Parson Visiting Professorship
in Teaching Excellence in the School of Medicine and the Merrill
D. Peterson Professorship in the School
accepted an endowment report from Alice W. Handy, president of
the U.Va. Investment Management Co., and praised her for her work
keeping the endowment money active and producing.
approved changes in the structure of loans for stadiums at U.Va.
and the College at Wise.
received from Student Council a 30-page report requesting that
the University divest from Unocal because of its business interests
in Burma, which has oppressive government. Bliley said hed
review the report, meet with student council members, U.Va. administrators
and the boards finance committee, and report back to the
School dean Carl Zeithaml and his family as the next residents
of Pavilion X for five years (at the Building and Grounds Committees
March meeting). Retiring Ernest H. Ern, who most recently held
the post of senior vice president, will be moving out in May.
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