Funding: Issue dominates Faculty
By Matt Kelly
before the Faculty
Senate on Feb. 13, U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III predicted the General Assembly would approve
a tuition cap and that the governor will not veto it.
to see 2002-2003 Revenue from Tuition & Fees
enough, after much wrangling state legislators approved a cap
on tuition for in-state undergraduate students (see related story,
Legislature: Cuts, caps and salary raises).
The final version of the states budget has been sent to
Gov. Mark Warner.
Board of Visitors last
spring increased tuition for in-state undergraduate students by
8.8 percent for the current school year. As additional budget
cuts were made, it added a $385 surcharge for this semester.
said the legislators, who last year condoned tuition increases
in the wake of earlier state budget cuts, were concerned about
realized there are elections in November and they cant deal
with what they told us to do six months ago, Casteen said.
expressed concern about the impact of a tuition cap on the Universitys
program, how it ranks with other schools in comparative surveys
and its ability to raise private money.
the University private is not the answer to its problems, Casteen
said, noting that such a move would require an endowment between
$10 billion and $12 billion. While fund-raising efforts have been
excellent, Casteen cautioned that stock market downturns
endanger gifts. As the economy slows, $2.5 million gifts to the
endowment have been reduced to $500,000 gifts.
hear this every day now, he said. We need more donors.
other matters, the Faculty Senate approved a committee report
on faculty involvement in University planning. Presented by Marcia
Childress, chairwoman of the Research and Scholarship Committee,
and former Senate Chairman Rob Grainger, the report calls for
faculty participation in the next capital campaign and re-establishing
planning committees similar to those used in the Virginia 2020
process. The report will be forwarded to Vice
President and Provost Gene Block.
said active faculty involvement would be a boon for both the University
and faculty, since it would sustain faculty morale.
Senate also approved without comment a plan for an undergraduate
biomedical engineering degree, which was presented by Academic
Affairs Committee chairman Robert W. OConnell.
also presented recommendations for faculty participation in an
online course evaluation program, which sparked extensive debate.
OConnell recommended the Senate ask Block to appoint an
academic leader for the project, that a faculty advisory panel
be created, and that a written agreement among departments codify
the evaluations basic structure. After discussion, the measures
were amended to include more student participation as well.
Senate passed OConnells recommendation with a lone
no vote, and senators agreed that many of the points they had
argued would be best left to the faculty advisory board to work