Dean Rainbolt’s Budgeting Class

February 7, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Dr. George Rainbolt, COAS Dean

Dean Rainbolt has invited all COAS faculty to take a class that he is offering on budgeting. The class is four hours long plus additional time for “homework”.
(1) Is this the best use of faculty time? How does this advance the President’s focus on student success? Does such a class not take faculty time and attention away from teaching, learning, research, and scholarship?
(2) Since Administration and Finance through the Center for Professional Development and Training offers classes on budgeting, how is what Dr. Rainbolt is offering not a duplication of efforts?
(3) Is there not a real danger that what Dr. Rainbolt will teach about budgeting will contradict UNF policy or procedure? Is there not a danger that Dr. Rainbolt’s class will contradict, wholly or partially, what is taught in UNF’s official budgeting classes?

Dean Rainbolt has invited all COAS faculty to take a class that he is offering on budgeting. The class is four hours long plus additional time for “homework”.
(1) Is this the best use of faculty time? How does this advance the President’s focus on student success? Does such a class not take faculty time and attention away from teaching, learning, research, and scholarship?
(2) Since Administration and Finance through the Center for Professional Development and Training offers classes on budgeting, how is what Dr. Rainbolt is offering not a duplication of efforts?
(3) Is there not a real danger that what Dr. Rainbolt will teach about budgeting will contradict UNF policy or procedure? Is there not a danger that Dr. Rainbolt’s class will contradict, wholly or partially, what is taught in UNF’s official budgeting classes?

Response from the floor by Dean Rainbolt

Dean Rainbolt stated that he and 20 faculty members plan to discuss the budget. All are welcome to attend. Dean Rainbolt stated that budget transparency is important, particularly in light of the SUS Metrics. Dean Rainbolt stated that participants in the class are well versed in best practices in budgeting. Dean Rainbolt intends to focus on budgeting on a national level first to identify best practices as part of the budget initiative, and then move the discussion to local foci.

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