needed resources allocation

Written question

When are we going to have a serious conversation about significantly under enrolled departments/programs and moving resources where they are needed?


Dr. Patterson will offer an answer in writing.

Dr. White added that the mission of the university is to serve a broad public, and that’s in education, social work, psychology—a broad spectrum—so focusing on specific departments on this way runs counter to that mission. He added that enrollments fluctuate across time, especially as tied to the economy.

Instructional Resources

February 7, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Pam Chally, Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

Dean Rainbolt seems obsessed with money. His recent policies, his new (very complex) budget spreadsheets, the new class he is offering on budgeting, and the fact that he has TWO staff members in his office who are either exclusively or principally focused on budgeting seem to have pushed out all focus on other things. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the resources that are distributed for instruction, especially visitor positions, have diminished under his leadership. This is felt acutely in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Is it true that on a number of occasions the chair of that department felt compelled to approach Academic Affairs directly for instructional resources necessary to provide students with the courses they need to progress or graduate?

Response from the floor by Interim Provost Chally

Interim Provost Chally stated Dr. Patterson is a strong advocate for more lines for the department. To the best of her knowledge, that has always occurred in the presence of Dean Rainbolt.

Email to COAS Faculty Members

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Pamela S. Chally, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

On September 23, Dean Rainbolt sent an urgent e-mail to all COAS faculty saying:

“As some of you may have heard from your chair, the University has asked all units across campus to temporarily reallocate resources to support student scholarships. ”

and after asking for suggestions states:

“I will make the decisions regarding which funds will provide the temporary reallocation.”

Did the university in fact, ask colleges to make such a reallocation? As an underpaid, under supported COAS faculty member, I do not see how we can continue to serve our students with fewer and fewer resources. Does the administration not recognize this?

Response from the Floor by Provost Chally

Provost Chally stated that colleges look at their budgets to identify monies that could be used for student scholarships. Provost Chally stated that Academic Affairs would not ask departments to cut critical funds.