Board approves UW System’s 2021-22 Annual Operating Budget (day 1 news summary)

MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously voted Thursday to approve a $6.564 billion annual working funds for 2021-22.
Key takeaways of the annual funds offered by Sean Nelson, Vice President of Finance, embody:

State operational funding (GPR) elevated $42.3 million or 4.4%

Includes Pay Plan improve for workers

Tuition-setting authority returned to the Board of Regents

The Board’s funds decision requires no improve for resident undergraduate tuition within the upcoming tutorial 12 months

Average value of attendance for an in-state scholar residing on campus at UW System’s 4-year universities will improve by 1.0%

4th consecutive 12 months at 1% or decrease on the 4-year campuses

Total segregated charges will improve at 4-year establishments by a mean $10 per 12 months (0.1%)
Room and board charges will improve at 4-year establishments by a mean $150 per 12 months (1.8%)

Regent Bob Atwell mentioned he appreciated the UW System’s ongoing efforts to maintain prices down for college students, however urged the Board to think about not simply the fee to college students, but in addition the price of a UW training for college students  as half of a bigger dialogue of assembly larger training wants in Wisconsin.
In response, President Thompson reiterated his name for a blue-ribbon fee to check the general state of upper training in Wisconsin, together with each the UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Several Regents and Chancellors spoke in assist of a fee, emphasizing the necessity to proceed directly and to incorporate enter from campuses.
UW System President’s Report
System President Thompson advised Regents it is important that the University assist the entire scholar as issues return to pre-pandemic life – and that features supporting college students’ tutorial, monetary, emotional, and total well being. He mentioned the UW System is increasing a few of its conventional packages, just like the Summer Bridge Program, to deal with rising wants.
In a promising signal, Thompson advised the Board that new fall freshman purposes for UW System universities are up by about 30% over every of the final two years. Moreover, purposes by Wisconsin residents, first-generation college students, and underrepresented minorities are additionally up.
“I’m thrilled with these optimistic software numbers,” he mentioned. “It exhibits our methods are working and we’re setting the stage for achievement.”
Over the previous 15 months, UW System has labored to simplify the appliance course of, together with waiving software charges, creating a brand new EApp, permitting college students to make use of a single software for a number of universities, and suspending the ACT requirement.
Thompson additionally up to date Regents on current progress with UW System’s Administrative Transformation Program (ATP), the multi-year program to deal with Systemwide legacy course of inefficiencies, dangers, and gaps in performance, and to construct an administrative infrastructure for the longer term.
“I’m going to push this very laborious to ensure that this college to be run like a contemporary establishment,” Thompson mentioned.
He reported that he and Chancellor Blank lately authorized an amended timeline for implementing ATP that may concurrently profit all campuses, slightly than UW-Madison going first and others following. Thompson additionally famous {that a} 10-year contractual settlement between UW System and Workday, Inc., for cloud-based enterprise useful resource planning software program had been authorized by Regents within the Business & Finance Committee earlier within the day and {that a} new Request for Proposal on implementation companies was issued final week.
Turning to funds issues, Thompson famous that Governor Evers had signed the state biennial funds simply this morning. That funds supplies $8.25 million in extra GPR, $628.7 million for constructing tasks, a 2 % pay plan improve in annually, and returns tuition setting authority to the Board of Regents by not extending the schooling freeze.
“I wish to thank Governor Evers and the legislature for his or her management, particularly for investing in essential enhancements in our infrastructure and assist for our workers,” Thompson mentioned.
Board President’s Report
Regent President Edmund Manydeeds III, in his first report back to the Board as President, shared a number of ideas on his anticipated priorities.
As the UW System works to supply a pre-pandemic faculty expertise for college students this fall, he mentioned it’s additionally acknowledged there doubtless can be lingering results of COVID, significantly within the areas of scholar and worker behavioral well being.
“We are actively engaged in a behavioral well being initiative to enhance the wellbeing and tutorial success of our college students throughout the UW System – as a result of we all know that wholesome college students usually tend to keep at school, graduate, and lead productive and fulfilling lives,” he mentioned.
Manydeeds can be centered on bettering the campus local weather for underrepresented college students and workers. He famous the primary recipients of the brand new Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarships, which acknowledge underrepresented and underserved college students, have been introduced this week. Funded by UW System, 267 college students can be awarded scholarships within the inaugural spherical, totaling $995,000.
“We should do extra than simply speak about fairness, range, and inclusion. We should reside it, and weave it by every little thing we do within the System,” Manydeeds mentioned. “It begins by doing only one factor a day to make that occur.”
Manydeeds additionally advised Regents he needs to nominate a particular committee to assessment the Board’s bylaws and governance points. A key merchandise for this committee to deal with is the UW System’s allocation of state GPR {dollars} to campuses.
Introduction of latest colleagues
The Board welcomed new colleague, Dr. Jill Underly, who has simply begun her time period as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Underly has a deep background in public training, most lately serving six years as superintendent of the Pecatonica School District in southwestern Wisconsin.
President Thompson launched Dr. Jim Henderson, lately named interim Chancellor at UW-Whitewater after Chancellor Dwight Watson introduced his resignation for medical causes. Henderson beforehand served as UW System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
Business & Finance Committee
The Business & Finance Committee authorized a contract between UW-Madison and the National Football League. Under the settlement, the National Football League will assist the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s 4-year multi-site, longitudinal, multi-discipline investigation involving the event and validation of latest applied sciences towards muscle damage danger mitigation in collegiate soccer gamers, with a complete funds of $3,999,974. The aim of the venture is to include superior imaging and biomechanics to construct digital fashions of athletes’ danger for hamstring pressure damage.
In different enterprise, the Business & Finance Committee:

Approved an modification to RPD 25-4, “Strategic Planning and Large or High Risk Projects.” Under the modification, the authority to approve sure tasks can be delegated to the UW System President or the UW System establishment chancellors, relying on the fee and scope of the proposed venture. The proposed revision would moreover embody reporting necessities to the UW System Office of Learning and Information Technology Services, which might preserve a grasp record of all IT tasks valued better than $50,000;
Approved UW-Madison’s request to proceed with a venture to exchange the digital door entry system on its campus, which has been designated as a big or high-risk data expertise venture. Total venture value is estimated at $6.0 million;
Approved a 10-year grasp service contract with Workday, Inc. at a complete value of $59 million for modern cloud-based enterprise useful resource planning (ERP) software program as a part of the Administrative Transformation Program (ATP). ATP is a multi-year program throughout the UW System to deal with legacy course of inefficiencies, dangers, and gaps in performance, and to construct an administrative infrastructure for the longer term. Workday was chosen following UW System’s analysis of the 2 main cloud-based ERP software program choices out there by the portfolio of the National Association of State Procurement Officials;
Approved the UW System Semi-Annual Status Report on Large/Vital Information Technology Projects, which supplies the Board of Regents with the data it must execute acceptable oversight over the massive and high-risk IT tasks throughout the UW System. The report consists of particular person progress experiences on 14 main data expertise tasks;
Approved a bookstore and textbook rental companies contract between UW-Eau Claire and Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. The contract would start in July 2021 for one 12 months, with 5 renewable one-year extensions. Annual web income to the contractor is valued at roughly $1.43 million, whereas estimated fee to UW-Eau Claire for the lifetime of the contract is $1.41 million;
Approved two extra one-year extensions to the present contract between UW-La Crosse and Compass Group USA, Inc. for eating companies operations. Estimated annual web income to the contractor is valued at roughly $6.05 million, whereas UW-La Crosse will obtain a minimal annual assure of $200,000 yearly or fee from money gross sales, retail, catering, alcoholic beverage, camps, conferences, campus money, branded ideas and all comfort retailer objects, whichever is larger;
Approved two extra one-year extensions to the present contract between UW-River Falls and Compass Group USA, Inc. for eating companies operations. Annual web income to the contractor is valued at roughly $3.52 million, whereas UW-River Falls will obtain roughly $278,000 yearly in fee from the mixed return on all level gross sales, retail gross sales, comfort retailer gross sales, catering, and alcohol gross sales;
Approved two extra one-year extensions to the present contract between UW-Superior and Compass Group USA, Inc. for eating companies operations. Annual web income to the contractor is valued at roughly $1.41 million, whereas UW-Superior will obtain a minimal of $38,500 from an annual assure or fee from money gross sales, retail, catering, alcoholic drinks, and informal meals, whichever is larger;
Approved a regular analysis settlement between UW-Madison and Galilei Biosciences, Inc., which is sponsoring a two-year analysis venture involving the biochemical and mobile characterization and validation of small-molecule compounds which might be vital in most cancers and different analysis. The work consists of interdisciplinary effort from researchers within the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and collaboration with researchers from WARF Therapeutics;
Approved a grasp scientific trial settlement between UW-Madison and Novartis (*1*) Corporation, changing a earlier grasp scientific trial settlement that lately expired. In the previous decade, UW-Madison has obtained over $10 million in analysis funding from Novartis, a world pharmaceutical chief producing modern patented medicines to reinforce well being outcomes for sufferers and healthcare professionals;
Approved amendments to RPD 17-4, “Equal Employment Opportunities,” to replace the coverage to adjust to federal regulation, and state regulation and government orders; and
Heard a presentation from UW System’s Office of Trust Funds on the historical past of the UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA) 403(b) Program, a voluntary, supplemental retirement financial savings program by which workers can make investments a portion of earnings for retirement on both a pre-tax foundation, an after-tax foundation (Roth), or a mix of each. Officials additionally shared an outline of upcoming program enhancements.

Education Committee
The Education Committee authorized amendments to Regent Policy Document (RPD) 4-12, “Academic Program Planning, Review, and Approval within the University of Wisconsin System,” to include provisions requiring establishments to assessment credit score necessities of diploma packages that require greater than 130 credit score hours to finish and to scale back the variety of college students who accumulate extra credit. The proposal acknowledges and seeks to deal with the institutional programs and processes that will current a barrier to college students finishing their levels in a well timed method with out amassing extra credit.
In different enterprise, the Education Committee:

Approved UW-Eau Claire’s request for a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Bioinformatics. Program graduates could have the programming and statistical expertise to be employed as knowledge scientists or knowledge analysts usually, with a concentrate on knowledge science within the life science sector particularly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics National Industry-Occupational Employment Matrix tasks a 30.9% improve in demand in these fields between 2019 and 2029;
Approved UW-Platteville’s request to determine a Master of Science in Sport Administration. The new program will higher put together college students for management positions in youth sport, skilled sport, esports, and intercollegiate sports activities by a curriculum centered on international views. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts nationwide development of 10% in sport management by 2029.
Approved UW-Whitewater’s request for a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. The implementation of this program, along with an already profitable on-line grasp’s program in Cybersecurity and the Cybersecurity Center for Business at UW-Whitewater, will additional reply to the regional and nationwide wants for cybersecurity expertise to guard each enterprise and authorities from cybersecurity assaults. The program can be supplied each face-to-face and on-line;
Approved UW-Whitewater’s request for a totally on-line Master of Science in Marketing. Graduates can be ready to use varied points of selling, to research complicated advertising issues, to develop efficient advertising methods and techniques, in addition to to leverage client insights and synthetic intelligence for digital advertising and different data-driven advertising touchpoints in a world market. Substantial development within the discipline is projected by 2028;
Heard the primary studying of UW-Stout’s revised mission assertion that represents its focus and identification as a polytechnic establishment. The revised mission assertion underscores the establishment’s dedication to organize college students for careers by utilized studying and analysis, skilled experiences, and collaborative partnerships. UW-Stout will now maintain a public listening to on the mission assertion to solicit group suggestions. After that course of is full, the Board will assessment the proposed closing model of the revised mission.
Heard a report from Anny Morrobel-Sosa, UW System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, offering an end-of-year assessment on her workplace’s work in assist of the Regents and for President Thompson’s key priorities for the UW System and the Renewed Wisconsin Idea for the twenty first century; and
Heard an replace from Executive Director Marissa Jablonski on the standing of planning for the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.

Audit Committee
Chief Compliance Officer Katie Ignatowski offered the Fiscal Year 2022 Compliance Plan, which was authorized by the Audit Committee. Ignatowski famous that the Office of Compliance and Integrity (OCI) has labored with every UW System establishment to determine people liable for key compliance obligations, craft insurance policies to codify requirements for compliance, and develop instruments and assets crucial to help compliance efforts.
Ignatowski advised Regents the OCI expects to finalize insurance policies in 2022 associated to youth safety and data administration.
In different enterprise, the Audit Committee:

Chief Audit Executive Lori Stortz supplied a report on the Fiscal 2021 Audit Plan progress up to now, in addition to a abstract of lately issued audits, together with change requests of financial institution and get in touch with data in addition to buying playing cards steady audit outcomes; and
Approved the chief compliance officer reporting line and an replace to the Audit Committee constitution.

Capital Planning & Budget Committee
The Capital Planning & Budget Committee authorized UW-Eau Claire’s request to lease scholar athletics, occasions, and recreation area throughout the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex. It additionally authorized a brand new segregated charge that can be utilized in the direction of the lease of the power.
The facility, which ends from a novel group partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest, Blugold Real Estate, and the City of Eau Claire, will present extra athletics and leisure wants for UW-Eau Claire and a collaborative use of area with Mayo Clinic, who contributes sports activities drugs, athletics and human efficiency coaching experience, rehabilitation, medical imaging, and analysis carried out with the UW-Eau Claire Department of Kinesiology and different tutorial departments.
In different enterprise, the Capital Planning & Budget Committee:

Approved UW-Green Bay’s request for authority to trade a Board-owned parcel of land on the south facet of campus for one owned by University Village Housing, Inc. (UVHI) on the east facet of campus. The trade will permit UVHI to assemble a brand new residence corridor for first-year college students on their south facet parcel, which is positioned nearer to the middle of campus;
Heard a presentation by UW-Madison relating to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UW-Madison and the University Research Park to determine parcels for growth on and off-campus. The settlement additionally supplies for funding on the UW-Madison Foundation to create a prudently managed endowment for the advantage of UW-Madison from the proceeds of those actions. UW-Madison expects to return to the Board of Regents within the subsequent a number of months with extra particulars;
Approved UW-Madison’s request for authority to assemble the Kohl Center Addition and Renovation venture to supply extra area for power and conditioning, sports activities drugs, lecturers, and administrative features. Renovation work consists of upgrades to follow/taking part in surfaces and repair stage areas impacting locker rooms, media rooms, membership rooms, and kitchen/eating areas.
Approved UW System’s request for authority to assemble a Minor Facilities Renewal venture to exchange the plumbing riser within the south tower of the Gruenhagen Conference Center at UW-Oshkosh and renovate restrooms to satisfy present ADA accessibility necessities;
Approved UW System’s request for authority to assemble three All Agency Maintenance and Repair tasks: Replacing the roofs on the Allen Center and Watson Hall at UW-Stevens Point, and upgrading/changing the central heating plant controls and upgrading exterior lighting fixtures, each at UW-Milwaukee;
Approved UW System’s request for authority to assemble a 2019-21 Classroom Renovation/Instructional Technology Improvement Program venture to renovate area in Mitchell Hall to increase and improve three closely used educational laboratories serving UW-La Crosse’s nationally accredited athletic coaching packages; and
Approved UW-Madison’s request to authorize the beforehand authorized $6,645 Program Revenue-Cash for the excellent debt cost required to facilitate the switch of 91 acres of land and enhancements from the Department of Public Instruction to the Board of Regents be revised to $113,322.41 Program Revenue-Cash. The State Budget Office lately reviewed its authentic evaluation and decided it had ignored previous tasks on the constructing, which have elevated the quantity of excellent debt to the brand new determine.

Research, Economic Development & Innovation Committee
Presenting to the REDI Committee, three WiSys school innovators highlighted their efforts to construct a tradition of analysis, discovery, and product commercialization at UW System complete universities. Their distinctive views have been adopted by updates from a number of college students who’ve been acknowledged systemwide for excellence in undergraduate analysis, product growth and start-ups.
UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford, WiSys Advisory Board Chair, led a panel dialogue with three different chancellors highlighting the expansion of mental property growth, trade partnerships, and entrepreneurial ecosystems at UW System campuses and of their surrounding communities.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will resume its assembly at 8:45 a.m., July 9, 2021, in Madison.
 

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