Monday Minute, August 24, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

The college leadership met this morning with the provost and others from his office about our college's plan to erase our deficit during the coming academic year. We talked about several ideas that emerged from faculty and staff discussions in the spring, including a slight increase in the number of students, a future undergraduate design major, potential certificate programs in areas of high demand such as sustainability, and the development and marketing of courses that would attract students from across the University.

The deans and department heads will meet tomorrow to get the departmental perspective on these strategies and we will seek faculty and staff feedback at the all-college meeting next week. In general, the provost's office seemed very supportive of our efforts to generate more revenue and control costs in order to get the college on a better financial footing. At the same, they made it clear that they will monitor our progress and intervene if we fall short of our revenue or expense goals, so we need to take the situation seriously and work together to make things happen. It promises to be an eventful academic year!