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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Results of the FY 2017 Compact Process for CLA

In the spring I provided an update on the fiscal year 2017 Compact process, which was preceded by an overview of the fiscal year 2016 Compact process. If terms like "reallocation pools" do not immediately stir your heart, you may want to refer to one or both of the previous posts as background.

Now, with the third time a charm, here are the results of this year's process.


The University accepted all of CLA’s reallocation options, which relied heavily on faculty attrition that we anticipate during the coming fiscal year.

Investments requested
  • CLA’s Compact requests in the reallocation/budget balancing pool were: graduate stipends; faculty lines; support for the Research and Grad Programs Office; and development of an online liberal education curriculum. 
  • Strategic Plan requests were: Social Science Methods Commons; Minnesota Humanities Engagement Hub; human rights research portfolio joint with the Humphrey School; and an Islamic Studies initiative proposed by Religious Studies Program. 
Not funded in Compact

Support for CLA's Research and Grad Programs Office; online liberal education curriculum; Social Science Methods Commons; Minnesota Humanities Engagement Hub

Funded investments, recurring
  • $1.5 million for the net impact of higher salaries and lower fringe costs in the University’s compensation plan (i.e., this item covers our merit increases) 
  • $0.5 million to cover the increased costs from higher cost pool charges in FY 2017 
  • $1.3 million for the impact of the college’s recent increase in the base graduate assistant stipend 
  • $1 million for faculty hiring, including two positions for Islamic Studies Initiative 
  • $200,000 for the Human Rights Research portfolio (joint with the Humphrey School) 
Funded, non-recurring, from Strategic Plan pool (using Strategic Plan pool funds from FY16 Compact process)
  • $630,000 for a multi-year continuation of central support to the Chinese Flagship (primarily FLAS fellowships); this was not specifically part of the Compact but rather a separate process 
  • $90,000 for the Islamic Studies initiative programming (symposia, etc.) 
  • $100,000 for research support in diversity and public engagement 
Undergraduate fee increase

A fee increase for undergraduate students was approved, rising from $155 per semester in FY16 to $200 in FY17. This was the first increase of the CLA fee in 4-5 years. CLA's fee remains at the low end of the undergraduate colleges. The fee increase covers increased advising services and other services.


On net, these were good results. The most unfortunate part of the results was a drop in state appropriations allocated to CLA in order to plug budget deficits elsewhere on campus and in the system. Although we anticipate an increase of tuition revenue of $6 million in FY 17, our state appropriation declined, which offsets some of the tuition improvement. We will be seeing what we can do from our own funds to advance some of the initiatives that were not funded through the Compact process.