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Friday, May 18, 2018

Results of the fiscal year 2019 Compact Process for CLA

Earlier this academic year I provided a preview of the annual Budget/Compact process, followed by a a midyear report when we had more details, and an update after our meeting with Central.

We now have our results from this year's process. Overall, CLA came out well. The college was required to put $1.9 million on the table for potential reallocation, reinvestment, and budget balancing around the U of M System. We were told this year that we should only make investment requests that qualified as emergency situations. We submitted one request for assistance with coordinating our diversity and inclusion efforts. Although not an emergency per se, it was of sufficiently high priority that we submitted a request.

On reallocation, Central accepted $900,000 and left the other $1 million in the college. That is not a new $1 million, but funds already being spent. On investment, our request was not specifically funded.

The Budget/Compact process also projects the college's new revenues (for example, from increases in tuition) and new expenses (for example, from compensation increases). Projected new revenues exceed projected expenses by a little over $3 million. Of that amount, $2 million was deployed to close budget gaps in other colleges and at System campuses. The resulting net $1 million remains available to the college.

Those are the basics with regard to our reallocations and investments. If you'd like more detail of how the process works, read on.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Commencement remarks to the CLA Class of 2018

Remarks delivered Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Mariucci Arena. After a general welcome and introduction, the speech began with 20 seconds of silence.

Isn't it funny? 20 seconds of silence and no doubt you started to wonder, “What’s wrong?” “Did the microphone turn off?” “Did he forget the rest of his speech?”

It’s indicative of the world we live in today. Where every waking moment we have information coming at us. Calls and social media. Emails demanding attention. A huge list of saved posts and articles that you know you’ll never get a chance to read.

It’s no wonder then that quiet is sometimes the best way to get people’s attention. That the absence of something is what makes you sit down and take notice.

So now that I’ve got your attention for the next few seconds, let me ask you to do something: