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Special Funding Pools

Using the Budget Pools

As part of our planning and budgeting processes, a number of pools have been established to fulfill regularly occurring needs that go beyond units’ normal operating budgets. These budget pools are overseen by advisory committees which meet and work according to a shared governance model; emphasizing the university's commitment to decision-making at levels closest to the mission. Each year, the Planning and Budget Council allocates funds to pools listed below. The advisory committees for each pool then call for proposals, review, rank and allocate funds to individual projects.

Prior to using the special funding pools; units are encouraged to confer with their Department Head, Dean or Director, and finally their Vice President in order to determine if funds are available within their division. If funding cannot be found at the preceding 3 levels, then you are welcome to submit a request to the appropriate pool as described below.

Pool Descriptions (use the links to the left for more detailed information about each pool)

Graduate Stipends
Recommends funding allocation levels for graduate student stipends. Establishes criteria for award of stipends to attract and retain increased graduate student enrollment (ie, graduate student performing work in their field).

Faculty Scholarly Travel
Requests for faculty travel (ie conference presentation, fieldwork, etc.) which directly enhance the university research mission.

Reassigned Time for Research
Requests for faculty release time to engage in scholarly research appropriate to their discipline.

Grants/Contracts Stimulus & Incentive
Budget pool established to return 50% of indirect to the Principle Investigators to support the generation of future research.

Library Reference & Special Collections
Requests for library acquisitions which directly enhance the instructional and/or research mission of the university.

Art Collections
Requests for developing the art holdings of the University to enhance the campus living-learning environment.

Major Scientific Equipment
Scientific equipment for use in teaching and research with a cost exceeding $50,000. Priority for items supporting multiple scientific disciplines and high likeliness to be used in undergraduate work.

Academic Equipment & Equipment Maintenance
Requests for new equipment, equipment repair/maintenance, annual maintenance fees, etc. which directly enhance the instructional and/or research mission of the university.

Student Affairs Equipment
Requests for new equipment, equipment repair/maintenance, annual maintenance fees, etc. which directly enhance the student development and leadership mission of the university.

Instructional Setting Renovation - Classroom
Requests for classroom renovation, repair, or redesign which directly enhance the instructional mission of the university; particularly in regards to increasing enrollment and retention.

Campus-Wide Renovation/Maintenance/ADA - Non-classroom
Requests for renovation, repair, or redesign outside the classroom setting and beyond the normal Plant Operations and Facilities Planning operating budget; including infrastructure improvements.

Computer Replacement
Recommends allocation levels and replacement cycles for faculty and staff computing needs.

IT Infrastructure
Requests for infrastructure upgrades, maintenance and licensing which directly enhance the computing services of the university.

Summer Faculty
Pool provides transparency in the summer faculty budgeting process. Managed by the Provost, with a portion of funds coming from Academic Affairs lapse throughout the year.

eRate
Pool allocates a portion of eRate funds to requestors, with the remaining eRate revenues going to support the general fund.

Advancement Showcase & Events
Requests for projects which showcase the university; furthering marketing, recruitment, and/or development efforts.

Fee Usage (Auxiliary Services, Athletics, Student Activities, & Student Technology)
Recommend approval for mandatory fee increases or new fees to Mandatory Fee Committee.  Review budget plans, including prioritization of projects proposed for funding through excess revenues and mandatory fees.