• Teach Out Plan Brief

    Teach out plans have been developed and submitted to UNCG for curriculum review. In this brief, timelines for program discontinuation are provided. Working group team members collaborated with program leads and academic advisors to draft individual plans of study for all students in the affected programs. These plans specify the … Continued

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  • Chancellor Names Strategic Plan Advisory Committee

    Following a previous update on the Strategic Plan Refresh, I’m pleased to announce the formation of the Strategic Plan Advisory Committee that will guide the update of Giant Steps 2.0. This university committee will be seeking your input as the process unfolds, making recommendations, and drafting a refreshed plan to … Continued

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  • UNCG’s Strategic Plan, Giant Steps, to be Refreshed

    Dear Colleagues,  To meet this pivotal moment for higher education, we need an organizational framework that mirrors where we are — the challenges, demands, and opportunities specific to this period.   And so I’m pleased to announce that UNCG is embarking on a refresh of our strategic plan — Giant Steps … Continued

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  • Chancellor Gilliam’s Prepared Remarks Delivered at the General Faculty Meeting, March 13, 2024

    Chancellor’s Prepared RemarksGeneral Faculty Meeting 3.13.24 Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak to you directly. My deepest concern is about the future of this university. I am willing to work with those of you willing to work with me. I understand that the campus is experiencing … Continued

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  • Enrollment and Budget Forecast

    Dear Colleagues,  As we move deeper into the spring semester, we’re gaining a fuller sense of our budgetary picture ahead of the 2024-25 academic year. In short: The University continues to face significant financial headwinds that demand our diligence. In this update, I’ll distill our latest fiscal projections.   First, … Continued

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  • 2024-25 Budget + Task Force on Financial Sustainability

    Date: February 27, 2024To: Chancellor’s Council, Deans, Faculty Senate Chair, Staff Senate Co-ChairsFrom: Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Chancellor In our running start to 2024, we’ve made significant progress toward tackling our budget challenges to reinforce the University’s long-term foundation. I appreciate every effort that you’ve brought — and continue to … Continued

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  • A Message from the Chancellor

    Dear Spartan students, faculty, and staff:  Thank you for all the time and feedback you’ve shared over the past few weeks for our academic portfolio review, or APR. Since I announced last month the deans’ recommendations for our program offerings, you have provided invaluable consultation to Provost Debbie Storrs and … Continued

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Graduate Student Forum With Chancellor Gilliam

Dear Graduate Students, 

On Tuesday, Nov. 28th, please join me, the Graduate Student Assocation, and Chancellor Gilliam for a forum regarding the University’s academic portfolio review. The GSA requested this opportunity to discuss the academic portfolio review process with the Chancellor and I hope you can join us. The in-person forum will be held in the School of Education, Room 114 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The forum will also be live streamed for those unable to be present in-person. Students should check their email for the official link to the livestream.

Academic Portfolio Review Timeline – Nov 20, 2023

UNC Greensboro is undergoing a long-standing best practice in higher education known as academic portfolio review. Its objective is to ensure the University has the right mix of academic offerings to fulfill student needs, remain competitive, and allocate sufficient support for programs.  

The thorough timeline here chronicles the current portfolio review from its beginnings in late 2022 through its planned conclusion in 2024. Please note that some dates in the timeline are subject to change; they reflect the best projections available.

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A Message from the Chancellor

On Oct. 24, 2023, Chancellor Gilliam shared a message with faculty and staff regarding the University’s finances. To read the message, click here. Below you will see the supporting slides of accurate University budget information refuting the primary conclusions in the AAUP report. University financial operations are complex, but our challenge boils down to this: we are bringing in fewer of the kinds of dollars we can use for academic programs.

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Over 85% of the University’s budget is dependent on enrollment. This slide includes headcount and student credit hours (which state appropriations are based on). As you can see, as measured by headcount, FTE, and SCH, overall enrollment is down significantly. As the second table shows, the University has increased faculty personnel during this enrollment decline while other units, including administrative, have decreased personnel.

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This data shows graduate and undergraduate trends since 2018. Note that we are projecting declines in graduate enrollment and accounting for continuing cohort drag from smaller incoming classes in 2021 and 2022. We expect small gains in undergraduate enrollment in the coming years, but not enough to make up for the cohort drag and graduate enrollment declines. In addition, all demographic projections are that there will be fewer available undergraduates both in the U.S. and North Carolina after 2025. An enrollment rebound is not likely, and we must adjust. 

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The AAUP report claims that UNCG does better under the new funding model. This is false. This slide from the UNC System Office shows how each campus fares under the new model. Note, UNCG is down $8m under the new model compared to last year (and gains $2.3m in performance weighting). Also of note, in December 2022, the Chancellor went before the Board of Governors and asked for a special “stop gap” measure of $2.3m to help UNCG adjust to the change in the new funding formula. It was granted but was told not to come before the Board again with another such request. The Chancellor wouldn’t have requested, nor the Board of Governors granted this special accommodation, if we had the unlimited resources the AAUP report claims the University has.

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This slide shows our additional non-capital appropriations from the Legislature, but even with these additional appropriations we are still to the negative.

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The top table is AAUP/Bunsis information. Financial statements are aggregate, presenting general financial information in a manner that can be read by multiple audiences. For instance, this budget category includes significant post-employment (retirement) benefits (labeled OPEB in the financial statement). This failure to disaggregate the data is the source of Bunsis’s egregiously mistaken claim that the university is disproportionately spending on administration over instruction. The bottom table disaggregates the instructional and institutional costs, reconciled to the audited financial statement, excluding benefits, HEERF and nonwage items, which translates to what was spent on salaries. As you can see, what we spent on instructional salaries (in the aggregate) outpaced slightly institutional support salaries.

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These data show the increase in total expenditure and decrease in tuition revenue. Note that the state appropriations increases are largely due to legislative salary increases for employees (essentially a pass through in our budget) and specific projects (e.g., Jackson Library, Chiller Plant, Steam Plant, other repairs and renovations).

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The AAUP report also recommends that we cut athletics spending. Bunsis claims that the University redirects spending from academics to athletics to the tune of $4.5 million dollars. Athletics is funded primarily by the student athletics fee (approximately 85% of their budget), which cannot be used for other purposes. Hypothetically even if we eliminated this athletic student fee (or athletics department for that matter), we would not be able to repurpose the fee. In addition, athletics is also funded by philanthropy, NCAA contributions, and small contributions from ticket revenue and concessions. There was a one-time allocation of $990K in funding from federal HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds) dollars, $379,000 from a Pepsi contract, and a small contribution from the Chancellor’s fund ($75k). The NCAA requires us to calculate indirect costs to support Athletics, much like we do when determining our overhead rate for grants and contracts. This includes in-kind salaries from human resources, IT, finance and administration, and other areas. These are not fund allocations distributed to Athletics (as the AAUP report would have you believe), but instead, a calculation of how much time is devoted from various areas in the institution to support Athletics.

Have Questions?

Have questions regarding our Academic Program Review? UNCG’s primary goal is to provide an excellent academic experience to the broadest possible population of students. To learn more, visit our FAQ.

Academic Dashboards

To view the UNCG Academic Dashboards, please visit Office of Institutional Research and Enterprise Data Management’s website.

MS Teams Channel

The process of submitting, receiving, and reacting to questions and feedback is crucial to the review process and important in helping us make informed decisions. Updates will occur as quickly as possible, and communications of these updates will be made available in a Microsoft Team that has been created for the APR.

To request access to the Microsoft Team, click the button below, then click on the “Join” button that appears in your Microsoft Teams app. An email will be sent to IREDM where they can accept your request, so there will be a slight delay from the time you request access to the time you are added to the Team.

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