Procedures to be Invoked for
|I.||CONSULTATION AND DECISION-MAKING
Essential to a quality university is recognition of the importance of the faculty voice in matters of academic decision making and long-range planning. These procedures are designed to reflect that recognition; they represent sound academic practice consistent with standards set by the AAUP and other professional organizations. Rumors and misinformation can be a deterrent to productivity. A well-conceived and generally accepted budget planning procedure involves faculty, staff and student consultation and keeps rumors and misinformation to a minimum.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's budget planning process involves judgments about the quality of programs. Both administrators and faculty must weigh subjective as well as objective factors in setting priorities and selecting programs that will be affected. Resulting decisions must be made within the budget reallocation and reduction process described herein.
These procedures shall be invoked by the chancellor when the chancellor, in consultation with the Cabinet and the Academic Senate Executive Committee has determined that a) significant internally or externally driven budget shortfalls have occurred or are imminent, or b) significant budget reallocations are contemplated. Reallocation severe enough to eliminate a program (as defined in this document) triggers these procedures.
A three-phase budget reallocation and reduction process is outlined in segments B, C, and D. Principles to be followed during the process are listed in segment A.
Nothing in this document is intended to supersede policies and by-laws approved by the Board of Regents relating to the declaration of financial exigency.