Increase the annual operating budget for the Senate Budget by $15K per year.
The Faculty Senate operates with a modest annual budget of $16K that primarily covers expenses for Senate officers to attend Board of Regents meetings and the Big Ten Academic Alliance shared governance meeting, as well as to host the annual Faculty Council / Administration Retreat. We are frequently asked to sponsor important campus activities, but without financial resources, it is impossible to do this. A small increase in budget will provide the resources necessary for the faculty senate to develop and to cosponsor events that will bring the campus together around issues of common importance. This will allow us to more effectively contribute to strong UI shared governance.
Referred to Path Forward.